Sweet ride Jim!After 4 years and 44K miles I got the next disease. The ST has been traded in on a 2013 Boxster S.
This forum is one of the best out there and I appreciate the help I have received here. Hopefully I have help others as much as I was helped.
Pictures of the new ride
If only I had the desire to pay for the maintenance on this thing, it would be a done deal for me too. Every time I consider what the next car is, I keep heading to Porsche... then my wallet tells me "hey dont you remember the **** show of $$ in the Audi or the BMW". Nice looking ride you got there, enjoy!
If you take it to the dealer for maintenance I agree it is outrageous, they want $300 for oil change. If you buy parts from dealer that is outrageous as well.
But if you do maintenance yourself and buy parts at non dealer sellers its not so bad.
I just did an oil change for $70 (includes tax and shipping) which is $35 more than what the it cost me to do the ST. I used genuine Porsche parts, 8 quarts of oil (M1 full synthetic on sale at Wallyworld), oil filter, new O ring, and crush washer this go around. But after mic'ing the used crush washer and the O ring they were exactly the same as the new ones and had no visible signs of wear, so I can get non Porsche oil filter that does not come with these items and save $15 most oil changes. That makes it $20 bucks more than changing oil in the ST.
Upgrades are way more expensive in general but deals are to be had. The factory X73 sport suspension is $1600, but includes all 4 dampeners, springs, and front and rear sway bar. This about the same price as Mountune clubsport and buying F/R sway bars for ST.
Tuning is way more expensive, Cobb AP is min $1200. Exhaust, typically at least $2000 some even more.
I did a lot of homework on this issue before I pulled the trigger because I was concerned about the same thing.
I appreciate the info, but Cali Auto is in Stockbridge GA, that is 3 hours North. I got all excited when I saw stockton.
These are very good questions. It is tough to fairly compare a FWD 4 door hot hatch to a RWD 2 door.So how much more fun/faster is it than the ST? Is it night and day? 315hp and 2900lbs on the boxter? How much better does it handle?