Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-21-2008, 07:23 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,518
Boxster S or this ?

Well, since it's winter and I'm missing my car, I'm internet shopping again and I came across this :

http://lexington.porschedealer.com/preowned_cars/info.php?inventoryid=368961

So my question is, would you rather have this or a brand new Boxster S ?

Nick
__________________
*
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r...s/DSC03717.jpg

1999 986 ( Black )
1998 MB C280 ( Black )
1999 BMW K1200RS ( Yellow )
2005 Audi A4 ( Red )
NickCats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 07:36 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Perfectlap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 8,696
Three years later and those round headlights still have not grown on me.
They look good on a 993 but it looks like a de-evolution from the exotic 2002-2004 face lift. Worst of all is the 997 GT3 which looks like hodge podge of RX8 and Volwagen Beetle...looks great from the sides and back though.
__________________
GT3 Recaro Seats - Boxster Red
GT3 Aero / Carrera 18" 5 spoke / Potenza RE-11
Fabspeed Headers & Noise Maker
BORN: March 2000 - FINLAND
IMS#1 REPLACED: April 2010 - NEW JERSEY -- LNE DUAL ROW
Perfectlap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 07:38 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 983
Either way you can't go wrong.

I would go with the new 987 S. I prefer the 911, but greatly prefer to buy new. I know it doesn't make as much economic sense, but knowing every mile that is put on the car is worth the extra money to me. Maybe I have just had too many bad used car experiences...
__________________
Happy Motoring!... Timí05

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s..._kill/Siga.jpg
Dr. Kill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 08:23 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bowmanville, Ont
Posts: 295
That's an easy choice for me. I love topdown driving.
__________________
-- 02 Boxster S
-- Black/Black
-- Sideskirts/PSE
Sputter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 08:42 AM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 7,236
Wow Nick... did you short a bunch of stocks or buy $50k in apple puts in January?

I'm wondering how I'm gonna make back the $10k I lost last month, not looking at new Pcars

BTW, you would HATE the way the tail kicks out on that CS at the tail of the dragon. I would not buy a Carrera unless I could have a C4S or better.

Mid-engine spoiled boy,

Randall
__________________
'97 Boxster (Black Hole for 42,000 Dead Presidents and counting) - 122k
New motor, transmission, suspension, and on and on and on it goes...
RandallNeighbour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 09:00 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: chicago
Posts: 3,510
Send a message via AIM to djomlas
while that car looks great, i like to drive aggressive sometime, and i bet i would crash the sht outta that car thinking it would handle like the box.

spoiled? yes very much so, once u can make these high speed turns with ease it comes as second nature to expect it from all other cars.
pretty funny, the other day i was driving my car, and there is this turn that i alway take pretty fast on the highway, and i 'kinda' forgot what car i was in, and no joke i almost flipped his car lol...screw that, sure looks nice, but forget it if you cant have fun with it, so handling is worse and cant take the top down...
__________________
http://i34.tinypic.com/157yslk.jpg
"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself." ~F. Porsche
Gemballa springs::litronics::Eurotech 18s(275/225)::B&M::MOMO wheel::
exhaust cutouts::EVOcoldair intake::OEM smoked tails & sidemarkers::

colormatched bumperettes::Top Speed Pro-1 exhaust::
my cardomain/pictures page
djomlas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 10:00 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lexington KY
Posts: 131
Depends on what you're looking for I guess. I think the choice would be between handling/convertible and power/looks (for me). I would go with the Carrera, personally, especially since you've already had the Boxster.

On a side note, I live in Lexington, let me know if you need someone to go check it out for you before you make the drive down if you go that route.
__________________
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...456/9da6_3.jpg
1999
Burgandy with full gray leather
Atari-style PCM Navigation
OEM Carrera Lights
B&M clone short shifter
Crappy stereo
HIFI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 11:14 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 846
I would go a bit older.. I have seen early 996TTs in the 50-60K range. Since I have sworn off no "new" porsche unless a Turbo or GT3 (and therefore the "better" motors) I like seeing 996TTs getting so "cheap"

That said, 997 trumps 987 ... its 10 more afterall
__________________
1976 914 2.0
2000 Boxster 2.7 (sold)
1978 911 SC (sold)
1970 914 w/2056 (sold)
racer_d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 11:57 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 307
Try to get a 911 cab so you can have more hp and still put the top down. Personally I also prefer the exotic look of the 2004 911's lights.
__________________
Lamborghini Murcielago (current)
Supercharged Viper SRT-10 800 HP Special Edition #49 of #50 (current)
Ferrari 360 Spider
Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
911 Cab
Boxster S (current)
08 Hummer H2 (current)
BMW Z3 (current)

Limos in Ohio and PA - First Class Limo Columbus Limos

http://pteam.net/avatar3.jpg
my car collection *Porschephiles agree, Desnorkify your Porsche!*
pteam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 01:40 PM   #10
Registered User
 
husker boxster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 2,180
I'd go with a brand new Boxster S.
__________________
PCA National HPDE Instructor
2008 Boxster S Limited Edition #005
2007 Cayman S - SOLD on Valentine's Day 2013
2008 Cayman S Sport - Signal Green
husker boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:01 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Seattle
Posts: 352
While I'd take either one in a heartbeat, I'd probably pick the Carrera S. For me it would add a bit more versatility. I have a two year old son and the Carrera would allow us to tour more. I don't think the differing driving characterics of each would be much of an issue. I think the challenge of learning to drive the 911 hard would be as rewarding as the inherent smoothness and stability of the Boxster.
__________________
2000 Black Boxster S
EVO Intake & GIAC Tuning
Headers & Porsche Sport Exhaust System
ROW M030 Suspension
Front & Rear Strut Braces
B&M Short Shift & EVO Billet Linkage
steve00s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 02:15 PM   #12
bmussatti
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Nick, I have been looking into older 993 Turbos. 1996. AWD. 400-500 HP. But, I have two problems:

1) No garage space
2) Scared to death what the maintenace might be like!
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 03:16 PM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 220
I would get a 987 S.

Personally I think the 911's are great cars but just don't make much sense. Yes the power is there but the handling isn't. Most of us are not pro drivers and would be unable to safely and effectively drive the 911 to its potential on the street.

The Box S offers plenty of power, top down fun and great looks.

A C4 or C4S is another story though. I would love to have one as a daily driver since I encounter lots or rainy days and the odd snow/slush.

I personally think the 911 cabrios look a bit odd. The lines of the boxster flow so muhc better if you want a drop top.

The 911 is more of a status car than anything (and you pay for it). If you really want more practicality as well as great power and handling go for a Cayman S. If you want to enjoy the sun at the same time. Go for the Box S.

Regardless with what you go with, just enjoy what you have as much as possible
__________________
97 Arctic Silver/Boxster Red

Carbon Everything
De-ambered
De-snorkled
Litronics
Eibach Pro Kit
Dansk Sport exhaust
Cheap Chinese headers
Silver console and bumperettes
AVIC D3
15mm H&R spacers in the rear
SSR GT3 19's
GT3 Carbon Replicas
Alcantera door panels
JL Aduio 5 channel powering Polks and Clif Designs

To do/complete:
Elemental Designs 10" subs in fiberglass enclosures behind seats
Carbon 3 spoke install with custom stereo control buttons (tiptronic wheel)
angman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 03:34 PM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 846
As "tricky" as a 911 is to maximize its handling, the new versions are very hard to do anything silly in. Go back to an '80s or '70s 911 and its a bit different story. No computers, smaller tires and antiquated suspension design.

Believe me, if you "think" you are getting 100% out of your boxster on the street, you would have to be an even better driver than if you were in a 911.

Why?

Because in a 911 you are always aware of that mass behind you. You learn to always ADD gas in a corner, rather than lift.

the boxster has such balanced handling, that is doesn't give nearly the amount of feedback as you approach the limit untill its nearly too late. A boxster becomes VERY twitchy at the limit compared to a 911.

The Boxster is easier to drive.. but that doesn't make it better
__________________
1976 914 2.0
2000 Boxster 2.7 (sold)
1978 911 SC (sold)
1970 914 w/2056 (sold)
racer_d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 04:04 PM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Chicago
Posts: 585
Quote:
Originally Posted by NickCats
Well, since it's winter and I'm missing my car, I'm internet shopping again and I came across this :

http://lexington.porschedealer.com/preowned_cars/info.php?inventoryid=368961

So my question is, would you rather have this or a brand new Boxster S ?

Nick
Something about the Carerras just doesn't look right anymore? I was infatuated with them until the 996 came around. I think if I were to buy anything newer it would have to have a big freakin' wing on it (turbo or GT3) or something to break up its big flowing a$$.

Between the two I would take a newer (I don't buy new cars) Boxster S. In a perfect world I would buy an early 90's (right before the 993) turbo. Now that looks nice! Sure the maintenance might be a little scary but the looks are worth it. Plus if you think of it as spending $30k plus some maintenance it is still cheaper than $60k.
Sammy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 07:14 PM   #16
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Northern California
Posts: 26
I vote for the Boxster S
richv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 09:28 PM   #17
Registered User
 
vincesf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 135
I would go for the Boxster S for open air riding, and its mid-engine placement resulting in superior handling.
vincesf
vincesf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 10:18 PM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 26
As for handling I have to agree with racer d. The Boxster has a lot going for it handling wise but that does not make the 911 a bad car. I had my butt kicked by a GT3 RS on the track, the straights were a no brainer and the curves I even had a hard time keeping up. I picked the Boxster because I preferred the look. The new 911's have that bubble of a rear end and it just seems to be handing out there. I also love the convertible. The Boxster also fits my neighborhood a little better.

You really shouldn't pick a car by the performance numbers, they don't mean much when you are driving. You have to drive it and decide.
8 Ball is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 04:13 AM   #19
Registered User
 
edevlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 916
I have thought about 911's because of the extra interior space, but the new Boxster Spyder seems hard to beat in my book, and it does not come with close to 40K of driving on it, like the 911 listed.... decisions, decisions.....

Ed

__________________
My Car Webpage

2000 2.7L Boxster 102K; TTP intake, headers, high-flow cats; Dansk high-flow muffler; Autothority ECU chip; TechnoTorque 2; Bilstein coilovers; Racing Dynamics strut brace; stress-bar suspension kit; Aasco lightweight flywheel, B&M short shiftkit; 18" wheels; spare tire delete; OEM GT3 seats; JL audio speakers and subwoofer; Alpine PDX-5/PDX-2 amps; Kenwood DNX8120 CD/DVD/Nav; litronics, deambered
edevlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 10:40 AM   #20
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 128
I haven't owned a 911 enough to know the handling differences but everyone always says they are harder to drive and don't handle as well.

I recently read a MotorTrend article that sought to find the best handling car in America.

The GT3 was the winner with the Cayman S in second place.

MotorTrend - Best Handling Car in America


It sounds like the Box is easier to drive and less precarious but if you know what you are doing the 911 (at least in GT3 form) has better handling?
__________________
2003 Audi A4 Avant 3.0/6MT - Orient Blue/Beige
2002 Porsche Boxster 5spd - Seal Gray/Black
1990 BMW 325i (convertible) 5spd - Red/Beige/Black Top
larryshomework is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page