Boxster - 6 months later

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6 months ago I sold the TT and Elise and decided to get one car to replace them. I chose the poor man's Porsche, a Boxster S (or 987 if you're pretentious)

I wanted a soft top that was reasonably practical, fun, quickish, handled well, looked good and didn't cost a fortune to run. From reading the various reviews and old episodes of Top Gear and 5th Gear the Boxster seemed to fit the bill so I went searching.

I found a Porsche specialist near Reading which had a silver Boxster S for sale, 1 previous owner with 28,000 miles on the clock. It was quite light on options however it was in absolutely pristine condition having been recently detailed. I decided that I actually wasn't bothered about having Porsche crest embossed in my headrests or cruise control and that condition was far more important to me so I bought it. As part of the deal they gave it the 40,000 mile service so that I wouldn't need to service it for the next 2 years.

So far I've only done 2500 miles (I cycle a lot in summer) and my average fuel economy is around 18mpg however on a recent trip to York I averaged 34mpg so if I ventured near motorways more often it would be quite economical.

As standard the car is damn impressive, right from the way the power is delivered to the handling feedback is excellent. I can certainly see why so many people rave about the Boxster but as you know I enjoy modding my cars and in my first 6 months I did a few choice tweaks.

The standard 18" wheels were fine but I thought they looked a little small so I bought a set of 19" Carrera Classics which have made a massive visual difference in my opinion. I was reading about how restrictive the standard exhaust was and that good aftermarked ones can release around 20BHP by deleting the secondary cats so I bought a Remus exhaust which has deepened the exhaust tone nicely and enhanced the flat 6 noise when driving hard. Also fitted a few other small bits such as new number plates, LED number plate bulbs, JVC double DIN head unit, Porsche OEM mats, Wind deflector and a Rear Soft Storage Case.

I've got no immediate plans to change it, all my money is going into the business right now so I'll just change a few little bits then that's it.

* Remove snorkel from airbox
* Fit iPod connector, amp and speakers
* Find out what is causing the rattle from the roof behind my head
* Geo
* Remap (Softronic)
* Either debadge or buy new Boxster S badge after I snapped it off, doh!

And finally, some pics taken at the weekend.

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You'll be lucky to spot me in Clifton, practically every car is a Porsche! I hardly stand out ;)

Haha, I'll flash every single one :p tis true there are quite a few and without anything that stands out it will be difficult. Maybe you will spot me :p not a great deal of Rover Coupe's around any more!

Oh well it still looks great, very jealous, I want a convertible myself, stuck between saving for a convertible of some sort or something fast and jap.
 
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Can you fit facelift lights to these? Or is the shape different?

Very nice by the way :D
 
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Looks great, I really hope to have a Boxster S as my next car...once the family wagon has been upgraded :(

Isn't the 987 the latest incarnation? What does the Softronic remap offer?
 
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That 911 in the background had been driving around Bristol all day trying to find a Boxster to park next to so he felt better about himself. I think the Boxster is a great car and though I'd take a Cayman over one (I don't like soft tops that much) the Boxster is a fantastic sports car with all the best Porsche ingredients. I suspect you find it somewhat sharper than the TT and not that far off the Elise in terms of steering feel, though not quite as sharp but more rounded and over 70mph quicker too?
 
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mark66, the Softronic remap would give about 15BHP and sharpen up the throttle reponse. It's a popular mod in conjunction with the exhaust in order to get the best gains overall.

Housey, I considered a Cayman but I'm a real lover of soft tops so the Boxster was more appropriate. If I ever bought a 911 it would most likely be a soft top one (I know, it's sacrilege!)
I actually quite liked the TT and whilst it was a bit understeery at times, I found it totally predictable. The Boxster is never going to handle like an Elise but it's close enough, and the comfort and added practicality make up for that.
 
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Love it, very tidy and that's paramount too imo.

I need to get a Porsche in my life at some point in time, if only my garage wasn't like an outlet of Toys R Us.
 
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Love it, very tidy and that's paramount too imo.

I need to get a Porsche in my life at some point in time, if only my garage wasn't like an outlet of Toys R Us.

View it as a toy, will fit right in that way.
 
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My dad is selling his Cayman S (this is not a plug!) and it has your name on it.....it's singing and everything, with every option EVER and first Aerokit to be fitted to a UK Cayman too when he ordered it! ;)
 
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So with the remap and the exhaust what do you hope for it to be running power wise?

That Caymen S looks awesome with the aerokit.
 
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Car is looking good Philz :)

I nearly stacked my 987 into the back of a CTR in Oxfordshire last night....totally misjudged an overtake into converged lanes and came in way too hot :(.

My dad is selling his Cayman S (this is not a plug!) and it has your name on it.....it's singing and everything, with every option EVER and first Aerokit to be fitted to a UK Cayman too when he ordered it! ;)

Has it got ceramics?
 
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