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Old 06-09-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Thoughts on the 2009 Boxster?

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I'm considering purchasing a 2009 Boxster. Any thoughts or experiences with it?
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:47 PM   #2
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A pretty awesome car with no serious inherent flaws. The beginning of the most reliable cars built by Porsche. Buy it!
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I just sold one in So Cal on Friday. Is it meteor gray by any chance? But to your point, it was an amazing car. The PDK is as good as I imagined.
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I’d love to have one. Not many to be had.
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Don't quote me, I believe I read somewhere that there were +/- 650 2009 Boxsters sold in the USA. Due to the start of the recession. Mine was an S. What a car.
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Thanks for the replies so far! I have to say, I'm really falling in love with this car, but I'm new to Porsches and have heard mixed things. A lot of people say that, beyond the actual price, I'll have to have quite a bit of disposable income to pay for maintenance and repairs. I'm willing to do so, within reason, but I'm debating between the 2009 Boxster and a 2016 Mazda Miata.

@rexcramer, ah, no, I'm in Northern California and this one is red!
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Both nice cars except, well, one’s a Porsche!
If your Boxster checks out, it will retain its value over the years and I’m sure you will appreciate the performance difference.
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Where and how.....

....do you drive?

If you live on a mountain road and want to just have a blast driving 10/10THS with the tail hanging out and don't drive long distances cross-country, get the Miata.

If you drive on roads with faster sweeping turns and more long distance, get the Boxster.

Can't lose either way.

Oh, and if you DO travel, remember the Boxster has two trunks. You can pack more than a toothbrush.

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Buy the one that makes you want to get in it and drive.
Cars are always an emotional purchase got me. Every single time I've tried to be pragmatic about a car purchase, I ended up hating the car.

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If it is a 2009 base Boxster, there is no IMS and no direct fuel injection. The best of all worlds for long term ownership!
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looking for a 2009 or 2010 myself. I want the S.
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Thanks, guys!

I would mostly be using the Boxster for everyday purposes, maybe for a weekend trip here and there. I live in Palo Alto, which is a relatively quiet and safe area in Northern California. No extreme weather to contend with here, though it does rain a lot.
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Cars are always an emotional purchase got me. Every single time I've tried to be pragmatic about a car purchase, I ended up hating the car.

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The marketers and the car companies love people like you! LOL

Look at their commercials. They're selling you emotions, not cars. They're betting on us to buy with feelings, not with our minds. And it works.

Not saying there's anything wrong with that, I'm just pointing out the obvious.

Not always, but I try to be more practical with my car purchases. They're mostly like a wrench to me. Do the job right, do it economically and with the least amount of fuss. I'll pay more for a good wrench, but it better do the job better than the cheap wrenches.

I've had fancy cars and I've had cars that had one wheel in the grave. Two of my favorite cars are a Ford Escort 5-speed that I paid $175 for and a Dodge Raider I paid $400 for. Maybe it's because I could do anything with them and didn't care if they got dented, scratched, or whatever! I got the most bang for the buck with those.

Why did I get a Porsche? Mainly because my wife always wanted one and I got it as a gift. Do I love the car? Hell yeah! Then again I got a fantastic deal on it. So far I'm getting a pretty good bang for the buck with it as well! Plus it's a fun as hell car to drive, I can't deny that! So was my Raider.

I've made some emotional car purchases, and I still have a one. It's my fire truck. But my daily driver and my work van are purely practical cars: My Subaru Outback and my Dodge Grand Caravan. Reliable, good gas mileage, low cost of purchase/ownership. When they stop serving me well, I'll sell them and get something else. For me, cheap, worry-free driving is happy driving. So in that sense, I guess I make emotional purchases as well.


Really, it doesn't matter what our reasoning, or lack thereof, as long as we're happy we can't go wrong.


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Thanks, guys!

I would mostly be using the Boxster for everyday purposes, maybe for a weekend trip here and there. I live in Palo Alto, which is a relatively quiet and safe area in Northern California. No extreme weather to contend with here, though it does rain a lot.
Enjoy your new Porsche! I have no doubt you will!
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looking for a 2009 or 2010 myself. I want the S.
Here's one in Panama City, FL. Don't let the price fool you...I've seen them advertise it for high $24's and I think it could be had for low 20's. I've seen and driven the car and its very nice. It has one small ding over drivers side rear wheel and rear tires need to be replaced. Tail lights have some light scratches that could be buffed out.
This is a highly optioned car and looks great.

It has one carfax blemish but I couldn't see any evidence of the work. No rock chips on front end either.
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A lot of people say that, beyond the actual price, I'll have to have quite a bit of disposable income to pay for maintenance and repairs.
This is accurate. The good news is that a 2009 is not only newer but will likely have a lot fewer miles than the average 986 so some of the most common repairs will still be a fews years in the future. But remember that there are no cheap Porsche's. You can pay now or pay later, but you will pay.


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I'm willing to do so, within reason...
A good plan is to budget $2,000 per year for repairs and maintenance. Some years will be less, some might be more, but over the long run (especially as the car gets older and the miles accumulate) this is as good of a budget as any.


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... but I'm debating between the 2009 Boxster and a 2016 Mazda Miata.
No comparison in terms of ongoing upkeep - the Miata will be MUCH cheaper. But it's nothing close to a Porsche.
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Thanks for the replies so far! I have to say, I'm really falling in love with this car, but I'm new to Porsches and have heard mixed things. A lot of people say that, beyond the actual price, I'll have to have quite a bit of disposable income to pay for maintenance and repairs. I'm willing to do so, within reason, but I'm debating between the 2009 Boxster and a 2016 Mazda Miata.

@rexcramer, ah, no, I'm in Northern California and this one is red!
I gotta be honest. The Miata will be 1/2 the cost to own but it is 1/2 the car. Pick your poison.
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Don't quote me, I believe I read somewhere that there were +/- 650 2009 Boxsters sold in the USA. Due to the start of the recession. Mine was an S. What a car.
I've been off the grid for a few days. You may have seen this in my 09 S ad. Porsche sold 1900 Boxsters in the US in 2009 due to the stock mkt crash. Since base models outsell the S by approx. 2-1, I estimate there were 600-700 S's sold in 09.

Porsche made a huge leap in quality from the 986 to the 987. They addressed many of the mechanical issues with the 987.2 vs the 987.1. You will enjoy an exciting vehicle if you buy an 09 Boxster. If you're not able to do your own maintenance, then it will cost you way more than owning a Miata. It's referred to as the Porsche Tax, but is true with any European car vs Japanese.
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Thanks for the correction husker.

I spent $5,058 on maintenance on our 09 S in the 27 months we owned it. The climate control module gave up and that was a $1,000 after programming. Then the hi/low A/C pressure switch wouldn't and that was $714. I had to replace both seat covers. The ventilated seat covers are not very durable. I did the labor, but the covers were $750 a piece. It really eats rear tires. Pick your price. The rest was normal oil/filter stuff.

In the near future it was going to need front rotors and pads. The PDK, at 10 years, really should have its fluid X/O. It was also coming due for a coolant change.

We put 8100 miles on it in that time. 25K to 33K. Great car, just not the right car for my wife. I'm keeping the 97 for me. We plan to replace it with a Macan for her.

FYI, we paid $27K for it and I sold it for $24K to a high end used car dealer. They contacted me via Craigslist. Their's was the only solid cash offer I received. Lots of inquires/posers/wastes of time from others. It Blue Booked at +/-$25.5K.

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The marketers and the car companies love people like you! LOL

Look at their commercials. They're selling you emotions, not cars. They're betting on us to buy with feelings, not with our minds. And it works.
Emotions? You can bet I'll be emotional when Porsche finally offers a car with fine Corinthian leather

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