They say there is no such thing as a cheap Porsche and yet today Good price or no dice Boxster is … a cheap Porsche. Could the low price make it an easy ramp to Porsche ownership? ISLANDr is it a rocky road to future spending?
The path, like yesterday’s 1979 Ford F-250 was certainly an interesting one. On the one hand, there were plenty of comments praising both the era from which the truck paid homage and the overall specification and condition of the large longbed. On the other hand, there it was $ 14,500 asking price that at a loss of 56 percent No dice came up short. That compilation of praise and passers-by may not be customized, but hopefully the cool truck will still find a new owner.
Speaking of new owners, many of you know it I recently purchased an older Porsche Boxster and is in the process of specifying pleases and trouble of its ownership to share with you all.
My experience may very well mean that one or more of you take the “Porsche leap” and pick up your own with a reasonable wrench sports car from the German car manufacturer. If you’re so bent over, then maybe this 1999 Porsche Boxster is a great place to start. It certainly seems to be the cheapest.
The ad for this variety over Savanna Beige is light on the details, though it does provide some prominent info. The pictures also tell a story. Here is everything the seller gives in the car description:
In very decent shape.
Runs and runs really well.
Top works manually. No electric.
Priced right to quick sale.
Pure title in hand.
OK, so first of all, we find out that the car has been 175,000 miles down the road. It’s a good bit of a road to a 986 and may make you wonder about the condition of waste materials and the like. Perhaps to alleviate these concerns a little, the seller notices that the car “Runs and drives really well.” Not just amazing, but “really good.”
On the downside, the seller beats the aesthetics of the car by saying that its appearance is just OK. The pictures show it, especially when we get into the interior. On the outside, there are a few obvious shortcomings. These include some paint chips and dents as well as the absence of both intake grilles and the front side marker lights.
The car later has 996 headlights with the more subtly colored turn signals. Some people strongly prefer them. The rear tailgate carries a Porsche badge instead of the expected one Boxster script. Factory Twists appear to be in decent shape, but there is no mention of how much life is left in the tires.
Upstairs, the convertible roof looks intact, albeit with a cloudy rear window. This is far too common on these cars. Less common is failure of the electric top mechanism, which is good because it is an expensive repair. It has failed on this car and requires man (or woman) muscles to put the top up or down.
Lowering the top reveals an interior that has seen better days. The seat upholstery is cracked and broken on both sides and shows foam padding places and pocket change sink holes in others. The rest of the interior looks grungy and needs deep cleaning, but at least looks intact. The rubber coating seems to hold itself.
Other things to note here are what is described as a “custom exhaust” and the seller’s claim that the car has a six-speed transmission. We do not see any of that exhaust beyond a two-tip output under the rear license plate, but hopefully the fit still maintains all the catalytic converters. With respect to six-step: Uunless it had a replacement gearbox from a later Boxster S, the only way it could have so many gears is if you count the other way around.
A quick VIN check shows that this Boxster is not an S and has 201-horsepower 2.5-liter pancake six under its now-manual roof. For those of you with your panties in a twist over the infamous IMS-bearing problem, you can relax. The error rate of 2.5 was about 1 percent, and if this car’s engine were to blow, it would have done so long before it hit 175,000 miles.
The title of the car is pure, and in fact we actually see it in one of the pictures in the ad. It is a good thing. From other photos we can see that the registration was due in December and the car is still wearing its 2020 tags. It may indicate old snapshots, or it may just be that the seller simply does not want to rebuild a car that is for sale. Whatever the reason, it needs 2021 tags and – if you live in California where this car is located – a smog test to get them.
The car costs you $ 3,500 before all registration rigmarole, and that makes it the cheapest drive and driving (really good, remember) Porsche Boxster in the country. Does it look like a deal?
What do you think is this worn out but apparently not worn out Boxster worth losing so much? Or is it actually too cheap considering how much more is likely to be needed to do it right?
Sacramento, California, Craigslistor go here if the ad disappears.
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