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Rob Emslie
graverobber
Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.
Apr 13
7

Just a quick note about the “flaccid” top - I doubt it has failed at all.
With these tops, the bar that holds up the back folds (for closing) and back (for opening). The only thing that holds it back is friction between the top and the bar. All this is to say that the bar has probably just fallen forward.
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Apr 5
21

A reluctant no dice. Five years ago I bought one of these for $1000 sight unseen and drive it home from Wyoming in January. Similar condition, but the A/C worked and the heater didn’t. Would have traded the A/C for the heater on the drive home.

Apr 5
15

You’re not getting a Porsche badge on a technically running car any cheaper. NP because someone will buy it just to get the Keychain. Probably not me though. If I had to get the economy Porsche I’d go for the 914.

Apr 2
7

Your pants will be brown the first time you slam the accelerator!

Apr 2
5

Fair enough... that said I have owned this one for *five* years and definitely loved the car. Like any older Benz that went out of warranty there’s work to be done but overall been worth every penny.

Apr 2
4

Thank you! Let’s see what happens :) You will definitely never see another one in this color/spec since only two were made in 2012.

Apr 2
3

Good news, the light on the dash has been solved! I am going to update the ad on AutoTrader today. Sorry about the leather though... That said a good treatment will probably bring it back to better condition.

Apr 2
7

Since the posting, rear tires have been replaced and the random light on the dash has been solved :) Autotrader has only one other one for sale when I last checked and the asking is $20k more than mine so tried to price it fairly. Really appreciate all of this feedback though. 

Apr 2
10

My thoughts exactly - this is an excellent looking, and likely excellent driving, car, but there’s too many “gremlins” for $35K, no matter the logo on the hood.

Apr 2
13

You know how they always say there’s no such thing as a cheap (insert finicky luxury European marque)? That may be true, but if you’re destined to drain your bank account, I would almost rather go cheap up front. It’s coming for my wallet regardless, might as well hold some in reserve. This ain’t cheap. ND.

Mar 16
2

The first-generation Boxster is easy to wrench-on and also engaging and fun to drive, which makes it the perfect car for someone like me. I can only afford to maintain a fun car like this by doing 90% of the work on it myself. So far I figure I’ve saved myself something like 40 hours of shop time by rolling up my Read more