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120,000 miles and it's like the car is conspiring against me

ZERO door dings yet. Taken care of this car to the n'th degree. I figured I had gobs of miles to go before things started creating issues. But, the car just hit 120,000 miles and all of a sudden, a bunch of things came on!

Any suggestions on the first two issues are appreciated (2000 Boxster S):

(1) Ignition key switch is getting stiff to turn and doesn't always know the key is out once I pull out the key. A few years ago, the switch locked up and refused to let the key release. I had the switch replaced then. I don't know if this is the same issue. Not the same symptoms. I would have thought that the new switch would have lasted longer.

(2) Been blowing out foam, which I understand. But just today the bar display shows that the fan is on, but it's not. No matter how high I click the fan, no air is blowing out.

(3) Been putting out codes - but I believe I know what that is and will fix it. I think it is a dodgy connection of the air-oil separator hose that I didn't replace when I replaced the AOS a few years ago.

(4) Cable that opens trunk when using remote key has pulled apart. Only way to open trunk is with manual lever in car - which is fine.

(5) Starter continues to screetch on start up from time to time. It isn't happening any more frequently. Just a nuisance. So not bothering with that for now.

Otherwise, it is running great, and still a blast. I'm still loving the 2003 PSE and the 997 sport shifter on it.
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Found this on burnt out relay mount:

A/C Heater blower not working

I will check that.
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And this is suggesting it is the same ignition switch problem:

Few months ago the Ignition switch started sticking in the starting position?

Ugh.
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At 120k, it sounds like you simply have some age related repairs to do. Sucks that they all reared their heads it once, though.
Good that youíve gotten to enjoy the car so much.
Mine just turned 71,000, so Iíll be looking at some of those repairs in a couple of years.
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Yes. But I recall reading that one of the magazines, possibly Consumer Reports, had this generation of Boxsters as one of the top 5 cars for reliable beyond 250,000 miles. So niggling issues as 120,000 are bumming me out.
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The starter in my '07 Cayman began doing the same thing. Cutch on the pinion gear was hanging up and not retracting correctly.

O'Reilly's has a good price on a rebuilt starter. Took me about an hour to change. Didn't realize how messed up the old starter was until I put the new one in. Engine spins over much faster now. I'd replace it if I were in your shoes. You'll be quite surprised by the difference.

Other than that, as Steve pointed out, you're running into the nagging things that pop up as the years and miles roll by. It's an 18 year old car, regardless of mileage things will fail due to age. Consider yourself lucky if these are the only "issues" you've had in that time.

When it hits 20 years old and still going strong, buy a bottle of Champagne and have a toast in its honor.
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Regarding the starter: I had the same issue with the loud screech, it was embarassing! This is a Porsche, it shouldn't be doing this. Video on Ben's Burners led me to the solution which was relatively easy (once you get that lower bolt out) and definitly cheap. No more noise! 98 base 233770 miles.
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Slight update. The fan not working is merely related to the ignition switch. I noticed today that after starting, it is not releasing to the correct position. Once I gave it a slight nudge over to the right position, the fan works fine.

So I ordered a replacement electric switch and the o-ring and pipe I need for the CEL I'm getting.

I'm still going to live with the screech and the foam.
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I am happy to report that the $30 OEM replacement fixed the stiff, binding ignition key and the fan.

I'm a little bummed that the last one didn't last longer. It was the more expensive Porsche part.

I did have an initial concern because the Pelican online catalog showed the switch I bought as the correct one for my car, the Pelican 101 things to do with the Boxster book said it was the wrong part! But, in the end, it was the right part.

I will say that loosening the set screws was a bit difficult to get moving - quite tight. But once I got them moving, it was easy.

Next fall (when my youngest goes off to college), I think I'll undertake the foam repair.
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