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Old 03-04-2018, 08:18 PM
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Hey all:
As the title suggests, I'm in the market for a toy. Ready to buy this week, probably. I'm considering two cars, but neither are local to me, so I could use some opinion and comparison from people on this forum.
I've narrowed down to an '03 Boxster S, blue / tan, manual trans, 120k miles. Looks VERY nice, online. - OR - an '05 SLK350, green / beige, manual trans, 130k miles, looks near perfect online.

I'm a pretty fair mechanic, don't get scared easily. This car will be a toy, not my daily. And it may see an occasional track day in the summer (though it is not primarily a track car).

I'm an old- hand at Mercedes' mechanic-ing, having owned several over the years. My Porsche experience is limited to 4 weeks with an '06 Cayenne S. Too short a time to really get to know the car.

please chime in and give me your opinions.
as I said, I'm likely to buy early this week.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:30 AM
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porsche for sport, mercedes for cruising. If you intend to go to any track days, I'd take the boxster
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post
porsche for sport, mercedes for cruising. If you intend to go to any track days, I'd take the boxster
Agree 100%. I own both a Boxster and a Mercedes CLK 350.
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Old 03-05-2018, 11:20 AM
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Thanks for the response, guys.
Can the Boxster also "cruise"? or is it more specific to the sportier driving?
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:36 PM
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I drove mine to Nova Scotia and PIE from Massachusetts and back last year. 5K miles put on it. A fun drive, really enjoyed it. Very different from what it would have been in the Merc. In the Merc I set cruise control, turn the XM radio on and cruise comfortably along at 10 over the speed limit. In the Boxster I enjoy the sound, shift down and blast around the slow guys and set the cruise control if I get bored, I have never ever listened to the radio in my Boxster! Wife enjoys them both.

The Boxster is a keeper and our toy car. The Merc is a very comfortable daily driver that will be replaced when the miles pile up. We drove almost 20K miles in it last year. A lot for a retired couple.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:43 AM
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Thanks Anker! This was a helpful post.

I went and drove one yesterday..... I think I giggled several times... hehehe. I didn't realize how sweet that intake honk would be, or how much fun that high-revving motor would be. (I'll confess I could tell that the salesman was quite nervous.... but tried hard not to appear so. I kept reassuring him "I'm a trained professional", hahaha)

so yeah.... I'm hooked. I've made an offer on a car that's in PA (about 2000 miles from me), because it's the right colors and options. All of my fingers are crossed.

(I don;t suppose there are any members on here from PA?)
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Enjoy it!
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My longest trips in my Boxsters were around 250 miles in one day, maybe one stop. Probably 10 times. Room for luggage is a plus. She would say the seats are uncomfortable but she says that about many cars except plushmobiles. She was uncomfortable in the low rag top next to lorries/semi-trucks. I wasn't. Drive each. Ask anyone who is going to be with you frequently for their opinions.
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