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can anyone tell me WHY I should buy a boxster?

 
Old 12-16-2005, 11:14 AM
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Default can anyone tell me WHY I should buy a boxster?

currently I have a 944 turbo pushing 260 hp, handling is superb, and when that turbo kicks in (DAMN) . But its almost 20 years old and the little things are naggling me (20 yr old plastic breaks easily) and I have grown tired of chasing leaks. The car over all remains solid but I am possibly looking to something new - possibley a boxster. My only real opposing thought is that the 944 have goobs of power upgrades (360 hp is only $1,300 away) and I am addicted to speed now. Plus it is a fairly easy to work on vehicle (as long as changing the clutch is not involved) - someone please convince me why? push me over the "buy a 986" edge.

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Old 12-16-2005, 11:18 AM
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You can buy the Boxster and keep the 944 too. Best of both worlds.
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:25 AM
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not an option - I have a 99 jeep wrangler sitting on 37 inch tall tires (over 7 feet tall) costly as hell and gets 14mpg (down hill)- so my second car must be for gas mileage and sporting fun. 3 cars is a bit much. - by the way mellissa nice rims
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:50 AM
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Dump the jeep. LOL!

Seriously though. Man the Boxster is fun as hell, and I only have a 97. They get WAY more fun the newer they get. Sounds like you have a need for speed. Get the newest possbile one you can afford as they have some serious performance!

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Old 12-16-2005, 05:16 PM
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gas mileage in my BoxsterS is not so great. I get about 300 miles on a full tank which cost $30 last week. not sure how many gallons the tank holds.
But Miata and S2000 aside, I don't thinik you'll find a better roadster as a daily driver and get excellent handling performance/reliability.
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:35 PM
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I don't know. I get about 26MPG. I usually fill up at 1/4th left and that usually equates to around 280ish miles give or take. Usually costs me around $25 at the current gas rate. My 95 Camaro used to get 28/29 mpg for the same commute. I was impressed I got 26mpg with htis model considering it isn't a wimpy car by any means (even at a MY97) so it should be using a fair amount of gas. I do a mix of highway and local with a lot of the highway being stop and go. I don't mind this gas consumption rate considering all I get from it as a car on all other points.

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Old 12-17-2005, 12:09 AM
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Drive a Boxster S....then you will know whether you want one or not.

As far as "why" to buy one:

brilliant handling
drop top
modern, yet classic, styling
fantastic engine note
greater reliability

I have a 944 and like those cars also. But the Boxster is a generation ahead. The 944's roots go back to the 924 project of the mid-1970s. There's a lot of forward thinking design in the 986.

I've driven a lot of P-cars (993TT, GT3, 951, etc.), but haven't found one more fun than the Boxster S.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:49 AM
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The only way to truely get a good idea of why to buy one is to test drive one. I was sold a few blocks after I test drove mine. Only thing I can say is I still drive with the top down at 40 degrees,with my scarf flying behind me wearing a matching beenie. My friends call me gay for the scarf thing,but my **** faced grin is still there everytime I step out the car(I've had it 3 months). I have driven alot of cars,but the Boxster is just too much darn fun and I dropped all other choices as soon as I drove it. Granted it doesnt have 911 speed(but by no means is it slow),but it can out handle 911s. I can honestly say that the Boxster is the best thing to happen to me in awhile,granted Iam still young. All this and I only have a '99 with 53k and no mods. JUST TEST DRIVE ONE,if you arent sold on it at first dont buy one.
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Well, lets say just for the sake of argument that you buy a Boxster S.

Your 944 turbo makes 260hp according to you, and weighs right around 3000lbs.

The Boxster S makes 250hp and weighs 2850 lbs.

It's hardly like you're going from a "fast" car to a "slow" car, we're talking small differences. The advantages you'll see are of course a much more modern car, a much sharper handling car (lighter weight, stiffer, etc etc), and overall a much more "comfortable" car - of course this comes with a pricetag, but it's absolutely NOT a step down from a 944. (FYI my last car was a 944 S2 Cabriolet)
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More responsive steering, more responsive engine, better brakes, traction control, infact about 25 years worth of engineering improvements.

...and it is more fun to drive.

other than that, not much.
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Originally Posted by perfectlap
gas mileage in my BoxsterS is not so great. I get about 300 miles on a full tank which cost $30 last week. not sure how many gallons the tank holds.
Don't feel bad, i get about 8mpg in my modified 928S, lol.

Costs about 90 bucks to fill the tank.
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Originally Posted by lowside67
The advantages you'll see are of course a much more modern car, a much sharper handling car (lighter weight, stiffer, etc etc), and overall a much more "comfortable" car - of course this comes with a pricetag, but it's absolutely NOT a step down from a 944. (FYI my last car was a 944 S2 Cabriolet)
I highly doubt a Boxster will outhandle a 944.
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Originally Posted by m21sniper
I highly doubt a Boxster will outhandle a 944.
The 986 has greater torsional rigitity than a 993 coupe.

I don't know the stats for the 944, but it's a safe bet the Boxster is much more rigid. That stiffness, combined with mid-engine weight balance, makes for a great handling car. In Road and Track's recent sports car comparison, the 987 S achieved the highest slalom speed ever tested by the magazine, faster than the Ferrari Enzo.
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Originally Posted by m21sniper
Don't feel bad, i get about 8mpg in my modified 928S, lol.

Costs about 90 bucks to fill the tank.
OMG!

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Originally Posted by m21sniper
I highly doubt a Boxster will outhandle a 944.
I think you're incorrect - the 951 is a heavier, softer car with an older suspension; the Boxster S will stop better, turn in sharper, and be more stable at speed.

Having owned both, these are just my observations.
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