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Need your advice on Boxster seleciton

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I am very happy I managed to find this board, where during the last few days learned a lot about Boxsters.

I live in Lithuania (Europe), and found two cars I'm interested (here the selection is very limited) and would like some advice from you.

1st: 1999 2.5 manual, ~70K miles, blue, black interior. seems to be in a good shape


2nd: 2002 2.7 auto, ~30K miles, silver, black interior. mint condition



'99 is cheaper, has an upgraded audio.

'02 looks very fresh, but has fewer features, not sure if auto is an advantage for me...

From what I found on the net about 2.5 vs. 2.7, so it's a bit hard to understand - "2.7 build quality is much better" is the verdict, but what does it mean? Where the quality of 2.5 suffers?

Performance wise 2.5 manual should perform better than 2.7 auto, right? What should you advice to look at? I have read those "buying guides" so if only you have something to add for those specific cases...

Thank you for any input!


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There are so many in the US forsale -- shame you can't buy one here and import it back home cheaper.......

I don't know what you want to consider the useful life of a car - but if you say it's 120K miles, than

'99 is half way there and the other 1/4th.

The 2.7 has E-gas, should have an upgraded RMS and IMS flange..... Neither of which are perfect.

I'm guessing the 2.5L stick and the 2.7L auto probably perform similar.


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prolly 02 2.7 Egas(newer,lower mileage) then again U gotta ask yourself, also be sure what U want!

When I got mine I was 100% certian-

It had to be a S,black on black,properly broken in mileage,scheduled maintenance,no leak & tip

I know p cars supposed be & performs better with a manual tranny, but being stuck Seattle down town bumper2bumper traffic my left leg was getting too old(my wife doesn't know how to shift either)

Good luck.

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The Porsche tip is very good, you lose a little in the torque converter, but it more than makes up for itself in convenience, and it's still VERY easy to shift from the wheel. Really is best of both worlds IMHO, though I'm looking forward to a PDK when the 09s come down in price :) Tips are far less likely to have IMS/RMS issues, too.

Rule of thumb is buy the newest Porsche you can afford. Plus, that 99 has a lot of miles on it....

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