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  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    How "practical" is a boxter for a daily driver? I average about 12K per year in mostly city type driving here in the congested NE. I would need to use the car year round meaning snow tires in winter. Would that make it OK for slick and icy roads as well as with a couple of inches of snow? How good is the AC? I need to wear a suit and tie at times and don't want what I remember to be a kind of MG or Austin Healy experience (I never owned, but just heard about). Can you fit a set of golf clubs in one of the hatches? How is if for a long (2-3 hrs cruise)?

    Thank you for the help.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    I can't answer your questions Joe but I can tell you how to spell B-O-X-S-T-E-R. ;)

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,970
    Well these are always hard to answer. My opinion is that driving on snow is 75% driver, 25% car. Also, with a sportscar, you have clearance problems if the snow builds up excessively. But I don't see any reason why you couldn't drive a Boxster all winter in snow if you don't mind the abuse it might take from road grime, etc.

    As for "icey" roads, no car is good on ice unless maybe it has 1" spikes in the tires. If two tires will slip on sheer ice, so will 4 or 8 or 16. There is the argument that if an AWD car can find just one patch of ground that isn't icey, you will move forward, and that is true, but an icey road is usually an icey road so I wouldn't count on AWD being much good on sheet ice.

    I don't know about the golf clubs, sorry but I think I remember that they do fit. But don't play golf in the snow if you can avoid it, that's my advice.

    As for cruising, the car is fine, and built for it, as long as you aren't like a reallly big person.

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  • hey im new and i just want to kno wut has changed in the porsche's this year than before because i havent been keeping up with them.
  • THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN THIS FORUM, SO IF I AM IN THE WRONG ROOM PLEASE REDIRECT ME. I HAVE A 1992 PORSCHE AMERICAN ROADSTER. I HAVE LOST ONE OF THE WHEELCAPS AND HAVE HAD NO LUCK FINDING A REPLACEMENT. ANY IDEAS ON WHERE TO LOOK? ALSO, THE GRAVEL GUARDS ARE CRACKING AND STARTING TO LOOK BAD. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT TO REPLACE THEM, THEY MUST BE HEATED VERY SLOWLY AND THEN PEELED OFF. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF THE PAINT ALSO COMING OFF AS THE GUARD IS PULLED OFF. ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS PROBLEM? THANK YOU
  • hello all,

    i found a 2000 911 conv, a real beauty with 8000 miles on it..no accidents, super clean. for $around $48,000.00..which sounds like a great deal.

    question please...what should i be worried about. its an individual seller, nice guy when i spoke to him..anyway, please shed some light..does this deal seem too good to be true..?? thx in advance for the advice...

    eric
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    The private party retail value of the car you describe, assuming it really is in "outstanding" condition and well equiped with power memory seats, navigation, uprgraded stereo, etc. is around $48,000, according to Edmunds.

    So I would describe the asking price as a "fair" deal, but certainly not a great deal. And by no means does it sound too good to be true. Don't forget, in the "real" world, $48,000 for a six year old car is still a lot of money to most. While that's a lot less than a new 997, it's only about $10k less than a brand new loaded Boxster S with comparable performance, an upgraded interior and a new car warranty.

    FWIW, since I've been Porsche shopping, I saw a 2002 911 Cab with similarly low mileage and excellent condition advertised in the Washington Post about 6-8 weeks ago for $46,000 a few weeks ago. When I called, it was gone. That was indeed a great deal, courtesy of a subsidized relocation by the German Embassy. But the gentleman who I spoke with indicated it was still a bit above what the Porsche dealers offered him for a quick cash sale.

    Regarding advice, I would suggest getting a complete service history for the car from the seller and speaking directly to the mechanic who performed the last service. If anything, a car with only 8,000 miles in 6 years may suffer from lack of exercise. I would investigate what may need to be serviced or replaced based upon the 6 year age, rather than the 8,000 miles.
  • dan38dan38 Posts: 2
    Hi I need help pricing a 1984 911 targa convertible.It has a rebuilt 3.2 engine with 375 hp, with a new cd player and speakers,new clutch and has a 5 speed manual transmission.It also has new rims and tires but with the purchase you also get the original rims and tires.It is black with a whale tail and has leather seats.Im not sure of the exact mods to the engine because its not my car im trying to seel it for someone else.I dont know how many miles were on it prior to the engine rebuild. If you can please let me know what you think is a reasonable price to sell this car at. It will be greatly appreciated.
  • I have been searching for a low mileage 996 Cab (C2 or C4) and pretty much have decided on Ocean Blue or Lapis as the color. (GT Silver rocks as well) BUT....... what is going on with the interior design colorist? Savannah Beige? Do you really like MUSTARD? Perhaps with an orange tint to boot from the sun (Like a cheap dye job). Like I'm not a queer eye or a gay guy but this is disgusting.

    And how about the Graphite GRAY. This color is the worst looking Gray on the planet. It has nothing going for it short of BORING. Black is Black. I like Black on a Black car. Not on a Blue Car.

    Well, one could have ordered the NATURAL BROWN leather interior for $4000 extra if you really wanted a color that works. However, almost no one did.

    The 05 997 interior color choices put Porsche back on track. The colors are great! The choices really work. Even the Black is more of a Charcoal than Black Black.

    I guess I'll wait for the 05 to depreciate or the sun to keep working on Savannah Beige. Does Orange go with Blue?
  • I just picked up my Boxster for that very purpose--daily driver, year -round, in the Northeast. I found a set of used 17" Boxster wheels on Ebay for about $600 and am planning on spending $600-800 for a set Blizzaks to fit them. (Have done the same with several other sport cars in the past. You also tend to get a whole lot longer run out of the high-end summer rubber that came with the car.) The climate control system is outstanding. Yes, the clubs fit in the back if their in a regular carry-type bag.(No cart bags). The oversized driver will need to ride in the passenger seat. Hope this helps and good luck. It's an amazing ride!! The old commute is a lot more fun these days..........
  • Hello everyone, this is a great Porsche forum!

    I live in Toronto and I have decided to fulfill one of my childhood dreams and buy my first Porsche 911. I am looking at a couple 2002 Carrera cabriolets with about 44k kms (about 28k miles) since these are in my comfortable price range. Both are pre-owned certified from local Porsche dealerships.

    The cars:

    Porsche #1:
    2002 carrera C2
    Artic silver/black interior
    44,000 kms
    $89,900 CDN ($75K US)
    picture of Porsche #1

    Porsche #2:
    2002 carrera C2
    Seal grey/black interior
    44,100 kms
    $87,900 CDN ($73,250 US)
    picture of Porsche #2

    Both cars have very similar options. I love the Arctic silver color so I am leaning toward that one.

    Obviously I have alot of decisions to make and would love some advice.

    C2 or C4?

    Considering this is my first porsche and I want to drive it year round should I go with a C2 or go for a C4? I work from home so I wont be forced to drive it when there is alot of snow on the road. I am not a racing/speeding fanatic so I think a C2 would suffice me as my first porsche but I wonder if a C4 would be worth the extra money as a year-round car. I drive a 1996 Honda Civic Si right now so any Porsche would be impressive to me, lol.

    I have test-driven Porsche #2 and loved the ride but have not test-driven a C4 as yet. I plan to test drive a C4 before buying.

    Best time to buy a Pre-owned Porsche?

    Is end of August a good time to make a deal on a pre-owned Porsche? or should I wait a few months since winter is coming and the Cayman is coming out? Will there be more of selection of pre-owned porsches in the spring?

    Other advice please!

    I have been doing as much research as I can on buying a porsche so any other things I should keep in mind as I decide on my first porsche would be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking forward to being a Porsche owner very soon :-)

    Thanks to all that reply!

    Denim911
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,120
    Unless the C4 has all-season tires (not likely), then you'll have to buy winter tires/wheels to use it in the snow... You can't go out with summer performance rubber in sub-freezing precipitation...

    And, if you have to do that, you can get by with the C2... Winter tires/wheels should be enough to get by, in any light snow...

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • thanks kyfdx,

    yes I will be getting winter tires for sure. I agree, I think the C2 will fit my needs, I just wanted to hear it from other Porsche lovers.

    Thanks for your advice. :D
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Does anyone have an opinion about what used 911 buying guides are best?
  • Hi, I bought a new 996 cabriolet in Australia April 04 and experienced the same problem. I was also advised by my dealer that the canvas would stretch over time, which it did. The roof now works perfectly although during the early weeks it used to blow a few fuses.
    A wonderful car - it has been back to the dealership numerous times - principally re rattles in the roof and doors however all have been meticulously uncovered and fixed. I also have a Boxster S and placed an order for a Cayman S yesterday.
  • I live outside of Boston and am considering a Boxster. I have always wondered how a set of Blizzaks would perform. I spoke with a guy who swears his Boxster handles well enough and I see him year round with it. he says the mid engine design helps. It sounds like you have experience with this set up on other cars so my question is how effective is it?
  • Any recommendations on the RIGHT way to store a 911 over a 3-4 month period?
  • I'd be interested in the answer to that question, and also this one:

    What is the ground clearance on a Boxster?

    Of course, you're not going to drive it through a foot of snow, but what is the point at which it turns into a plow? (roughly speaking: 2 inches, 4 inches, 6 inches?)
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    In my experience growing up in and still having a second home in the snow belt (125 inches last year), 2" of snow is probably passable in a Boxster with snow tires, but 4" of fresh snow will have peaks and valleys, the former of which will start to turn the Boxster's front skirt into a plow. Forget 6" altogether.

    Please note that I use a real ruler to measure by. For some reason in Washington DC, they can't measure correctly. I've heard weather reports claiming we have 4" on the ground and my grass is still showing in spots. Perhaps the weathermen have an insecurity about what 6" really looks like. And they close schools on the (often incorrect) forecast of snow. If my hometown were that wimpy, I'd still be in grade school. Sorry, I digress.
  • I ended up locating a leftover '04 with 18" Carrera wheels and heated seats. Dealer took $11K off the sticker so I bought it. January has been mild so I've managed to put on 250 miles even though I have P zeros on it. Never got the Blizzaks. Maybe next year.

    Now if I could stop worrying about the RMS I'd be all set.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    Take my advice Jim, if there's more than a few inches down and it's below freezing, leave the P-Zero-shod Boxster home. I tried to get thru a NH winter with Good year F-1s on an AWD Audi and made it thru until the last storm of the season
    then found out how crappy high performance rubber is in wintry conditions.

    It seems the early and late storms are the worst in the Northeast (heavy, wet snow).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • TOOK DELIVERY OF MY 2005 BOXSTER IN MAY 2005, AND HAVE PUT ABOUT 11,500 MILES ON IT. I'M HEARING A CONSTANT PINGING SOUND FROM THE ENGINE WHEN ACCELERATING. DROVE SEVEN MONTHS W/93 OCTANE BP, AND RECENTLY CHANGED TO 93 OCTANE CHEVRON. BUT HAVE SAME PROBLEM. PORSCHE MECHANIC AT DEALERSHIP SAID THE KNOCK SENSORS DON'T SHOW ANY PROBLEM ON HIS COMPUTER. WHAT TO DO? SHOULD I IGNORE PROBLEM AND DRIVE OUT THE REST OF MY WARRANTY WITH THE TOP DOWN WHEN I CAN'T HEAR THE PINGING!
    ANY ONE HAS AN IDEA WHAT COULD BE CAUSING THE DETONATION OR PINGING PROBLEM?
    THANKS SO MUCH,
    JBG31792
  • I am interested in purchasing a 1993 Porsche 928 GTS. I found one with 50k miles on it and I have yet to inspect the vehicle.

    Are there any specific mechanical issues that I should be aware of while inspecting the vehicle?

    Does anyone know about the reliability of this model?

    Can anyone recommend a good Porsche mechanic in the Los Angeles area?

    Thank you.
  • Andy, you've had some great cars. Bet you wish you still had the GTO.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    Bet you wish you still had the GTO.

    Well not exactly, the GTO was a great car for an age of cheap gas but driving a car that gets 12mpg at best is problematic in an era of gas costing over &2.50/gal.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I was thinking of the appreciated value of the GTO as a collector car.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,746
    I was thinking of the appreciated value of the GTO as a collector car.

    I see your point. They're really getting silly money for them now although I doubt mine would pull down the six figures some of the rarer setups are pulling down.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • 944boy944boy Posts: 14
    Porsche makes an SUV? :lemon: ha ha ha I thought that was a volkswagon?umm my bad :confuse:
  • trifctrifc Posts: 3
    I am in Southern California/ Los Angeles market. Looking at purchase of a Carrera S Cabriolet.
    Seal Grey/Black top/Stone Grey standard leather.
    Options: CD changer, Bose sound package, Navagation for PCM, Heated front seats, Tiptronic S, Power seat package and 19" Carrerra Classic Wheels.
    MSRP $103,085.
    Dealer has offered $5,000 off MSRP or $98,085.

    this is my first Porsche purchase. Any ideas if this is a good deal?
  • Hello,
    I was looking at your post and wondered if you could give
    some ideas in reference to my 2 Porsche's.

    I have a 1969 - 912 Porsche and a 1978 928 Porsche/El Camino back.

    I appreciate any help you can offer on where would be the best place to sell these cars.

    Sincerely, Anni
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