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I want a 987, but do I need one...?

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Thank you for your reply and your input on the newer Boxsters.

I'm still sorting out an oil leak with my local dealer on my 2002 (it's under warranty) and need to get that fixed before I sell mine. From the very few 987's that I've driven, it seems to be the typical Porsche way of making improvements applies to the 987's. Nothing major has changed, but all the small little things seem to add up to improve the car over the previous generations.

There are several 2008's around on dealer lots that are new cars... It's temping due to the low pricing on these cars, but none of them are in the colors I would like or have many appealing options... They have been sitting since at least last fall, if not longer. I've bought two new cars that have sat quite a while on lots before I came around to buy them as left overs and I've had problems with both cars that made me wonder if sitting around for so long is hard on these things. Keep in mind that in my climate, every time it snow, these cars get cold started and moved to plow the lot, or they sit idling for quite a while until they are cleaned off and moved in place again. That makes me hesitate...

Thanks again to all that have responded! I'll keep everyone in the loop on what happens...



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White987S, thanks for your explanation of why an "S" might be warranted.

Renzop: I also appreciate your feedback and first hand experience on PASM.

Even my relatively "weak" 217 hp '02 seems to be plenty for the street, so an "S" might not be worth the slight premium, though there doesn't seem to be huge pricing gaps between a base car and an S if you compare the same year and same mileage.

However, there sure seems to be pricing difference between the sub 10,000 mile cars and stuff with 20-25k miles on them. They tank quite a bit once they hit 20,000 miles...$5,000 or so is what I'm seeing as far as asking price differences.

Great time to buy! There are a ton of cars for sale. Have cash-in-hand and you will get a great deal. Be patient.

I agree, I'm taking my time and doing my homework!

If you are just fine with 987 (which looks lots better) then a base well taken care '05 for less money will do. Porsche quality does not depend on first year models because the transmission and engines are just the carry over with improvements. I got an '05 S 6spd with 19" sports design with ~33k miles for almost two years now (was 18k miles) and so far it only needed oil change (preferably at 5k earliest or 7k latest). It never fails to impress me when I needed to show it off. Oh forgot to tell about a few tenth (shaking side to side) of an inch from the steering wheel vibration at highway speed because of a bent right rear wheel (pointed ding on inner side), costed $200 to fix and repaint (it looked just like brand new after). I didn't know after a round trip Nor-SoCal but so far it did not have any obvious damage due to own negligence (should fix it before the trip but it was the holiday). After the repair it ran so smooth and made at least 30% difference in acceleration, handling at all speeds.

Anyway you should stick with a base with 17" wheels with your home road condition. I love mine.

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