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Porsche Boxster and Boxster S



  • rlm75093rlm75093 Posts: 5
    My 2004 Boxster had a list price of $53,300 (I paid $38k with 4,600 mi in May 2005). So relatively speaking, $35,000 for a Boxster S with 14k, sounds reasonable. If I sold mine, I'd be asking more than $35k. I've seen the 2004 S with 7k - 9k miles go for $44,000 - $47,900 (dealer's asking price).
  • mathodamathoda Posts: 6
    thanks for the input. I ended up making the offer at 35k, and it was accepted.

    now its all about porsche financial svc's speed of mailing back the title. I can't wait!!!
  • mathodamathoda Posts: 6

    The Boxter S I'm picking up has a stereo thats more annoying than it is musical! Ofcourse I'm not complaining cos all I care about is the ride..which is fantastic!

    However, I'd really appreciate advice/input on how/where to go about an aftermarket stereo installation. I have heard horror stories where Porsche's have refused to start because the 'custom wiring' in the car was altered. I'm not sure how valid that story is...but I thought it was prudent to check with others who have had experience.

    I expect to have to install..
    1) New Stereo
    2) New Speakers

    I'm based out in San Jose/Cupertino California.

    Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts!
  • rlm75093rlm75093 Posts: 5
    What is anyone's experience with the tread life for the factory tires on the Porsche Boxster? I have the Michelin Pilot Sport (Z rated - 18in) tires with 12,000 miles on them. How many miles can I expect on these tires?
  • After many months of considering alternatives, I test drove a Boxster last weekend and that decided it for me. Saw this forum only today and having checked out the TMV for a Boxster with Bose sound and a couple of other minor options (invoice $44K, MSRP $51K) am looking for the best way to get as close to invoice as possible. I see from previous postings that the DC area is considered pricey and Edmunds suggests that typical price in this area for that package is 49K. Any suggestions on what radius I should be considering when contacting dealers? A local dealer suggested 2.5 k over invoice - is that as good as I can expect at this time of year? Any and all advice appreciated.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    If you haven't already done so, go to the Porsche website and hit "find a dealer". Porsche, put in zip codes for Maryland, VA, and Pa to start. You used to be able to put in one DC area zip code and specify 300 mile radius and it would search across state lines. Now I think you have to search state by state.

    In any event, look at each dealer's Boxster inventory and see if you find cars that are your color and option preferences. Then see what they will give you, deal wise. Some of the local dealerships start high, but will come down once they figure out you aren't stupid.

    When I bought my 911 Cab last September, the 4 immediate DC area dealers were not discounting much at all because of limited supply. But they were more price flexible on the Boxster S I was considering and would match the distant dealers prices when pushed. I ended up buying our 911 in Hunt Valley and will likely take my car for future service to Rockville. There does not appear to be any adverse consequence of buying from a distant dealer and taking it locally for service, although I probably wouldn't do that for less than a $500-$1,000 savings. Mine was $4,000+
  • Thanks for the good advice. I did do that today before I saw your message and have contacted a number of dealers who had the colors I was interested in in their inventory. Will report back on how it all works out.
  • quincymaquincyma Posts: 1
    It's an incredible daily driver, both for road trips and around town. I'm amazed by what goes in the trunks (a vacuum cleaner, two roller suitcases with room for two more duffle bags...), and in a pinch, I've even brought home a large sub woofer by putting it on the passenger seat.... Whether I drive 5 miles or 500, I never fail to get out of the car with a smile.

    On the other hand, it sucks in winter, and I don't see any way around that. On my first Boxster I sprung for a set of down-sized wheels and snow tires. But I can't count how many times I had to be pushed out of a parking space because the car can't get traction on icy surfaces here in Boston. (Snow isn't the problem.) This isn't a 911 with the engine over the rear axle; when I had my RWD 911, I'd take it anywhere, anytime on its all-season tires.

    Again, it's the best car I've ever owned. I just leave it in the garage when it's slippery outside.
  • My 98 Boxster has 200,000 miles on it and is providing my mechanic with first-time ever problems at the dealership. Currently we are working on an engine squeal that stops briefly only when travelling uphill or if I hit the accellerator. The mechanic has replaced the air conditioner compressor and, what do you know, the squeal's still there. Would appreciate any suggestions from Boxster owners with high mileage vehicles.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Sounds like a simple belt. You win the gold medal for mileage and I am encouraged. I haven't heard of anyone close to that number.
  • Does anybody have any idea on whether there will be any major changes in the 2007 models? I have heard that the Boxster and the new cayman will have a 245 hp engine while the Boxster S and Cayman S will share the 300 hp Cayman engine. No info on pricing changes relative to 2006. Tire pressure monitor will be standard on the 2006s.

    Welcome any news if you have heard something specific. Am considering whether to buy 2006 or order 2007.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Having the same engines seems like right thing to do, but where did you get your info? I wouldn’t be surprised at a slight hp boost for Cayman S considering what BMW is putting out. If so, that would probably mean the 911s will get a modest boost too.
  • I know someone who works for Porsche. The 911 is not getting a hp boost.
  • I own a 2001 porsche boxster. Is anyone selling the black windscreen insert for the passenger side?


  • does anyone also have problems of the carpet getting wet behind the seats of their boxster after a rain? If so, how can one rectify the situation. the dealership said most likely that the drain tubes (inside the top mechanism) are plugged. does anyone have experience with this and can help me on where to look to unplug my drain tubes?


  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    My understanding is that the vehicle needs to be on a lift - the drain tubes are accessible from underneath the vehicle.

    That very issue is why my dealer suggests an oil change once or twice a year on my 911 Cab, even though the interval has been raised to 20,000 miles. They do a complete inspection. Apparantly, leaves and other debris get into the drain tubes and can cause $1,000's in damage to the top mechanism, etc. NOT covered by warranty.
  • I got my info on 07 models from talking to dealers about the 06 vs 07 choice.

    On the Mckenna dealer discounts, thanks for the info porsche334. But does that size of discount not take the price below dealer invoice? Using Edmunds, I figure the main difference between MSRP and invoice is due to the base price difference of about $ 6 k. Options add very little margin - no more than $ 0.5 K. So a 7.5 k discount would suggest that the manufacturer must be taking some of the hit.

    I;ve been able to get a discount offer of 5 k off the MSRP on the East coast and if I figure in the cost of transporting the car to where I live that might still make it marginally attractive to contact Mckenna. They sure seem to be overstocked with Tiptronics.

    Two other questions - I guess if you order a 07, is it reasonable to get discounts off the MSRP and if so, how much is reasonable? Welcome advice.

    Second, should I consider a Tiptronic? A friend of mine says it is very useful in commuting situations with traffic and that I should get it.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,573
    Get a stick. You won't regret it!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • duettoduetto Posts: 2
    I'm planning on buying a 2006 Boxster, but want to have it built to my specifications. Can anyone answer these questions:
    1. Will it cost more rather than buying one from a dealer's inventory?
    2. If so, about how much? The MRSP is $51,428 and invoice is $46,269.
    3. I'm thinking that I can get a better deal near the end of the model year so what is about the latest date that I can order a 2006?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282

    Last summer, starting around this time, I was able to get quotes of around $6,000+ off on a well equiped 2005 Boxster S from dealers in the greater DC region (200 miles). By the time August rolled around, I was negotiating $7,000 off on a Boxster S from three dealers that had ones in stock that matched my specs. I strongly suspect you would be able to do that good this year.

    Tiptronic - NO, NO, NO!. You will diminish the performance of a Boxster S down to a Boxster and the Boxster down to a Miata. Well, perhaps the last one is an exaggeration, but the first one isn't.

    My wife and I are approaching 50, live in DC and the ONLY automatic either of us has ever owned is our MDX. Had it been available with a 6-speed similar to our TL, we would have paid $1,000 extra for it. That's just us. But getting a sports car like the Boxster and then castrating it with a not particularly good slushbox tiptronic is, in my opinion, completely counterproductive. Want an easy commuting car, get a Prius. Want a fun to drive car, get a Boxster with a real manual transmission. And give your friend some Prozac. His bi-polar disorder is acting up.

    P.S. Before any tiptronic fans suggest that the new 911 Turbo's is actually quicker than the stick, it is a completely different system than the tiptronic found in the Boxsters and regular 911's. And from a good friend who has driven both in Germany, he will still get the 6-speed for control and overall performance. The excitement of the "launch" capability of the Turbo Tip will wear off after 2-3 stoplights. After which it tries to shift into a higher gear too soon.
  • Duetto:

    Too late for 2006 is what I was told. If you order now, the factory will build it as a 2007. The earliest you could take delivery is likely to be in September.

    I would guess that a build to order will not get anything like a discount on an in-stock 2006 Boxster which the earlier thread of emails indicates would be between $ 5-7 K. Having said that I too am curious as to what one could expect as a discount off MSRP on the 2007 order. Would the arrival of the BMW M roadster put some pressure on 2007 pricing either in the MSRP or in terms of a discount? Hope somebody can throw some light on this.

    Since there is little difference between the 2006-2007 in terms of features and performance, I intend to go for a 2006 within the next couple of weeks but I remain curious about the order question.
  • Habitat1:

    Thanks once again for your good and comprehensive advice. I will, as you suggest, prescribe Prozac for my friend and go with the manual transmission.

    Main options that I want are the Bose Sound system and the xenon lights. Anything else you would recommend before I take the plunge?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    As 911 forum visitors know, I am a big advocate of the sport chrono package. Not for the chrono part, but for the sport part. It increases the throttle response and makes the car feel quicker, although Porsche claims no "official" hp or performance gain. At a minimum, I suggest you try a Boxster equiped with it, and decide for yourself.

    Regarding Bose, it is a common (and rather expensive) option. But the system in my 911 still isn't that great. I think the standard system in the 911 would be adequate, but I haven't heard the standard system in the Boxster. You might want to check out both before automatically going with the Bose. At the price Porsche is charging, I think they may be milking the name more than the improved sound warrants.

    Xenons are definitely worth it, IMO. Power memory seats and mirrors might be worth it if you have a significant other that will be driving the car. The Boxster S I was considering came with the PASM and 19" Carrera S wheels. Both are nice options, but if you are on a budget, I'd forget them in favor of the Sport Chrono. I think you'll notice more of a performance difference from that $920 option than either of the more expensive other two.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • luckynhappy,

    Being that my thread was deleted I am not sure exactly what I can actually say. I am assuming the dealer is just motivated to move inventory therefore if they take a hit then that is a hit they are willing to take. If you sit down with a salesperson and actually order your car to your specifications than I think a $2000.00 discount would be generous. Tip or stick, it's just going to be personal preference. I prefer the stick. Hope this helps.
  • duettoduetto Posts: 2
    Thanks, luckynhappy. Your info and insights are helpful. I guess I'd better start looking at the California dealer inventories soon. This brings up another question: how many (maximum) miles on the odometer would be expected for a brand new (not a demo) car? I'm thinking less than 10-20.
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  • Duetto:

    Correct. The one I am considering has 17 miles.

    Not really sure how dealers manage this problem. Every prospective buyer probably wants to take a new car for a spin and that could add up pretty quickly. Do they always use a demo car for the test drives?

    At any rate, you want something that is new if you paying for a new car. So 10-20 seems right to me.
  • crbecrbe Posts: 3
    I live in California and am thinking about purchasing a Boxster in another state. Are all Boxster's certified for California also? Thanks.
  • Finally discovered the problem of the really loud engine squeal. The air oil separator at base on engine was collapsing the breather hose when a strong vacuum was applied...the air oil separator was replaced. No more problems.
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