Best Value Sports Car? 2000 Porsche Boxster S – Sold?

May 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

June 12, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this Porsche Boxster “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

While Porsche’s SUV lineup typically earns high praise for allowing the company to continue building and developing the sports cars enthusiasts crave, the Boxster represented a watershed moment when they were able to build a performance car that helped keep the lights on. The baby Porsche has been one of the worst-kept secrets in enthusiast communities for being a bargain buy at the moment, as this 2000 Boxster S originally listed in May 2021 on Craigslist for $16,500 in Naples, Florida goes to show us. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has set his Boxster up for a potentially fast sale, given an “Excellent” condition model is worth $19,500 and “Good” slides in at $13,500.

The Boxster has historically been in that unfortunate spot of being a lower ranking model that was always surprisingly close to upper-level management, but never getting the promotion because of “optics.” Yes, this is a tedious metaphor at best, but the Boxster may have had an easier time of things if it wasn’t as good, letting it bask in its role as the less refined sibling of big brother 911. But that’s not how it shook out, as the Boxster came out of the box as everything you could want in a two-seater, rear-engined roadster wearing the Porsche crest, aside from not being air-cooled. Like the 911 of the same era, the troublesome IMS bearing can lead to premature engine failure, or at the very least, deflated values among cars that haven’t had the pricey procedure performed. If you’re shopping for one, a more powerful “S” model like this one is the way to fly.

Boxsters, like any “affordable” performance car, require a wary eye to ensure that the seller has continued to pay Porsche premiums for service even if the purchase price of the car was less than that of a new Civic. This example doesn’t throw off any immediate red flags, and while the automatic transmission is a serious bummer, plenty of Porsche fanatics have made the switch to slushboxes and lived to tell the tale. The seller doesn’t offer much in the way of information, and there are no references to an IMS bearing replacement having been done. Mileage is quite low for the year at 56,125, which would suggest this Boxster S was reserved for Florida’s cooler months when top-down driving is bearable. There’s only one sign of a deviation from the bone-stock condition, which is that of red/clear taillights and cleared-out front lenses, both of which are easy to swap if you prefer the amber look. Good luck with the purchase if you decide to give this Boxster S a closer look.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“2000 Porsche boxter S. Garage kept. 56k miles . Zero issues with car. drives great everything works. No trades unless you have Porsche Panamera ( willing to pay the difference ).”

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1 Comment
  1. Anthony B Henderson

    The clear lenses came with the optional “Litronic” headlights, so that could be original.


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