The £5K Boxster: Spotted


"It's flipping yellow" I hear you cry. To which I say, at least you won't lose it in a car park, unless you've parked in the employee car park of Ambrosia custard of course. Still, if you can get over this special order colour, you'll be getting into Porsche ownership on the cheap, and you won't have to wear Porsche branded clothing to convince people you drive one.

It's different, at least
It's different, at least
The Boxster was unveiled at the 1993 Detroit motor show as a concept car, its styling aping the sweet and petite 550 Spyder; you know, the one James Dean referred to as Little Bast**d. However, when the production car came out, it had grown in size considerably to meet packaging requirements and also crash regulations. It did gain two boots as a result, even if it didn't look quite as pretty.

If the looks weren't enough to upset purists, the new engine got tongues wagging. Instead of having an air-cooled engine, the new Boxster and soon-to-be-launched 911 would get water-cooled units instead. The Boxster received a 2.5-litre flat-six. It put out 205hp, which sounds a bit pedestrian today, and Porsche must have agreed because they added a 3.2-litre engine with 255hp was added to the range in 1999. That engine was more capable of challenging the excellent chassis balance the Boxster.

Of the engines on offer, it is actually the understressed 2.5 which is perhaps the safest option. Intermediate shaft bearing failures is rare on earlier Boxsters built before the year 2000, so this often mentioned issue is unlikely to occur on this one.

Rather more formal in here
Rather more formal in here
That isn't to say that early Boxsters are fault free; so when looking at buying a Porsche, it would be irresponsible to not conduct some form of due diligence. Once you have found what you believe to be a good one, you should have it inspected by a Porsche specialist who will unearth any problems, both present and potential future ones, which will save you from purchasing a lemon. No pun intended...

Once you have found a good one, which this one should be considering its full service history and evidence of expensive maintenance items such as a new clutch and flywheel. It also has four matching Pirelli P Zero tyres all-round which is a good sign the previous owner was on top of looking after it.

So buy it and enjoy the mid-engined Porsche Boxster before prices take off. We've already missed out on the £3,000 Boxster, let's not miss out on the £5,000 one. It may not be the most powerful version, but that just means that you're less likely to overdo it on the power as you learn how to get the best out of it. Just imagine, you'll be driving a Porsche for city-car money. And what's more, everyone else will know it too. It is yellow after all.


PORSCHE BOXSTER (986)
Engine:
2,500cc, flat-six
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 204@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 181@4,500rpm
MPG: 26.8
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1997
Recorded mileage: 115,200
Price new: £33,950
Yours for: £4,995

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Max Adams

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Comments (69) Join the discussion on the forum

  • edh 10 Nov 2017

    Those guys know how to clean a car and take nice photos...

    Better off hunting on boxa.net IMO

  • mooseracer 10 Nov 2017

    Hardly a full service history given the 5 year gap between 08 and 13, regardless of miles traveled in that time.

  • monzaxjr 10 Nov 2017

    EEEEEEEEEEKKKKK. From what I've heard of and read about this seller avoid this like the plague. Run away. There are numerous horrendous reports all over the internet regarding this dealer.

  • culpz 10 Nov 2017

    "The really cheap Porsche Boxsters are gone, so don't miss your chance at the fractionally pricier ones!".

    Are they? I'm sure i saw one up for about 3k the other day, regardless of the condition (i assume not great). I've also got to point out that steering wheel. It's awful! It looks like the standard MK1/MK2 MX5 wheel but with a Porsche logo stamped on it. I actually like the colour though.

    It's alot of car for the money, even at 5k. However, it's also a big risk and easily able to bankrupt you, if you doing this on a budget. I'd get a MK3 MR2, personally. Similar looks and recipe. Slower but potentially more fun to drive and a hell of a lot cheaper to run.

    You could even transplant the 190 engine in there, from the Celica T-Sport, for the same price as this, which includes buying the car. That's if you needed a fair bit more go to match the handling. You may even have change left over!

  • jakesmith 10 Nov 2017

    Colleague asked me about these recently
    I said if a £2k bill would make you wince then don't bother
    I've been looking for one of these for a while having run them before
    The service bills can be eye watering and plenty of expensive parts to wear out / go wrong on a 20 year old car

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