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Old 02-16-2009, 09:39 PM   #1
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Smile Just bought an '05 S

Hi all,

Just picked up my S last week. I was looking at Miatas for quite awhile, but I couldn't really decide on what I wanted. Once you loaded them up, sticker was about $30k. Even at invoice and with incentives, the depreciation on the first two years was kinda ugly too.

The Porsche dealer was next door, and I decided to drive a used S since they had a few on the lot. I was really impressed by the power and the glorious sound. I had to have one.

One thing I really like about the car is that it is quick, but you can still open it up and run through a few gears on occasion without worrying too much about losing your license. I had an '05 GSX-R 1000, and first gear took you to 100MPH... just too much power for the street.

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2005 Boxster S - midnight blue/grey leather
CPO - gives me 27 months warranty
Full leather
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15K miles
19" wheels

Paid $34k before taxes. Hopefully that's a pretty good deal.

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:06 AM   #2
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Looks like a great car and welcome to Porsche ownership! Bob // Colorado
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:54 AM   #3
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Looks like a nice car and a good buy. Now, get rid of the white stuff and have some fun on the twisties.

Is this a daily driver or fun car?
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:10 AM   #4
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Right now it is a daily driver. I haven't decided if I'm going to buy a beater for the winter, or wheels+snows and a top.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:55 AM   #5
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Buy a winter beater, especially if you have a garage for the Box.

As a single guy I always had one car. Then I got an autox car (not the box) and needed a winter car. I have never been so happy. Its a very freeing experience to drive the crummy car where I would be worried about the nice car.
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:29 AM   #6
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in THAT weather - I'd want a winter/beater car. If you have a garage, put the Boxster inside and keep it there.

I don't know your situation - single vs family, or whether you can realistically afford another car - given you just dropped 30k+ for a two seater "toy" type car, I'm guessing you could afford a few more grand for a beater.

i have a DD and the boxster is a weekend/fun car. I think it makes me appreciate the boxster even more because after a few days of driving around my DD - the Boxster is a welcome relief from car boredom.

given the horrible economy - you shoudl be able to find some decent used car or truck that is clean and reliable for not too much money.

having one car for FUN and one car for ERRANDS/COMMUTING is the way to go. i had a 4 door "hot rod" fast sedan - and while it was fun - it is better to have one car that justg "gets you around" and a separate car that is "all about fun".

oh I almost forgot - NICE CAR!!! I like it! I have a 2000 base and the ONLY car I would want to upgrade to woudl be a newer S. Mine is blue too. great color!!!!
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:58 AM   #7
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Welcome!

I vote for adding a beater also. Break out the Box on nice days for exercise or winterize and store it for the duration.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:23 PM   #8
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Driving a beater during the week makes driving the Box on weekends that much more fun.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:08 PM   #9
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Hi Capt -

Here's my official welcome to the group. Gorgeous car and a great buy - the CPO alone's worth $2K and will give you peace of mind.

DON'T drive it in the white stuff if you don't have snows. You'll be pulling donuts at the most inopportune time. On the surface, 23109VCs comment about finding a beater is probably true if you're not too picky. But it took me 4 mo to find a bad weather car that didn't have 120K mi, wasn't leaking oil like the Exxon Valdez, and didn't have CELs going off. Sounds like this is your first Porsche, so you're about to be exposed to the wonderful world of parts costing 4X the "normal" cost of other cars. Wheels will run you anywhere from $600 - $1200, depending on what you want. You've got several options to explore. Best bet for now is to become friendly with a co-worker or neighbor who can get you around in the bad weather. Bribe them with rides in your Box in the summer.

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I have snows on my Box because I want to drive it year-round. Now that I can take it out only on the nice days helps, but as you know the weathermen can't predict worth a darn around here. I didn't want to drive somewhere in nice weather and freak out when the snow starts falling.

Good luck with the no front plate. The Omaha cops don't care as long as you're not doing something stupid that forces them to pull you over. If you drive outside of Omaha, the State Patrol will immediately stop you. I lasted 6 mo before they caught me.

Hope we have a chance to get together, maybe at the Porsche Club breakfasts.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:58 PM   #10
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Can someone compare the steering-braking-shifting-power-torque-handling of a 2000 Boxster S vs a 2005 Boxster S?

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Old 02-18-2009, 07:43 AM   #11
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Congrats, and excellent choice. A Miata is a fun car, but it feels so ordinary compared to the Boxster S, and properly maintained, the Porsche should provide you years of smiles.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:14 PM   #12
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My Boxster is a daily driver. I got rid of two other cars because I couldn't stand to drive them.

I bought a used set of snow tires and a hardtop. Both were surprisingly inexpensive. The Boxster does great in the snow with proper tires. Its controlled, but you can still slide it around when you want to. Lots of fun. The hardtop totally changes the experience. Almost makes it civilized...
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:00 PM   #13
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I'll decide what I'm going to do this summer. I think the car would do really well with some snows, but if I could pick up a small 4x4 for $3500, that would be better. I'm guessing there will be more hardtops available in the summer too. I searched ebay and found nothing.

The Box feels a heck of a lot faster than my old BMW 330i. I guess 15s vs 13.5s quarter mile is a bigger difference than it seems.
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they aren't NEARLY as fun to drive as a boxster - but a used volvo makes a decent "beater". the older ones, like mine, are indestructible. I have a 1999 S70.

they have very large room cabins. big back seat, large trunk. they seem to age well too. my parents have a 1998, I have a 1999 - and they look much newer in terms of how the paint, interior, etc has held up. the T5 version pushes almost 250hp, albeit it's FWD. great cold weather cars. they make killer wagons. not the car I would buy for my "MAIN" vehicle as I honestly don't like the handling, and it's NOT stylish - but if you want something that will handle cold weather, is CHEAP, SAFE, and runs and runs and runs - the older boxy volvos are good finds.

my mechanic said most of the older volvos like mine will run 300,000 easily. the motors are tanks. not quite like an M96 in terms of reported failures... Mine has about 140k and it has required only routine maintenance the entire time I've owned it - i've had it from 20k miles to now.

they make an XC70 variant of the "boxy" wagon V70 - that has a similar powerplant as my car. great snow car - lots of practicality, luxury, and the one other good thing about used volvos from a buyer's perspectie is they depreciate terribly, so relatively clean ones, wtih low mileage are cheap.

just a suggestion. let me tell you this - after driving my S70 for a few days, getting in my 2.7L Base - it feels like i got into a indy car..
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I have snows on my Box because I want to drive it year-round.
Kudos to you for driving your LE box year-round!!! Porsches are built for all-year driving like Panthers.

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