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I have owned my Porsche Boxster 2.7 for 3 months now and have found it an utter pleasure all round. First the car itself. It is the 2000 year model, the first year they introduced the larger 2.7 engine. It has a couple of premium extras, a better sound system for example, but otherwise it is the standard car. I'm the third owner, it's been well maintained and had 58,000 miles when I purchased it. What are the 'cons' I've experienced so far. To be honest pretty few. Standard service items and repairs can be costly, but see below regarding self service, and you have to put up with the jealous glares of other road users. But that's about it on the negative side. There is much more on the positive side. Fantastic looks and amazing road handling. For a 2.7 engine the performance is amazing and yet fuel consumption is not prohibitive. Just sitting in it brings a smile to your face! But I suppose that is to be expected from a Porsche. What I have found a surprise and revelation is the ease of doing routine maintenance on the car. Oil changes, all the filters, fan belts etc are all easier than a regular saloon car. Brake pads and rotors can be done by someone with very little mechanical background. This makes servicing and routine minor repairs much more affordable. Plus parts can be found online at much better prices than the main dealer. All round a fantastic car with older, good quality examples now being very affordable.
I have just bought my 1st porsche - A 2.7 boxster manual. So far i am very pleased with it. I cant believe how cheap you can pick these up for now. My 2002 boxster with black leather cost just £8500! When decided what to buy i looked at a range of cars - namely the Audi TT, Porsche Boxster, Lotus Elise and Jaguar XK. After taking them all out for a drive i fell in love with the Porsche. It is so comfortable to drive for a sports car and the boot spaces in the front and back give enough room for a weekend bag and a couple of bags of shopping.
Great - mid engine car and quite heavy so doesnt slide around like some sports cars.
Great suspension and the seats are really comfortable - no comparison to the Lotus Elise which is unbelivably uncomfortable.
Reasonable. Obviously you wont get the same miles to the gallon as a Saxo or Fiat Uno! But it isnt too bad for a 2.7l. The Road Tax has come as a little bit of a shock though!
Supurb - Supercar looks at a Supermarket price. Facelift model is much the same as before. A timeless classic.
Buy one that is around 4-5 years old and you cant go wrong. A really little head turner. Servicing is expensive but surely shes worth it!
Rather than dwell on the same same specs and performance data you’d find in “Car and Driver” I’d rather comment on some of my real reasons for owning and enjoying this particular vehicle. Firstly, this car is built for a very specific purpose. When shopping for my “midlife celebration” toy (a Yugo would have been a “midlife crisis”) I was drawn to the Porsche. Let’s face it, sports cars are all they make. Of course all of my friends could sit behind their frosty mugs and blurt out the name of some hotrod they thought I should buy. Every manufacturer has their version of a pumped up flared out sport machine but it’s my money that was buying this rig. Porsche drivers tend to be passionate about what they drive. Even the act of cleaning this car seems reserved for it’s proud owners. The first week I owned the Boxster I did get smoked by a Corvette. Granted, “Detroit Muscle” may be great straight ahead but if you put a big enough engine in a school bus it could probably fly, too. The Boxster is not a drag race car, it’s a sports car. It handles beautifully, the engine purrs through it’s gears, and though not a the fastest car on the track it has plenty of kick when you need it. There is no lack of exhilaration in this vehicle. The base model is indeed somewhat pricey and for those considering purchase my greatest advice would be careful in how you load up the options. The Sport or Sport Touring Package are both fairly reasonable option packages that contribute nicely to the Boxster’s essentials. Once you start adding too many features the price escalates dramatically and can quickly surpass the S model. Stuff like carbon fiber is cool but you may want to weigh it against it’s resale value. The child seat option (which includes an airbag deactivation kit) goes about 500 US dollars installed. I had no choice – the biggest problem now is which o
f my 4 year old twins goes for the first ride. In driving the car there are a few other considerations. The front end sits low and is susceptible to scraping when pulling onto steep driveways or out of parking lots. “The front takes the brunt” and dark colors quickly begin to show stone chip damage. Lighter colors tend to show less frontal assault or a bra is also an option. My Boxster is Lapis Blue but I opted not to put a condom on the front end. Tires can expect a lifespan of about 10,000 miles with moderate driving style. Fact is, it’s not possible to drive this car without letting her breathe a little. I’ll eat the tires when the time comes. This car is too fun not to enjoy to it’s fullest and well worth it’s price.
I've always looked upon the Boxster as a 'special' car. Not just in the way it is constructed, but because if Porsche hadn't designed and taken a gamble with it, the company would have gone bankrupt or maybe taken over by a second rake manufacturer. That would have meant that the snobby 911 owners who consider the Boxster to be a 'Poor man's' route into Porsche ownership, wouldn't have been able to buy their beloved 911's anymore. Boo-hoo. I decided that I would have a test drive in the Boxster and took a trip to Arlington Porsche (in Northampton). The staff were very helpful and I took out an ocean blue Y-reg (2001) 2.7 litre version. The car had the basic alloys (which I hate), I much prefer the 17" or 18" turbo look ones, although they come at a price! The interior was slightly on the plastic side but it looked more luxurious than my MR2 Roadster. The trim was a grey alcantara (fake leather look) which looked cheap. I got into the driving seat and was quite surprised by how much leg and head room I had and also how comfy the seats were. I adjusted the seat and started the engine. Hmmm, dissapointing, the caged lion behind me failed to growl or purr, instead it choose to breath deeply. I put it down to the engine being cold but I wasn't overly impressed. The close ratio gear box seemed very precise as I drove it into first gear, the clutch pedal seemed stiff and heavy compared to the light MR2 pedals. I pulled off the forecourt and my Boxster experience was in full flow. The dual carriage way was a great way to see just how smooth the car drives. The engine was now giving off a coolness that you mistake for arrogance but I knew that the lion could afford to be smug. The time was right for me to rattle its cage. I shoved my right leg down hard onto the accelerator and the Lion was angry! It growled as the Boxster's wheels were chirping away on
the tarmac. The noise from the engine made my hair stand up on the back of my neck and it felt great. Going round islands and roundabouts the car stands firm, not budging an inch. It's as stubborn as a mother in law and as fiesty when you drive it hard. The Boxster has got so many nice touches too. The power hood that is a marvel in itself, it takes just 12 seconds to go up or down. When you open the door, the glass drops around 5mm and then rises again when you close the door. This not only keeps the rain out but also impresses sad people like me! The Boxster is an excellent car and if I were the PM I would make it a rule that everyone shold have at least driven one if not bought one. The only thing that puts me off is the price tag; £31,610 for the basic model is steep. However, you must remember the golden rule with car buying: you get what you pay for...and sometimes a little bit extra.
The Boxster is a brilliant Porsche. It shares the same good looks from the front as the 911’s but is totally different from behind. It looks even better with the rear spoiler! It is probably the best convertible that you can buy for under 40 grand. Everything is right about it. The chassis is the best part of the car. It has a fantastic chassis, which is tough and stable, and you fell so in control as you go into the corners. Handling is also good with the mix of power and ride. The 2.7 litre engine is great and gets the car to 60 in about 6.4 seconds and into to treble figures in about 15. The S is even better though knocking about a second from each, but it is expensive. The basic car costs about 34,000 which isn’t to bad for such a good car but a bit over priced compared to some of its rivals like the SLK or S2000. The triptronic version is not worth it though as it adds nearly two seconds onto the 0-60 time and with the 0-100. The roof goes up and faster than any other in 12 seconds and you can also have a optional hard top for 1,000. For the price the car is good as it is a very pukka Porsche. Pick of the range S (If you can afford it.)
Boxster is the new, more affordable alternative to the 911 convertible - providing a £34,000 starting price is your idea of affordable! Its platform will also form the basis for the replacement 911 we'll see at this year's Motor Show, in which the traditional air-cooled flat-six finally gives way to a water-cooled version. It's a derivative of that water-cooled flat-six you'll find (with difficulty, since it's installed in-line behind the cabin) in the Boxster. This one is a 2.5 litre, 204 bhp, 24-valve unit, with Variocam inlet valve timing optimising power - and especially torque - to the extent that over 80 per cent of the maximum of 245 Nm (achieved at 4500 rpm) is available as low as 1750 rpm. Drive is to the rear wheels via a five-speed transmission, either conventional manual or Porsche's Tiptronic which effectively offers a choice between full auto or clutchless manual. Water-cooling hasn't spoilt the evocative 911-style engine note. Underway, the car is fast if not tyre-burning (even in the wet, wheelspin is almost impossible to provoke thanks to the almost 50/50 weight distribution, although traction control is an option), with a claimed 0-60 in under 7 secs. The slick manual box leaves a large gap between 2nd and 3rd, but the engine is flexible enough to mask this in normal driving, while fifth gear gives a relaxed 24 mph/1000 rpm. Top speed is around 140 mph. The Boxster is a driver's delight, sure-footed and with near-neutral handling thanks to the mid-engine design. Despite relatively unsophisticated Macpherson strut suspension, it's much more driver- friendly than the 911 - not a bad thing, since Porsche hopes the car will attract many buyers new to the marque! The driving position is excellent and the power steering so good you don't even think about it, though the airbag 911 wheel is rather too big for the Boxster. The integrated instrument cluster is
pleasantly functional, the oddly calibrated speedo backed up by a digital speed readout within the central tachometer. The mid-engine means you get two boots. Flip either of the interior release levers and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the capacity, too, each looking capable of taking a full golf bag which is probably de rigueur in this market. Standard wheels are 16 inch alloys, 6J up front and 7J at the rear, with 205/55 and 225/50 tyres respectively. (Optional 17 inch rims carry 205/50 and 225/40 rubber).