How’d You Lose That? 2000 Porsche Boxster 986 “S”

You don’t have to be an expert in the automotive market to see how cheap used Boxsters have become — it probably has something to do with Porsche stamped them out like boxes of number 2 pencils headed to your local dollar mart.  Various interweb sources claim something like 160,000 of the 986 designated convertibles left the factory, but you’ll have to search harder and pay more for the 3.2 liter S version…or you could buy this next basic Boxster that has had an undocumented upgrade to the 3.2 liter flat-6 if you don’t mind buying a Porsche that was built in Finland. Find this 2000 Porsche Boxster offered for $5250 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

2000 Porsche Boxster

VIN: WP0CA2983YU623230

condition: good

cylinders: 6 cylinders

drive: rwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 151200

paint color: silver

size: compact

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: convertible

Selling my 2000 Porsche Boxster.

This is a lifetime California car, and has had its engine swapped with 3.2L Boxster S engine that has had a top end rebuild w/ IMS Bearing upgrade kit performed prior to the swap. The swap was done in 2010 and the engine has about 60k miles on it. Unfortunately, the previous owner accidentally threw away the large binder of records that were supposed to come with the car when I bought it, so I have no documentation for any of the work done on the car. I did look through the records before they were discarded and verified that it had been well cared for.

Mechanically, the engine pulls great through the rev range without any hesitation, the transmission shifts excellent without any grinding or pop outs, and the clutch grabs strong. I’ve had no problems with it in the time I’ve owned it and the previous owner had it for nine years with no major issues.

The steering and suspension is solid, without any excess play in the steering rack, body roll or strange noises from the components. This is a very enjoyable car to drive. The tires are recent, and have plenty of tread on all four corners.

Cosmetically the car looks really good and is eye catching. There are a few imperfections which include some scratches and dings on the car here and there. There is a tear in the drivers seat, and scratches on the center console, but nothing is broken. The convertible top opens and closes perfectly. There are two small tears in the fabric behind the drivers window in the top.

Asking $5250 OBO. Please reply to this posting if interested. 

See a better way to drive something fun in the sun?