Notices
Boxster & Boxster S (986) Forum
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Need advise on replace ecu and alarm

 
Old 12-17-2018, 04:34 PM
  #1  
ddodgen
User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Chesterfield, va
Posts: 79
Default Need advise on replace ecu and alarm

I bought my 98 Boxster in July and now have a real problem. Key would suddenly not activate starter. all else on but no start. Porsche says need replace alarm system under seat and of course the key that activates it. They said that it shows numerous repairs to both the ecu and this alarm system. I have told them to go ahead and replace the alarm system and key so I can drive it. If I have to replace ecu can this be something that I can buy from a seller and just plug in or does it have to be matched to something else? Second question; my spare key is not going to work with the new alarm system since the pill is not matched. Can the second key pill be reprogrammed or replaced so it will work with the new alarm system. Hope this make sense.

just approved replace alarm control unit by Porsche. Seems that once upon a time both the dme and ecu were opened and some repairs were done involving solder. if I flex the control unit it will start sometimes but often not. Looks like the repair from long ago has failed. I will bite the bullet and let Porsche do the work but wow it is expensive. I get a new key and remote programmed and my new spare key will be programmed as well as part of the purchase price.

Last edited by ddodgen; 12-17-2018 at 06:44 PM.
ddodgen is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 01:15 PM
  #2  
NuttyProfessor
User
 
NuttyProfessor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 1,124
Default

What did Porsche quote you to replace the alarm system and ECU? I'm assuming that Porsche is *not* including new keyfobs with the ECU replacement? I reserve my opinion on the other once you reply to my question(s).
NuttyProfessor is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 01:18 PM
  #3  
ddodgen
User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Chesterfield, va
Posts: 79
Default

the quote is $1100 which includes a new key programmed and reprogramming my "new" second key which I had already purchased. They will be replacing the alarm control unit which is damaged and programming all to work.
ddodgen is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 01:18 PM
  #4  
ddodgen
User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Chesterfield, va
Posts: 79
Default

note: they will not be replacing the ecu since it appears to be working properly
ddodgen is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 01:42 PM
  #5  
NuttyProfessor
User
 
NuttyProfessor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 1,124
Default

Originally Posted by ddodgen View Post
the quote is $1100 which includes a new key programmed and reprogramming my "new" second key which I had already purchased. They will be replacing the alarm control unit which is damaged and programming all to work.
If $1100 is including the keys programmed and ready for use, then I'd jump on that deal. I know people that have paid more than $3,000 to replace and reprogram the alarm modules with new keyfobs. If they say the ECU is working fine, then don't touch it. Enjoy your car and be thankful it didn't cost you more. Just my 2 cents worth.
NuttyProfessor is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 01:59 PM
  #6  
ddodgen
User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Chesterfield, va
Posts: 79
Default

Originally Posted by NuttyProfessor View Post
If $1100 is including the keys programmed and ready for use, then I'd jump on that deal. I know people that have paid more than $3,000 to replace and reprogram the alarm modules with new keyfobs. If they say the ECU is working fine, then don't touch it. Enjoy your car and be thankful it didn't cost you more. Just my 2 cents worth.
thanks. I feel a "bit" better after your comments. I had purchased the second key from Suncoast Porsche last week, just before the alarm system failed. The new alarm system comes with a new key and programming. My dealer says he will program that key and any other key I have (if the others had not been programmed before) included in the alarm control system pricing as long as they do it at the same time. The ECU shows that it has been opened but seems to work just fine. Porsche says that if the DME fails I can buy a used part and plug it in and all that needs to be done is have them program it. We will see (if the DME fails in the future). I do think I will find a Tupperware container to sit the units into (leave top off) for any possible water in the future.

Car fax shows the car was sold at auction 4 years ago. my guess is that the DME and alarm got soaked and the owner sold it at auction. I am guessing the new owner had someone "fix" the DME and alarm in order to sell the car. 4 years later I got bit.

I have owned 3-914's, one 944 and now the Boxster. I love the cars and so far I have bitten the bullet on repair costs. I know that I have more invested in my car than I could ever get back upon sale but I still love em.

ddodgen is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 03:22 PM
  #7  
dr914
User
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 585
Default

and that very alarm problem, which is only solved at the Porsche dealer, will, in the future, total many boosters
dr914 is offline  
Old 12-21-2018, 11:00 AM
  #8  
elgy
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
elgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Montreal QC
Posts: 677
Default


My solution for the immobiliser was to put it in a plastic bag... getting a tupperware or other container in the available space would be a challenge. The holes for the mounting bolts are sealed with caulking as are the wires where the bag is folded around them. I figure I am safe to about an inch over the box.

Last edited by elgy; 12-21-2018 at 11:14 AM. Reason: added picture
elgy is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - About Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: