2006 PORSCHE Boxster SView vehicle description
Introduced at the 2004 Paris Motor Show and going on sale for the first time in 2005, the second-generation Porsche Boxster (designated 987) built upon the success of its predecessor, with a radical redesign (including a more conventional front end) but remaining largely mechanically similar to start with, offering a 3.2-litre engine for the S model, which was carried over from the 986, before it was upgraded to a 3.4-litre engine from 2007 onwards.
Inside, the cabin was entirely redesigned and brought up-to-date, with standardised HVAC controls, optional PCM (Porsche communications module, incorporating sat nav, calling and audio systems) and a more modern look, which means the cabin still looks remarkably fresh to this day.
Produced across two generations (.1 from 2005 until 2008, and .2 from 2008 until replacement in 2012) the early 3.2-litre models may be less powerful than the later S models, but are widely regarded by enthusiasts as being the ‘sweet spot’ of performance and reliability within the 987 range.
First registered in 2006, this 987 Boxster S is from the last year of 3.2-litre production, and boasts a strong factory specification in a desirable colour combination.
From the factory, the following options were specified:
- Midnight Blue Metallic Paint (E9)
- Ocean Blue leather Sports Seats (P77)
- PCM system (P16)
- BOSE stereo (P73)
- Bi-Xenon headlights (P74)
- Heated seats (342)
- 19” Carrera S ‘lobster claw’ wheels (403)
- 3-spoke multi-function wheel (431)
- Coloured wheel centres (446)
- Automatic air-conditioning (573)
- Rear parking sensors (635)
- PCM telephone module (666)
- CDC-4 changer (692)
- Top-tinted windscreen (567)
In the care of the current owner since 2010 when it was purchased from OPC Silverstone, this delightful ’S’ has been meticulously maintained and regularly serviced irrespective of its mileage, and has enjoyed significant recent expenditure in recent years totalling over £5,000 to ensure all the usual ‘problem areas’ have been addressed, including the coolant crossover pipes to the front radiators, brake pipes on the rear callipers and new front discs and pads.
Described by the current owner as “an absolute joy to drive” this Boxster S has been used sparingly over the years, covering around 35,000 miles in 12 years, being used for a mixture of commuting, weekend blasts and enjoyable drives, though the vendor is quick to point out that there is no known history of track use prior to his ownership, and certainly none since 2010 when he purchased the vehicle.
On the Outside
Finished in Midnight Blue Metallic with a Metropole Blue mohair roof, the design of the 987 still looks remarkably modern to this day, so clearly Porsche’s design team were absolute on the money when they went to the drawing board for this one!
Naturally, there are some signs of life and age visible, as you’d expect from a 16-year-old high-performance vehicle with just a shade under 60,000 miles on the odometer. The front end wears the usual brace of stone chips, whilst the leading edge of the rear arches also wear their adventures with pride, though there are some larger chips to the nearside which have started to corrode, which would best be treated to prevent any further issues.
Elsewhere, the paintwork around the door handles and lower kick plates displays some scuffs, whilst up above the mohair roof would benefit from a significant cleaning, treating and protecting as there are numerous damp stains visible. The good news, however, is that the issues appear to be purely cosmetic, as there are no rips or tears that we can see.
In terms of the bodywork, other than the odd minor mark, there are no signs of any impacts, dents or dings - always good news, as far as we’re concerned.
Below the arches, the optional 19-inch ‘lobster claw’ wheels suit the Boxster perfectly, and complement this ‘spec’ very well indeed. There are a few marks here-and-there, along with some bubbling. Nothing too troubling or in need of any immediate attention, but a refurb would certainly transform their appearance.
On the Inside
Inside, the Ocean Blue leather interior has stood the test of time very well indeed, and the cabin presents in very good condition throughout.
The upgraded ‘sports’ seats are a must-have in any Porsche of this era, and we’re pleased to say they’re in excellent shape, with only a few small marks visible around the rear hard ‘clamshell’ area - finished in contrasting silver - along with some very light wear to the outer bolsters, as you’d see on any vehicle of this age.
The carpets, door cards and other high-traffic areas display some light wear - commensurate with the vehicle’s overall condition - but nothing that we’d consider out of character. The switchgear on the PCM unit is usually the first area to wear heavily in Porsches of this age, though barring a few small marks on the fan controls, these too are in good shape.
Unusually, there is an intermittent misting up issue within the vehicle, which dates back to the car’s time with Porsche Silverstone. This ‘fault’ has been extensively investigated by OPC Silverstone under warranty, but no direct cause or fault has been found.
In the frunk, a selection of tools is present, and both luggage compartments present well, with the only small issue being evidence of dried coolant build-up around the coolant cap in the rear.
Up above, the inner lining of the folding mohair roof is in excellent shape, and there are no reported or waterproofing issues, nor any evidence of them. The vendor does note that the side elastics on the roof are slightly weak, and sometimes some manual assistance is required when putting the roof up to get the side rubbers/beading to sit correctly in the channel.
All systems within the cabin are working as they should be, with the only item worthy of note being a defunct bluetooth system that was previously installed causing a momentary error message on the PCM (due to being outdated, and therefore unusable) which quickly disappears. Otherwise, there are no reported or known issues with the car’s electrical systems, switches or displays.
Powered by a 3.2-litre flat-six engine, this Boxster is every inch the thoroughbred Porsche, and has evidently been well-cared-for whilst in the care of the current owner, maintained and fettled irrespective of cost initially by Porsche Silverstone (where the car was purchased from) and latterly by Oxfordshire-based specialist Wrightune.
The most recent services are as follows:
- Minor service in 2016 at 48,431 miles
- Major service in 2018 at 52,402 miles
- Minor service in 2020 at 56,004 miles
If you were to continue this pattern, the next service would be due in a few months time, with recent services being carried out roughly ever 4,000 miles - less than half Porsche’s ‘recommended’ servicing schedule, and a sure-fire sign of careful and considered ownership.
Looking underneath, the chassis looks to be in great shape, with only some light ‘bloom’ visible to exposed suspension components, fixtures and fittings, and no obvious causes for concern.
The vendor does note a slightly unusual rubbing noise, which is intermittent and only occurs when crawling to a stop from single-digit speeds. The car has been checked-over numerous times by Wrightune, with the noise being reproduced for the technicians to hear, but no faults have been found with the drivetrain, suspension, brakes or wheels. As the vendor puts it “I wish there had been a fault found in some ways, as I would’ve paid for it to be fixed” but no issues, concerns or problems were found by the technicians, and no problems caused other than an unusual noise.
The most recent MoT exam - dated 06 July 2022 - shows a squeaky-clean first time pass with no advisory items.
Included with the 2006 Porsche Boxster S is a strong history, showing services, miscellaneous maintenance, and documentation from when the vehicle was part of the Porsche approved warranty scheme.
A few highlights of recent maintenance include:
- New small brake pipes, air-conditioning pipes, re-gas and a brake fluid flush - May 2022 (£838)
- Roof microswitch and operational switch - September 2021 (£174)
- Minor service (using correct Mobil 0w40) at 56,074 miles
- Front brake pads and discs, coolant crossover pipes, new rear silencers at a cost of £4056.37
The V5 registered keepers document is present, showing just 3 former keepers.
As always, we’ve photographed all of the documentation we’ve seen, and this can be found at the end of the extensive photo gallery below.
What We Think
The Boxster is a timeless, useable and surprisingly practical sports car, boasting Porsche’s iconic flat-six engine, ageless styling and providing a wonderfully analogue driving experience for its owners.
This example is a late-model 3.2 987S, benefitting from long-term ownership, recent extensive maintenance to address a lot of the known 987 issues, and is ready for the next owner to jump in and enjoy, whilst still providing plenty of potential for aesthetic fettling and upgrades.
Offered with NO RESERVE and an estimate of £12,000 to £18,000 this is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a drop-top convertible that can be used year-round.
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- Location: East Hendred, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
- Seller Type: Private
- Odometer Reading: 60000
- Chassis Number: WP0ZZZ98Z6U722856
- Engine: 3179
- Gearbox: manual
- Steering position: RHD
- Colour: Blue
- Interior: Blue
- Estimated Price: £12,000 - £18,000