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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
Registered User
 
evo-r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 378
Thinking of buying a used Boxster, which one is the wiser choice?

Which one is the wiser choice? and why? Thx!

1) 2001 Base, manual, 61k miles = $10,500

2) 2002 S, auto, 37k miles = $14,000

3) 2003 Base, auto, 77k miles = $12,000

4) 2005 Base, manual, 101k miles = $15,000

5) 2004 S, manual, 36k miles = $18,000

6) 2006 S, auto, 50k miles = $24,500 (hardtop, HID, rear parking sensor & BOSE)

Last edited by evo-r; 03-24-2013 at 03:10 PM.
evo-r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
2000 Boxster S
 
rcbox2k1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: OKC
Posts: 63
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by evo-r View Post
Which one is the wiser choice? and why? Thx!

1) 2001 Base, manual, 61k miles = $10,500

2) 2002 S, auto, 37k miles = $14,000

3) 2003 Base, auto, 77k miles = $12,000

4) 2005 Base, manual, 101k miles = $15,000
IMO wait for a Boxster S, manual but if you are picking from one above then my pick is # 2) 2002 S, auto, 37k miles = $14,000
__________________
2000 Porsche Boxter S
Arctic Silver

Last edited by rcbox2k1; 03-22-2013 at 06:00 PM.
rcbox2k1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #3
Registered User
 
M1Ark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Phoenix, Az
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by evo-r View Post
Which one is the wiser choice? and why? Thx!

1) 2001 Base, manual, 61k miles = $10,500

2) 2002 S, auto, 37k miles = $14,000

3) 2003 Base, auto, 77k miles = $12,000

4) 2005 Base, manual, 101k miles = $15,000

# 2 if you had to pick from the above list. I have a 2003 S with a Tiptronic and it is great. 2003 is the first year with the glass window in the soft top. Something to consider.
M1Ark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
I am my own mechanic....
 
Timco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posts: 3,433
You want the S.
__________________
'04 Boxster S 50 Jahre 550 Spyder Anniversary Special Edition, 851 of 1953, 6-sp, IMS/RMS, GT Metallic silver, cocoa brown leather SOLD to member Broken Linkage.
'08 VW Touareg T-3 wife's car
'13 F150 Super Crew long bed 4x4 w/ Ego Boost
Timco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Skrapmot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 415
Thinking of buying a used Boxster, which one is the wiser choice?

I'd stay clear of the 100k on unless the price is cheaper. There's no way I'd buy an automatic unless you need to eat your breakfast or put makeup on in your car. I'd get the base model out of those options, but make sure it's mechanically sound. If you don't know how to drive stick or like to fuss with your hair in the mirror, get low mileage S.
More importantly, find a model first that is your favorite color ....my biggest regret is not buying a silver with red interior, or maybe that light seal green... My black is a POS to keep clean, and heats up to 200 degrees in the sun, making washing it a challenge. Keep shopping until you find the one. It's worth the wait and maybe a little extra cash if need be.
Second, make sure it's mechanically sound, documented, and well cared for. A lot of posers buy them and drive them like an appliance, without taking the time to are for them properly. I'm always shocked by the number of new Porsche going through auto care washes. Don't buy some else's problems.

Last edited by Skrapmot; 03-22-2013 at 08:14 PM.
Skrapmot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
Registered User
 
heliguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,111
05 Base has as many horsepower as the 02 S. It all depends on what other options it has.
heliguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 04:00 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Frederick MD
Posts: 658
Quote:
Originally Posted by heliguy View Post
05 Base has as many horsepower as the 02 S. It all depends on what other options it has.
1) You're wrong, but I'll grant you they're getting close.

2) It's not all about HP. I'm certain if you super imposed the torque curve of the 2.7 over that of the 3.2 on a graph, it'd be pretty clear which car would be more fun to drive...

Also, I respectfully say that all stock Boxsters are under powered, it's just that the S's from year to year are less so...

Last edited by shadrach74; 03-23-2013 at 05:05 AM.
shadrach74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 07:45 AM   #8
Registered User
 
BruceH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Bedford, TX
Posts: 2,481
Garage
Choose wisely which might mean being patient. Find one that is well cared for meaning routine maintenance has been done. Then once you find one in that has been maintained and is in the color you want, go get a PPI(pre-purchase inspection) from a shop that knows Porsche's. There are lots of good Boxsters out there but there are also a lot that are not so good. There are no "cheap" Boxsters.
__________________
______________________________________________
2001 Boxster S Lapis Blue
TS Cat Bypass Pipes and exhaust
iPad Mini Dash Install
DEPO Tail Lights
BruceH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #9
Registered User
 
amschnellsten's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 99
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadrach74 View Post
1) You're wrong, but I'll grant you they're getting close.

2) It's not all about HP. I'm certain if you super imposed the torque curve of the 2.7 over that of the 3.2 on a graph, it'd be pretty clear which car would be more fun to drive...

Also, I respectfully say that all stock Boxsters are under powered, it's just that the S's from year to year are less so...
I would go for the 01 manual, the mileage is not bad and the price is decent. If you are looking for performance the 01 base would out perform the auto 3.2 and be a lot more fun to drive. The 05 base would out perform them all but the price and mileage is the downside.
amschnellsten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 11:20 AM   #10
Registered User
 
evo-r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 378
Thanks for the replies so far, and found the 5th option;

5) 2004 S, manual, 36k miles = $18,000
evo-r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 11:45 AM   #11
Registered User
 
BruceH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Bedford, TX
Posts: 2,481
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by evo-r View Post
Thanks for the replies so far, and found the 5th option;

5) 2004 S, manual, 36k miles = $18,000
Go see if you can negotiate it down. My 2001 S was listed at $18,500. Final price was $13,750. Again though, decide on the color/options that you want, find a good example, get a PPI and then negotiate. Just my .02 cents.
__________________
______________________________________________
2001 Boxster S Lapis Blue
TS Cat Bypass Pipes and exhaust
iPad Mini Dash Install
DEPO Tail Lights
BruceH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 03:09 PM   #12
Registered User
 
evo-r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 378
One more

6) 2006 S, auto, 50k miles = $24,500 (hardtop, HID, rear parking sensor & BOSE)
evo-r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 04:04 PM   #13
recycledsixtie
 
recycledsixtie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Edmonton Canada
Posts: 824
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by evo-r View Post
One more

6) 2006 S, auto, 50k miles = $24,500 (hardtop, HID, rear parking sensor & BOSE)
Make sure you get one with the options you want - auto trans/tiptronic vs. manual.
Try both. Heated seats? I like lower mileage cars. Try several cars and of course a PPI(prepurchase in inspection) before you commit or walk. Do not be in a hurry. It is a buyer's market.Receipts for work done helps.Accident damage?
recycledsixtie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 04:53 PM   #14
Registered User
 
More's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 347
My biggest regret was not saving up the extra cash for the Boxster S as recommended in the Video below.

Porsche boxter fifth gear - YouTube
__________________
1998 Porsche Boxster 986 Convertible.
More is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 06:34 PM   #15
Registered User
 
BruceH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Bedford, TX
Posts: 2,481
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by More View Post
My biggest regret was not saving up the extra cash for the Boxster S as recommended in the Video below.

Porsche boxter fifth gear - YouTube
That one had the dreaded broken "B" on the rear badging.
__________________
______________________________________________
2001 Boxster S Lapis Blue
TS Cat Bypass Pipes and exhaust
iPad Mini Dash Install
DEPO Tail Lights
BruceH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #16
Registered User
 
Johnny Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,809
Garage
Just make sure that it's speed yellow !
__________________
Don't worry I've got the microfilm.
Johnny Danger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #17
Registered User
 
More's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 347
Quote:
Originally Posted by BruceH View Post
That one had the dreaded broken "B" on the rear badging.
Well spotted Bruce.
__________________
1998 Porsche Boxster 986 Convertible.
More is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 06:55 PM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Arizona
Posts: 711
for 18k, get Paul's 3.6 Boxster
Crono0001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #19
Registered User
 
BruceH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Bedford, TX
Posts: 2,481
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by More View Post
Well spotted Bruce.
I'm sensitive to that since mine had it too, but not anymore I just fixed it a couple of weeks ago!
__________________
______________________________________________
2001 Boxster S Lapis Blue
TS Cat Bypass Pipes and exhaust
iPad Mini Dash Install
DEPO Tail Lights
BruceH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2013, 08:13 PM   #20
Registered User
 
More's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 347
Quote:
Originally Posted by BruceH View Post
I'm sensitive to that since mine had it too, but not anymore I just fixed it a couple of weeks ago!
Mine needs replacing as well.
Did you do it yourself?
__________________
1998 Porsche Boxster 986 Convertible.
More 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 08:44 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