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Video: Used Porsche Boxster Buying Tips

By   February 24, 2014

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster is a great roadster that provides good performance and great handling. Over the years the Boxster has gone from a quick little car to a very fast sports car. The standard car is plenty fast, but the S model takes it to the next level of performance.

A new Boxster can be out of many peoples’ price range, but you can get a used one for less than a new Honda Civic. It is possible to find a very good early car for $10,000 and you can find an S model for around $20,000.

As with any used Porsche it is important to make sure you buy a good one, otherwise you could end up paying much more in repair costs than if you had paid a little more for a better car. A pre-purchase inspection is a must to help you get a good idea of what you are actually buying.

This video from Fifth Gear shows some tips of a few things to check if you are going to buy a used Boxster.

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Video: Is Now The Time To Buy An Air-Cooled Porsche 911

By   February 14, 2014

Porsche 911 Values are on the Rise

Porsche 911 Values are on the Rise

Air-Cooled Porsche 911 values have been on the rise recently. Even the 911 SC and 964 will run you over $20,000 for one in good condition and it wasn’t long ago that an SC could be had for around $12,000.

With prices going up is now the time to buy and air-cooled 911, or is the bubble going to burst like the housing market a few years back? No one knows for sure, but there aren’t currently any signs that it is slowing (of course it could all change tomorrow).

This video from Drive talks about the current 911 collectors car market and why these cars are becoming so sought after. It also discusses the major differences in each era of the cars and which is probably the best air-cooled 911 value that one can buy today.

Should you run out right now and get one of these cars before it is too late? Watch the video to get their take on the subject and then let us know what you think about 911 values in the comments.

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Why I Just Bought A Porsche Boxster (986)

By   August 27, 2013

Porsche Boxster (986)

Porsche Boxster (968)

The other day we had an article about the prices of early Porsche Boxsters, 944s and 928s. In the post I commented that I was looking at the prices with the possibilities of adding one to the garage. Well, today I took possession of the car pictured above.

It is a 1999 Porsche Boxster with about 60,000 miles on it. The car was well maintained by a local Porsche Club of America member. After going through the car and it doing well in a Pre-Purchase Inspection, I bought the car and enjoyed driving it today.

So, why did I choose a Boxster over a 928 or 944. Well, first I have had a 944 for five years and have loved the car, but wanted something different (although the performance of the Turbo was very tempting). Because of this I was looking at the Boxster and the 928 S4. The main reason I went with the Boxster over the 928 was simply the quality of cars that were for sale in my area at this time.

The 986 that I purchased was kept up very well, but unfortunately, most 928s that I looked into had too many needs. It is unfortunate that because of lower prices many 928s have fallen into the hands of people who can purchase the car, but can’t afford to keep up the maintenance on the car (I also live in a college town, so a lot students buy front engine Porsches, but can’t afford to maintain them). As prices of early Boxsters get more affordable hopefully the same fate won’t happen to the little roadster.

I’m pretty happy with adding the Boxster to the garage, but any of these Porsches would be great additions to any garage.

10 Porsches To Buy Now, Before They Are Out Of Reach: Part 10 – Porsche 924

By   August 1, 2013

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

We have finally come to the last post in a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993), in part four we covered the 911 (964), in part five we covered the 912, in part six we covered the 914, in part seven we covered the 928, in part eight we covered the 968 and in part nine we covered the 944. In this post we will cover the Porsche 924.

Below is the list of Porsches that we covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they were covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.

  1. Porsche 911 SC
  2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
  3. Porsche 911 (993)
  4. Porsche 911 (964)
  5. Porsche 912
  6. Porsche 914
  7. Porsche 928
  8. Porsche 968
  9. Porsche 944
  10. Porsche 924

The Porsche 924 is the real dark horse in this list. The 924 was original designed by Porsche for Volkswagen. VW later decided against building the car and Porsche bought back the design and built the car to be marketed as a Porsche. The car featured great handling thanks to its front engine and rear transaxle design.

The biggest thing that brought the 924 down was the use of an Audi engine. While in Europe the car got a decent for the time 125 horsepower, when launched the car had less than 100 horsepower here in the United States due to meeting emissions regulations. This along with vibrations from the engine made it a car that got mixed reviews.

The performance of the 924 took a jump with the Turbo model. However, once the 944 was released the performance of the new car provided about the same performance without the turbo lag and in a better looking package. The 924 S model was later released and it had a slightly detuned all Porsche engine from the 944 that put out 150 horsepower. Many thought that this should have been the car that the 924 started as.

There is one model variant that is a modern classic. The Porsche 924 Carrera GT (and later there were a few GTS models sold) took the 2.0-liter Audi engine and made it quite a performer thanks to an intercooled turbocharged engine. The road car could go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. The car was sold in a very limited run and featured styling close to that of the 944. The Carrera GT was built with racing in mind and in 1980 a Carrera GTR finished 6th overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its class in that race.

There were only a few 924 Carrera GTs made and they often fetch a good amount of money. Beyond this the car was not originally sold in the United States, so only a few are in this country after being exported at a later date. The 924 Carrera GT is one to buy if you can afford it as it is already collectible.

But for most of us a Carrera GT is out of reach and we would need to look at a different 924. The best model in the lineup is the S model. It offered the best all around performance and is less common that some of the other 924 models. The Turbo would be the next most desirable, but it is the maintenance that really kills your investment on these cars.

The normal 924 has pretty rock solid internals, but they don’t tend to be well looked after. This leads to you being able to find a 924 for $1,200 or less. Having said that if you keep your eye out you can find a well-maintained clean car for around $2,000. For a well-maintained Turbo you are looking at $3,000-$4,000 and for a 924 S it will run you between $4,000-$6,000.

The non-Carrera GT 924 lineup is the most affordable Porsche you can currently buy. Most of the cars have fallen into the hands of those that can’t afford to take care of them. Because of this good original cars are becoming scarce and it is possible that the car could become valuable if two things happen. First enough of the cars would need to rust away or be totaled so that they are very rare. The next thing would be that they would have to become very sought after. The first seems very possible, but the second doesn’t seem as likely.

If you buy a 924 try to buy the best car that you can afford. These cars are pretty cheap, but some repairs can be pricey, so a Pre-Purchase Inspection is always a good idea. The earlier cars are also prone to rust so, keep an eye out for that.

If you do buy a Porsche 924 enjoy the car for what it is, a great handling car with decent performance (at least in the S and Turbo models). No matter if the car does become valuable at some point or not, you will get a fun car with a Porsche badge on the front.

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5 Affordable Porsches

By   July 28, 2013

Early Porsche Boxster

5 Affordable Porsches

When most people think of Porsches they think of expensive sports cars. This is for good reason as most will picture the 911 which today starts at around $80,000 with them often costing well over $100,000 with all the options. Add this with the fact that many early and historic classic cars from the German performance car maker can go for top dollar and most people assume that all Porsches are very expensive.

But what if you want to own a Porsche, but don’t have a very big budget? Fortunately, there are actually a number of used Porsches that can be had for very little money. Below are the cars that can be found for a reasonable budget.

  1. Porsche Boxster (1997-1999)
    The early Boxster provided open air driving in a car that definitely looks like a Porsche. The mid-engined water cooled sports car offers great handling a decent performance. The car has a flat-six engine that will give you that special feeling. It wasn’t until the S model was released that performance took a big jump, but the early cars still provide plenty of open-air driving fun.
    You can find an early well maintained Boxster for $10,000-$15,000, but before you buy one look into RMS failure and plan on some corrective action if the previous owner hasn’t already done so.
  2. Porsche 928
    At one time the 928 was the most expensive production model in Porsche’s lineup. The front engined V8 powered car offers good performance and great handling. The 928 is more of a GT car and is arguably the best GT car ever made. The styling is very late ’70s or ’80s, but in a good way.
    You can find a well-maintained 928 for $10,000-$15,000 with earlier cars often being available for even less.
  3. Porsche 914
    The 914 was the first major mid-engined production car by Porsche. The car was a joint venture between Porsche and Volkswagen, so the car has a lot off VW parts. The engines in all but the 914-6 are air-cooled VW engines.
    You can find a good well maintained 914 for $5,000-$10,000, but keep a sharp eye out for rust.
  4. Porsche 944
    The 944 is a great handling car and in Turbo and S2 forms they offer great performance. The standard car still offers good performance with most cars being capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds (this varies depending on the year, for example the 1983 model managed a 7.8 second 0 to 60 mph time when tested by Road and Track). The front engined car is reliable and is considered by many the perfect starter Porsche.
    A well maintained standard 944 can be purchased for $3,000-$8,000 depending on the year.
  5. Porsche 924
    The 924 was originally designed by Porsche for VW, but when Volkswagen decided not to build the car, Porsche bought back the project. Because of this the car has many VW parts and has an Audi engine. In the U.S. especially it was down on power. This was improved in the later Turbo and S models. However, both models were only able to offer about the same performance as the standard 944.
    For a well maintained 924 expect to pay $2,000-$5,000, but in early cars look out for rust.

Bonus car:
Porsche 911SC
The 911SC was made in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The air-cool sports car provides good reliability with a solid 3.0-liter engine. While the SC is not the fastest 911 model it still is capable of good performance with a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.7 seconds.
You can find a good well maintained 911SC for $15,000-$25,000.

If you decide to buy any of these cars make sure to do some research to find the car that is right for you. It is always wiser to pay a bit more for a well maintained and documented car and a Pre-Purchase Inspection is always a good idea. No matter your budget, you can buy a Porsche. Just remember that repairs cost a bit more in these cars, so make sure to buy a good one.