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Old 01-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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2000 vs 2007 Boxster S

I absolutely love my 9 year old Boxster S.

Of course I wish it had more power, more specifically more below 4000RPMs.

It's extremely hard to test drive a 2007+ Boxster S in the middle of winter where I live since they are all on summer tires and it's snowing-freezing here.

A dealership in NYC offered me a pretty much stripped 2007 Boxster S with 12 000 miles for 35 000$. I am tempted but wonder if that car is worth 30 000$ more than mine (35 000$ USD is about 43 000$ CAN and then I have to pay a 20% tax to import it to Canada)

What do you think? Are the changes on the 987S THAT significant?

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While I'm certainly no Porsche expert I believe your first sentence answers your question. $30k is alot of money for an upgrade....IMO.
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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I think you answered your own question. If you love your current Boxster there is no reason to ditch it for a used one you now nothing about (maintenance history, etc.).

Personally, I prefer the styling of the 986 over the 987. The 986 was designed to be like the 550 Spyder, the 987 strays from that design so it can be new. Whether or not it is better is up to you.
The only significant change worth the $30k upgrade cost in my opinion are the built-in cupholders.
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:14 PM   #4
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Jacques79,


My Canadian brother from another mother, sir you have answered your concerns and desires in your original post;

"I absolutely love my 9 year old Boxster S." Keep it!

"Of course I wish it had more power, more specifically more below 4000RPMs.", "if that car is worth 30 000$ more than mine". Take that money and slip in a 3.6 or 3.8...problem solved.
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:49 PM   #5
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OK lets give you another choice

How about a 3.6 litre engine with 300+ HP and lots of the design problems in the engine in your car fixed for less than $20k and no tax implications? You can do the new clutch, motor mounts, etc while it is there I'm sure.

Ship your car to Jake and he'll do the job and the authorities will look at your car as you drive it back and never know.


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If I were in your position, I would probably lean toward some sort of engine swap for more power. With that said, just about all my racing experance comes from motocross, and there are times when buying a new bike refreshes my interest in racing.
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Spend some money on getting a set of headers, midpipes and exhaust from fabspeed instead. It'll cost you $5k as suppose to $30k.

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I would go new. Or spend 40 for a 996 turbo.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:00 PM   #9
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987 for reliability, performance, style

In a thread on the deficiencies of the 986 someone said that all those problems had been solved in the 987 (2005+).
Mine is a very reliable car, and quick - 0-60 in 5.1 sec.
Style preferences are personal; to me the 986 is too rounded, too soft, and the headlights are ugly. Some of the 987 style comes from muscle cars, I guess, but it does connote performance. And the shape of the vent behind the doors on the 987 is way-cool (and can be improved with the Cayman vent cover).
There is a comprehensive list of differences somewhere in past posts.
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Keep it
Don't throw money at the old car with engine transplant

Enjoy the car as it is. It's a lot of money to upgrade abd differences are minor imho.
Thrown money at the old car is gone forever.

Keep the money and enjoy your car.

Consider being another second, different car. My experience is that however good the car, after a while you get bored with it sometimes. Even with the Boxster. Then drive your other fun car for a while, leave the boxster until you get bored with the other car. THEN step into the BoxsterS again and you will wonder what the hell you were thinking back then.

Works for me...and in the end saves a lot of money...friends of mine trade new m3's, corvettes, porsches every 1 to 2 years and throw away much more money then I do...


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Old 01-18-2009, 04:50 AM   #11
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You already answered your question.
If you still love driving your car, just enjoy it. Newer is not better. You know what you got. Any car you purchase may have mechanical problems that you won't find out about until you drive the car.

Personally, I like the looks of the 986 better than the 987. I'm sure my 987 friends have a different opinion.

Unless your independently wealthy, save the money. These are challenging financial times and you just might need the money for something else.

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Old 01-18-2009, 09:10 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the responses.

I really prefer the look of the 987 vs the 986 (interior and exterior) but when I test drove a Cayman S the power difference didn't overwhelm me.

I thought about getting a second car like an STI or an M3 but everytime I test drive other cars and I get back into my Boxster there is no comparison in the fun factor.

I was looking a an old 4 door E36 M3 and it would be practical to have a car with more space and all with a softer ride.

And yes I am the type that does love changing cars every year because I just love driving different sorts of cars. I used to do this for 4-5 years, but the problem is now that I have a Boxster S I am having more difficulty in giving it up.

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