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#901 of 932 Re: Approved Boxster or New 370Z Roadster? [foxyesq]
May 24, 2010 (9:11 am)
I dont' know where you are in your purchase, but one reason that you can buy a low-mileage Boxster for less than a new Z is Porsche's infamous M96 engines. If you go to the Porsche enthusiast sites (and another forum right on here), you can find story after story about low-mileage engine failures, and -- in many cases for cars out of warranty -- Porsche's refusal to pick up part or any of the tab for the replacement engine that can run $15K or more. These engines are in cars produced from 1997 through 2008. Because of this blot on Porsche's record, you will find Boxsters selling for less (as a % of MSRP) than their otherwise inferior competition, such as Audi TT, BMW Z4, etc. Porsche owners have been made to suffer, either in high repair bills or low resale value, with the company apparently taking little responsibility and designing the defect out of the engine for '09. It's something to think about before considering a Porsche purchase. Do you want to buy from a manufacturer that might leave you high and dry? Think about it: if you negotiate a good price on a Porsche and are later stuck with a $15K repair bill, have you really gotten a bargain?
#902 of 932 Good Porsche Mechanic
Jul 19, 2010 (9:16 am)
I am purchasing a 99 Boxter and would like to find a good mechanic in the Kansas City area. Does anyone know of one?
#903 of 932 Re: Approved Boxster or New 370Z Roadster? [longislander1]
Sep 05, 2010 (9:00 am)
I have owned a 2003 Boxter since 2006 and I am looking for a newer model since I have over 85,000 miles on her.
I have had NO problems with this car other than a electrical failure that cost me $500.00. I have driven the car from Houston to Seattle and through out the west coast and have loved the experience of owning one. Go for the Porsche you will love it.
Sep 05, 2010 (7:48 pm)
2003 boxster s ,recently rear trunk pops open whenever car is running, anybody out there know of any solutions? thanx for the help
#905 of 932 Re: Approved Boxster or New 370Z Roadster? [wmscot]
Feb 12, 2011 (7:48 pm)
Me too....the engine issue referred to is, at most, one half of one percent, with causes unknown. The poster is an infamous whiner.
#907 of 932 Concerned
Oct 20, 2011 (11:29 am)
Hoping to buy my first Porsche a 2003 Boxster S with 50,000 miles. But now I'm getting really concerned about going through with the purchase since I've been reading about all these engine failures. Is this still a major problem with the 2003 or is it associated more with the pre 2001 models. Its overwhelming
Oct 24, 2011 (7:12 am)
Not a problem with a 2003. These are *great* cars; however, you have to have the car checked out by a Porsche specialist before you buy it, nonetheless. Nothing on this car is cheap to fix, so start out right with it. It'll be the best $150--$200 bucks you ever spent. Also work all the switches and controls, and operate the top and examine it for wear.
They made a *lot* of Boxsters, so you don't have to leap at one.
#909 of 932 Re: Concerned [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 24, 2011 (7:48 am)
Thank you so much for the response, this will help in my decision process.
If I may ask one other question. What is your opinion on this retrofit for the IMS I have read about. Its supposed to be a beefier version of the origional
Oct 25, 2011 (7:46 am)
Well I don't really know the details of that although I could find out, but you don't want to have to get inside a 2003 Boxster S engine--it would be too expensive to modify it. You can buy and install short blocks for less money than rebuilding an original engine.