The Boxster just finished 3rd in a longevity survey from J.D.Power. (The 996
was first overall and Porsche the #1 manufacturer.) What you might be
referring to would be the first generation Boxster engines from 1997 where
the composition of the porous engines allowed the cylinder sleeves to slip
out causing catastrophic failure. This was in a VERY limited number of
models and Porsche replaced those engines. We still hear of 1997 models
failing every once in a while. If you get a newer or new model, you will be
fine. I know it has been said here a million times, but Porsche improves the
models from year to year. The Boxster is no exception.
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