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Older Pre-2013 Porsche Boxster Overview And Best Price Tips
In today's very high-priced used car market, many shoppers are now looking for "older" models that have aged well as a way to save significant dollars. And the Porsche Boxster is certainly one of those and can definitely be a viable and more economical option at this time. And well below average annual mileage candidates can still be found out there.
With its now classic sleek design, midengine power and superlative handling, for many the Porsche Boxster has become the epitome of a sports car.
Second-generation Boxster Background - 2005 to 2012:
The Boxster was redesigned for the 2005 model year. It got a new interior, some revised styling and more power. Both base and S trims came with a power soft top and heated glass rear window.
The base model kept the 2.7 liter engine, but output was increased to 240 horsepower versus the previous 228. The S model again sported a 3.2-liter engine, and again horsepower was increased to 280 from 258.
The base was equipped with a 5-speed manual as the standard transmission, with a choice of an optional 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic with manual-shift capability. A 6-speed manual was standard on the S, which also offered the optional 5-speed automatic.
ABS was standard on both models, as was traction control and antiskid control.
Base models got standard 17 inch wheels (up from 16) with 18-inchers were available as an option. The S was equipped with 18s, while 19s were optional on both.
Also added were front torso side airbags, as well as door-deployed side airbags.
Available optional features included a leather interior and navigation. You'll find some of these Boxsters with the Sport Chrono Package which included a dashboard stopwatch and controls that modified throttle, suspension systems and traction. Another option was Porsche Active Suspension Management with normal and sport settings. And ceramic composite brakes were offered as an option on S models.
Boxster updated for the 2009 model year:
Both engines were given a power boost with the base model outfitted with a horizontally opposed 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that's good for 255 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, while the Boxster S was given a 3.4-liter version rated at 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft.
Also making its debut was the optional 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual called PDK, while the base model's manual transmission was upgraded to a 6-speed. The exterior was given a minor styling refresh and the available navigation system was also revised with a larger screen and more user-friendly controls. Used 2009 Boxsters can also be found with new available features such as a heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, satellite radio and an iPod interface.
Porsche Boxster 1997 - 2004:
The Boxster debuted in 1997 as the first all-new Porsche in 19 years and was intended to compete against the Mercedes-Benz SLK and BMW Z3. The Boxster's 2.5 liter dual-overhead-cam 6-cylinder engine was mounted just behind the cockpit, produced 201 horsepower and was coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed "Tiptronic" (an automatic that also allowed manual shifting).
Its high-performance Z-rated 16 inch tires were wider in back than in front. Optional features included 17 inch wheels, traction control, and a cockpit "wind blocker." Also available was a 55 pound aluminum hardtop.
Overall, there's just no question that an older Porsche Boxster can make an exciting and more economical choice as a used luxury sports car.
How To Get The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy an older Boxster at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
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