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

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-25-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: albany
Posts: 40
2004 s vs 2003 s

on ebay there are 2 boxster 2...a 2004 yellow with 17700miles,3 owners(2 short term,1 long term).the car is in calif( I am in ny) and I would need to have a ppi done by a porsche specialist there.price is $23600. a 2003 s with 16,600mi,1 owner is on ebay and more local to me..price is $23000. what do you think of these prices and the situation as to which is preferable?thanks.
kriss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 287
Local and 1 owner is preferable

I bought my 03's from a seller only 5 hours away and it was a bit of a hassle. Hard to work out the logistics, expense to have it transported, remote PPI, etc., A lot easier if it is local and you can go take a look - or have your own mechanic check it out.

and with multiple owners you lose some continuity of the maintenance - what are the odds they were all good conscientious owners?

That said, if you are looking for something special or the price is right many of us have traveled far and wide to bring home the box.
urban_legend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 12
I bought my Speed Yellow '03 from a Porsche dealer 2 hours away for 30K. 1 owner, 15k miles and in perfect condition. I was able to have my local tech check the car out even thought it was a certified Porche pre-owned vehicle. I felt much better about spending the money, ya know!
The prices you got seems pretty good though!
Good luck...
2003 Boxster Speed Yellow

Brew city is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2011, 06:42 PM   #4
Autobahn Glanz
WhipE350's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,282
Kriss, those are both basically new cars ( i.e. < 20000 miles). It's possible the 2004 'S' had owners that just wanted a garage queen and sold when they wanted another queen, its not like buying a 60k miles car with 3 owners. I personally would take the 2003 still cause it would likely be easier to get service records...though there can't be much service, I also would really want to see the car in person. I haven't checked prices recently, I would hope you can get them for less then those prices, though that might be fair. Is either being sold by a private seller? Both seem like you will be really happy, go with you gut feeling or spend the extra and get ppi done on each for peace of mind. Good luck!!
WhipE350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2011, 05:57 AM   #5
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Sanford NC
Posts: 2,319
Thousands for sale now

Both my Boxsters were flawless cars despite 2 prior owners each. Boxsters are cars that fit a certain point in one's life for most of us. A good PPI from a great mechanic who is going to service the car with the info gained will reassure you. Having said that, you are looking at 7-8 year old cars and things do age (plastic/rubber) not just wear out. I'd rather have the well maintained 60k car than the garage queen 20k one.

Use http://www.autotempest.com/ to look at many sources and see if you can find the right one for you. And locate that trusted mechanic first. He is your friend and savior.

No big differences between a '03 and '04 car, the big differences came at 2000 and 2003 and of course 2005.

Considering that you can get a well maintained '01S for $15k, the prices you are quoting seem high to me but then condition and locale do come into play and it is spring.
mikefocke is offline   Reply With Quote

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 09:45 AM.

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