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Hi,

I'm looking at a 987.1 Boxster (2005) as a potential purchase but checking the advisories on the MOT from last month it lists an oil leak but not excessive (presumably the RMS?). It also lists brake pipes corroded for all four brakes. 

I was wondering what people thought about costs to fix the brake pipes and would you let it put you off a potential purchase?

Can the brake pipes be fixed by a novice mechanic at home with the basic tools?

Thanks for any advice. 

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Hmmm 15 year old brake pipes? Might get away with it for a year or two but replacement is inevitable and not cheap, search on here, £900ish IIRC?

RMS I’m not sure why people get excited, just get it done with the clutch, which is also likely to be needed in the next year or two if not already replaced. 

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8 hours ago, nixster said:

Hmmm 15 year old brake pipes? Might get away with it for a year or two but replacement is inevitable and not cheap, search on here, £900ish IIRC?

RMS I’m not sure why people get excited, just get it done with the clutch, which is also likely to be needed in the next year or two if not already replaced. 

I’ve had similar advisories on mine- funnily enough the brake pipe one was three years ago and they haven’t mentioned it since😅. I have no idea of the work involved but did search at the time and thought the brake lines were about £50, assumed labour and fluid change may add £150 - but £900? I take it I’ve got confused and the 2 kits from Litchfield motors (£34 or £73 if S/S) aren’t what we are talking about? 

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9 hours ago, box100 said:

I’ve had similar advisories on mine- funnily enough the brake pipe one was three years ago and they haven’t mentioned it since😅. I have no idea of the work involved but did search at the time and thought the brake lines were about £50, assumed labour and fluid change may add £150 - but £900? I take it I’ve got confused and the 2 kits from Litchfield motors (£34 or £73 if S/S) aren’t what we are talking about? 

If it is the pipe through eh front sub-frame then you have to partially drop the subframe to get a new pipe through.  I'd budget £500-600 with an independent Porsche specialist for the brake pipes across and along the car. £900 is OTT.  However, if you're doing that get the rad hose joints checked as that is also a sub-frame drop as well if they are badly corroded, not so much if you catch them before they become fused.  Expensive but sorted for at least 10 year once done.

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56 minutes ago, ½cwt said:

If it is the pipe through eh front sub-frame then you have to partially drop the subframe to get a new pipe through.  I'd budget £500-600 with an independent Porsche specialist for the brake pipes across and along the car. £900 is OTT.  However, if you're doing that get the rad hose joints checked as that is also a sub-frame drop as well if they are badly corroded, not so much if you catch them before they become fused.  Expensive but sorted for at least 10 year once done.

Thanks, useful to know, hopefully they will last a bit longer.

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2 minutes ago, box100 said:

Thanks, useful to know, hopefully they will last a bit longer.

If you do get a 987.1 this is an area to check and do preventative maintenance on the cooling hose joints even if they seem OK as quite a lot are now being reported as going beyond the point of repair anywhere between 10 and 15 years old.   It is an £800+ job if the crossover pipes need doing too because the joints are fused whereas the rubber pipes only is more like £300 for a set or just some protective grease to extend their life if they are still OK...  Worth looking at closely on any vehicle you might want to buy and check if it has already been done in the service records/receipts.

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Subframe does not have to be dropped for cross over pipes , however it’s easier, as for dropping subframe, it does not have to be removed, just unbolted and lowered down a few inches gives enough access to the pipes, I should know caught the plastic manifold last week when cutting out a wishbone bolt,( even though I put a steel plate in front, but managed to go through that) oh!! How I laughed!! Had to lower the subframe to get that out!! Fortunately I had a spare from a shed load of second hand coolant pipe work i bought.

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To be honest, replacing brake pipes is pretty straight forward, as is bleeding the brakes if you are competent enough and there are a number of car accessory shops around that will make you new brake pipes if you take the old one with you as a template.

Having said that, I haven't changed brake pipes on a Boxster before or as yet, but when the time comes, I will probably do it myself, as I really struggle with accepting that anyone else will take the time and care when doing the work.

If you are in any way not sure about what you are doing, you MUST take it to someone who does. even a local garage should be able to swap out brake pipes for you, there isn't any magic involved.

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