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Back in a roadster!!!!

Still have plenty of top down driving left in the season, finally found my blue Boxster S with two tone leather interior. This Boxster is ultra rare, the original owner pretty much clicked on every option there is. MSRP of $97,230, less than 8,000 miles on her.

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Love the color.
What Year is it?

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Love the color.
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2013, Aqua Blue with ash interior, Aqua Blue was discontinued in MY2014, similar to how they discontinued Orion blue in 2006.

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Very sharp car, congratulations!
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Congrats...the car is absolutely gorgeous!
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Jai, how about a write up and/or comparison after you've had the car for awhile?


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Congratulations!!!

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Pewter(cubanitsilber metallic)/Beige, PIII package, Airscarf, Hands-Free Communication System, Lighting package; Designo Black Leather Cover on e-brake handle(Thank you Bill T), SmartTop v3.x, John's 3BFM, M113 AMG OEM air filters, Modified R170 ant., clear side-markers & front parking lamps w/error-free LEDs, chromed front & rear turn indicator lamps, steel mesh at battery bay cover & cabin air intake, sock-over-seatbelt buckles, belt-loop guide protectors, Lamin-X fog lamp protectors, bilateral rear fog lamps enabled, AMG crest on gear shift knob
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Congratulations Jai! Worth the wait to get exactly what you wanted. It is stunning! Have fun with that light colored leather but you can't beat the look when it's clean. I must admit that I'm a tad jealous.

BTW, I know your SLK is here in the Bay Area with your brother. How come we haven't heard from him!?!?!?????

May you Drive her in good health.

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Very nice car, congrats
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And...........the steering is on the proper side.........unlike some cars we have seen here.
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Congrats!... that looks stunning!
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Jai, how about a write up and/or comparison after you've had the car for awhile?
I hate to say this in a SLK forum but there is really no comparison.

Design: This car is stunning in person, I flew to Cleveland Ohio to pick it up and drove from Mentor, to Detroit, Chicago, Des Moines and back to Littleton Colorado. From the time I drove off the Audi parking lot. I already have people pointing at my Boxster. I had many people scream, "Nice car!", thumbs up, smiles and waves. In Des Moines, whilst waiting to eat at Outback (Very popular in Iowa), sitting there for 30 minutes, people walked up to it, took pictures, positive comments, had more comments in four days then I did the eight years I owned the SLK.

Comfort: I can't really compared to the R172 but I assume with lumbar support and all that cushion. It's probably comfortable too but compared to my previous SLK. I couldn't drive more than 3 hours w/o a sore and painful back. The 18 way adjustable seats with lumbar support is superb. I drove the entire way, 10 hours with a stop for lunch and gas, so about 5 hours straight w/o feeling sore nor tired.

Transmission: I'm not an automatic transmission type of guy but the PDK is fantastic. Rev match on downshifts, holds gear whilst in turn, upshifts at the right time. Woah! When I read all the reviews I just thought they journalist were just exaggerating. They were not, it's great.

Suspension: I have PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), I drove through quite a bit of bad roads and it keep the car smooth and quite. When you pressed the Sports button or PASM button, you can feel every pebble on the road. Again woah, good job Porsche.

Handling: No comparison, with it's mid-engine layout and light weight (2,900lbs), it handles on rails, almost telepathic. The SLK handles well but whenever I jump into the Porsche 911, the SLK feels like a luxury sedan. The 981 Boxster is in a different league than my 997 911. It's that good.

Interior: Leather and aluminium everywhere, looks very premium. Buttons everywhere, I prefer buttons over one big knob that you have to twist and turn. Everything is nicely laid out in front of you.

Softtop: This is where the SLK is great, with top up, it's still very quiet and feels like a hardtop but it's still not a hardtop.

Cabin: The SLK has almost no wind in the cabin with the windows up and top down. The Boxster has a lot of wind in the cabin even when windows are up. It was a very cold drive top down in 42 degrees today. With airscrarf and heated seats, I still feel comfortable in 28 degrees in the SLK. I don't think I'll be driving it with top down below 30 degrees.

I can go on and go but I'll stop unless you have specific questions.

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Congratulations Jai! Worth the wait to get exactly what you wanted. It is stunning! Have fun with that light colored leather but you can't beat the look when it's clean. I must admit that I'm a tad jealous.

BTW, I know your SLK is here in the Bay Area with your brother. How come we haven't heard from him!?!?!?????

May you Drive her in good health.
Yes Steve, I waited for awhile to find the right one. I had thought about ordering a new Boxster but with options I wanted, it'll be in the mid to high 80's. I just can't fathom putting that much money on a Boxster. I am very fortunate to find this one. Everyone on the Boxster forum told me to stay away, must have a salvage title with a price like that. PPI turned out perfect and I am very happy.

My brother is in San Jose, he doesn't visit forums that much. He drives it top down everyday to work. He looks quite tan last time I saw him. He's very happy with the SLK and said California is a perfect place to own one. He said I have to visit and drive it, at sea level it feels so much faster than it did here at altitude.

Thanks all for the compliments, this is still a great forum and I still visit quite often, just not my first stop on the web anymore.

Here are some more pictures taken with my Note 3, came out surprisingly well.
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Thanks for the review Jai.
Your assessment is everything I thought it might be.


I was curious as to how the hardtop vs soft top and lack of airscarf was going to factor in. Good to hear that the ride was so comfortable.. The ride comfort on long drives was one of the main reasons I went from R171 to R172.




How did you manage to find this car? Were you searching regularly or on some list somewhere?


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Best sports car you can buy......I was due to get one, and then I thought I would wait until next year when GTS's come down a little in price......
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Thanks for the review Jai.
Your assessment is everything I thought it might be.


I was curious as to how the hardtop vs soft top and lack of airscarf was going to factor in. Good to hear that the ride was so comfortable.. The ride comfort on long drives was one of the main reasons I went from R171 to R172.




How did you manage to find this car? Were you searching regularly or on some list somewhere?
I was kinda looking on and off while I still had the SLK, had signed up on cars.com and autotrader.com for new listings send daily to my email. I looked about once a night before going to bed. Like my current 911, I found it on ebay first, it had more details and list of options, price, etc on ebay. Aqua blue is rare, all the ones I've found had black interior, something I was trying to avoid and very minimum options. I wanted Sports Chrono's, PASM, PDK, sports design steering wheel, and 14 and or 18 way adjustable seats. This was 90% of what I wanted, I wanted ventilated seats, sports exhaust, and two tone amber orange seats but I can live with pebble grey, reminds me of ash two tone I had on my SLK.

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Best sports car you can buy......I was due to get one, and then I thought I would wait until next year when GTS's come down a little in price......
I agree, it's currently the best sports car under $100K, I think it's better than the base 911. You are looking at $120K for the 911S. I test drove the new Corvette C7 cabiolet, Jaguar F-type both the V6 and V8 models and decided on the Boxster S. It's not the fastest or best looking (according to some) but it's the best overall sports car. I might move into the GTS model in a couple of years if I can find the right color combo. Most GTS owners ordered them with black interiors and I'm not a fan.

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In terms of sports cars, it's Boxster, Z4 E89 and then SLK. No argument. Sorry

The Boxster is just so precise, I can't explain unless you drive one. It's perfect. I think the SLK is very very let down by its gear box, it needs a dual clutch like you wouldn't believe...
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