By   January 23, 2020

Porsche 986 Boxster

Porsche 986 Boxster

If you’ve followed this blog for a while then you probably already know that I have owned three Porsches so far. The first was a Porsche 924, followed by a 944 and finally a 986 Boxster.

I only had the 924 for about two years (it was a running restoration project, purchased for just $200) and had the 944 for over 5 years. The Boxster has been in my garage for the past six years.

But, all good things must come to an end and as always, it is a bitter sweet experience to sell a Porsche that you’ve enjoyed for over half a decade.

After owning the Boxster with only minor issues, the Porsche started to steam through the passenger side air outlet. After further investigation, a coolant leak was found. The issue was likely easily repairable, but I like to fix the other, “while you are in there”, type of things.

While I was getting ready to order parts and figure out when I would have enough time to work on the car, my wife got me thinking. She asked if this was a car I wanted to keep for a long time or if it would be a good time to sell it and move to the next.

After much deliberation, I decided that, while I liked the idea of eventually swapping the engine for a 996 sourced 3.4-liter power plant, when I added everything up that I wanted to do, it would cost less to simply buy a 911. Because of this, I decided that I would start shopping for my next Porsche.

In getting the next sports car, I’m now going between a 987 Cayman S, an early 996, a 996 Carrera 4S or a 997. Now for the tough job of shopping and test driving some wonderful Porsches.

For more details about saying goodbye to my dependable 986 Boxster check out the video below. After watching it scroll down to the comments and give me your thoughts on what I should buy next.


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  • Doc423

    Being a big Boxster enthusiast myself, hate to see you drift away from the model.

    • David Hurth

      Have to admit that I do miss the car and will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Boxster. Who knows perhaps I’ll get another Boxster in the future.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Marc Saegaert

    I moved from a 987.1 Boxster (that one did IMS me but replaced it with a Cayman S engine and continued to have a blast with it). Then on to a 987.2 Cayman S. Great car, tons of fun, looked fabulous. Finally a 981 Boxster S that has the upgraded interior, this one had the PDK but you’re more likely to find a 981 Boxster with manual well under $40k without lots of miles. Even the 981 S with only 16K came in a just over 40K a year and a half ago. Look forward to see what you come up with and as always, enjoy your posts.

    • Marc Saegaert

      I should note that with the 981 being the last naturally aspirated Porsche not counting the GT4 and the GT2s etc) I found that a.) they are a bit harder to find for sale and b.) the price is going up on them. That said, happy hunting!

      • David Hurth

        Thanks, Porsche has a lot of great cars, so no matter what I end up with, I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.

        Thanks for your comment.