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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-06-2020, 02:18 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 1
'04 Boxster S or '09 Boxster?

Hello all. I'm new to 986 Forum.

Have owned a number of German performance cars through the years. The latest was a 2017 M2. I now need the utility of an SUV day to day, but would like to add a second car. In order to justify 2 vehicles, I'll need to venture a bit older to get into the budget range.

I've found an '04 Boxster S with 41k miles and an '09 Boxster with 89k miles. Both are clean and have full service records and appear to be in good condition, accident free, etc. Both are similarly priced.

What wisdom would the experts here offer toward narrowing that decision and vetting pre-purchase?

Thanks in advance.

Salt1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2020, 04:21 PM   #2
1997, PCA Riverside
 
rexcramer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Upland, CA
Posts: 1,243
Garage
I had an 09 S PDK that was a very nice car. If the IMS issue is a concern for you, the 09 is the first year of a new engine design and does not have one. I sold it about 15 months ago for $24K with+/- 30k on the odo.
rexcramer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2020, 05:02 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 376
Its said,..there is less chance of engine issue's with the 09' engine's and ( IIRC ) No direct injection in that year either,.,.But my thought is lower mileage car's wont need new parts,.as soon as higher mileage cars will...Plus,. which car do you like to look at more !
flmont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2020, 05:35 PM   #4
Registered User
 
911monty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: California Central Coast
Posts: 1,334
Garage
Similarly Priced???? Either the 04 is way optimistic on price or the 09 is hiding something. Otherwise the 09 by a wide margin.

Last edited by 911monty; 08-06-2020 at 05:42 PM.
911monty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2020, 09:57 AM   #5
Registered User
 
husker boxster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 2,447
Performance-wise, they are similar.

The big question with the 04S is whether the IMS has been changed. $2500-3000 if not (incl IMS, clutch, & RMS).

The big question with the 09 base, if PDK, is whether the trans fluid has been flushed. This yr requires 6 yr / 60 mi service. $700-1000 at dealer if necessary.

Tires for either would be $800-1200. Brake pads ~ $300 for parts. Check oil intervals on the receipts - you want 5-8K mi btwn changes. Esp important for the 04S since at the time it was new, Porsche & Mobil had too long of intervals.
__________________
PCA National HPDE Instructor
2008 Boxster S Limited Edition #005
2008 Cayman S Sport - Signal Green
1987 928 S4 - Granite Green Metallic (Felsengrun)
husker boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2020, 05:38 PM   #6
Artist, 986S tinkerer
 
NewArt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 1,716
I have an 04 S and a 2010 S. I know you're looking at the base but the 10 is a much more sophisticated car. The 986 gives a more raw experience. The 987.2 engine does give you more peace of mind
NewArt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2020, 09:32 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 22
Another thing to look out for is all the rubber bits like bushings, CV boots, motor mount, etc. Despite the lower mileage of the '04, these things may be deteriorating just due to age. The '09 similarly may be running into these problems but more because of the higher mileage. Obviously, for both cars, it would be more reassuring to me if more of these components have been replaced in the past few years.

And my opinion is that just because both have full service records I would still have a thorough inspection/PPI done since issues can come up after the last service inspection. In general, go with the one that is in better condition but if all that separates these two are minor issues, I would go with the '09.

Andy804 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 11:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, 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