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Porsche Boxster and Boxster S



  • I would like to hear people's opinions re the Porsche Cayman S which is supposed to be a coupe version of the Boxster slated to fill in the gap between the Boxster S and the 911. Autoweek online mentions it today and I was just wondering if anyone out there thinks that this is a good idea for Porsche. Do we really need another car to fit between the Boxster S and the 911? What about producing something at the lower end of the price scale?
  • Hey guys.

    I really like the new Porsche Boxster and I spend alot of time researching it, looking at pics of it, etc. So, I have decided to place myself in the market for this cute little sports car. Where I am moving (Oaklawn neighborhood of Dallas, Texas), there are lots of people drive Boxsters and 911's due to the higher income of the people that live there.

    So my question is: Could I possibly lease a Boxster with paying the full lease amount in cash? If I do that, I am assuming that no credit issues would arise. Am I right? If my lease on a Boxster is one year, and I pay the entire year upfront in cash, do you think I have a good chance of taking delivery of the vehicle?

    Thanks for your input.
  • Axxlrod,

    I did almost the same thing. I just assume someone's lease of a 2001 Boxster, that had 21000 miles, and there are 17 months remaining. The car is in great shape, but I am worried about returning it at the end of the term and getting charged fees. Have you returned it yet? Have you had any problemns with it yet. My warranty expires in August, so I'm tempted to go in for a inspection while the warranty is still going.

    I'd love to hear your comments.
  • visorvisor Posts: 8
    This is my first experience with buying a porsche. I have 3 options from a WA dealer. Since the prices are in the same range, I am leaning towards the boxster S.
    1) Appreciate if someone could help me with which is the best of the 3 options?
    2) Is there anything specific I need to check?
    3) And how much can I negotiate down from the quoted price?

  • ecuke1ecuke1 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2001 boxster S and it does not have cup holders. It has cd holders (4) which I cannot use since it does not have a in dash cd. Wondering if I could remove the dumd cd holders and replace with factory cup holders????
  • visorvisor Posts: 8
    I am sorry i missed posting the options I am looking at, here you go.
    2004 Brand new Seal Grey Boxster
    Black Top
    Graphite Grey Standard Leather
    Bose (Digital) with Wind stop
    Xenon Headlights
    18" Lt Alloy Carrerra Wheels
    CD Shelf Center Console
    Wheel Caps with Colored Crests
    Cruise Control
    Remote Control Alarm System
    Graphite Grey Floor Mats
    MSRP of $51805
    Sale Price of $45177

    2004 Atlas grey boxster
    Certified Preowned
    17-inch Boxster S II wheel
    Automatic air conditioning
    BOSE® (Digital) with Windstop
    CD Shelf Center Console
    Cruise Control
    Heated Seats
    Litronic Headlights with Washer
    Remote Control Alarm
    Wheel Caps with Color Crest
    Sale Price of $44995
    Negoed down to 42995

    2003 Black Boxster S
    Certified Preowned
    18" Carrera Wheel
    Cruise Control
    Heated Seats
    Hi-Fi Sound Package (Digital)
    Litronic Headlights with Washer
    On Board Computer
    Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
    Remote Control Alarm
    Wheel Caps with Color Crest
    Wind Deflector
    Sale Price of $44995
    May come down to 42995
  • terpfan2terpfan2 Posts: 7
    Not sure if these have already been posted, but here goes:
  • First of all, I value the ideas and opinions of the members of this board. I need some feedback with regards to purchasing a pre-owned Boxter in my area. The car is a 1997 base boxster with 35,000 miles. The dealer is asking $18,900. I have ran a carfax report on it and came back clean. The body/paint is in excellent condition. There is some sun fade to the carpet, but the top is in excellent condition. I did notice that the floor mats are somewhat faded, but I can't tell if this is due to cleaning the mats or an indication of previous moisture.

    Is there anything that I should be concerned with before considering purchasing this vehicle? If purchased, this will be a daily driver. So I would like to know the pros and cons of this. Thanks in advance.
  • terpfan2terpfan2 Posts: 7
    Consider having a Porsche dealer perform a certified Porsche inspection and ask the seller to pay for it or split it with you.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Yes, don't rely entirely on CARFAX. They do offer useful info, but I do want to mention that I just ran a carfax on a '96 Porsche Turbo Coupe that I know landed on its roof two years ago in a 100 mph crackup, and the report came out perfectly clean on the car.

    So a diligent inspection is certainly in order.

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  • fantomfantom Posts: 211
    Hopefully it's a Porsche dealer you're working with, and the car is Certified, meaning you'll get several years of of warranty with it.

    If not, I'd insist that an extended warranty be included, and do get a complete pre purchase inspection, from someplace totally independent of the sale.

    Good luck!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    the price needs negotiating--around $17,000 would be good I think.

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  • I'm buying a 2002 Boxster in a private sale in New York City for $27,500. The car has 19,500 miles on it. Well kept exterior and exterior condition. The options includes the following:

    Air Conditioning
    Power Steering
    Power Windows
    Power Door Locks
    Telescoping Wheel
    AM/FM Stereo
    Aftermarket Multi Compact Disc/speakers blown
    Dual Front Air Bags
    F&R Side Air Bags
    ABS (4-Wheel)
    Full Leather
    Dual Power Seats
    Rear Spoiler

    Dealer warranty until May, 2006.

    Can someone throw in their two cents and tell me about any pros or cons about this deal?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,699
    Other than full leather, it doesn't sound like this car has any options?

    And a busted stereo?

    Nice low miles... Not sure about the price.. What color combo is it?

    Have you had the car checked out for body/paint work? Or looked at the service history?

    Condition is everything on a Porsche.. for real-world value, color combo and options are important, too..


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • Meridian exterior and blueist interior. Will bring to mechanic for inspection. Not too much option on this one. But thought the price was right for my first Porsche.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Price is okay, not great not bad. For private party sale it should be about $1,000 less. There are a lot of these cars on the market right now so you shouldn't have to pay a premium. But if you paid $27.5 that's not too bad...more like a dealer price than a private party price.

    This presumes NO PROBLEMS and no paint/body defects. Deduct accordingly if the inspection shows up something.

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  • santo1santo1 Posts: 4
    Don't know if you've purchased or not...but I leased, and wanted a maintenance package...there wasn't one available...should have been a big clue for me, but "they" assured me that I would only have the two oil changes during my lease and one tuneup...ha-ha-ha-ha-ha...not enough ha's in this went out at 15,000, clutch went out at 22,000, brakes out at 26,000, which has brought me to my newest and most long-lived car problem ever...
    I was told that my brakes needed to be replaced completely, front, rear, rotors, sensors...$1,800...I'd had it with all the costs of this car, and went searching for another shop...finally found a small shop, one-man shop, who works primarily on Porsches. He told me I needed front pads only, the rear had 50% pad left, the rotors were pristine...$190...but the front right tire started squealing, a sound that made me think the tires had worn through and the rim was hitting the road, metal to metal sound...braking had no effect, have been dealing with this for five months, relubed the caliper, checked clips, new set of pads, new rotor, and still the sound won't go away...dealership's answer: new pads, new rotors, new sensors...I don't think they like that I'm going somewhere else and they're not about to help me...
    think long and hard about how often these "soft, but high-performance" parts will have you at the dealership...and don't think it's my driving, I had a Mustang for three years before that, never replaced brakes, tires changed at 45,000, no clutch replacement...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    That's the price of sophistication I'm afraid. A framing hammer needs less maintenance than a sewing machine, or something like that. If the feel and build quality of a Porsche don't make up enough of a difference from your old Mustang, than you are right, it's not worth it to you. You have to enjoy what you are paying for in other words on some level other than $$$.

    I can't explain the clutch at all but the tires would probably wear faster on a Porsche because you'll get higher cornering speeds and you'd tend to drive faster in the twisties than with a Mustang. Porsche also may use a softer tire material as OEM, for better wet weather handling and/or ride quality. You can buy "iron tires" for any car that will last forever, but they have their drawbacks.

    Your brake problem is mysterious. Rotors should always be replaced on the Boxster as a rule but if not they should at least be carefully measured. Just going on how they "look" might not be good enough. Too bad for that shop---mechanic's nightmare---the problem without solution. It happens now and then.

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  • wbreaux1wbreaux1 Posts: 55
    I like the new Boxster S but have always assumed it had one fatal flaw for me; but thought I'd ask to make sure. Can you confirm that a golf bag will not fit into the car? I assume that's the case, and if so I'll go back to thinking of Corvettes. . . .
  • chile96chile96 Posts: 330
    A regular sized golf bag does fit - don't know about the tour sized bags though! Only thing you have to do is take the woods out and lay them separately then it's a done deal.

    If you're thinking about a vette though - completely different animal, completely. You're comparing apples to oranges.
  • wbreaux1wbreaux1 Posts: 55
    Thanks for the info. Interestingly enough, I have to do the same (remove woods) in my wife's A6, because the trunk is narrow. I understand the corvette and boxster are different animals, but I need to get golf clubs in there before they are even under consideration.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
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    338 of 338 Boxster Mishap by andy14 Mar 20, 2005 (11:20 pm)

    Hi...well to make this story short. I did install some Wheel-spacers today but this time I used 15 mm instead of the 1 inch I had on. Well, I used the the same bolts and to my luck it turned out that they are to long and busted the little springs inside the brake disc housing ( Again no idea what this aprt of Axle/brake is called). My question is > what are these Springs can see them when you look through the Hex of the opening where the Bolts go...and do I need to replace them...I am lost since I have no glue what these little springs are for and what part number or even what they are called...lost and now the car is not running because of the metal on metal noise it makes...baaaaaaad noise....please help...thanks Andy

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Ah, you have wiped out your emergency brake springs and yes you will have to replace them. This will require removal of the caliper and everything else in the way to inspect and correct the damage.

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  • andy14andy14 Posts: 1 r 100% right....well I guess I have to take the pain and do that....Andy
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    It was an honest error...this stuff happens, and it's not a catastophe, like misthreading a head bolt or something. It's a nut and bolt job.

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  • Chile96 is correct, a standard size golf bag will fit, but the driver and any other long woods will have to be place in separately. This was also one of my requirements and I conducted the test myself. IMO, I think that they fit better in the Boxster than the Vette. After test driving everything over the last few weeks, on order the Boxster S on Saturday. Good Luck with whatever choice you make.

  • mrtoad3mrtoad3 Posts: 68
    I just purchased a 2005 Boxster and am enjoying every minute of it. The styling is perfect now that the corners are more voluptuous and the headlights are clear and rounder. The new interior is superior to the older version in fit/finish and layout. I can't say enough good things about the exhaust note and ride quality. I hope to enjoy this beast for many years to come. It purposefully has minimal options (heated seats, stereo upgrade but not Bose, colored wheelcaps, floor mats, dimming mirrors/wipers, and plusher seats. I did get the upgraded leather interior which is well worth it for the look vs. standard buckets. Only burned 1/4 quart of Mobil-1 in first 400 miles with light to moderate driving style. Dealer recommended break-in style driving for first 2000 miles but mainly for tires, brakes, etc.. Too bad I'm getting snow tonight or I'd be out driving right now. Warm weather can't come soon enough. Good luck to all who are considering this fabulous car.
  • newbrewnewbrew Posts: 1
    I have a Callaway bag with legs and a full set of Callaway clubs. I take the clubs out of the bag and can fit them and the bag (and my shoes) in the back trunk no problem.

    The problem is when I need to travel with my hard roller case. I have to make sure it's a nice day and I can put the top down.
  • 00boxsters00boxsters Posts: 202
    No factory cupholders. I'd bet a sportscar deutchlander porschephile would spit on you for the suggestion. ;)

    In any case you can purchase cupholders that clip over the airvents on the dash. They are cheap and cheezy but they are better than your lap.
  • romerome Posts: 19
    I would appreciate thoughts on the following dillema--

    I have a condo in Miami where I spend about 4 weeks a year for vacation, and random weekends here and there in the winter months.

    I want to purchase a pre-owned Boxster S to keep down there and use for fun when my wife and I are in Miami. I don't expect that I will drive the car more than 2,000- 3,000 miles or so per year, if that.

    I want to spend $25-$30K for a pre-owed with as few miles as possible. That will translate to about $400/per month, financed over 6 years.

    I really love the idea of having that beautiful car down there, and really babying it. No cold weather, no snow etc. My thought is that I will be able to enjoy the car for many, many years because I won't be putting on many miles and its styling won't become outdated. (Those 10 year old 911's still look pretty damn good).

    Am I nuts? We can afford it, but it seems like throwing money away unless the car retains a reasonable amount of its value (say 50%) over the next 10 years. (As my wife points out, you can rent a Boxster in Miami for a day rate of about $275, so for what I will be paying to buy the car, I could get a rental for about 20 days a year.

    1. How much will the car likely depreciate with that little use over the next few years? Market value of these cars (pre-owned) seems to be declining given oversupply, but how low could it go if the car has less than 30,000 miles?

    2. Will its styling continue to be appealing 5-10 years from now, or will it feel outdated? (Exisitng owners may have the best perspective on this).

    3. Is it harmful to the car if it is not driven every day? (I'm sure the valet in my building would start it weekly, but there will me months at a time when it is not driven).

    4. Any suggestions regarding what year and what level mileage car I could expect to acquire at the $30K price point? I am hoping to get a 2001 or later with less than 20K miles (and this appears to be not unrealistic in a private (non-dealer) sale based on my preliminary analysis of the market and KBB).

    5. How do I convince my wife that I am not doing this to pick up babes on South Beach?

    Any thoughts?
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