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Old 08-28-2005, 01:45 AM   #1
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In your opinion is it worth paying $10,000 more to get the S badge and forty more hp

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I'm planning to finally buy a new boxster ('05) this week. I isolated already few cars and the option that I want (stick,heated seats, bose with windstop, xenons, sport steering wheel, 19" carrera rims). I'll probably make a move before the end of august (tuesday probably...). The only thing that is keeping me from sleeping at night is to know if I should spend $10,000 more for the S model. My previous car was an Evo. When I test drove both boxster models I was more impressed by the handling and the built quality than the power (since the evo for pretty quick) and I didn't really feel a big difference in between them.
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:00 AM   #2
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Horse power rules my friend. I have owned many cars and if I have learned one thing it is that you cannot have too much horsepower or too much money.... All kidding aside, whenever I am faced with buying the "S" model or the "not as fast" model, I choose the "S" model. Resale I believe is better (I just bought my 2002 Boxster S and love it. I screened out all the standard Boxsters very quickly in the selection process). I do understand the price difference is significant, but if price is a huge consideration perhaps you should not be buying a Porsche.....
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Old 09-05-2005, 10:07 AM   #3
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I think you have already answered this question for yourself, as you have driven both cars. It is your money and only you can decide what you value most.

Good luck deciding.

Either way you are getting a pretty sweet car.
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Old 09-05-2005, 10:35 AM   #4
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...but if price is a huge consideration perhaps you should not be buying a Porsche.....
I cant tell you how sick of the "maybe a porsche is not your best choice" or "maybe if you care that much about money, a porsche is not the best car for you" comments I am. People come here not for general car buying advise, but advise on their porsche buying. I am not rich at all, but I have owned 2 porsches now. Clearly this guy has a lot more money than me because he CAN afford not only a 2005 Boxster that is well optioned, but an S as well (he never said he could not afford it, he just wondered if the 10 grand was worth it.... NOT a bad question).

Porsches are great -- have a fun time in your new one. You cant go wrong either way. My opinion is that the S model (for me) is less important on the 2005 models than the previous models.
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Old 09-05-2005, 11:36 AM   #5
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Don't forget, certain options cost more for the Boxster vs. the Boxster S. For example:

Bose is $1,665 vs $950
19 inch Carrrera wheel $2,785 vs. $1,550

So, the same options on the Boxster cost $1,950 more!

Therefor the price difference now is only $53,100 (S) - $43,800 (base) - $1,950 (options) = $7,350

$7,350/ 40 additional HP = $183.75 per extra HP!

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Old 09-05-2005, 08:20 PM   #6
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I cant tell you how sick of the "maybe a porsche is not your best choice" or "maybe if you care that much about money, a porsche is not the best car for you" comments I am. .
Sorry if my comment came off a little strong. I love all Porsches as evidenced by the fact that I used to drive a 1970 914 and loved it. The point I was trying to make was that I think it is a good idea to spend the money on the upgrade to S first, before some of the other options on the table. But that is just my opinion. Agreed, it will be a great car in either version.
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:47 AM   #7
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I enjoy the feel and handling of a car... and I think the normal Boxster has the qualities I like.. if HP and speed are a major factor to you.. then you should pony up the extra dough...

As for myself.. i rarely speed, don't accelerate too fast, but I want decent passing speed and fun on a mountain road with the top down... so non S version has adequate power for me...

but if your gonna fork out the dough for xenons, bose, and rimms... you should just get the S and try to cutt a deal!!
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Old 10-21-2005, 03:21 PM   #8
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Dude, the S and regular are not as different as a Lancer and an EVO for example.

I drove a 987S for all morning on an extended test drive. It doesn't feel any different, horespower wise. It is funny it feels and sounds the same but when you look down the speed is higher than you expected.

Now could I tell blindfolded, yes. But again I wasn't like "oh yeah this is it man feel that power , I need to trade my non S now"
I have never heard of someone regretting spending the money for an S.

You asked the 500,000 dollar question man(the million dollar question being 986 or 987), but you can't loose.

drop the top and go.
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Old 10-21-2005, 03:28 PM   #9
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drop the top and go.
This is all that matters

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drop the top and go.
Well said. I agonized about it also, but here is the deal. It's a Porsche, baby! Grab sack and buy it!!!

Disclaimer: By the way, I am assuming, BB19scp, that you are a dude. If not, I apologize and you may grab whatever you wish. There goes my tourettes again.

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Well said. I agonized about it also, but here is the deal. It's a Porsche, baby! Grab sack and buy it!!!

Disclaimer: By the way, I am assuming, BB19scp, that you are a dude. If not, I apologize and you may grab whatever you wish. There goes my tourettes again.

Cheers!

Don't worry Rail...according to his user profile, you got it right!
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This comes down to whether you want that "edge" over other Boxsters on the streets,even though you may seen only a handful a month. ALL Boxster are FUN,HANDLE WELL,HAVE SOME SPEED and are GREAT CARS. In 1998 the BASE Boxster was Named 'Automobile Magazine's' 1998 Automobile of the Year. The Boxster has been on the Top 10 Best of Car and Driver,guess how many times? SIX TIMES!!!!!. In 2000 the Boxster S was named on the top 10 of 2000. Any choice will be GREAT,its your choice. If resell is important to you,then the S is the way to go. If leaving some money for mods is important buy base and add your own personal touch to it.So whatever you buy its up to the driver to make what the car is.
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I recently faced this question also. I decided that you can't go wrong either way with the current horsepower and torque differences. If I was going to the track I'd go with the S. Otherwise go with your gut and finances.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:25 AM   #14
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Its a tough decision. I am looking to get a second hand 987 and also deliberating about the S version over the standard. For me its the difference between about 4K pounds rather than 10k dollars ! I drove a new boxter S 987 and preferred the quality and feel to the grunty roar of the 350Z ,but its only the S version that keeps up with the cheaper 350Z or has the same 6 speed gearbox. I'm not sure if the additional gear helps with economy or is there for acceleration , either way its one more plus for the S in my view.
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Its a tough decision. I am looking to get a second hand 987 and also deliberating about the S version over the standard. For me its the difference between about 4K pounds rather than 10k dollars ! I drove a new boxter S 987 and preferred the quality and feel to the grunty roar of the 350Z ,but its only the S version that keeps up with the cheaper 350Z or has the same 6 speed gearbox. I'm not sure if the additional gear helps with economy or is there for acceleration , either way its one more plus for the S in my view.

Not a boxster expert here, still shopping for it actually, but comming from 350Z Touring, yeah it's not as fast (base, S is actually faster than the Z), the 6th gear is really not for economy, when you are on a track, closely spaced gears allow you to drop fewer RPMs when shifting and allow you to keep the car in the sweet spot.
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