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      07-21-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Hello there, hoping you guys can lend me some help. I currently own a 2010 m3 sedan (white) and have the opportunity to trade for a 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder (white also.) I love my M but have always loved Porsches, what would you do?
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See if you can take the Porsche out for an extended test drive. Spend some time with it.

I may be partial to my M3, but I've noticed a few folks post (and comment to me in person) they miss it after they've switched to a Porsche. I've wondered what life would be like in a GT3 (or some such madness) and those comments keep from really considering it.
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Hello there, hoping you guys can lend me some help. I currently own a 2010 m3 sedan (white) and have the opportunity to trade for a 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder (white also.) I love my M but have always loved Porsches, what would you do?
I agree with dnvrdrvr the bottom line is what you need the car for and will it satisfy all your needs? I made a similar switch (e46 to e85 then to e89 and back to e92 - spend quite a few dollars in the process). Now I am back into the ///M3 since I missed the comfort.

Bottom line think about what you really need the car for. Only you can decide since you have to do the driving no one else

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      07-21-2011, 09:22 AM   #4
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See if you can take the Porsche out for an extended test drive. Spend some time with it.

I may be partial to my M3, but I've noticed a few folks post (and comment to me in person) they miss it after they've switched to a Porsche. I've wondered what life would be like in a GT3 (or some such madness) and those comments keep from really considering it.

Actually the 414 ponies are really 420 ponies (420 PS - in German ) PS = Pferde Stärke (Horse Craft) in German.
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You're talking about two entirely different cars here. The Boxster Spyder is FAR from a daily driver.

I've driven one...sick car, quick and on rails! I would love to own one...in addition to the M3 as a weekend pleasure car.
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Actually the 414 ponies are really 420 ponies (420 PS - in German ) PS = Pferde Stärke (Horse Craft) in German.
Ha! I think you're the first to catch that. Duly noted... and corrected
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Ha! I think you're the first to catch that. Duly noted... and corrected
There you go, now you are politically correct (in German anyway), if someone tries to correct you you know what to do meanwhile do enjoy your 6 extra ponies I do
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      07-21-2011, 09:54 AM   #9
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Dear indecisive katie,

Why did you buy two 4 seat, 4 door cars after owning a two seat, two door car? Ask yourself what your priorities are and why you switched between such different cars to begin with. And ask youself why you are thinking about going back.

If you don't need back seats, you are insane to be driving anything other than a sports car, IMHO. However, if you honestly use those back seats (and doors) often, then don't trade for another sports again car because you are just going to get tired of the lack of utility (like you did last time?) and want to switch back yet again.
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Dear indecisive katie,

Why did you buy two 4 seat, 4 door cars after owning a two seat, two door car? Ask yourself what your priorities are and why you switched between such different cars to begin with. And ask youself why you are thinking about going back.

If you don't need back seats, you are insane to be driving anything other than a sports car, IMHO. However, if you honestly use those back seats (and doors) often, then don't trade for another sports again car because you are just going to get tired of the lack of utility (like you did last time?) and want to switch back yet again.
{ahem} condescending much? Girl just wants to have fun driving!

Katie, you could always get a Panorama.
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997 GT3 or Turbo = Yay
Boxter etc = Nay, never ever
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FWIW, Boxster Spyder is no typical Boxster! Farrrr from it.
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if you dont have kids(hence dont need back seats) and you dont need useable trunk(ie-golf clubs etc), then Boxster is the much better car...handles much better, more fun, true sports car...but if you need the things mentioned above, keep the M.
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Coming from a Porsche enthusiast myself (and ready to jump on the new 991) I'd probably never buy anything but a Carrera and its variants.
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Hello there, hoping you guys can lend me some help. I currently own a 2010 m3 sedan (white) and have the opportunity to trade for a 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder (white also.) I love my M but have always loved Porsches, what would you do?
Pretend it's 2005, take out a second on the house and keep them both.
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I would never buy a boxter under any circumstantial! That is like driving a BMW Z3 convertible or a mazda miata.... GAY! I would love to get a P car but it would have to be < or = to a Cayman.

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Ok I just looked up the specs and photos of the the NEW 2011 Spyder and I have to say, I like it. It seems pretty impressive. I would say that you do have a difficult decision to make.
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I just sold my 2007 Boxster S and bought a 2011 E92 M3 ZCP. The Boxster was my second (fun) car, the M3 is now my daily driver.

The cars are completely different. The Boxster is an amazing car if you want a sports car...it is lightweight, sufficiently powerful, and handles amazingly. The steering feel is the best of any car I've driven. It also has an amazing amount of space with two trunks. But it can only seat two people.

My take on the Spyder is that without a better roof, it's a highly compromised car. I wouldn't consider it a daily driver just because of the roof. The other more sporting features I suspect would be reasonable trade offs (like the suspension for example)

The M3 is heavy but makes up partly for it with the hot-rodded engine. It drives differently, but I love being able to put 4 people in it and drive it every day. It's more comfortable, with greater amenities, but the road noise is similar (which is somewhat surprising given the soft top on the Porsche). I estimate that the Boxster has about the same combined trunk space as the E92.

I miss the Boxster S. To me, it was a special car because of the combination of feel, amenities, power, and balance. Not the fastest car, but the best combination of balanced attributes to make it something special.

The Spyder seems too single-purpose to be practical. I would recommend driving a late model (2007 or newer so the 3.4L engine) Boxster S to get a benchmark.

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Thanks for all the feedback everyone! I am still pretty perplexed about the decision. I love my M3 greatly, and the Spyder is a very fun car to drive although maybe not quite as fast as my M3. I wish this was an easier decision!
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I would never buy a boxter under any circumstantial! That is like driving a BMW Z3 convertible or a mazda miata.... GAY! I would love to get a P car but it would have to be < or = to a Cayman.
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This is a common response by people who haven't spent much time in a late model Boxster S.

The Boxster S is nothing like a miata or Z3. I'd recommend a test drive before you come to any conclusions.
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Agreed, the Boxter Spyder is not like a Miata or Z3! Not to go on a tagent, but I think a female in the Boxter Spyder would be sexy!

Ultimately, do what makes you happy.
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Why does what I would do have any bearing at all on what you should do?
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I would never buy a boxter under any circumstantial! That is like driving a BMW Z3 convertible or a mazda miata.... GAY! I would love to get a P car but it would have to be < or = to a Cayman.

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Ok I just looked up the specs and photos of the the NEW 2011 Spyder and I have to say, I like it. It seems pretty impressive. I would say that you do have a difficult decision to make.
Good thing you edited this... Current model Boxster Spyder is nothing like previous years...and is WORLDS different that a miata or Z3.
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