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Looking for the best balance of value to features on a Boxster

Hey all,

I am considering looking for a Boxster. Curious as to some opinions on where the best balance exists between depreciation/features/updates may lie?

I believe all of the 987ís retain hydraulic steering. Obviously the ICE gets more modern over the years, and I have heard that the interior quality took a step up around 2007.

PDK becomes a consideration, would not consider the previous auto trans. IMS is a concern on earlier cars...

Thoughts/experiences welcome? I would also consider a 986 in this conversation.

Thanks!
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Not much response here, eh? I'll share some thoughts...

I've owned three 986 Boxsters, a Cayman S, and this year bought my fourth Boxster (987.2). Two of the three 986 Boxsters required new motors...one at my cost. The Cayman S was flawless, but you still have an IMS potential there. Ultimately, that's why I went with a 987.2 for my current car. I was looking for a 987.2 Cayman, but this low mile Boxster came up at a good price, I couldn't pass it up.

So it depends on what you're looking for. 986 models are a lot of car for the money, and one can take preventative measures to "fix" the IMS concern. But the 987s have better interiors, better standard options (and more possible options), a larger IMS bearing...and in the case of the 987.2, no IMS worry and the PDK option.

My recommendation is probably obvious...I went with a 987.2, plan to keep it for a long time, and expect it to be a good car for a long time. So any more money I've spent on it will be insignificant in the long run. And I still paid less for it than, say, for a new Subaru.

BTW I got the PDK, but it came with the stupid "toggle" switches on the steering wheel instead of proper paddle shifters. So I spent an extra $1k on a new sport steering wheel and had that installed. But sadly most of the cars came with the awful standard steering wheel. Something to consider.

Of course you can just go with the manual...they're excellent as well.
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I think the Boxter is a great car. Porsche's are pretty dependable. I used to have one and never had any issues other than the convertible top motor disengaging.
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I want to get another Boxter. This guy can turn a Boxter into a car that looks like a supercar. Check out exotic supercar custom kitcar hand build mid engine
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Hey all,

I am considering looking for a Boxster. Curious as to some opinions on where the best balance exists between depreciation/features/updates may lie?

I believe all of the 987ís retain hydraulic steering. Obviously the ICE gets more modern over the years, and I have heard that the interior quality took a step up around 2007.

PDK becomes a consideration, would not consider the previous auto trans. IMS is a concern on earlier cars...

Thoughts/experiences welcome? I would also consider a 986 in this conversation.

Thanks!

Drive a good 986 "S" you may love it the most & they are going up in value!
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The 986 Boxster S is great bang for the buck. Just make sure you buy the best example you can afford...that applies to all Porsches really...actually, ALL pre-owned cars.

Yes the IMS bearing caused issues...but if you look hard at ANY car out there, and read all the info out there on google search you'd never buy anything. lol
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