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Thoughts on a 986 Porsche Boxster S?

Looking for something fun to drive when I'm not in the truck. Anyone on here own or have owned one? Would love to hear your thoughts. I've found one I'm interested in.... 1 owner with 74k miles.
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Old July 18th, 2014, 05:36 PM
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FWIW, 996's are cheap now, I'd rather have one of those.

Best place to get info is...

http://www.boxsterforums.com/

http://986forum.com/forums/

Rennlist.com

Pelicanparts.com/forums
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FWIW, 996's are cheap now, I'd rather have one of those. Best place to get info is... http://www.boxsterforums.com/ http://986forum.com/forums/ Rennlist.com Pelicanparts.com/forums
Thanks for the info Paul. I'm actually looking at 996s as well.
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Thanks for the info Paul. I'm actually looking at 996s as well.
Make sure the RMS has been taken care of.

FWIW, I spent a few days driving my FILs '99 C2 Coupe last week. Sounds good (aftermarket pipes) & pretty quick, but lacks the solid build feel of the older & newer 911s.

The 993 is the best IMHO, but they are spendy ($35k) and the 997.5's are nice but they are closer to $40k. So if you can live with the 996, they are a good deal- easily in the $20k's.
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Make sure the RMS has been taken care of.

FWIW, I spent a few days driving my FILs '99 C2 Coupe last week. Sounds good (aftermarket pipes) & pretty quick, but lacks the solid build feel of the older & newer 911s.

The 993 is the best IMHO, but they are spendy ($35k) and the 997.5's are nice but they are closer to $40k. So if you can live with the 996, they are a good deal- easily in the $20k's.
Couldn't agree more^ nothing like the 993 IMO as well. Make sure like Paul said that the rms is done or you could be looking at a new engine at some point.
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Thanks guys. Appreciate the responses.
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Ok 997 guys, thoughts on this one...

http://m.ebay.com/itm/301247799226?nav=SEARCH
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I put a good amount of miles on an 01 Boxster 5 speed with 70k on it. While I am not sold on the boxster styling, I loved the way it handled and drove, it was low on power for what I thought a Porsche should be, but it was more than enough power for a sports car. It would make an awesome daily driver, but I do hear most Porsches make good DD's.
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Ok 997 guys, thoughts on this one...

http://m.ebay.com/itm/301247799226?nav=SEARCH

I am no expert on newer Porsches, but here goes anyway...

-Be sure you really want a cab.

-Be sure you really want a tiptronic.

-Make sure you get a Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) by a shop that has never seen this car before.

-Be prepared for a lot of $$ in upgrades. It's a slippery slope!

Good luck!

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http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...569639571.html
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Ok 997 guys, thoughts on this one... http://m.ebay.com/itm/301247799226?nav=SEARCH
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-Make sure you get a Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) by a shop that has never seen this car before.
Why by a shop that has never seen the car before? I think the best shop would be one that knows the history of the car. If it was owned by a good customer that takes great care of the car, I'm sure the shop will let you know. I would recommend doing a pre-purchase inspection with either the Porsche dealership, or someone who specialises in Porsches.
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If you bring it by we can check hours, revs, etc with my Durametric before sending to a shop for a review
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Ok 997 guys, thoughts on this one... http://m.ebay.com/itm/301247799226?nav=SEARCH
Has the rear main seal been checked or replaced? They dry out, causing oil leaks. $8 part, $1500 service. Is the roof perfect? No leaks? No need being concerned that it was a track car with the tip-cab. Unless this is the exact setup you are looking for, hold off for a 997 clear of the rust belt.
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Also 6speedonline is a pretty active board and decent P cars are frequently listed in the classifieds.
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Why by a shop that has never seen the car before? I think the best shop would be one that knows the history of the car. If it was owned by a good customer that takes great care of the car, I'm sure the shop will let you know.
Several reasons;

1. You want a shop that has no relationship with the owner or the car, and thus won't be biased in either direction.

2. You want someone who will look at both the condition and the standard of work that was done. A shop that has maintained the car will always insist that the repairs were carried out to the highest standard & that they didn't miss anything.

3. If the car has been well taken care of, that will show up in the PPI.

Also, look carefully through all the service records.

Don't just take my word for it though- you'll hear the above all over the Rennlist & Pelican boards.
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