986 conundrum; 2.5 v 3.2

986 conundrum; 2.5 v 3.2

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anonymous-user

56 months

Monday 9th August 2021
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That's strong money for the car. But if you like it then good for you.

Stay away from a Porsche garage or specialist for as long as you can. You walk through the door and they call you sir, your spare cash is over.

Enjoy.

edc

9,261 posts

253 months

Monday 9th August 2021
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julian987R said:
or this even.

https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/2004-porsche-9...

986... but seems about as good as it gets for that model rannge from what I can tell.
I have a modified 550 and before that a modified S having both over a period of 9 years now. Some say the 550 is a tarted up run out special but others will say it has all the good bits, some factory engine and chassis mods. If they gave it some lighter doors and some humps and buckets which they already provided as factory options it would be akin to an 987 R/Spyder.

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Monday 9th August 2021
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Agree it wasn't the cheapest I could have got, but prices are on the up, saw a base 2.5 original go for £9100 at an auction a few days ago, and most stuff in the cheaper ranges looked ropey for one reason or another. Also there's a peace of mind for a pork novice like me that this place appear to be reputable and do their own inspections before sale.

Though tbh nearly everything is ridiculously expensive compared with 6-12 months ago. I've been looking at all sorts, and it's all comparatively expensive now frown

IMI A

9,434 posts

203 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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congrats looks great always better to buy condition over spec

986 v 987 I'd say the 987 a more capable car due to wider track. Vario rack steering in 987 not as sweet and precise as 986. Whilst the chassis more capable in 987 it has side effect of 987 feel more inert. 986 the sweet spot IMO for sure. Same with 996 v 997 IMO.


The interesting test is 987 Boxster S v 997 Carrera. Boxster quicker around 9 out of 10 tracks. True smile

JonnyWhitters

763 posts

84 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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Great choice. I picked up my 986.2 in March and have loved the driving experience. Only car I’ve had to surpass the fun in my old 309GTI.

ATM

18,463 posts

221 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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My 2001 986 is much quicker than my 1998 996. When I come out of Asda I have to open the door of the 996 to pull the bonnet release lever. Having the electronic bonnet release on the key of the 986 easily saves me 20 seconds.

IMI A

9,434 posts

203 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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Ha I doubt there is much difference on them in track too! Great cars both of them. So amazingly different yet similar.

CardiffTam

301 posts

166 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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TameRacingDriver said:
So, I just decided to buy one on condition and gut feeling and ignore the engine / spec, and I've put a deposit down on this little beast:



https://www.flatsixclassics.co.uk/listings/porsche...
Nice one. I was at Flat Six Classics this morning picking up my 987 Boxster. Sean has a great set up with a fantastic selection of cars.

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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CardiffTam said:
ice one. I was at Flat Six Classics this morning picking up my 987 Boxster. Sean has a great set up with a fantastic selection of cars.
Nice one mate enjoy! biggrin

Sean seems like a great bloke, he's even delivering it all the way up to the North East for a reasonable cost, which is a great gesture considering how far away it is!

F6C

455 posts

40 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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3.2 probably the right choice.

You lose very little with the 3.2. It's a little less raw and transparent than, say, an early 2.5. But only a little. And you get a load more torque. Cable throttle benefit also probably overstated. 3.2 also sounds fantastic. And with prices as there are (even with a bit of an uptick of late) you may as well get the 3.2 (which won't be any more expensive to run, they all cost pretty much the same to run), the difference in price is a rounding error for most Porsches.

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Tuesday 10th August 2021
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Sounds good. I'm looking forward to finally trying one. I'm sure the 2.5 would have been a blast but it will still be nice to have a bit of torque for normal driving or when the speed limiter... Sorry Mrs is in the car laugh

I really can't wait to get it, so excited! More than I've been over a car for a long while!

ATM

18,463 posts

221 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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TameRacingDriver said:
Sounds good. I'm looking forward to finally trying one. I'm sure the 2.5 would have been a blast but it will still be nice to have a bit of torque for normal driving or when the speed limiter... Sorry Mrs is in the car laugh

I really can't wait to get it, so excited! More than I've been over a car for a long while!
That's brilliant

So you bought it totally unseen / undriven?

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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ATM said:
That's brilliant

So you bought it totally unseen / undriven?
Yes I took the risk but based on the fact it's come from a well respected specialist who has sold 160 of the things so he tells me then I trust that it will all be good (fingers crossed). To be fair the chap is more likely than I am to know what constitutes a good Boxster. I'll admit my judgement when buying cars hasn't always been my strong point! biggrin

ATM

18,463 posts

221 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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TameRacingDriver said:
ATM said:
That's brilliant

So you bought it totally unseen / undriven?
Yes I took the risk but based on the fact it's come from a well respected specialist who has sold 160 of the things so he tells me then I trust that it will all be good (fingers crossed). To be fair the chap is more likely than I am to know what constitutes a good Boxster. I'll admit my judgement when buying cars hasn't always been my strong point! biggrin
Ok OK OK

Calm down

Breath

You don't need to justify anything to me

I know a few people who have bought cars like this recently unseen. It seems crazy to me but I guess in the new normal this is how it works. It's just like ordering food off Deliveroo where you don't even see the place cooking it for you.

Anyway I can imagine this is adding to the excitement. It's a total unknown at this point. How long do you have to wait?

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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laugh I am calm, it's too early in the morning to be worked up!

Yeah I think it is adding to the excitement tbh. I should get it around this time next week (no date confirmed just yet).

One thing that will be nice is the fact that it's being delivered and so my first drive out in it will be for pleasure on known good roads, unlike when I bought my z4c and I had to drive 300 miles on boring motorways straight home so it wasn't exactly a fun first drive.

ATM

18,463 posts

221 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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TameRacingDriver said:
laugh I am calm, it's too early in the morning to be worked up!

Yeah I think it is adding to the excitement tbh. I should get it around this time next week (no date confirmed just yet).

One thing that will be nice is the fact that it's being delivered and so my first drive out in it will be for pleasure on known good roads, unlike when I bought my z4c and I had to drive 300 miles on boring motorways straight home so it wasn't exactly a fun first drive.
Life is too short for motorways. I try to plan my trips ahead of time with routes off the motorway. It might take an hour or two longer but who cares. Anything is better than a motorway.

shalmaneser

5,949 posts

197 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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ATM said:
TameRacingDriver said:
laugh I am calm, it's too early in the morning to be worked up!

Yeah I think it is adding to the excitement tbh. I should get it around this time next week (no date confirmed just yet).

One thing that will be nice is the fact that it's being delivered and so my first drive out in it will be for pleasure on known good roads, unlike when I bought my z4c and I had to drive 300 miles on boring motorways straight home so it wasn't exactly a fun first drive.
Life is too short for motorways. I try to plan my trips ahead of time with routes off the motorway. It might take an hour or two longer but who cares. Anything is better than a motorway.
Amen. You can select the 'no motorway' option on Google Maps which does help.

TomTom maps has a 'winding road' option on their website and app but you need to pay for the app which is a non-starter.

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Wednesday 11th August 2021
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So back when I got the Z4 it was winter and I had to drive from Cardiff to Newcastle when I picked it up. I also managed to take a wrong turn and went over that big suspension bridge near Bristol laugh but at the time I felt a bit poorly and it was getting dark early on and I just wanted to be home. It took the shine off the first day...

Otherwise though I couldn't agree more biggrin even just driving locally I tend to allow more time just so I can stay away from boring dual carriageways.

anonymous-user

56 months

Thursday 12th August 2021
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That's some wrong turn from Cardiff.

TameRacingDriver

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18,150 posts

274 months

Thursday 12th August 2021
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Mr Spoon said:
That's some wrong turn from Cardiff.
That's what happens when you decide to try and get home from a completely unfamiliar area without using sat nav laugh