This is a 2000 Porsche Boxster - If you like any modern Porsche, this is the car you need to thank for. Allow me to explain in just a moment. Today, I borrowed this car from a friend here in Reading PA to show you why I think this is an awesome car. After that, I will show you some of my favorite features, take it for a drive, and point out some of the things to LOOK for if you’re planning on buying one.
This first generation model, also know in the Porsche inner-circles as the 986, arrived in 1996 and ran thru 2004. It featured a 2.5-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine, which is Porsche’s signature engine configuration. The engine made two hundred and four horsepower (204hp) and one hundred and eighty-one foot-pounds of torque (181 lb-ft). Power goes to the rear wheels thru a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. In 2000, the engine was boosted to 2.7 liters, which produced two hundred and seventeen horsepower (217 hp) and one hundred and ninety-two foot-pounds of torque (192 lb-ft).
That same year, Porsche launched a higher trim level called the Boxster S. This model produced two hundred and fifty horsepower (250 hp) and two hundred and twenty-five foot-pounds of torque (225 lb-ft) from a 3.2-liter flat-6 and different ratios in the manual transmission. There were also minor changes made to the suspension in order to improve stability and high speed cornering.
By 2003, the regular Boxster saw yet another power increase, going up to two hunder and twenty-eight horsepower (228 hp) and one hundred and ninety-two foot-pound of torque (192 lb-ft), while the S went up to two hundred and fifty-eight horsepower (258 hp) and two hundred and twenty-nine foot-pounds of torque (229 lb-ft).
What to look for when buying one -
I made a video to show you general things to look for when buying ANY car, like Body shape, signs of wear, leaks, etc... - The link is included below. Use that as the basis, but now let’s dig into things to look for in this car specifically.
Keep in mind that it is never a bad idea to bring along a car savvy friend who is familiar with these cars to help you look for things. If you find one that you have your heart set on, I would also recommend you get a PPI (or Pre-Purchase Inspection) done by an experience Porsche mechanic shop. It will be the best $150 bucks you spend on the car!
Right, so now let’s jump right into it.
IMS - The intermediate shaft bearing. This is more of a hyped up issue since the number affected is minimal, but when inspecting the vehicle, look for signs of oil leaks around the bell housing. When time comes to replace the clutch, be sure to get the IMS bearing checked and replaced if necessary. I included a link below of one of the most reputable places to get a far more robust replacement IMS bearing. http://www.lnengineering.com/ims.html
Scored Cylinder Liners - Early 2.5 engines had issues with cylinder liners, and other things. This one is a little bit more difficult to diagnose, but an extensive PPI should find it if it’s there.
Ignition switch - These tend to fail quite frequently on these cars. Fortunately, it is not too expensive to replace, if you do the work yourself. The part ranges from $10-50. You will know if you have a faulty ignition switch if you’re experiencing one of multiple of the following conditions:
Difficulty turning the key
Intermittent operation of electrical devices such as A/C, radio, interior lights, radiator cooling fans, etc. even after shutting the car off
Difficulty inserting or extracting the key
2 keys - Two remote keys that work well. Replacements cost about $250-$300 each and a real pain to secure (parts counter, bringing in your car for programming, etc.).
Missing rear wind splash - Early models came with a lexan wind splash. Later models have a glass wind splash. This piece can be costly to replace and without it, driving with the top down is not as enjoyable
Rear main seal oil leaks - Take some time to inspect the rear or the car looking for oil leaks. Replacing the rear main seals on a Boxster requires removal of the rear bumper and is a costly job!