Ferrari Sound for Boxster Money: 2004 Porsche Boxster S

Hello all, it has been awhile and I have missed the banter.  I have not been able to keep up my regular contributions as my budding little European auto business is taking up more and more of my time, and sanity.  That does not mean that I don’t run into the occasional gem every now and again.

Case in point, during my daughter’s soccer practice her coach pulled into the parking lot in what sounded like something very Italian.  Imagine my surprise when the culprit turned out to be a ’04 Porsche Boxster S.  I complimented him on his choice of transport and he responded with, “thanks, know anyone that wants it?”  Turns out, like many of us, he has gotten to the point where a two seat vehicle and a growing family are not a good match.

One Owner 2004 Porsche Boxster S:

Some more details on the car –

“One owner 2004 Porsche Boxster S finished in Arctic Silver Metallic over black leather interior.  51k cared for miles with a clean title and CARFAX, all maintenance is current.

Equipped with AM/FM CD Bose Sound, power windows and locks, keyless entry, heated seats, cruise control, Litronic lighting, and more.  Performance highlights include a six speed manual transmission, four wheel disc brakes on drilled rotors, and the fantastic 3.2 six cylinder motor that delivers a great deal of performance throughout the entire power band.

This Boxster also has several performance modifications.  This includes double spoke NHR wheels with spacers on all four corners.  The car has a lower stance and even better ride than stock with it’s K Sport lowering kit.  This Boxster also has NHP headers, high flow 20″ catalytic converters from Jeggs, a Borla exhaust, and a Evoms intake to help everything breathe better.

All stock parts come with this Porsche.  Overall this Boxster is a joy to drive and sounds even better than it looks.”

Is it just me or does this Boxster look a great deal like the Maisto replica of the Boxster concept car?  It’s really a neat car, well kept with the only flaw being a rip in the driver’s side bolster.  Something that I am fixing as we speak.  We are asking $26.9k, open to reasonable offers.

In the meantime you all take care, hope to chat you up soon.  I am off to save a ’95 540 that has been rotting in a friend’s carport for the past few years.

~Aaron.

 

Clean 1984 Audi 4000S Quattro For Sale

I am not an Audi guy, but I am a VW enthusiast which is kind of silly I suppose.  I have been watching this seller raffle off his Audi’s for a bit.  They are always well kept, rare, and worst of all local to me.

There may be time for me to become an Audi guy yet.  This 1984 4000S Quattro may be just the thing.

1984 Audi 4000S Quattro:

From the seller –

“Selling off a few of my Audi’s..This is a Very Rare one I have had for a few years..Beautiful 1984 4000s Quattro. Metallic schwartz Black exterior, brown interior. Rarest Year of the Audi 4000. Power windows, power mirrors, power sunroof/moonroof, power steering, power brakes, power locks, cruise control. ALL WORK! Since i have owned it I have done many things to the car. Last October I had VERY RARE BBS front air-dam sprayed to match car and grill as well. Also at that time installed 1 piece Glass original European Flat Cibie Headlights in Mint Condition and VERY RARE.  Has side skirts from 85-87 years that i should have sprayed, but did not. rear spoiler is mint. Front Bosch fog lights with factory switch in car. H&R Racing springs with bilsteins which allow the custom for this car Konig 17″ Wheels/Hankook Tires with 75%.  Xlerator High Performance Stainless muffler and exhaust tip. In the last month I have done the Heater Core replacement and also the timing belt/water pump/tensioner roller. The car always starts and runs perfect and i have never had a problem with it. Just felt it needed these things done to be perfect. front and rear locking diffs. Tint Windows. Just under 157k, but i have been driving the car a few days a week so that is going up slowly..Power windows work well, power locks work well. car has clifford alarm. Cruise control actually works too..rare!! interior is near mint condition, headliner sunroof, sun visors all look and work well. no rips or tears and carpet and mats are like new. dash has cracks and that the only problem but i do have a dash cover that is custom for the car. Factory gauges added in tripod on dash. Battery was relocated to the trunk to make the stereo system clean. custom trunk amp cover with amp underneath and battery power core so no lights dimming at high bass. Also a fan is installed to keep cool. Alpine Stereo, 2 10″ pioneer subs, 1700 total watts. Cover works and u can use trunk just like normal. the stereo is custom thru out. The 2 subs on rear dash under a custom cover with coaxial speakers next to them. front has tweeters in mirror cover and door speakers as well. 8 speaker system. Sounds absolutely amazing! works well and never had a problem. clutch, brakes, everything works well. 4 Custom courtesy lights added, 2 blue/green lights, 1 under each side floor to see the floor when u get in or out. One red light mounted between handbrake and shifter and one in the lighter ash tray. Never been in an accident, VERY straight without any rust whatsoever. All pics of car on photobucket. my id there is hoopster21 and u can find the folder with the pics. This car is one of a kind and one of the nicest in the usa from 1984. It was the 1984 winter games official car. Most are ruined and been smashed in the wrecking yards. This car has no rust whatsoever, not ever surface rust. the hood has some scratches and minor paint cracking. pacific northwest car entire life, this car is rock solid and as rare as you will find. first year quattro sedan in usa. Perfect Carfax.”

Neat car and incredibly rare.  I gather there are not many stateside that are still upright much less in this condition.  Not to say this is mint, given the angle and distance of the pictures I imagine this Audi has its share of patina.  The car has more than 150k so I would expect that.

But it has lived with someone who cares, which is important.  From the sounds of it is mechanically sound and rust free.  That makes for a great foundation… dings, nicks, and tears can all be fixed with minimal investment.  Body rot, widespread mechanical issues, and awful paint are serious business.

Bidding currently sits at a few hundred dollars with a buy it now of nearly $6k.  The buy it now won’t happen but this would be a great driver for $4.5k.  I will be curious to see where this one goes.

~Aaron.

Uber Clean 1990 Porsche 944 S2 For Sale

I have not been shy about my feelings on the Porsche 944 S2 cars.  You get the the looks and darn near the performance of the turbo cars without many of the headaches.  There are fewer of these running around than their turbo counterparts, even fewer with low miles.

1990 Porsche 944 S2:

Form the seller –

“Thank you for looking at this 944 s2 , always garaged and in perfect running order. This 1990 PORSCHE 944 S2 has had only one owner, that has done all the proper maintenance to keep it in perfect original condition. This  car has only 51962 original miles as the auto check report shows, has an excellent score for the age and condition.The interior is in original condition with no scuffing or tears to the  leather, the interior of this car as you can see in the photos is in awesome condition, aswell the exterior.  Everything on this car works the way it did when new ,  This car has all original manuals,tools and equipment that came with the car,the radio has been changed in order to be able to use mp3 players but i still have the original one as you can see. It recently had all the AC overhaul it has new springs and shocks, belts  and everything that has needed doing mechanically has been done. The body is straight with no rust.”

One owner, check.  Low miles, check.  Immaculate condition, CHECK!  All labels, the tool kit, the interior, paint, and engine compartment are darn near perfect.  That interior, let’s call it linen in color is really hard to keep clean and it looks flawless.  There is just a great deal to like here.

Even better it is available with no reserve, this S2 will sell.  The eBay community must be excited as well, thus far there have been 41 bids with a current bid at $12,350.  This is a $14-14.5k car all day long, I will be curious to see if potential buyers feel the same way.

~Aaron.

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone For Sale

The word clone is a tricky concept.  Done too well and you may as well buy the original, done poorly and it can be a total disaster.  From the pictures I fear this may be the latter, but it takes guts to take on a project such as this with a 924.

1978 Porsche 924 D-Production Clone:

From the seller –

“This light weight 1978 Porsche 924 came from the factory with no sunroof and no power windows and somewhere along the line a fiberglass Al Holbert DP look kit was installed consisting of fiberglass: front fenders, rear flares, and a very aggressive and unique ‘shovel nose’ front spoiler.  The suspension and brakes are from a 944 and provide the five lug conversion which enables real 7&8 x 15″ Fuchs to be mounted and fill up the wide flares.  Rear hatch and spoiler are also from a 944.  The motor has a more aggressive cam and flows into a Ansa free flowing exhaust.  The interior is very nice with excellent condition carpeting, fabric ‘Porsche’ script 944 seats, dash cap, and stereo with a MP3/iPod cord in the glove box.  This is a running and driving 924 but the throwout bearing in the clutch is starting to make some noise and the A/C will need atleast a charge.  No signs of any collision or rust thru issues, there is some minor paint bubbling around the windshield.  While the body is very sound and the body kit was very well done, the paint is a 10 footer – at best.

One very cool looking 924… and with the prices of the 911, 912, and even the 914 skyrocketing upwards, this unique and cheap to buy/maintain Porsche definately offers value with style.  The Fuchs and tires on this 924 alone are worth about a $1,200 – 1,500.00… this whole Porsche can be purchased for not much more than that!”

The seller is correct, this is a 10 footer, maybe a 20 footer at best.  The paint is no good, you can see the oxidation in the pictures.  The suspension, while from a 944, is not set up correctly and has a bit of a monster truck look to it.  I won’t get into the egregious overuse of of emblems, there is no excuse for that.

But what lies underneath is not all that bad.  The interior is clean, the Fuchs are a nice option, and if the body work is solid this could be a decent driver with a reasonable re-spray.  The question then becomes, at $2k or so is this a worthy investment?

I use the term investment loosely as that and 924 are not synonymous.  But you could do much worse in this price range.

<Note: This in fact a D-Production Clone, tip of the hat to Carter J for the clarification>

~Aaron.

I’ve Got The Itch: 1996 Porsche 993 Cabriolet For Sale

I have had this thing going on in the back of my head, my wife calls it “the voices.”  Well they have been strong and they want another Porsche.  I am guessing it is a 993, preferably a soft top, you know because Oregonians get so much sun.  Something a little like this…

1996 Porsche 993 Cabriolet:

From the seller –

“Stunning 1996 993 Convertible Low miles, Rebuilt Engine less than 1K miles ago, Rare Color combo.

Very nice paint and super clean Chestnut Brown Interior.

Beautiful 1996 Porsche 993 911 C2 Convertible. Polar Silver metallic with Chestnut Brown leather interior. Only 77,XXX original miles. 6 Speed manual transmission, AC with climate control, keyless entry, 18 turbo Chrome twists wheels, cruise control Porsche, 6-CD changer aluminum gauges star shield on hood supple leather seats. Includes Manuals, Receipts and service records, Original Tool wrap, Air Pump and chestnut brown Convertible to Cover.

Engine was rebuilt less than 1K miles ago, Runs excellent, Fresh brakes and Clutch.
Rebuilt included, all new bearings, full head job including guides, chains, rails, ect.

$37,000 obo

911, 930, 993 trades welcomed.”

Neat car, I love the interior but this is coming from someone that owned a SLK with a similar color treatment.  It looks to be in wonderful condition and will treat the new owner very well.

The question I have is, why did the motor go at 76k miles?  I know it is a Porsche and there really is no rhyme or reason to these sorts of things.  But the fallacy is that the air cooled motors are more reliable than those new fangled water cooled engines.

Guess not!

All things being equal I would rather have a rebuilt motor than one in questionable shape I suppose.  At $37k it is no bargain but it is one of the last of the air cooled 911’s with a rebuilt motor, in a rare color combination, in very nice shape.

This does nothing to calm the voices.

~Aaron.

Lower Mileage 2000 BMW 540 Wagon For Sale

It’s a wagon kind of week.  It took me some time to come around to the notion that the Germans do not make a very good SUV.  It’s not their fault, they really don’t want to, but the market demand in the states is just too lucrative to turn your back on.  Drive through any major, or not so major, metropolitan European city and you will find tons of touring wagons.  You may see the occasional SUV but this is the exception and not the rule.

Much of this may be due to gas prices and the tight confines these cars need to be wedged into.  The rest of it may be attributed to the fact that SUV’s are, well, kind of ugly.  I can’t remember the last time I saw one and said, “I gotta have that.”  It’s not that I have not tried, having owned a Touareg, XC90, Cayenne, and a X5 I figure I have tried more than most.  But I am over it, my next German family mover is going to be a German Wagon.  Something that looks a great deal like this.

2000 BMw 540 Wagon:

From the seller –

“I have worked in the automobile business in one form or another for over thirty years and this is one of or maybe the nicest 60,000 mile car I have ever seen. It is all original, unmolested, and as near new as any I have ever seen. The E39 BMW is held in the highest regard by BMW enthusiast and often referred to as the best 5series ever. Car and Driver call it the nearest to perfect automobile. This car handles with the agility of a 3series and the comfort of a 7series. One of the most satisfying cars you will  ever drive. Finding cars like this is my passion, driving it will be yours. This car is clean, fully serviced and ready to enjoy.”

Beautiful car, I would like to see some better pictures and some info on service history but… what can you do. I see lower mileage examples such as this knocking around the auctions but they are never running right and always seem to have unibody damage. Do your homework here buyers. I appreciate the seller’s enthusiasm for this wagon but the listing is a bit scant on details so be careful.

Almost $16k is a tough sale, regardless of condition. Something closer to $14k seems to be more accurate. I am guessing this auction is not going anywhere until the seller comes down in price a bit.

~Aaron.

Very Rare Manual 2001 BMW 325iT For Sale

These 3 series wagons are becoming a rare breed, one with a manual transmission is almost unheard of.  So, what’s the big deal?  As you may have heard the automatic transmissions in the 3 & 5 series cars of this era can be kind of fussy.

Granted, that is the exception and not the rule.  But why take a chance on something that is unreliable and less fun to drive?

2001 BMW 325iT For Sale:

“I am the second owner (both from Northern California) and purchased the car after a long search for a M/T wagon.  These are very hard to find.  I only wanted a car that had never seen salt/snow.

The car has 118k miles on it.  Many of the common issues have been addressed.  VC gasket, window regulators, front control arm bushings etc.  Owned by an enthusiast before me so most things were up to date.

Options on the car are Sport Package, Premium Package, xenon lights and Harmon Kardon Audio.  It does have a moonroof.  It does not have heated seats, navigation or park distance sensors.  The trim is wood.

Work I have done since purchase:  Tinted rear glass, OEM homelink, oil level sensor with LOF, final stage resistor, new cowl trim, new a-pillar trim, new hood emblem, new front grille, various clips here and there.

Pros:

Original paint – no accidents. I measured all the panels with a paint depth guage prior to purchase

Unmodified – completely stock

Runs extremely well.  Smooth and quiet.  Transmission shifts well and clutch take up is good.  Ride quality is amazing with no squeaks/rattles of any kind.

Color – I scoured the internet for Alpine White Sport Package wagons.

All controls work – power window, mirrors, A/C, moonroof, steering wheel controls etc.

Michelin Tires matching and in good shape.  Full size matching spare.

Folder full of records

Clean Carfax

Has the tonneau cover/dog guard missing on most cars

Tags current til October 2012
Brand new cargo mat

No CORROSION!  Super easy to work on.  Engine bay is beautiful

Cons:

The wheels have some light curbing here and there.  Still look great overall – no structural issues.

Paint has some chips that have been touched up by me.

Slight crack in the shift knob clearcoat – I replaced all the other wood with better stuff from other E46 wagon

Driver’s seat needs some attention.  Two common seams have come apart.  One in the bolster and one in the cushion.  I did not address this as I was considering changing the seats to alcantara from a ZHP.

Rear exhaust and front/rear bumper valances are scraped.  Previous owner had very steep driveway.  I planned on installing a Dinan exhaust and putting on a ZHP front bumper anyway. Can’t see unless you bend down and look.

That’s pretty much it.  I am sure there are some normal maintenance items that will need to be addressed in the future.  Front brakes should be done in a few thousand miles (I planned the Brembo upgrade), the oil pan gasket or oil filter housing gasket is beginning to leak, diff bushings and flex disc starting to crack etc.  Nothing immediate

Considering the limited number of manual transmission wagons available pricing is market based.   There are very few vehicles that offer the driving enjoyment and practicality for this kind of money.”

The seller is correct, it is tough to find a 3 series wagon for this kind of money regardless of the transmission.  Given how thorough the seller is I would say any and all flaws have been disclosed so there are no surprises on the horizon.

… well there can always be surprises but you know what I mean.

Anyhow, a wagon such as this for under $10k is a good value.  It does have some patina but nothing that can’t be sorted out by the next owner.  I am curious to see if the market agrees with my assessment.

~Aaron.

10k Mile 1988 Porsche 928 For Sale

I have never owned a 928 but I have driven a few.  These are fantastic touring cars, outside a BMW 850 I can’t think of a better vehicle on the open highway.  But these were terribly expensive cars in their day and even more expensive to maintain.

This led to many sharks winding up with owners who were not ready for the full 928 experience.

Low Mile 1988 928:

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From the Seller –

“I am helping my father sell his 1988 928 S4. Only 10,478 original miles since new. The paint is perfect – no dents, dings, or scratches. The interior is near perfect except for some slight carpet fading. No cracks, fading, or damage to the vinyl and leather surfaces. Wheels do not have curb rash and the engine compartment is near spotless. Carfax certified. Automatic, no damage history.

While the car is in phenomenal condition, my father is extremely picky about his cars, so he had the following work done to bring it up to his standards:

New timing belt,
New A/C compressor,
New tires,
Complete maintenance check and tune up.

He also purchased an extended warranty for the car that has 32 month Gold coverage service contract with complete coverage from Auto Source. That item alone cost $3100 and is transferable to the new owner. Yes, the remaining time on the warranty is 32 months.

He is asking $34,500 and will consider all reasonable offers.”

Normally I would advise you to run, not walk from this car. A typical 10k 928 would have rotten tires, worn seals, porous gaskets, and lord knows what else. This shark has had a recent service and comes with the balance of a 32 month warranty. That is just unheard of!

On the other hand, what do you do with this? We talk about this all the time, it’s not like you can just start commuting in this car. Every mile driven only detracts from the cache and value of having such a low mile car. This is a garage queen and it always will be. Sure you will score well in your local PCA event but if you are looking for something fun to drive down the coast you best look elsewhere.

I won’t even get in to the slush box transmission. More sharks have automatic trannies than a manual, they are a grand touring car and I am OK with that. If you absolutely have to have a manual you can wait for the next 10k mile example to surface.

See what I did there?

$34.5k is quite a bit for this car, $30k is more reasonable. At that sum you could park it and drive it at your will, which would be not much but that is OK as you would have this beautiful 928 to fuss over for years to come.

~Aaron.

Coming to America: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country

I have often wondered why dealers, specifically those that export vehicles do not go out of their way to bring more interesting cars to our shores.  Case in point, this 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country that is currently in en route to the states from Japan.

1991 Volkswagen Golf Country:

From the seller –

“For sale is a 1991 Golf Country Syncro

Price: $11,500

First of all about this sale: The car is in the process of being imported, however is currently still in Japan. I, as the seller, assume all responsibility for importing the car and making it legal. This will be up to me, and whoever buys the car will be buying a street legal, licensed car in America. I work for a dealer in Japan who imports cars from America to Japan. Recently we have been talking about trying to start going the other direction. At my suggestion we got this Golf Country, and are sending it over as a “test car” to gauge feasibility etc. I am not some tourist over here for a brief stay claiming to bring a rare car back to make internet friends.

That being said lets get to the details

1991 Golf Coutry
I bought the car from a long time customer of ours who was the second owner. He bought it from a nother dealer who had accepted it as a trade in from the origial owner.

Engine:
1.8l 8v with 131,459 km/ 81,684 original miles

Transmission:
OEM 5-speed syncro with ~1,000km / 621 miles on it. before I bought it we had put in a brand new transmission. We were lucky enough to be able to source one for $7,000 from Germany as there were none in Japan, and we were told there was only 1 at the dealer we bought it from in Germany.

Wheels/ Suspension/ Brakes:
Still has the original set of 5 Speedlines. 15×6 et 35. Tires are 195/65R15 Firestone FR10`s which still have good life on them. The spare has never been used. The wheels were repainted gunmetal about 1.5 years ago.
Suspension is all original as are the brakes. Front are 2-pot and rears are drum.
The car is fitted with all the original Country Golf suspention and sway bars, as well as full underbody subframe.

Interior:
The have to say the interior is really nice and full of cool subtle 90`s style touches.
Everything is original and in very good shape. The only non original items are the navi/dvd player which will be removed before export (cant use a Japanese Navi in america anyway) and the sparco pedals which add a nice touch, but can be easily removed if so desired. The current DVD/ Navi I will add was installed in such a way as to not harm any of the original dash/ bezel area and will be taken out without harming anything.
The seats are in very good shape and have syncro embroidered in all four headrests (one of the subtle touches I like). The outer lower drivers side bolster is slightly worn in a quarter sized spot, but other than that everything is great. The rear seats have rarely been sat in. One of the plastic covers for the speaker in the door is cracked a bit but no pieces are missing and could be glued back together if it bothered the next owner enough. Still have the front and back original floor mats. The trunk is very nice as well. Everything is still nplace from the shelf to the original Bilstein jack and tool set.
Automatic front windows work amazingly as does the rear windshield defrost, heat, A/C etc. The rear windows are crank. Manybe this is normal but being a mk1 guy myself I was pretty impressed!

Exterior:
The exterior is also in very good shape. The car received a full “windows out” color coded respray 1.5 years ago (same time as the tires) and is still in great shape. At this time the fender flares, bumpers, and molding strips were smooted and painted the same gunmetal as the wheels. Being that Japanese roads are much narower than American roads there were some scuffs on the fenders so they, along with the bumpers, molding strips, front roll bar, rear bar holding the tire, skid plate, and mirrors have all been removed and are being repainted to match the body color. There is no rust on this car! The rear windows are tinted with film and can be removed easily if so desired. The car has four Bosch rally lights which are wired into an original switch in the dash. The one thing that doesnt work is the electronic antenna wont come up when you push the button for it on the dash, havent figured out why not yet.

Overall I am very happy with the car. I have driven it around and it is definitely different and fun to drive. there are a few issues I want to address however. Keep in mind the car is at our dealer now, and some if not all these issues will be repaired before the car is exported. The muffler should be replaced. It has a hole in it and is pretty loud. but very likely will be replaced in short order. Most if not all the rubber axle boots are torn and should be replaced. The rear drivers side drum break leaks fluid slowly and should probably be rebuilt. Lastly the engine/ bay in general isnt very clean and a bit oily. I plan to thouroughly clean everything and find out if there is an issue and have it taken care of before exporting. I will update with these things as I am able.

The ship across the ocean takes 2 week, and this is the main reason I am starting the post now. Our hope is to have a buyer by the time the car has reached america to cut down on time between it being legalized and sold.”

I have seen more of these cars surface in the past twelve months than I have seen in the last decade combined.  This as fine an example as I have seen.  It’s not cheap, but, it has a new ($7k!) transmission and the seller will facilitate the import and legalization process.  The latter is huge as the past couple examples that have surfaced have had questionable title issues.

The only troubling issue, and normally I could care less, how is the dealer making any money?  I am not what I would call math smart, or smart for that matter.  But, if a new transmission is $7k, shipping is $2k, what did they pay for the car?  The asking price of $11.5k does not seem to be firm either.

Not my problem, I would drive this all day over a Tiguan.  The key word being drive, assuming the seller does what they say they can do in regards to import this is a Golf that can be driven and enjoyed almost immediately.

~Aaron.

Minty 1978 26k Volkswagen Rabbit For Sale

Here is a seemingly lost in time 1978 MKI Volkswagen Rabbit with only 26k miles.  This bunny has been for a sale a few times but has yet to find its forever home.

1978 Volkswagen Rabbit:

From the seller –

“1978 VW Rabbit C.
26k Original miles.
4 speed 8v gasser.
100% original 2 owner car.
Dakota Beige on brown.
New tires, OEM roof rack, MINT!

If you’re in Ohio or Florida you’ve probably seen this car. It’s also been up for sale a couple times here and once on Ebay. I’m trying to transition my “fun car” collection from two that sit in the garage to one that sees track time. More info and pics to be added, but for now it’s up again. The car was bid up to $9,000 on Ebay w/o my reserve being met. My personal feeling about old/classic/rare cars is they’re worth what they sell for at auction … or what someone is willing to pay for them of course. Therefore, I’m asking $9,000 obo.

Additional pics can be seen here: http://s282.photobucket.com/albums/k…%20Rabbit%20C/. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. Car is available to be seen locally by appointment.”

Yes, this is the same guy who owns the Golf Country we featured here some time ago.  This bunny is incredibly stock, kudos to the seller for respecting that.  The asking price of $9k is on the high side but these cars in this sort of condition do not come around very often.  You wind up paying for that exclusivity and it is just a matter of time until another enthusiast scoops this one up.

~Aaron.