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Think about a 1st Gen Boxster

Hi All,

I spend most of my time over in the 944 forum but I came across a '99 Boxster I am thinking about picking up.

I am wondering if anyone can tell me if this engine might be problematic from an IMS (or any other perspective). Below I have attached the info sticker with the engine code.

The asking for the car is $14K and it has less than 18,000 miles on it.

Thanks in advance,

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I have heard low miles on a Boxster of this vintage is a negative thing. I have a 98 with >234k miles, original IMS Bearing (dual row) which is what I think the 99 has. My car gets driven like a Porsche, no IMS Bearing issues so far.
If possible get a Pre Purchase Inspection done and it would help to know how the car was driven, if gently that is not a good thing.
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BTW this is the only engine available n the Boxster 97-99 2.5 liter 201bhp. The S started in 2000.
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low priced gen1 in NorCal

As matter a fact, I've got a '99 one offered for sale by a mechanic and it has 150K and he's had it on Craigslist for about a month and wants $4200. He's changed the fuel pump and starter since his ownership. The top is 3 years old and the rear window is starting to be hazy.
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I too had a 944 as a previous Porsche, they are great entry level Porsches however the Boxster is a different animal. The base Boxster which is what we are talking about here has approximately the same power to weight ratio and performance as an early 70s 911S. Both are held in pretty high regard.
I do most of my own maintenance for budget reasons and have found the car generally easy to work on. The guidance from sources such as this are invaluable. BTW I am in process of changing the coolant tank on mine and it's by far the difficult task to date. With some dilligence the 986 will reward you with an outstanding driving experience.
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GHEN, does the owner have service records.........and with frequent oil changes....that would help regarding the low miles. If you have a PPI done, have them change the oil and filter and check filter for any metal. I bought a 2007 Cayman S two years ago with only 17,000. Had it checked out, and started using Joe Gibbes DT40 oil, recommended by LN Enginering for this type of engine. Best, Mark
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GHEN, please let us know what you decide and if appropriate pictures.
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As I own a 97 boxster, I can attest to them being impressive cars. Mine has close to 160k miles on the original dual row bearing and clutch, and I don't lose sleep at night about it.

I tend to buy higher mile cars because I don't have much money to spend and I do my own work, so I have to wonder about people paying such a premium for very low mile cars. Are you buying it as a future collectible or investment, or as a driver? If it was a driver, for $14k I would be looking for a really nice, well-loved 986S or perhaps a base 987. Regardless, good luck with the search and if you buy it, I know you'll love it!
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I'm seriously conflicted lol

I used to have a '08 Cayman S and I loved it, had to get rid of it for practicality purposes. I no longer need to worry about that so I am looking for something sporty and reliable and I really love my P-Cars.

Here are some pictures...I know it is near the top of the price spectrum but it does include the hard top and is well optioned.

It isn't as crisp as the Cayman but still a fun drive.

1st World problems huh?

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GHEN, looks like a good looking car. Time to do some serious dickering! The addition of the hard top to me is a mixed blessing. Probably great if you will be tracking the car or driving it year round. Keep in mind you have to deal with it when accessing the top of the engine.
Attached image my 98 purchased for $6k a couple of years ago.
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I've had (2) '99 Boxsters, one of them had to have a motor replaced at 29k miles, and at my cost. I'm very leery about cars this old with such low miles.

There seems to be a sweet spot for mileage on cars like these...low enough to have plenty of life left in the car, but high enough to know it's been driven and kept up. Not sure exactly where that is, but I'd shoot for...maybe...over 50k and under 100k?

Sure is pretty though, and with a hardtop to boot. So, maybe...???
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I take it this one got away?
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