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Old March 18th, 2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Smile 2005 vs 2003 Boxster

I have been looking for a Boxster for a while and have come across 2 from a dealer. One is a 2003 Boxster with 21,000 KM (or 14K miles) asking $33,000 Canadian (or $30K US). The other is a 2005 Boxster with 7,000 KM or (4,600 miles) asking approx $39,000 US.

Any advise as to the pros and cons of a 2003 versus 2005?
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Old March 18th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #2
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I have been looking for a Boxster for a while and have come across 2 from a dealer. One is a 2003 Boxster with 21,000 KM (or 14K miles) asking $33,000 Canadian (or $30K US). The other is a 2005 Boxster with 7,000 KM or (4,600 miles) asking approx $39,000 US.

Any advise as to the pros and cons of a 2003 versus 2005?
I would recommend the '05. There were several upgrades and improvements done to the 987. More power, glass rear window, and a much nicer interior.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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You can start by comparing the differences via Mike Focke's pages if you haven't already done so.

http://sites.google.com/site/mikefoc...oxsterwebpages
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Old March 18th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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Thanks, I have been to his site before and it is alway extremely informative. Would I be able to tell the difference when driving a 240HP engine versus a 228 Hp engine?
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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #5
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Thanks, I have been to his site before and it is alway extremely informative. Would I be able to tell the difference when driving a 240HP engine versus a 228 Hp engine?
That's the kind of thing only you can really answer. Some are more sensitive to horsepower differences, others not. For many, they don't drive the car that hard, so it's no big deal.

Drive them back to back (good dealerships will allow this) and make the determination yourself. There are big differences between the models. Purchase the one you feel, you will be happiest with.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #6
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$33k USD for 14k miles 2003 seems pretty steep for me, considering what I've seen on Craigslist for the 1st gen Boxster. I personally would pay more than $25k USD. The $39k USD for 4.6k miles 2005 sounds closer to what's right (still seem a little high). This is based on my US market perspective. Not sure how Canadian market for Boxster is in comparison.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 06:40 PM   #7
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A year ago I purchased a 2003 Boxster S with 28K miles and CPO from Porsche of Livermore for 23K It just had its 30 service, new tires, coolant and brake flush.

Given the issues with IMS & RMS the CPO was the peace of mind I needed to pull the trigger. I plan to use every bit of my 2yr or 75K mile warranty. So far I am at 45K miles now
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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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A year ago I purchased a 2003 Boxster S with 28K miles and CPO from Porsche of Livermore for 23K It just had its 30 service, new tires, coolant and brake flush.

Given the issues with IMS & RMS the CPO was the peace of mind I needed to pull the trigger. I plan to use every bit of my 2yr or 75K mile warranty. So far I am at 45K miles now

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Old March 19th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #9
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Well if this helps, we bought our 2005 Boxster, seal grey, 28,000mi, with nav, Bose,and a little more for 23,500 here in Ca. Bay Area. My thoughts are those prices you list are mighty steep. Just my 0.02 cents
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Old March 19th, 2010, 10:54 AM   #10
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I couldn't tell the difference in 2 cars ~10% different in HP 95% of the time. So my choice was to not pay the extra $$$ for the extra 5%..

For most drivers torque is the critical difference and for that, there is no substitute for displacement. But how many times are you on a racetrack or in a situation where you can really let it out on the street safely?

I'd be just as happy with the 201HP the '99 had versus my current 248 '01S because the lower the HP the longer and stronger you can put your foot to the floor. I've even said the 85HP my 914 had was enough to keep me in constant trouble.

Having said all that, all you have to do is read the reviews of the 2005 as they compare the 987 to the 986 and you can tell there are lots of positive differences. Money being no object, buy the latest. Money being a consideration (and please look at a big site like www.cars.com and look at the mid priced of the cars/years you are looking at and then subtract 10% because no one pays asking price..your 2 are way way overpriced IMHO) I'm very happy owning a 986 even knowing the 987 is the better car.

I don't buy the finest wine either....because I only piss it away. And the more expensive car depreciates more...which is kinda the same thing.

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