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Old 04-25-2015, 05:54 AM   #1
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Which boxster to buy

Looking for input on which boxster to buy. I'm looking at 1997-2002 any input would be appreciated. Thanks

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Looking for input on which boxster to buy. I'm looking at 1997-2002 any input would be appreciated. Thanks
I've always heard buy the newest one you can afford. But really, it all comes down to finding one that has been well taken care of, has service records and has the options you like. A few years either way probably won't make that big a difference.
There were not a lot of changes to these cars over the years, but the S model certainly has the bigger engine, but my base still has more than enough power for me.
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Curious why you stopped at 2002?

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/ctd/4967749622.html
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03 and 04 are still first gen, but have the glass window. No Boxster chop required!
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Seal Grey = Yes

Is that a 30-pack of Keystone Light? = Noooooo


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03 and up has an upgraded engine.
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If I were shopping for a new Boxster I would look long and hard for a nice 2004 Boxster S Special Edition with a manual transmission. They added some very nice and special features to that one. I would have to change out the trail pipe though.

Special Edition BoxsterŽ S Celebrates 50 Years of the 550 Spyder

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Looking for input on which boxster to buy. I'm looking at 1997-2002 any input would be appreciated. Thanks
We need more info about you.
Would you like to buy it 'as new', or fix a few things to get to know your new car?
Do you know a good shop to do a PPI
If you buy it, then suddenly find it needs $2000 in repairs will you be okay?
Do you like fixing stuff/have a suitable garage and tools to DIY?
Do you use tires or tyres on your cars?
What year was your mother born?
What is you favorite color?
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
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If I were shopping for a new Boxster I would look long and hard for a nice 2004 Boxster S Special Edition with a manual transmission. They added some very nice and special features to that one. I would have to change out the trail pipe though.

Special Edition BoxsterŽ S Celebrates 50 Years of the 550 Spyder

I've never looked at the interior of that car before. Black gauges and no compartments under the radio makes the interior look unfinished.

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I've never looked at the interior of that car before. Black gauges and no compartments under the radio makes the interior look unfinished.
I have to agree that it looks bare without the usual piece there. Here is another 2004 SE interior with the piece there.

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I have to agree that it looks bare without the usual piece there. Here is another 2004 SE interior with the piece there.

full leather makes the interior very luxurious .
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I have to agree that it looks bare without the usual piece there. Here is another 2004 SE interior with the piece there.

Nice, that looks proper, except the black gauges.
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Looking for input on which boxster to buy. I'm looking at 1997-2002 any input would be appreciated. Thanks
Don't listen to those guys trying to push you to an 03-04. They think that cars are all about glove boxes, cup holders, and spiffy trim. Want a real driver's car? Get a nicely kept 1998 or 1999 model.
Here you go:
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I'm serious. Call now. Go.

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Curious 788F350 why you would recommend that car over the one I posted? The one I posted is newer with less miles and only $900 more.

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Curious 78F350 why you would recommend that car over the one I posted? The one I posted is newer with less miles and only $900 more.
1. Hardtop
2. My '01 is prettier, but somehow my '99 is just more fun on a date.
3. The choice of beer:
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One that has been well taken care of.
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Dash and door panels on the 98 is too plasticy I like the later models better when it comes to the interior. My 2001 was nice but for some reason does not have the torque of the 98.
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1. Hardtop
2. My '01 is prettier, but somehow my '99 is just more fun on a date.
3. The choice of beer:
What? You don't like Keystone Beer?



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I'd go with a 2000 2.7L Boxster - least likely to fail. They had solved a lot of the earlier issues and hadn't changed parts that brought new failures in the later models. Plus it's a turn of the century car.

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