The Boxster is as practical as a two-seater can ever be. The luggage capacity is excellent for a car of this class and with the top up it is surprisingly civilised on a motorway. However, when you want to go, the engine delivers and the exhaust note past 4000 revs is hard and metallic.
On the downside, the interior is surprisingly low rent and the speedometer with its comedy typeface and 20mph increments between digits leaves you guessing your speed. You tend to use the mini digital display instead - not ideal in this Gatso-infested country of ours.
The steering and handling is as good as you would hope. If you regularly find the limits on a dry road, you need to up your life insurance.
It's so great to drive, but as an ownership proposition the Boxster falls down. The insurance and service costs are as high as you would expect.
But so what? No, the real issue is build quality. Three years and 36,000 miles later we are on our second engine (the first blew at 10,000 miles and a Google search shows we are not alone. Then the latest service has revealed rusty discs and a selection of other issues leading to an estimated £1500 bill above the service cost. The normal warranty is only 2 years and the extended warranty (£800 a year approx.) does not extend to the discs. Ouch!
The Boxster is a fine car to drive, but should you risk owning one past the two-year warranty? Given our experience, I would say no. Buy new if you must, and chop out before Porsche stop payi
Owned the car for four years. Superb driving experience - great fun. Some build quality problems. Engine oil leaks between engine and gearbox Oil seal leaks to both cam covers Failed roof mechanism Air Con failure at present. BUT WORST of all Lousy Main Dealer Support and very limited 2 year warranty only. Wanted betwenn £2-3,000 + VAT to deal with major engine problems with less that 35K miles and no Goodwill payment from porsche. Brilliant car to drive, but next fun car will be a Honda S2000. - Now they dont go wrong
I have owned a Porsche Boxster 2.7 for over three years. I bought it from new.
The car is very unreliable and I have had many very costly problems with the clutch, battery (changed twice), engine belt and brakes. This is for a car with very low milage - I only do about 5000 miles a year.
Every time it had to go back to the dealer the bill was well over £1000. The customer service I received from all London official Porsche dealers was very poor indeed. Their main concern seems to be to extract as much money out of you as possible. They would not even provide basic services such as collection and return of the car.
So think carefully when considering buying a Porsche Boxster - don't be fooled by the car's strong brand and image.
Based on my experience I will never buy a Porsche again.
These cars are superb. The quality and depth of engineering simply astound me every time I go out in it. Picked mine up from Porsche Cambridge in Jan 07 (used model, May 06 with 18" alloys, PCM, Bose, climate) and have been impressed with 29 mpg average and 33 mpg on a run!. Dealer service has been excellent (as have Guildford and Silverstone in the past).
Do not compare with a TT or SLK, Porsche are a niche brand and are about an ownership experience that other manufacturers cannot hope to emulate. Buy the newest, lowest mileage car you can afford, look at the Official Porsche Centres as they can be as cheap as independents if you shop around. Get a Porsche warranty, these can be extended for around £900 per year to save any concerns about scary bills. Whichever model you buy 2.7 or 3.2/4 S driving a car of this quality and hearing that beautiful flat six a foot behind you pull hard through to the red line makes any day feel a good one!
If you buy one well - you won't regret it.
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
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!