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Old 04-30-2009, 11:41 AM
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I have owned both Boxsters and, in my opinion, the 987 is a better car. If you put a set of snow tires on a 987 it will do very well in the snow. If you get deep snow it won't go. It is just a car, drive it year round. Jim
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:58 AM
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not TOO much difference in driving experience, but overall the 987 is a lot more refined than the 986. i think it's worth it just for the interior upgrade.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:06 PM
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not TOO much difference in driving experience, but overall the 987 is a lot more refined than the 986. i think it's worth it just for the interior upgrade.
So if you're not interested in the extra refinement, like you enjoy owning a sports car as opposed to a GT, the 987 may not be an improvement?
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:44 PM
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not TOO much difference in driving experience, but overall the 987 is a lot more refined than the 986. i think it's worth it just for the interior upgrade.
I hear this a lot. Tell me, what exactly are you referring to regarding the interior "upgrade"? (I'm not being a wisea**.) I actually have an '08 Boxster loaner while my '04 is in for service and I kind of like the 986 interior better. It looks more "classic" to me. I'm not knocking the 987 interior by any means; I'll probably end up with one in the future anyway, it's just that I find the 986 interior pretty nice too.
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I hear this a lot. Tell me, what exactly are you referring to regarding the interior "upgrade"? (I'm not being a wisea**.) I actually have an '08 Boxster loaner while my '04 is in for service and I kind of like the 986 interior better. It looks more "classic" to me. I'm not knocking the 987 interior by any means; I'll probably end up with one in the future anyway, it's just that I find the 986 interior pretty nice too.
most 986 interiors are very monocrhomatic & boring. the quality of the stitching, the textures on the fabrics & plastics, carpets, etc seem to be a lot nicer in teh 987.
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So if you're not interested in the extra refinement, like you enjoy owning a sports car as opposed to a GT, the 987 may not be an improvement?
now there you may have a point. the 987 is faster, but it isolates you from the road a bit more. the 986 is probably a bit more pure of an experience. it's also lighter.
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most 986 interiors are very monocrhomatic & boring. the quality of the stitching, the textures on the fabrics & plastics, carpets, etc seem to be a lot nicer in teh 987.
Here's a photo of the '04 Special Edition. Although that's what I have, this photo is off the web and not actually my car. I don't find anything lacking in the quality, but it's mostly leather.

PS. This photo is off a Tip, I have the 6 Speed.
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:55 PM
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Holy Toledo Batman! They made gloveboxes for the 986? Where can I get one?
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:41 PM
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Holy Toledo Batman! They made gloveboxes for the 986? Where can I get one?
And if you look closely, a cupholder, too! Though, that 04 is curiously missing the CD holder and cubby... why would they delete that? Otherwise, looks pretty much identical to my (non-special edition) 04 986S.

Also, the air bag light is burned out
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:01 AM
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And if you look closely, a cupholder, too! Though, that 04 is curiously missing the CD holder and cubby... why would they delete that?
Cupholder? I don't see it.

That's the GT3 console delete, people actually pay to have that done. I don't understand it either--people say it gives more legroom, but I'm 6' with long legs and I fit fine without my knee rubbing at all. I guess I'm just lucky.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:03 AM
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I was definately suffering from "console collision" in the 03 that I tried.

Is there no-one who knows for sure if there is a difference in seat heights between manual and electric?

I could call a dealer I guess, but I have this nagging feeling that they'll just tell me something without really having a clue.
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Originally Posted by Devildog2067 View Post
Cupholder? I don't see it.
Here's a closeup. Just press on it and it pops out into a cupholder. It only holds one cup. Press it back to fold it back in.
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Originally Posted by sjfehr View Post
And if you look closely, a cupholder, too! Though, that 04 is curiously missing the CD holder and cubby... why would they delete that? Otherwise, looks pretty much identical to my (non-special edition) 04 986S.

Also, the air bag light is burned out
Again...that photos was not my car but a photo I got off the web. Mine has the cubbies. It came with one cubby and a CD holder which I've replaced with a 2nd cubby.
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:16 PM
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Here's a closeup. Just press on it and it pops out into a cupholder. It only holds one cup. Press it back to fold it back in.
No, it holds two cups, it pops out and then the internal bit slides out for a 2nd cup if you want two. At least that's how it works on my 04.
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Originally Posted by sjfehr View Post
No, it holds two cups, it pops out and then the internal bit slides out for a 2nd cup if you want two. At least that's how it works on my 04.
Wow! I gotta check that out. I've had the car for 5 years and never knew that.
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