Mileage Mistake: 1999 Porsche Boxster Base – Sold?

by | Feb 2022 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

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March 11, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

CarFax® reports are a useful tool for learning about a ride’s history but they are far from perfect.  The worst thing that can happen is when a DMV or auto repair shop employee incorrectly records a car’s mileage.  We know from experience it’s virtually impossible to convince the CarFax team to correct mileage errors. The one page provided by the seller of this 1999 Porsche Boxster originally listed in February 2022 on Craigslist in Maspeth, New York apparently didn’t realize the one page of the CarFax report raises more questions than it answers.  First, the CarFax report lists mileage last reported as 117,793, yet the pictures of the car’s odometer show 112,671.  While CarFax confirms this is a one-owner example,  it notes the car was last owned in Georgia.  That fact combined with the lack of license plates had us dig a bit further (we searched the seller’s name and phone number online) and confirmed the seller has a history of selling repaired collision cars.  While not a dealer per se, we recommend treading cautiously to confirm the VIN shown in the CarFax matches this Boxster.

Currently offered for $9,950, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller has this 1999 Porsche Boxster priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $6,200 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $11,000.

The car that saved Porsche.  While today the brand continues to perform very well and now offers six model lines, people either forget or are too young to know that by the early 90’s the company was on brink of financial ruin with only three dated models (the last air-cooled 993 911, the 928, and the 968 version of the twenty-year-old 924 made woefully uncompetitive due to an unfavorable exchange rate and a very expensive, virtually hand-built manufacturing process across three distinct model lines.

Porsche Executive Horst Marchant held the belief that more efficient manufacturing and higher sales volume were the keys to having the brand stay afloat.  His idea was to have two different models that could be designed using many of the same front-end components. This would save money because the A-pillar forward is where most of the development costs of an automobile are incurred.

The entry model, volume leader would be the Boxster.  Designed alongside the 911, it had to share quite a bit with the upcoming water-cooled 996. Several engine designs were considered, including four-cylinder units, but in the end, a version of the “New Generation” flat-six was used for the Boxster. It was similar to the unit eventually released in the water-cooled 996 version of the 911 but displaced 2.5 liters in a mid-engine layout instead of the 3.4 of the 996 911 which was still placed in the rear of the car.

Grant Larson’s design, inspired by Porsche’s 356 Cabriolet, Speedster, and 550 Spyder, was such a huge hit when it premiered at the North American International Auto Show in January 1993 that development work began immediately to get the car into production by the end of 1996 for the 1997 model year.  Unlike the bare-bones cars that inspired its design, the modern 986 Boxster was a comfortable and convenient sports car owners could drive every day.  Early demand was so great that Porsche had to contract manufacturing to Valmet in Finland once production of the new 996 911 began one year later.

The Br J YouTube Channel features this 1999 Porsche Boxster commercial:

The aforementioned CarFax issues aside, there is a lot to like about this Boxster including what appears to be a very nicely detailed exterior featuring rare-for-a-Boxster Porsche spilt rims.  What lets this Boxster down is the worn Metropol Blue leather interior that is clearly in need of moisturizing and re-dying.  1999 base Boxsters transitioned from a 2.5L engine featuring a double-row Intermediate Shaft (“IMS”) bearing that has a very low failure rate to a 2.7L relying on a more failure-prone single-row unit. You’ll need to confirm by serial number which engine this Boxster has and if it’s the latter, consider changing the IMS bearing at the next clutch change.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1999 Porsche Boxster 2.5 V6 Manual Transmission with 112K miles. This is One-Owner Vehicle!! Runs and drives perfectly. Always service in certified Porsche service. Brand new brakes are rotors. Fresh oil. New tires and battery. Top close and open with no problem. Car had very minor parking damage, what shows in CARFAX – last pic.
Please check all pics before contacting me.
Clean title in my hand. Maspeth/Queens”

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