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Old 06-03-2007, 07:21 AM   #1
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So.. I'm looking into purchasing a Boxster..

I just got rid of my 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder because of the lack of storage space and the extremely small car with lack of power..

I'm looking into getting a Porsche Boxster between the years 1997 and 1999, but from what I've read on here, they can be a money pit in repairs..

Although some of the sites I've read on them give them good reviews on reliability, just how reliable are these cars? Especially if they are of higher mileage (65k-85k?) and if I get a warranty from my Credit Union, would it still cover most of the problems or would I be better off trying to get one from Porsche? The closest dealership is about 2-3 hours away, but I wouldn't mind driving that for every couple of months for just routine maintenance..

Any help/advice would be appreciated.. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-03-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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I just got rid of my 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder because of the lack of storage space and the extremely small car with lack of power..

I'm looking into getting a Porsche Boxster between the years 1997 and 1999, but from what I've read on here, they can be a money pit in repairs..

Although some of the sites I've read on them give them good reviews on reliability, just how reliable are these cars? Especially if they are of higher mileage (65k-85k?) and if I get a warranty from my Credit Union, would it still cover most of the problems or would I be better off trying to get one from Porsche? The closest dealership is about 2-3 hours away, but I wouldn't mind driving that for every couple of months for just routine maintenance..

Any help/advice would be appreciated.. Thanks in advance.
I had many of the same concerns when I got my Box last year right around this time. I read a lot of reviews and writeups because I shared similar concerns. I would recommend that you get a 2000 with the 2.7 liter engine. Oddly enough the ones built in Finland are of better build quality as I had read and I am very happy with my choice. There were numerous problems with the earlier cars and a lot of those problems were corrected in 2000 and it makes sense that Excellence noted that the values for all Boxters went down every year with the exception of the 2000 base model as that went up in average value in last years market review. I think it was the July issue of Excellence.

I got my Box with 46000 miles for $19500 and spent about $2000 for some minor repairs such as new breaks, steering wheel/horn harness, horn and replacement of a few plastic parts so that the convertible would fold properly along with the 45000 mile service.

I have driven it quite a bit since I got it and I am at 72000 miles on it. I did purchase a warranty from smart auto warranty last year and I got a 3 year 36000 mile warranty for about $2300. The best part of it was that it has already paid for itself and I service the car at Porsche. The key here is to make sure your service guy is a good guy intent on helping you. I have read all kinds of horror stories about Porsche service and I know first hand that I expereenced this when I met with Braman Porsche in Palm Beach. Braman indicated to me that the 45000 mile service was $700 and change without me asking the cost and the the Service guy that I dealt with, I think his name was Tony so beware, kept trying to size me up to see if I could afford the $135/hour labor. Several strikes and this loser is out, I knew the service was about $450 or something like that and this guy tried to rip me off.

I took my car to Champion and they got me a loaner car and they have been excellent. My only complaint with them is that they arer so good that the majority of Porsche owners in the tri-county area bring their cars to Champion so you have to get in line to set up an appointment. I guess that is reasonable price for service and honesty. I can also attest that my cats went bad a few months ago ago and my service guy, Doug, called me to tell me that it is covered by the Porsche 8/80 warranty. His honesty saved me a grand. I have read about some of the forum members getting screwed by the dealership and having to pay for the new cat even though it was still under warranty.

Anyway, I hope this helps. If you have any questions about getting a warranty, just PM me because I have to look up the guy who got me my warranty.

Peace out and best of luck in your search for your Boxster
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Old 06-03-2007, 11:01 AM   #3
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Only problem with getting a 2000 or newer is that my insurance jumps up a good bit for anything over a 1999 Boxster.. And for that I could get a 2000 Firebird Formula for much cheaper on insurance and a note.. I want to save as much as I can so I can mod the car I get.. I just like the mid-engined layout now and I like how the Boxster has an actual trunk, unlike the MR2 Spyder..

Main reason I'm concerned about insurance is that I have a wreck that will be going on my record along with a careless operation ticket (cause I fell asleep at the wheel) which is how I lost the Spyder.. Long story short, I was coming home for Easter and I hadn't slept the night before.. and just ten miles from my house I fell asleep and put it in a four foot ditch.. Totaling it..

Granted, that will NEVER happen again and it was a very foolish mistake and I was lucky I didn't hit anyone else (although at 5am in the morning on a Saturday, my little country town almost seems uninhabited)

Tomorrow I will actually call up my insurance company and get a real quote on the Boxster, probably a couple of quotes.. one on a 1998 and one on a 2000 and 2002..

I may end up just sticking with the 2000 Firebird Formula because the insurance is really cheap on it and the guy i selling it for only $14,000.. But I have always admired the Porsche Boxster, just never thought I could afford one.. And now I see that the note and the insurance would have been cheaper than the Spyder (when I got the Spyder it was $20,000 with only 18k miles on it and I was the second owner.. great car and very reliable.. just doesnt do well when it hits a big ditch and no storage space what-so-ever)

On a side note, some of you may think that because I'm young I go street racing everyone and am stupid, but I'm really not.. I have NEVER raced the Spyder on the streets and brought it to a track only once and ran it 5 times that day and that was the last race it ever saw.. Not too much into racing.. just enjoy driving..
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I'm looking into getting a Porsche Boxster between the years 1997 and 1999, but from what I've read on here, they can be a money pit in repairs..
Ha,ANY Porsche,not just 97-99' Boxsters are a money pits to repair.
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:25 PM   #5
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I disagree with the "money pit image". I have 91,000 miles on my 2002 and the only thing I had to do to it was replace the water pump. parts and labor totaled about $550. That was including a complete anti freeze flush and refill. I drive my car like it was ment to be driven. During the summer months it's almost my everyday car. It's stored for the winter except when the weathers good I'll pull it out and driver her around a bit. I live in the north east.

I suggest you "Go for it"..... buy that boxster. You'll love it everytime you get in it. If you do have any problems with it, you'll find all the information you need right here on 986 forum. this site and the members here do an excellant job sharing info and helping other members

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