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Old 08-22-2015, 03:56 PM   #1
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Looking to enter the Porsche family...not sure what to get.

Hello all. This is my first post and I'm trying to research which Boxster to get. I am not going new as its a bit high for me. I've narrowed it down to between a 2005 to a 2009 Boxster.
My question is are there years to avoid? Boxster vs Boxster S. I need help please.


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Old 08-22-2015, 04:11 PM   #2
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Looking to enter the Porsche family...not sure what to get.

An 09 and newer car with a 9A1 engine is better value for money while being more expensive. That being said there isn't much different between an 05 and 08. So maybe a slightly older S would be a better buy then a base.

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Old 08-22-2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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Thank you BigJake. Would you say there are any years to avoid?


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Old 08-22-2015, 05:13 PM   #4
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You'll get better info from a 987 forum. You might try rennlist.
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:44 PM   #5
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Big Jake nailed it. Get the S if you want a little more performance, get as new as you can. Be aware of the IMSB issue, and buy a newer Boxster without one if it bothers you.
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:54 PM   #6
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I would go with an 06 at the minimum in that age range. Beefier IMS for starters. But an 09 is the way to go if budget allows, IMO. An S is a nice upgrade, but if you've never had a Sportscar before, the base will still wow you.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:09 PM   #7
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I recently went from a 1st gen 986 to a 2009 Cayman. The 09 is a lot more car, lot more $$. You should be able to find a nice lo mi 2009 car for around $30k.
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:17 PM   #8
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09 and up for sure.
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:07 PM   #9
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I think 09 was also the first year for the PDK
I could be wrong.....
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:45 PM   #10
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In my opinion, you should look for the one with the lowest mileage you can afford. As S is better than a base but a base is still very enjoyable. The IMS bearing thing is very over stated but when you change the clutch, upgrade the bearing. I recently picked up a 2000 S with 12,000 miles for a great price. You never know what you are going to find. Just keep looking for ultra low miles and dont worry about the year so much.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:03 AM   #11
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Currently looking at an 06 with the color scheme that I want at a price I can afford with about 45k miles.




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Old 08-24-2015, 12:43 PM   #12
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Nice car! You will love it. And the mileage is just right, low enough to be a good value over the long haul but you are over 40K so the danger of IMS failure is much lower now. Make sure you get a pre purchase inspection from a good Porsche mechanic!

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