RE: Porsche Boxster S (986) | Spotted

RE: Porsche Boxster S (986) | Spotted

Sunday 26th May 2019

Porsche Boxster S (986) | Spotted

The 986 Boxster will attain official classic status in 2021. Unofficially, it earned it years ago...



The year after next, the Porsche Boxster will be a classic car - launched in 1996, 2021 will mark its 25th birthday. And although the point has been trotted out with unerring and almost irritating regularity, it's hard to imagine a modern Porsche existing without the Boxster - before it, the company was making the transaxle cars and the 993; now there's a sprawling empire of successful vehicles, from saloons to SUV coupes, buoyed by the late-90s renaissance.

It has absorbed its share of flak, too. The fried egg headlights, the anaemic early powertrains, the push-me, pull-you styling, the reliability issues secondhand... it hasn't been the easiest 20 years or so, despite superlative dynamics and opening up Porsche to a whole new sector of buyers.


But look at it this way: the Boxster is a mid-engined, six-cylinder, manual Porsche sports car, one without much interference from 21st century technology. They make great road cars as standard, they can be tweaked pretty simply into decent track cars and, best of all, they're still cheap. Numbers contribute to that, as will its reputation - deserved or otherwise - and should be taken advantage of, because it won't last.

There have been cheap Boxsters for a while, in the same way there were cheap 924s, 944s, 968s and 928s for what felt like yonks. Then the good ones were used for track cars, or Porsche took an additional step away from what those cars represented, and the desirability increased. Now you can't get in a 968 Sport for less than Β£20k, and the 928 is commanding big bucks. The days of Shed 924s seem very, very long ago.

Yet here we have a Boxster S, with the RMS and IMS issues rectified, in a nice specification and with a low mileage, for Β£5,000. Cheaper cars are out there, though none appeal quite like this one. Its Lapiz Blue paints looks great in the photos, it has matching tyres on its 18-inch wheels, it was serviced three thousand miles ago and its third cars status would imply it's looked after well. There's even a trip back from mid Wales to factor into the bargain...


It really is pretty hard to argue against. When rivals like the Honda S2000 and original BMW Z4 are starting to be appreciated, even the 996 era of 911, the Boxster can't be far behind. While it really is difficult to see something like a Cayenne achieving true cult status, the Boxster is peak Porsche as far as layout goes: flat-six, engine behind the driver, drop-top roadster styling.

Running a used Porsche on a tight budget is never advisable, though with a lot of the usual Boxster issues addressed - plus a seemingly conscientious maintenance schedule - there shouldn't be too much to be concerned about. Not for five thousand pounds at any rate. It's hard to think of anything endowed with mightier bang for so few bucks. Don't come complaining when the good 986 Boxsters are more than double this...

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Nerdherder

Original Poster:

1,684 posts

52 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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A yes for me.

Raygun

3,417 posts

75 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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+1
Best looking Boxster imho. Before they started giving the Boxster steroids.

SuperSonicSloth

34 posts

27 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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I'd love to have one of these squirrelled away for Summer adventures. Lack of garage is the only thing stopping me.

GTEYE

1,602 posts

165 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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For me, it’s time will come, but just not quite yet. Still looks just a bit dated to me.

IMHO anyway.

kambites

59,079 posts

176 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Looks lovely for the money. I always liked the 986.

philw696

4 posts

74 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Just bought an 05 987 3.2 S and blown away by its performance and handling along with build quality after previously owning Italian motors I should have bought one years ago.

Ursicles

940 posts

197 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Recently bought a 53 plate S for £5k and it's brilliant - great on A and B roads with the hood down.

It's a pretty strong car too and it went straight to northway start buying for a proper going over and ask it needs was CV joints doing smile

It's a car that should keep its money if nothing else.

Rumblestripe

1,512 posts

117 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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They represent an itch I do mean to scratch before the inevitable climb to true classic status starts. I would guess that as with the 924 it will be a few years yet particularly for the earlier 2.5s and 2.7s.

I've always like the design, it's a proper Porsche (even the non-Ss)

Lowtimer

4,151 posts

123 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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"The 986 Boxster will attain official classic status in 2021"

No it won't.

"The year after next, the Porsche Boxster will be a classic car - launched in 1996, 2021 will mark its 25th birthday. "

So what? There is nothing special or official whatsoever about a car becoming 25 years old. All it makes it is 25 years old.
40 years old changes things, 25 years doesn't.

People are of course welcome to regard a particular 24 year old car as "a classic" if they feel that way about it. They are equally welcome to look at a 41 year old mundanomobile and say "that's no classic". These are unofficial and subjective matters of opinion, and the more of those the merrier.

But, PH, if you are going to witter on about "official classic status", please don't attempt to imply that 25 years denotes any such thing, because it doesn't.

Edited by Lowtimer on Sunday 26th May 10:06

Riverside Red

1,065 posts

90 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Sorry at that age with the looks and reliability issues, plus repair costs, it would have to be a Honda S2000.

RR

thecremeegg

1,437 posts

158 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Lowtimer said:
"The 986 Boxster will attain official classic status in 2021"

No it won't.

"The year after next, the Porsche Boxster will be a classic car - launched in 1996, 2021 will mark its 25th birthday. "

So what? There is nothing special or official whatsoever about a car becoming 25 years old. All it makes it is 25 years old.
40 years old changes things, 25 years doesn't.

People are of course welcome to regard a particular 24 year old car as "a classic" if they feel that way about it. They are equally welcome to look at a 41 year old mundanomobile and say "that's no classic". These are unofficial and subjective matters of opinion, and the more of those the merrier.

But, PH, if you are going to witter on about "official classic status", please don't attempt to imply that 25 years denotes any such thing, because it doesn't.

Edited by Lowtimer on Sunday 26th May 10:06
My car is 16 years old and qualifies as a classic for insurance...

briancorish

186 posts

139 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Probably the best car I owned, more fun to drive than my 911 Turbo. All of it's performance is usable far more of the time and the handling is just fantastic.

samoht

1,350 posts

101 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Lowtimer said:
So what? There is nothing special or official whatsoever about a car becoming 25 years old. All it makes it is 25 years old.
40 years old changes things, 25 years doesn't.
It's an Americanism - protectionists in the states ban unofficial imports of cars under 25 years old, only older 'classic' cars are permitted. So in the US there is the concept of a government-ordained 25 year definition of a 'classic'.

As you say though, no reason to apply these arbitrary terms here, where we're relatively free to bring in cars of any age from around the world.

Anyway, I think the Boxster has all the ingredients of a classic, and will be the MGB of the future, lovingly polished and brought out on sunny Sundays by men of retirement age.

cokerg

7 posts

89 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Yup..that's me!!

saxy

229 posts

79 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Raygun said:
+1
Best looking Boxster imho. Before they started giving the Boxster steroids.
981 was the best

mooseracer

713 posts

125 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Riverside Red said:
Sorry at that age with the looks and reliability issues, plus repair costs, it would have to be a Honda S2000.

RR
Ah yes, the 5k S2000......

ClaphamBoxS

116 posts

19 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Paid a lot more last Aug for my Y reg S but it did have a complete engine rebuild by Hartech...

Whatever .. it was worth every penny ...


Loz986

1 posts

14 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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I’ve had 5 986s now and the 4th is never leaving my stable. Great value for those who enjoy fast B road scratching in a superbly balanced sports car that costs less than a half decent wrist watch.

Mike 83

48 posts

15 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Had one years ago people used to call it a poor mans Porsche usually they drove a mondeo.

Johnny5hoods

345 posts

74 months

Sunday 26th May 2019
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Ummed and ahhed about getting one of these as my daily runner last October. Liked the idea, and had the money for a car similar to above mileage, condition etc. But, in the end, I bought a 2006 MR2. 20k, heated red leather and not a mark on it. £3950. So far has cost me nothing but tyres, fluids and filters. I have a funny feeling a 2000 79k Boxster S would have run me ragged financially by now, even with new IMS/RMS.

Hardly comparable cars in many ways, despite supposedly filling a similar nieche. 986 is 18", yes a foot and half, longer. MR2 lacks 6 cylinder soundtrack and a fair bit of grunt. However, I have to say, I find it genuinely quick enough to be fun, and my last car was a 130i. The MR2 Roadster seems to be a masterclass in how to make a car feel fun with the minimum necessary acceleration. Economical, even if nailed regularly.

986 is a very nice car, and I'm sure whoever buys the above will be thrilled. But, if I'm honest, I think a 2000 79k Boxster S is probably best enjoyed as a second car, and even then by someone with a considerable slush fund. Just as an example, there are the three(!) radiators to consider, as well as a plethora of suspension components, and they're all expensive. But the real checklist at 79k and 19 years old will be considerably longer.

Not trying to rain on anyone's parade. Good luck to anyone who's bought one recently. Perhaps I will myself one day, just not under my present circumstances.