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Old 12-03-2007, 03:15 PM   #1
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Looking at getting into a '97. Any input would be really appreciated. I've heard they are prone to engine failures. Also, does anyone know a third party to get a warranty through? And what should be looked for in a PPI? Is a compression test included usually?

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Old 12-04-2007, 09:13 PM   #2
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Ummm, why 97?

Do you have a lead on one already? Give us some info, mileage, maintenance history, warranty, and price and we can work with you..

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Old 12-07-2007, 12:20 PM   #3
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Yes there are problems with engine rms issues, but realistically if you find a 97 now and its still running strong you should be fine. Any early models that were prone to failure probably should have failed by now. Look for one thats been used but well loved. Ignore the garage queens and ones without well documented service records.

Boxsters are actually pretty reliable cars and my 97 runs and drives great. I have a few updates such as the OEM litronics and clear marker/rear lights. Most people who don't know anything about porsches/boxsters still think my car is only a few years old.
97 Arctic Silver/Boxster Red

Carbon Everything
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15mm H&R spacers in the rear
SSR GT3 19's
GT3 Carbon Replicas
Alcantera door panels
JL Aduio 5 channel powering Polks and Clif Designs

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Old 12-07-2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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