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#761 of 926 Re: Boxster buying advice [andysd]
Sep 18, 2007 (7:08 pm)
Hello all --
Any thoughts on a 1998 that according to Carfax was landed in California in 1997, moved to North Carolina for 2 years and now is sitting in Ohio. It has ~31000 miles and really most of what I want. I still need to get it through pre-inspection. My understanding 30000 mile mark is a dangerous one. 5 speed manual, hard top, Zenith Blue, black cloth/Blue hard top, grey interior. Its dealer inspected by a know Porsche dealer in Cleveland. They are asking $18000, but its been on the lot for a while.
I'm thnking if I could get them to 16000 ish it may be a good buy. One of my concerns is that its been siting there as others have been sold. Maybe its waiting for me or possibly something I don't know.
Thanks for any input.
#762 of 926 Re: Boxster buying advice [mcliquid]
Sep 18, 2007 (7:47 pm)
Paying for an hour or so of labor to have your own pre-purchase inspection conducted would be my advice. I'd prefer to go to a reputable Porsche shop, not an authorized (new car) dealer. Before committing to the inspection, make sure they have a prepared list of items to inspect and comment on, in other words you don't want a from-the-hip inspection. The tech who inspected mine maede the comment that it was positive to see that the water pump seals hadn't leaked, which he said occurred often on that vintage Boxster (99 in my case).
Good luck. It's a marvelous car.
#763 of 926 Re: Boxster buying advice [mcliquid]
Sep 20, 2007 (5:02 am)
I'm not sure if you are buying this car because you really want to drive it daily, keep it as a weekend car, or just because you are interested in owning a "vintage" Porsche. However, for whatever it's worth, my thoughts are as follows:
This is a 10 year old car that only has 31,000 miles. By comparison, my 911S Cab turns 2 years old next week, with 16,800 miles on the odometer. The risk is great that this Boxster has sat for long periods of time, and that is not good for seals, gaskets, engine oil, etc. etc. A car that has a good service history and evidence of being driven regularly, even with considerably more miles, would be preferred by me. My 1995 Nissan Maxima has cost me more in service over the past 2 years from sitting than in the previous 11 in which it ran up 155k miles with hardly a single repair.
The price, $16,000 is more than half what you would pay for a brand new Honda S2000. When I tested the 2002 Honda S2000 against the 2002 Boxster, there was no comparison. Both have superb handling, but the Honda was exceptionally tight and vastly quicker. The 2002 Boxster S was a better comparion. The 1998 Boxster would be even further down the performance scale, having the weakest engine in the Boxster evolution. Clearly, you are not buying high performance here - which is fine, as long as you are aware of that. And as long as you are prepared to pay extra on the maintenance side. My 2002 S2000 cost me less than $400 in routine service (4 Mobil 1 oil changes and a 12k service) in the 2.5 years and 20k miles I had it, although it was ready for new tires.
I love my 911 and appreciate all Porsches. But when it comes to a "fun" car, I am wary of buying a "vintage" car that could turn into a money pit and, more importantly, undermine my whole objective of having "fun". At the time I bought my S2000 six years ago, a friend who collects cars, tempted me with an older Acura NSX at about the same price. Had I bought it and driven it sparingly, it would still be worth as much or more than I would have paid for it. But that's just not me, at least not now.
Good luck whatever you decide.
#764 of 926 Re: Boxster buying advice [habitat1]
Sep 21, 2007 (5:32 am)
Thanks Habit --
I am not a high mileage driver, so even my 1986 Audi is a weekend car. My wife's 96 Audi is the daily driver but it has less than 9000 miles between inspections. I am a big advocate of maintenance. These cars are serviced by a Porsche garage and go in about ever 2500-3000 miles.
I understand that car and human bodies respond the same to regular exercise. So I want my new Weekend car to be a lot of fun. My fun will not come off the line but in the curves. Plenty of curves in Western PA.
I am out looking and driving on the weekend for the right car. I will try out the S2000 to see how I like it. I love the feel of slapping the bottom mounted pedal to the floor and the 4000-5500 rpm power band on the Caymen and Boxster make me flat out giddy. The way these to feel through the turns are flat out effortless and exhilarating
Thanks for your input!
#765 of 926 Extented Warranty
Oct 17, 2007 (8:28 am)
As a new owner of a 2007 Boxster I have been considering purchasing an extended warranty. Does anyone have any experience or advice?
#766 of 926 Should I upgrade? : )
Nov 10, 2007 (2:14 pm)
I bought an '01 Boxster a couple years ago and have been very happy with it... Recently however I've been thinking about replacing it with a Boxster S. Mine has 59K miles on it, so I'm right at the time where I will need to do the 60K mile service, an oil change and would need new tires if I decide to hang onto it for another year or more. I think I would like the additional power and speed of the S, and figured I could probably find a deal on one that's a couple years newer with less miles on it. I got a great deal on mine two years ago so I should be able to come out ahead if I play my cards right considering the couple thousand I probably have in front of me with the upcoming service needs... I'm wondering if anyone out there has a good amount of experience with both models and can help convince me one way or another!
#767 of 926 should i upgrade?
Nov 21, 2007 (9:29 pm)
All I can do is to tell you my story. I had a 2000 Boxster (not my first Porsche)that I leased for 3 years. Lease expired in '03 and the bank and I could not get together on the price. I let the car go and sat out for almost 4 years. This past spring my local dealer got an '06 Boxster S in on consignment with about 6500 miles on it. I thought "this was it." Price being asked was about $47K, car had a $60K window sticker.
My wife & I went to the dealer and drove the car. Had it out for over an hour. We were both disappointed;. Do not really know why. Might well have been us as we were 7 years older than we were when we leased the'00 Boxster.
Dealer had an '04 911 cabriolet on the lot that had just arrived. We drove it and bingo, that was the car. Spent about $20k more than the Boxster but so far I have been very satisfied with the car. It still has about 17 monrths of factory warranty so I am protected against catastrophic disasters. Might well get rid of it just prior to the warranty expiring. Dealer prices of brakes at 1K per axle, $1400 for tires, $1700 for a clutch do concern me.
But for me, at my age (north of 60), the 911 cab was the way to go.
#768 of 926 please i need help from someone
Nov 20, 2007 (4:36 pm)
just bought a 97 boxster with 25000 miles.Driving the car from chicago to minnesota, i experienced an unexpected jerk,(an automatic tiptronic) and my gear when from 5 to 4, and a red light flashing on the 4th gear.I stop, turn the motor off and drove for the next 6 hours with no problem.the next day drive over to see a friend, it did thesame thing.Anyone has any ideas why is doing this.thanks
#769 of 926 Dealer Deposits
Nov 29, 2007 (4:47 pm)
I'm currently looking to lease a new porsche boxster and have had several conversations with the dealer's internet sales manager. They don't have the color I want in stock, but he has located one in the color I want which he says he can order for me. He is now asking for a deposit to secure the vehicle for 48 hours, which means he would need a firm commitment with a signed buyers order and a deposit (which I calculated to be almost 5% of the sales price). I asked whether the deposit is refundable or not and his reply was that if the vehicle is damaged or something is wrong, then it would be refunded back to me. Is this a binding agreement and would I loose the deposit if I decide not to go through with the deal? In other words, we have yet to negotiate the price, etc, so I don't know if this is really going to be a good deal for me or not. All I know is that I like the configuration of the car. Also, what is the typical or reasonable deposit in a case like this one? Can someone give me some insight on all this?
#770 of 926 Re: Dealer Deposits [hosea46]
by kyfdx HOST
Nov 29, 2007 (5:02 pm)
Don't make a deposit, before negotiating the price of the car.. There is nothing wrong with them asking you to make a binding commitment, before acquiring the car from another dealer.. but, you should know what that commitment entails.