Monday, May 6, 2013

Used Car Review - Porsche Boxster (1998-2004)

Myk Belmonte: Two convertibles are battling it out for a slot in the Senate as well as the buyer's heart. Which should you choose, this or wait for Thursday?

1999-2004 Porsche Boxster

When was the last time Porsche did a roadster since the 550 Spyder? It was 1956 and that car was famed since James Dean used it (and died in it due to a car crash). 1996 (or 40 years later) saw the launch of the Boxster and Porsche had one intention, to be a roadster.

The 986 Boxster started from struggles since the German brand was in danger of being purchased by a larger company. Wendelin Weideking was one hero for he saved the company, and since this was the most affordable Porsche you can buy in their dealership back then, profits flowed. Their efforts paid off since then a Boxster S model was made available in 2000 and as with all things, the life of this generation came to an end in 2004.

Locally, PGA Cars brought in this baby in 1998, the year where a financial crisis crippled the country. This candidate kept steadfast in surviving (or in this case, being purchased by customers). After six faithful years, the 987 was made available to the general public. Initially available with the 2.7 powerplant, with the 3.2 added in the roster at the turn of the millennium.

Value and Costs
It may be old, but definitely a goodie. And for that, a second hand unit would cost you in the range of P760,000-P2,500,000. The order of the day is to find a certified unit from PGA Cars since they have been verified and certified. Units imported from Japan and sold in freeports are no nos, not just with their condition but also to their documents.

Maintaining one isn't reserved for the lazy ones, as costs are very expensive. The first thing to check since this is a convertible is the top if it opens properly and it is in mint condition. Worn out ones and those with scratches can pose a problem later on. Other things to look at are the brakes if they are worn out, electrical components, and the oil levels.

Exterior and Interior
Modern and classic Porsche curves are present thanks to the efforts of Harm Lagaay, with some cues lifted from the 356 cabriolet, speedster, and 550 Spyder. Top down or not, it is dead gorgeous. The projector headlamp cluster resembles an egg while the air intakes add some style and shows how the engineers are determined with this vehicle.

Inside everything is more simple due to the fact the sporty driver does not need to be distracted. Audio and climate controls are within reach and simple to operate. Importantly, the gauges are simplified to three and display the important items that you should know. For the driver, the seats are comfortable to sit in and the armrest is situated where it should be, your arms on it.

From introduction, a 2,687cc flat six with 220hp at 6,400rpm and 260Nm at 4,750rpm was the basic engine and the sole choice, until year 2000 had the 3,179cc (still a flat six) that carries 252hp at 6,250rpm and 305Nm at 4,500rpm. Both engines are a joy to drive, especially that power is available on a broad curve.

Driving Impressions
Cranking the engine would make the harmonious sound of the flat six. And once placing it in drive, either something smooth or rough (depending on you) may happen. Go with the smooth flow and it will purr in harmony and encourages you to speed up, drive it rough and it will push you to your seat and put a smile on your face. The suspension system reminds you to bring it out of the city, especially it can get firm on a daily commute. Hardcore to say.

The cheapest Porsche does not dilute your image but rather it is the alternative to the pricey 911. If you like it brute, this is it. Smooth drivers look elsewhere.

The Good:
  • Thrilling drive
  • Timeless looks
  • Great performance
The Bad:
  • Expensive to maintain
  • Expensive at second hand prices
  • Good luck in finding one
The Pick: Boxster S

Engines: 2,687cc and 3,179cc flat six gasoline
Power: 220hp @ 6,400rpm (2.7), 252hp @ 6,250rpm (3.2)
Torque: 260Nm @ 4,750rpm (2.7), 305Nm @ 4,500rpm (3.2)
Fuel Consumption: 5-7km/L (city), 9-11km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)
Suspension: Front independent McPherson strut, rear independent Chapman strut
Transmission: 5-speed Tiptronic

Price (New): P5,000,000-P6,000,000
Price (Now): P760,000-P2,500,000
Rivals: Audi TT, BMW Z3, Mercedes Benz SLK Class
On Sale: 1998-2004

PGA Cars Mandaluyong - (02) 727-0145

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