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Old 11-14-2018, 02:33 AM
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What are your thoughts? Example: 2001 Mint boxster S low miles under 30k...will it ever be worth anything more than $20k?
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:21 AM
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Ok...I see the post below with the boxster article.

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Old 11-14-2018, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by studlee View Post
What are your thoughts? Example: 2001 Mint boxster S low miles under 30k...will it ever be worth anything more than $20k?
I don't think it's worth $20k. $15k, tops. More like $12k.
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:59 AM
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Well, if you're an archeologist, even a buried turd is worth something in a 1000 years.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:59 PM
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never, cheaply built, too electronic, will not have parts available, too much technology to fail. (I can imagine the Boxster guy in 2025 with a 97 model with a permanently closed convertible top because he cannot afford to repair the broken frame nor the electronics on his 3000 dollar Boxster
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:51 PM
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I have always had a soft spot for the 986 even though the engine is a weak link. I guess I am used to rooting for the underdog.
I think this will support prices for the better 986: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cul...n-986-boxster/

I feel that young buyers of cheap used 986s will always remember their first imperfect Porsche as their finances and tastes expand through the years. They will look back on that first second-hand Porsche with fondness and bid up the best examples later in life.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by dr914 View Post
never, cheaply built, too electronic, will not have parts available, too much technology to fail. (I can imagine the Boxster guy in 2025 with a 97 model with a permanently closed convertible top because he cannot afford to repair the broken frame nor the electronics on his 3000 dollar Boxster
Wait... Your handle is dr914 and you're saying the Boxster is cheaply built?
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:40 PM
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:24 PM
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I sure wouldn't pay $20k for that car ...and probably not even $14k unless it had impeccable records showing an oil change every year, a 90k service equivalent, recent best tires, a best IMS replacement, a PPI by the best mechanic in town, and probably a dozen other things. Classic? Maybe the first 100 VINs from '97 but by '01 they were a commodity and at such low mileage you run the high risk of it having sat neglected for years. Boxsters are daily drivers and I'd rather spend the extra money updating all the wear items in the suspension, the mounts, the plastic bits, an alignment, new tires, etc. Just as I did when I bought my second Boxster (an '01S BTW) which was almost free of significant maintenance spending for the next 5 years.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:08 AM
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914's are now classics but I remember back in the '80s you couldn't give them away. Will the 986 become one? Porsche already says they are and some recent auction prices are beginning to show an upward trend. Only time will tell but I'm likely to be dead by the time they gain any value. And I don't care.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by paulofto View Post
914's are now classics but I remember back in the '80s you couldn't give them away. Will the 986 become one? Porsche already says they are and some recent auction prices are beginning to show an upward trend. Only time will tell but I'm likely to be dead by the time they gain any value. And I don't care.
The 914.... the ugly duckling turned swan. I was just looking at recent 5 year auction prices for 914 vs. the Boxster. It's like 180 degrees difference. I would have never thought that people would spend 6 figures on a 914, but folks, that's what is happening. Unfortunately, values for the Boxster continue to depreciate at about $1000 per year. Maybe someday people will see them as attractive investments, but not at the moment. Anything is possible.
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:43 PM
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the 914 is a high quality build as compared to the Boxster, just like all of the older air cooled Porsche. They had to cheapen the build to make money. Plus they figured out in this disposable society, no one was going to keep these new cars very long. SO we get a lot of bang for the buck for a short time and them move on

Do not get me wrong, I love the Boxster and drive one every day, and it is by far the best porsche buy
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Originally Posted by dr914 View Post
the 914 is a high quality build as compared to the Boxster, just like all of the older air cooled Porsche. They had to cheapen the build to make money. Plus they figured out in this disposable society, no one was going to keep these new cars very long. SO we get a lot of bang for the buck for a short time and them move on
I've restored every nook and crannie of this 914 in my signature, and I'd have to disagree. the 914 is/was cheap. cheap vinyl seats; cheap carpet, cheap wheels. cheap plastic. the Boxster is, by comparison, much better built. But IMHO that simply reflects the advancing automotive technology from the 70s to the 90s.

as to whether the Boxster will be a classic - probably not in the "collectible" sense of the word, but sure is fun to drive.
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:17 PM
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..so funny !
About 10 years ago, a good friend of mine told me that he wanted to sell his 911.
This is a guy that did few Monte Carlo Rallyes, a good driver, knowing cars very well.
His car was an original 1967 911S (SWB).
I told him : DO NOT SELL IT, it will take a lot of value, but take some time, as a "lot" were built, just WAIT !
He sold it for around 30k (Swiss, ..but, this is about 1:1 with USD !)

At THAT time, ..it was the price you can find some of "these" !
Today, ..we all know how much you have to spend ..to get an original 911 SWB !

In my opinion (I had many 911 in my life, and now, I have a Boxster, ..because I wanted a car with the engine at the right place), the Boxster is simply a fabulous car.
I'm sure that one day, (when, I do not know, ..but that long !) a low miles old Boxster will be a super great car to find !

..my two cents !

About "cheaply built" : Did you ever saw how a Ferrari is built ?? ( ROTFL)
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Old 11-17-2018, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by GVA-SFO View Post
..so funny !
About 10 years ago, a good friend of mine told me that he wanted to sell his 911.
This is a guy that did few Monte Carlo Rallyes, a good driver, knowing cars very well.
His car was an original 1967 911S (SWB).
I told him : DO NOT SELL IT, it will take a lot of value, but take some time, as a "lot" were built, just WAIT !
He sold it for around 30k (Swiss, ..but, this is about 1:1 with USD !)

At THAT time, ..it was the price you can find some of "these" !
Today, ..we all know how much you have to spend ..to get an original 911 SWB !

In my opinion (I had many 911 in my life, and now, I have a Boxster, ..because I wanted a car with the engine at the right place), the Boxster is simply a fabulous car.
I'm sure that one day, (when, I do not know, ..but that long !) a low miles old Boxster will be a super great car to find !

..my two cents !

About "cheaply built" : Did you ever saw how a Ferrari is built ?? ( ROTFL)

look at even low mile Boxster and 996 seats: As compared to 993 and earlier cars, they must have made the Boxster seats from skinnier cows!
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