Porsche 986 Boxster S

0-100 km/h: 6,06 sec Top speed: 261 km/h Power: 185 kw Torque: 305 N.m CO : n/a Fuel cons: 12,42 L/100 km 2

Car (South Africa) - - BUY -

Most of us have, at some stage, dreamt about own­ing a Porsche. At this price point, it will have to be an early model; about the turn of the cen­tury. For­tu­nately, most own­ers do not cover huge dis­tances so over­all con­di­tion should be ex­cel­lent. The down­side is, if you do have to fix things, it’s go­ing to be ex­pen­sive.

The first Boxster model used a 2,5-litre flat-six but up­graded to a 2,7-litre in 1999, while the “S” ver­sion fea­tured a 3,2-litre en­gine. The six-speed man­ual gear­box is the best one to buy for true clas­sic value. The soft top is elec­tri­cally pow­ered so make sure ev­ery­thing op­er­ates cor­rectly. The rear win­dow was made from plas­tic but was re­placed in 2002 by a glass panel due to kink­ing.

Lug­gage space is good for a sportscar, with iden­ti­cal vol­umes of 96 litres un­der the bon­net and be­hind the rear en­gine com­part­ment.

Main­te­nance is ex­pen­sive mainly be­cause ac­cess to the me­chan­i­cals is so dif­fi­cult and there­fore you pay for labour. Items to watch for are oil leaks in­di­cat­ing a fail­ing rear main oil seal. The in­ter­me­di­ate shaft bear­ing some­times breaks so look out for steel or plas­tic par­ti­cles in the oil or trapped in the oil fil­ter.

While 15-year-old Boxsters cur­rently sell at a healthy 50% of orig­i­nal prices, we ex­pect this fig­ure to soon start ris­ing.

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