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Well, folks, I did it. I sold my Boxster and purchased a 2002 CPO Carrera 2. It is black with the Savannah Beige full leather interior. Other options include: Bose, CD changer, advanced technic package, side skirts, and rear window wiper. The car was originally sold in New Jersey (Paul Miller) but I was able to obtain print outs of all the maintenance records (thank you, Aaron) and they indicate the original owner was fastidious about maintenance (whew!). Nice car; even the wife likes it.

The Boxster (2001, Tip, white, blue interior) was a wonderful car: 28/29 MPG on the freeway; the top did not leak one drop through two Northern California winters; and no oil leaks, not even seeps at the seal areas. If anyone is interested, Porsche of Oakland has re-certified it and it is at their showroom.

See you on the road... flash your lights and wave "hello".

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If you liked the Boxster you will love the Carrera. IMO everything the Boxster does, the Carrera does better or is more enjoyable while doing it. Does that make sence?

We have a 986 and 996 and I would like to hear your comments regarding both after you have a chance to become familiar with the Carrera.

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We have a 986 and 996 and I would like to hear your comments regarding both after you have a chance to become familiar with the Carrera.

Definitely. Let me drive a few more miles on the car. The most apparent difference is the low-end torque. The 996 makes more torque at 1500 RPM than the 986 did at peak (it was a 2.7).

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I went from a 2.5 boxster, to a boxster s, and now a 99 c2 tip (I've had the 911 for two weeks now). Believe it or not, I actually feel that the 911 is more "planted" in corners than was the boxster. Perhaps this is not the case when the 911 is pushed to the limit (I've never pushed it hard enough to get the rear weight bias pendulum effect), but in everyday spirted driving, I actually feel that the 911 handles better. Some other observations. 0-60 in the tip 911 seems about as fast (maybe a bit faster) than the boxster s I had (which was a six speed) (even though the published 0-60 time for the 99 tip 911 is a few tenths slower than the published boxster s time), but the real difference is what the 911 can do at high speeds. That thing absolutely pulls above 80 mph when you slam the pedal, really nice torque at that level, and seems to literaly throw you up past 100 mph in no time (I never got that sensation in the boxster s).

I also love the extra room and increased visability in the 911 (I have a coupe), and of course the styling. I think boxsters look great, but there is just something about a 911 that lookes downright wicked (it gets much more attention than my boxsters ever got). I'm really having fun getting to know my car.

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