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2004 C4S or a 2007 Boxster S


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I am finally in the market for a new car after being carless for the past few years in NYC. I am moving away and will need a new Porsche (at least new to me). I had a boxster in the past and loved it. Now I that I am looking again I am not sure what I want yet. I have narrowed it to roughly 2 cars a 2007 Boxster S and a 911 2004 C4S with very low milage. I am dring both tomorrow.

Is the 911 that much more car? Would the convertible boxster be more fun? What about performance? Resale?

Price is pretty similar on these 2.

Thanks,

John W

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Hello. I had a Boxter S 2003 and I loved it. Fun, enough power, etc. I recently got rid of it and got a 1999 996 c2 cab. I am enjoying the later much more. It is more car. It feels a bit sleepy initially in low rews, a different feeling. But after this, is all just more power. The 996 is also slightly larger and I am a tall guy so I appreciate that too. On a nutshell, I much rather stay with my 1999 996 c2 cab than with my 2003 Boxter S. And I love being able to use the rear seats either as cargo space or to hop somebody around town. Also, the interior of the 911 is of better quality and feeling than the Boxter's.

911 it is for me :)

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I am finally in the market for a new car after being carless for the past few years in NYC. I am moving away and will need a new Porsche (at least new to me). I had a boxster in the past and loved it. Now I that I am looking again I am not sure what I want yet. I have narrowed it to roughly 2 cars a 2007 Boxster S and a 911 2004 C4S with very low milage. I am dring both tomorrow.

Is the 911 that much more car? Would the convertible boxster be more fun? What about performance? Resale?

Price is pretty similar on these 2.

Thanks,

John W

Either is a great car, no doubt. If I had to choose I would pick the C4S though I would rather the rear wheel drive over 4 wheel drive.

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We've had a '99 Boxster for over 5 years now and a '99 C2 Carrera Cab for 4. Both are great cars and I would be happy with either, but after owning both for several years, I'd only be happy with the Boxster if for financial or other reasons I was not able to have the Carrera. Others may disagree, but I think of the Boxster as an entry level vehicle, a more economical way to enter the Porsche experience. I feel the Carrera gives you more of everything that you get from the Boxster. More leg room, more interior storage, more power, more instrumentation, more of the fun factor (IMO), more attention, more complements, (as if this matters) more payments! (LOL)

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I have had a Boxster S ('02) and now 996TT. Albeit the 'turbo' is a little different again to the 'naturally aspirated', i think the way to go for you is the 911. You have had the boxster (like me) and when it came to changing my vehicle, I was toying with the idea of a brand new S or a used Turbo. My friend made a very good point to me that i had done the Boxster and that the 911 is the 'real Porsche'. The 2007 Box will undoubtedly be better build quality than the 996 4S (they all rattle and creak at times) but i believe for a Porsche there is no better feeling than in a 911. It depends what you want, if you want the 2 seater softy, then S, if you want the true 'Porsche feeling' the 911. Guys with Boxsters will say that so many % is the same (panels, interior etc etc), but whatever, it still dont look like one does it?? The 2007 Box will be cheaper to run (service every 2 years or 24000mls) instead of every year for the 996, but hey, you only live once and no matter how many years pass, the 911 will still be the daddy..........

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Oh, i forgot. I suspect the Box will loose more money also (newer etc) whereas the 996 has lost its main % already. The Box S has now the old 3.4ltr (295hp i think) engine in it. The C4S has the 3.6ltr (320hp) engine, so you will have a little more grunt too. Also, think the 3.6 engine is a little more realiable than the 3.4, but the Box will be newer and with a warrantee??? Buy a warrantee if it hasnt got one would be my advice, i have had thousands of pounds go wrong with mine, most of which was covered by the Porsche warrantee. It costs £725/year (now £895 UK) but got my money back well over 3 times in two years!!

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I've had a couple of boxsters, so I won't knock them - great cars !

But IMO, the C4S is so much more car... It's rarer, it's got that huge wide butt, the sought after reflector uniting the taillights (993 style), it's probably the only 996 (with the GT3) that will remain a classic over time. It's got presence.

The 987S is a great car but it's one of them boxsters... Fun to be sure, I had one, but not quite as special..

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