Trying to keep this short - Got a 3.2S (03 plate). What a brilliant car. I bought it as a 3yr old from an independent dealer. Initially I needed a new battery and after a couple of track days at Donnington I needed new brake wear sensors (fried). But from then on I have had no problems and I use it as my daily ride. When I go away on business the first thing I look forward to is picking it up and driving it home from the airport.
My 03 version is looking old fashioned inside compared to new cars - but nothing rattles or is broken.
As you would expect fuel consumption is poor 22mpg - but what do you expect.
Cost of running is high but not bad. I use an independent garage. Rear tyres need changing annually at £450 a pair.
I upgraded to a 2001 S in 2004 after writing off my 968.I bought it in the trade for 27.5k! To dispell some of the depreciation myths, this car at 50k miles now has a trade value of £12350!these cars will "find a value" - you'll never see a £3k one - so a good one will never drop much below, say £8k - cheap motoring ahead (my 968 worked out one of the cheapest cars I've ever owned because of this). To drive, it's sublime, The exhaust note changes over 4000rpm, the handling is superb (in the dry), and the boot space is great for a 2str convertible. The main dealers are absolutely top notch (and only £80hr!! - our local merc dealership is £140). Plenty of specialists too. Sadly, build quality is not quite what it was on earlier cars(main dealer words too) - how you get from 1992 968 new at £38k to 1998 boxster at £30k. Bits of my dash trim started to fall off after 2 years - superglue is not a great look. It also eats pads and discs - a breathtaking £1200 from the dealers. A nice man from porsche HQ told me there was a design "niggle" - there is a groove in the calipers that holds water, so the discs simply corrode - the tip was to "brake like you're on a race track" to dry them out - sounds fun on the morning commute! Still now down to £300 a pair from specialists. All in all, would I have another - oh yes. Spend £12k now,use a specialist.In 5+yrs, you'll still get £8k back - not something the owners of a new focus could say! And it might be a little more fun to own...
Went to a Land Rover dealer to buy a wheel cover for my girlfriend's Defender and came out with a px'd Porsche Boxster S instead - that took some explaining! Having previously owned an SLK, Honda S2000 and Audi TT, the Boxster was the obvious logical next car and hasn't disappointed in 20k miles of ownership. Build quality has proven first class with no problems at all in over a year of daily driving. More passenger space (i'm 6'1" by the way) and carrying capacity than any of the previous cars listed, the Boxster still looks fresh and polishes up like new. Air Con, cruise, CD upgrade and heated seats came with the car and are well worth having. Feel at the wheel is alive and responsive with running costs to a large degree dictated by the weight of your right foot. Ability to eat rear tyres every 6 months and a corresponding appetite for brake pads are the flip side of a nicely balanced engine and chassis which tend to lead the driver to the dark side. Economy wise - 28 mpg is easily achievable and servicing costs less than for my previous TT. Tiptronic gearbox is a taste thing - personally I find it very responsive and usable but some will still prefer a fully manual shift. Interior is standard Porsche - not the car's best point (but better than equivalent age 911s). Huge daily smile factor without massive outlay - nothing else comes close. Now I really must buy that Landrover wheel cover...
I bought this car from new in June 2004 after a four-month waiting list. It was a fabulous experience driving to Italy and back that summer and into the Alps the following winter.
It will cruise all day on the autobahn at 120mph. The biggest shock, and disappointment, was a catastrophic engine bearing failure at 22,000 miles, but a complete new engine was slotted in under warranty without fuss or quibble from my Porsche dealer.
It eats rear tyres if you are a spirited driver like me, and whatever you do, make sure they are Pilot Sports for the best handling. Treat this car with respect in the wet; in the dry it will keep a 911 very honest through the twisty stuff. Leather upholstery, air-conditioning and the fabulous Bose sound system are 'must-haves'.
I loved it so much I also now have a 2006 model alongside it!
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!