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Old 04-06-2017, 06:16 AM   #1
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Smile Looking at 98 Boxster

Hi Everyone.

I just joined the forum and enjoy reading all the posts.

I have always wanted a Porsche and a convertible especially, so the Boxster fits perfectly. It's actually the first thing on my Bucket list. I'm no spring chicken so I better get going on that list.

I'm looking into getting a 98 Boxster with 160,000+ miles. It's at a Lexus dealer in Maryland, I live in Ohio, so just dropping by is out of the question. The appeal of getting this vehicle, other than the enjoyment of driving, is that my son works for the parent company of the dealer and we can get the vehicle at about $3,200 - a substantial discount.

I know I need to get a PPI on this but what other items/concerns should I be looking into?

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Old 04-06-2017, 07:33 AM   #2
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Service history, and do a thorough VIN search.
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:56 AM   #3
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Yah, already started on those.

I was wondering if anyone has knowledge of a good independent mechanic in the Rockville MD area that I can use for the PPI?
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:07 AM   #4
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For $3200, it would be a good deal, sure get a PPI but with 160k anything can go tomorrow, from a water pump to a synchro gear regardless of a PPI.

If you haven't driven a Box, I'd recommend finding one or two local this weekend for sale, take a couple of test drives, at least you can have a comparison for when you take this one for a drive as well.
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Is it Lexus of Rockville? I got my 2000 Boxster from them in August and they were extremely professional. only thing that held up my transaction was they had issues running my card and it took about and extra 30 minutes for that process.

I worked with Ashley Richards and she was amazing. The car was ready to go by the time I got there. We did the test drive, I told her I wanted to look at another car. I wanted a 911 for the backseat so I could take the kids for a ride. Went and test drove a 911, but it was not very nice so I went back and bought the Boxster. Took about 5 hours from the first time I arrived until I drove home with a new car. I was looking to buy a Cayenne from them a few weeks ago, but someone swooped in and got it.

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I do recommend you test drive a newer model as well so you can get an idea of the differences between models / years. Don't just test drive the car your targeting. Try to compare it to other rides to see if there are anomalies like cornering, handling, bumps, noises, engine noise, vibration, etc.
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Is it Lexus of Rockville? I got my 2000 Boxster from them in August and they were extremely professional. only thing that held up my transaction was they had issues running my card and it took about and extra 30 minutes for that process.

I worked with Ashley Richards and she was amazing. The car was ready to go by the time I got there. We did the test drive, I told her I wanted to look at another car. I wanted a 911 for the backseat so I could take the kids for a ride. Went and test drove a 911, but it was not very nice so I went back and bought the Boxster. Took about 5 hours from the first time I arrived until I drove home with a new car. I was looking to buy a Cayenne from them a few weeks ago, but someone swooped in and got it.

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Yes it is Lexus of Rockville. Since my son is a salesman at the Sonic Subaru dealership here in Columbus, we could arrange everything and pay here. But really want to drive and examine everything about the car first. That's why I'd like to get a PPI done to know if I should even bother to travel there for a test drive then make my decision.
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I'm also considering a 98. It only has 19,000 miles, in show room condition. Dealer is asking 10k. Should I so ppi. Should I be worried bout the low mileage?
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I'm also considering a 98. It only has 19,000 miles, in show room condition. Dealer is asking 10k. Should I so ppi. Should I be worried bout the low mileage?
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