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Am loving the new Boxster Spyder...seems like it was made with a purpose. Plus the european delivery program seems like a good opportunity to push it.

Am thinking of replacing the F. I do miss a lighter\2 seater daily driver, had a 350z before. But i love the F, its rare and looks gorgeous. Cant make up my mind.
 

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Make sure you can deal with the ridiculous top. I've seen it put up on TV and it looks like trying to erect a tent. It would drive me nuts.

If you decide to go this route, make sure you drive a Boxster S and make sure it is worth the compromises for the Boxster Spyder.

I'll echo the other comments here, if it were me I'd keep the F.

Good luck with your decision.

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when you will really miss

My very first car was a Toyota Celica, rock solid and reliable. I took the reliability bit for granted and moved to a Merc. Biggest mistake I ever made. After a while of owning a Lexus/Toyota, you start to assume that all cars are just as reliable. wrong! especially European cars. If you get a Porsche, keep your tow truck phone # ready and get used to being stranded. All the time I had the Merc, everytime I start a trip, I never forget that I could leave me stranded. sad. That's why I went back to a Lexus
 

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Well, I actually traded my Porsche Cayman for an IS-F. I would be giving up a lot if I had to back to a Porsche. The only way I would, though, is if, I could go to a Porsche 911 or something. Anything below that, would be a huge compromise.
 

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I am looking to see if i can keep both..exploring my options. Trying to convinince my grilfrind to trade in her car and drive the F. Most of my time I drive with no more than 2 people.

I drove the Spyder..it is an amazing car. The PDK is awesome and power delivery is smooth. Balance of the car is in a class of its own. The Spyder (with PDK) is faster than the F.
However, they are entirely different cars and the quality of the F blows the Porsche away. But then, Porsches are built for a purpose..the Spyder serves that purpose pretty damn well.

The top was a concern, but then i am in Austin, TX and bad weather is an exception. Driving the Spyder areound the winding roads of the hill country is something i am looking forward to.

@ISF500: i would prefer a 370z over a Cayman. Now the Cayman S is an enirely different detail. I was originally considering the Cayman S.

@abyars and Peleg: A Boxster, Boxster S and Boxster Spyder have plenty of differences. I would encourage all to drive the Spyder. But i do recognize that they are not everyones cup of tea.

My first car was 99 celica too and my next was a 350z...i guess i prefer smaller, lighter cars as daily drivers. For me, the F would be a nice Luxury to have but the Spyder a necessity ;)
 

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No argument re how the Porsche feels. These cars are wonderful when they run. I loved my Merc C32. Just felt fast and handling wise, it communicated so well with the driver. My brother had an Audi TT and it was a nimble little car. Problem is that pure performance doesn't do you much good if you are stuck in traffic (I am assuming this is a daily driver for you) and after a while you just got to weigh the cost vs the benefit. Is the fun of carving the back roads outweight the vacation days spent bringing the car to the dealership, check engine light going on at the worst times etc. On the average a Porsche is a higher maintenance car than the Lexus. Also check youtube for problems with PDK, DSG, M-DCT, TC-SST, GR6 etc. Getrag and Borg-Warner make these dual-clutch manumatics and they seem to have a lot of problems. sorry if I come across as too negative:eek:
 

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I have read a lot of problems with the PDK. They mostly seem to do with the Software and i have also read that the software has been continously improving. I have been hearing that 2011's have no problems. I am going into this expecting some problems..and the warranty will take care of things. I would never buy a used Porsche unless i was a mechanic myself.

A friend of mine has a Cayman S and has not seen any problems for the last 2 years, but another friend who bought a Cayanne visits the dealer atleasr once a quarter. So, i am hoping to have the experience of the former.

Just finalized my order...picking up the car on Dec 15th in Stuttgart. :D

Also, Porsche does not use either Borg-Warner or Getrag..Porsche has been building Doppelkupplungsgetriebe in-house since the 80s for racing.
 

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I am looking to see if i can keep both..exploring my options. Trying to convinince my grilfrind to trade in her car and drive the F. Most of my time I drive with no more than 2 people.

I drove the Spyder..it is an amazing car. The PDK is awesome and power delivery is smooth. Balance of the car is in a class of its own. The Spyder (with PDK) is faster than the F.
However, they are entirely different cars and the quality of the F blows the Porsche away. But then, Porsches are built for a purpose..the Spyder serves that purpose pretty damn well.

The top was a concern, but then i am in Austin, TX and bad weather is an exception. Driving the Spyder areound the winding roads of the hill country is something i am looking forward to.

@ISF500: i would prefer a 370z over a Cayman. Now the Cayman S is an enirely different detail. I was originally considering the Cayman S.

@abyars and Peleg: A Boxster, Boxster S and Boxster Spyder have plenty of differences. I would encourage all to drive the Spyder. But i do recognize that they are not everyones cup of tea.

My first car was 99 celica too and my next was a 350z...i guess i prefer smaller, lighter cars as daily drivers. For me, the F would be a nice Luxury to have but the Spyder a necessity ;)
keeping both would be a fantastic setup. I've seen a Boxster Spyder and it looks like very collectible car.
 

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IMHO, the F is a much more unique car. The Boxster Spyder is more of an fun weekend car, whereas the F is a rocket sedan. I feel like the F gives all the same thrill that any Boxster could. And if you ever got a porsche, do something more along the lines of a 996 cabriolet if you want a topless. My favorite thing about the F is how much of a sleeper it is. Pull up next to some dude in his 3 series beamer thinking he's all hot stuff, and let the F's roaring V8 smoke the 3 series inline 6 off the line and acceleration-wise.
 

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choices?

Have you test driven a SLK55 AMG or a Lotus Elise? both are lightweight, exotic, high performance cabrio that would out handle or out muscle a Boxster. The SLK55 has an intoxicating engine/exhaust sound. If it wasn't for Merc's questionable reliability I could have gone for it. The Elise was out of the question for me because I needed a daily driver during the winter.
 

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I agree with Ted on the SLK. AMG does a great job with all of the cars in their lineup in terms of performance and the sound is soo dirty. If you go to Teamspeed's Merc AMG forum, you can look up aftermarket kits such as Kleemann and Renntech which do wonders for post AMG.
 

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I say go for both, there's nothing like having an light weight mid-engine car for the weekends :)
 

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Have you test driven a SLK55 AMG or a Lotus Elise? both are lightweight, exotic, high performance cabrio that would out handle or out muscle a Boxster. The SLK55 has an intoxicating engine/exhaust sound. If it wasn't for Merc's questionable reliability I could have gone for it. The Elise was out of the question for me because I needed a daily driver during the winter.
I did consider the SLK55 AMG, they are no longer in production. Looks like a new update will be out in 2012. I was first considering the AMG as it has more comfort compared to the Boxster, plus had more power. The AMG's to me seem like more power than what the cars can really handle. Again, i think some of you are probably comparing the AMG with the Boxster..It is not the Boxter..its the "Boxster Spyder".

The SLK55 AMG has straight line power, but the Spyder out drives the AMG any day. AMG feels like i can easily push it to the limit, while the Spyder seems to push me to my limits. The PDK Spyder runs to 60 under 4.5 sec. They are completely different cars.
 

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Boxter Spyder. Wikipedia says that "the Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche on the market, weighing 2,811 pounds (1,275 kg), a full 176 pounds (80 kg) lighter than a Boxster S. This has been achieved through the elimination of the conventional soft top's operating mechanism, the radio/PCM unit, air conditioning, storage compartments..." Dude, are you sure you don't need the air con in Austin? I mean handling is one thing but you'll be driving it in Speedos in the summer.
 

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Boxter Spyder. Wikipedia says that "the Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche on the market, weighing 2,811 pounds (1,275 kg), a full 176 pounds (80 kg) lighter than a Boxster S. This has been achieved through the elimination of the conventional soft top's operating mechanism, the radio/PCM unit, air conditioning, storage compartments..." Dude, are you sure you don't need the air con in Austin? I mean handling is one thing but you'll be driving it in Speedos in the summer.
Gee...thanks for the mental image.:eek: It made me think of myself in a speedo, hot humid air, not a good combo.
 

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Boxter Spyder. Wikipedia says that "the Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche on the market, weighing 2,811 pounds (1,275 kg), a full 176 pounds (80 kg) lighter than a Boxster S. This has been achieved through the elimination of the conventional soft top's operating mechanism, the radio/PCM unit, air conditioning, storage compartments..." Dude, are you sure you don't need the air con in Austin? I mean handling is one thing but you'll be driving it in Speedos in the summer.
I believe you can add the A/C and stereo back. Given that it is Porsche, you will have to pay extra for them. :p

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Boxter Spyder. Wikipedia says that "the Boxster Spyder will be the lightest Porsche on the market, weighing 2,811 pounds (1,275 kg), a full 176 pounds (80 kg) lighter than a Boxster S. This has been achieved through the elimination of the conventional soft top's operating mechanism, the radio/PCM unit, air conditioning, storage compartments..." Dude, are you sure you don't need the air con in Austin? I mean handling is one thing but you'll be driving it in Speedos in the summer.
Porsche.com would be a more complete source of info....seriously wikipedia is your reference!!! ;)
They are all options. And the options i have selected include aircon.
I must admit, the non-luxury (necessity) options alone add upto 9K in my configuration. If i add all options it will total 80k.
For this car, i am more than willing to give up the luxury.

This is, by no means the only car one can own...it is a toy.
 
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