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Porsche Boxster and Boxster S



  • I have an '01 Boxter S, I get an intermittent howl from gas fill flap area. Have had some success with insert of insulated rubber strip under filler flap door. Would love to find permanent solution, the only thing that really bugs me about the car.
  • Hi: I want to become a member of this select group but I don't own a Boxster.

    1) I can afford ($40k) a 2007 Boxster or a 2006 Boxster S. All things being equal what are the pros and cons of each?

    2) I live in the Palm Springs are but will travel anywhere in Southern California for a reputable dealer. Any recommendations?

    3) If availabe should I pay to get it certified/warranty? If I get one from a private party can I still do this?

    4) I got a 1st round pick the last time and this time it is my wife's turn and she wants an '08 Infinity G37. In return for a 1st round pick the next time and for the Boxster to be automatic, I get a 1st round pick again. Question, can people tell that I am driving an automatic? Is there some way to fake it and make it appear like it is manual?


  • My wife figured out our howling noise. The angle of the drain hole in plastic shroud surrounding gas cap was allowing air into it, creating whistling noise. Noise stopped by building up leading edge of drain hole with sealant, allowing air to pass over not through it.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,586
    If you're going to take the Porsche Plunge, buy a stick. You'll never regret it. Life is too short to drive Automatics.

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

  • As you probably know, Porsche's "Tiptronic" transmission allows the driver to use the gears automatically or as a manual.
    As for cost, even "the Poor Man's Porsche" has a price tag that is breath-taking. I think I would first check out classifieds or the Boxster Babblers web-site for some leads on a newer used-you never know why some folks unload a beautiful car. I purchased mine after the couple decided they needed a rear seat!
  • a_f_g77a_f_g77 Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    I found a boxster 01 with 64,000 for a VERY reasonable price. This would be my first porsche and am wondering whether you would recommend that I buy such and "old" one. The CARFAX report shows no accident/salvage/etc damage. It was sold through an auction and is offered by a dealer. Any thoughts?
  • ardo1ardo1 Posts: 3
    turn 50 yrs old soon -- time for a fun car. looking at a 2006 boxster s vs. a BMW 650i. Drove a lexus sc 430 for 3 years -- nice looking but not really exciting to drive. any thoughts on the two cars. I leave in VA where weather is not hazardous.
  • boxterboxter Posts: 2
    Does anyone know if there is something that can be done about marks on my Boxter's convertible top where it folds when retracting??

  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    Well, the z4 is more of a direct competitor to the boxster. The 650 is more of a grand tourer than a sports car. Fun, but not quite like a boxster.
  • I had the same problem with my 2002 Boxster and got it fixed. You can get the real rubber insert from for a buck ($1.00). Look under Body & Seals - Panels & Sheet Metal - Fuel Door & Parts. I hope this helps!
  • marygimarygi Posts: 7
    the only logical thing to do is to drive them both, and decide for yourself! As they say in Wisconsin, "whatever floats your boat".
  • kuch123kuch123 Posts: 3
    Hi all fellow Boxster owners.. I just wanted to post a quick note that the Blue Ridge Boxster Summit 10 is open for pre-registration. We're looking forward to our 10th year for the BRBS ! Spend four days in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains enjoying your Boxster along with many other great people and Boxsters.

    Stop by the website for details..

    Be sure to check out the 'Pedro Cam' and Photo Galleries

    Ron Kucynski
  • smodersmoder Posts: 13
    As an owner of a 2005 Boxster S let me try to address your questions. (1) Boxster versus Boxster S. I previously owned a BMW Z3 6 cyl-170HP, when I drove the basic boxster didn't feel much different. The Boxster S was a major upgrade in performance: not only have 45 more HP, but with a larger engine, much more torque. You get better brakes, standard 18" wheels etc. I think you will also find a used Boxster S was typically sold with more options(in California at least)
    (2) I hate the idea of an automatic porsche, however, it does come with Triptronic where you can manually shift the gears if desired (3) I purchased my 2005 from a dealer, 18 months old with 6000 miles for $45K. I insisted that they "certify" the car which meant I added 4.5 years and 50K miles onto the bumper to bumper no deductable warranty. It costs the dealer $1500 to certify. (4) In general, consumer reports will advise against purchasing an extended warranty. They calculated the spread from what a car warranty costs versus repair cost experience. The porsche was not listed but BMW was for an average loss of $150. I think It depends upon how many miles you put on the car. If you could put 100K in 6 years, It may be worth it..these cars cost a bundle to fix. (5) Dealer I live in Northern Calif, what I wanted to know was the cars history. A rich guy, traded for a Cayenne since moving from the area, dealer sold the car originally-you need to hear the story and form your own opinion. Hope this helps.
  • majormcfmajormcf Posts: 20
    Comparing a new boxster to an old Z3 is ridiculous. There is a reason why the boxster is consistently on car and drivers top ten and the z3 wasnt
  • Has anyone desnorkelled their boxster?
  • atwnsw1atwnsw1 Posts: 21
    I was in a relatively minor accident when a person backed into my 2006 Porsche Boxster S. They are at fault and the accident happened in Georgia and their insurance company is State Farm. I bought it last year brand new from a dealer for $47,500 and live in Florida where it is being repaired.

    The total damage is only $1,600 (based on estimate - however could be higher).

    I know the damage is relatively minor but I have no doubt that it will cost me at least another $1,500 to $2,000 in diminished value now that it has been in an accident when I go to re-sell the car.

    I am aware there is a high probablility that I will get nothing from the insurance company but am willing to try; therefore, I also don't want to sink a ton of $$$ into fighting them by hiring an attorney.

    So, my option is to try and fight them myself. I did a search on the internet and found several "specialists" on fighting a diminished value claim and they tried selling me $600 services that I would need.

    I have to believe with all the resources on the internet that somebody has posted sample letters and information that will assist me in fighting this without spending $600.

    I don't mind spending a couple of hundred but need a direction on where to get started.

    Can somebody help?

    Thanks in advance.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,586
    Madmanmoo can help you. He's a Porsche dealer in GA. Maybe you could have the manager of your selling dealership write a letter to the insurance company on your behalf. I don't know if it is worth your time to fight. Spring is here and enjoy top down motoring in your Boxster S. As long as the car is fixed properly and it looks perfect to you, that's all that should matter. How long do you plan on keeping the car?

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

  • cburke1cburke1 Posts: 1
    I need new rear tires on BoxsterS 2000. I currently have Toyo 265/35ZR1897Y.
    Does anyone have a better choice. I drive this car 15 to 30 miles everyday. I have toyo tires also on the fronts. Front tires are still in great condition.
    Looking for advise.
  • majormcfmajormcf Posts: 20
    check out the reviews on they also have decent prices although if you check ebay sometimes you can find some factory wheels with tires someone is selling for cheaper....
  • allan15allan15 Posts: 1
    I have a big problem with my car, recently no music is playing from my system. i have the telephone 6 cd changer and sat nav on my car. there also appears to be an error sayin "system error phone amplifier and cd changer not available" it is quite tempermental and lasts for weeks on end.

    can anyone help??
  • quade420quade420 Posts: 3
    Trade it in on a new Shelby...or vette...or Civic Si for that matter...
  • majormcfmajormcf Posts: 20
    go to the renntech porsche forumn, your question is covered in detail there, try to stay off edmunds as its full of rude teens
  • trumpedtrumped Posts: 1
    i am looking to sell a 99 boxster....i am just wondering what is a fair price....i have looked at nada and clean retail on the car is 17,200...but with it being a private party sell i dont know what to price it at...i would be willing to take alot less than the 17,200 but dont want to rip myself is a 99 boxster with 55,000....any help would be much appreciated
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,881
    Porsche has announced that production of Boxsters and Caymans will be moved to Magna-Steyr in Austria beginning in 2012.

    This raises a couple of questions. According to a recent Road & Track article
    a brand new Boxster redesign will debut in 2010. It wouldn't seem cost-effective to retool Valmet for just two years. Will the 987 be continued thru 2012 and will a Cayman redesign debut at the same time?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I spent the last couple of months shopping for a Boxster. Based on the mileage of 55k, you should easily be able to get $17,200 for your '99. However, once the mileage gets to about 70k it seems the vaule drops since there are so many available. Have it detailed, write a good ad, take good photos, and put it on Craigslist and AutoTrader and you should have it sold rather quickly (unless it is white, ugh). Good Luck.
  • sb55sb55 On an Island in VermontPosts: 337

    2007 Miata PRHT, 2014 BMW 535d X-drive, 2017 Chevy Silverado LTZ Ext. cab with 6.2 V-8

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,881
    I think you answered someone else's question. :confuse:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I found a 2003 Boxster S for sale in a nearby neighborhood. The car appears to be a really good deal with maintenance records and original owner but when I test drove it I couldn't help but hear a metallic resonance whenever it was at a higher rpm. I had a similar noise on a Miata years ago and it turned out to be the heat shield around the catalytic converter....

    Does anybody know what this noise is? I wouldn't call it overly irritating but it was definitely there and I'd really like the car, it's a screaming deal.....
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 18,881
    A loose heat shield or other exhaust component is the most likely possibility but
    Porsches are expensive to repair and you have to be leery of "screaming deals" on any car. If I were you I'd have a pre-purchase inspection done by a local Porsche specialist who could give you a definitive opinion on the condition of this car and an estimate for any corrective work needed.

    If the present owner does not agree to let you do this WALK AWAY and don't look back, let someone else take the chance.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I have a 2005 Boxter that exhibits the same issue as you discribed. I have been told that it is the preheater in the catalytic converter and this is normal. Did you get any reply on your request?
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