Used Car of the Day: 2006 Porsche Boxster

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a fairly simple one -- a 2006 Porsche Boxster with a manual transmission.

The seller says the car is in good shape except for minor rock chips and the like. There are some cosmetic mods that the first owner made, including changes to the exhaust tips, sidemarker lights, daytime running lights, and the stereo. The stereo now has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a backup camera.

The original parts are still available, should you want to bring the car back to how it left the factory.

This New York-based car is on sale for $23,000.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Craiger Craiger on Jul 10, 2023

    Speaking as someone who's on his second 987 Cayman, I can say that they're fairly rugged cars, and not as hard to work on as you might think. Just yesterday I had the main engine cover off to change the air filter and clean the MAF.

    There's also an access panel behind the seats, although you do have to remove the seats, the center console, and the carpet. That's obviously a bit of a pain, but once it's all taken apart, you actually have pretty good access to the engine accessories and shifter cables.

    There's also a panel behind each wheel, for when you need to change the plugs and coils.

    Once you get the access panels off a 987, there's sufficient room to work. On most front engined cars you really can't do anything to get to the sides or the back of the engine, short of lifting it out of the car.

    As far as IMS, there are different versions of the engines out there which have different bearing designs. It would be a good idea when considering a purchase to determine the particular engine in the car.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jul 10, 2023

    No miles listed in the ad, average miles per Manheim is 76K and average valuation is $14,7. There are examples in the low 20s but they are much lower miles and higher grade... unless this seller has a high grade example he smoked some crack prior to posting at $23K [?!?].

    6/5/23 $22,200 *36,138 4.36 CY/M --RegularMidwestmyCentralAuction

    6/9/23 $17,500 48,966 4.56CY/A SilverRegularSoutheastPalm Beach

    6/12/23 $16,200 57,504 3.56CY/M --RegularSoutheastmyCentralAuction

    6/27/23 $12,100 61,951 1.76CY/M --RegularMidwestmyCentralAuction

    7/5/23 $11,600 92,440 3.46CY/A --RegularNortheastmyCentralAuction

    6/22/23 $16,000 94,881 3.66G/A WhiteLeaseSouthwestDallas-Fort Worth

    5/31/23 $14,500 102,017 4.86G/5 RedRegularWest CoastCalifornia

  • VoGhost Fantastic work by Honda design. When I first saw the pictures, I thought "Is that a second gen Acura NSX?"
  • V16 2025 VW GLI...or 2025 Honda Civic SI? Same target audience, similar price points. Both are rays of sun in the gray world of SUV'S.
  • FreedMike Said this before and I'll say it again: I'm not that exercised about this whole "pay for a subscription" thing, as long as the deal's reasonable. And here's how you make it reasonable: offer it a monthly charge. Let's say that adaptive headlights are a $500 option on this vehicle, and the subscription is $15 a month, or $540 over a three year lease. So you try the feature for a month, and if you like it, you keep it; if you don't, then you discontinue it, like a Netflix subscription. In any case, you didn't get charged $500 up front the feature. That's not a bad deal.In my case, let's say VW offers an over the air chip reflash that gives me another 25 hp. The total price of the upgrade is $1,000 (which is what a reflash would cost you in the aftermarket). If they offered me a one time monthly subscription for $50 to try it out, I'd take it. In other words, maybe the news isn't all bad.
  • 2ACL A good car, but - at least in this configuration -not one that should command a premium. Its qualities just aren't as enduring as those of Honda's contemporary sports cars. For better or worse, this is a formula they remain able to replicate.
  • Jalop1991 I just read that Tesla's profits are WAY down "as the electric vehicle company has faced both more EV competition from established automakers and a slowing of overall EV sales growth." This Cadillac wouldn't help Tesla at all, but the slowing market of EV sales overall means this should be a halo/boutique car. Regardless, yes, they should make it.