Bargain 2000 Porsche Boxster S

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The Boxster's Speed Yellow paint looks fresh

I recently attended a seminar presented by my friend Rob Sass, editor of the Porsche Club of America’s magazine, Panorama, and one of the topics for the panel of experts was which Porsche cars are most likely to become collectible in the future.

All the panelists named the first-year Boxster and first-year Boxster S as cars to watch. Having previously owned a 2000 Boxster S, I strongly agree. The best part is that you can still buy these fantastic Porsche roadsters quite cheaply.

The Pick of the Day is one of these, a 2000 Porsche Boxster S that has covered just 56,000 miles since new and said to be in immaculate condition. The Speed Yellow sports car features a 6-speed manual gearbox, 18-inch alloy wheels, black leather interior and a new Haartz convertible top, according to the Davenport, Iowa, dealer advertising the Porsche on ClassicCars.com.

The mid-engine layout makes for a balanced-handling car

The Boxster is an amazing car behind the wheel, and despite what many will tell you, it is in many ways a superior sports car when compared to the 911. The Boxster’s balanced handling is practically at supercar levels, and it is one of the most fun-driving cars I have ever owned.

There is always bargain Porsche offered as a collector car whatever the era, such as the 912 in the 1980s, the 914 in the 1990s, and the 944 until quite recently. All of these are great cars but none has ever been as fantastic a Porsche value as the Boxster is now.

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The Boxster does have a few issues that need to be considered before purchasing one. The main thing to know is that the Intermediate Shaft Bearing in the engine can fail, which can lead to total engine failure.

Before you run away, keep in mind that this issue effects a small number of Boxsters and can be prevented for as little as $2,000, at which point you permanently solve the main engine issue with these cars.  Prospective buyers of this car should check to see if the IMS bearing already has been replaced.

The Boxster is a fun car to own

There are other issues to look for, such as worn suspension bushings, and in some cases, worn VarioCam guides. None of these are terribly common but be sure to check this car’s service records and get a pre-purchase inspection done by a Porsche repair shop.

If this car is as good as it seems to be, it should make for a wonderful top-down Porsche at an affordable price. The Boxster S is capable of 0-60 times of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph. A favorite memory of my Boxster S was the time I drove it from Dublin, California, to Santa Barbara, a trip of 300 miles, in just 4 hours.

If you want to be on the bleeding edge of the future Porsche collector-car market, consider this 2000 Boxster S. With an asking price of $13,900, it is next to impossible to buy more car for the same money.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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  1. I knew someone last summer who had bought a Boxster off Ebay for as little as $5000. Cosmetically worn but mechanically sound. As with any German car, expect maintenance and repairs to be quite expensive; but if taken care of, you likely won’t lose money on the car. And best of all, you’ll have a lot of fun in the process!

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