I had a 3.2S 987 05 model, and a 2.7 986 03 model before that. The 986 2.7 was a lovely well balanced car, but needed a bit extra power, the 987 3.2 S duly delivered!
The new shape Boxster S really is the best Porsche you can buy. At £38,000 plus options it is far from cheap, but it represents superb value for money.
The interior on the new Boxster is much improved, though still sqeaks and rattles are present, but you even get these on an Aston costing three times as much, so I can't grumble.
Running costs aren't too bad. Insurance will be pretty high, but fuel economy isn't terrible - I managed about 27mpg on a mixture of roads. Service intervals are the same as the 911: every two years of 24,000 miles, so that's reasonable.
Equipment levels on the 3.2S model are good, but for a car of this value, to pay extra for climate control (around £300) is a bit mean of Porsche.
Where this car really excels is in roof-down driving. I really miss the buzz of driving the Boxster S on a crisp night with the roof down. It is one of the most balanced cars on the road, and the S has 280bhp, providing plenty of straight line poke that my 2.7 lacked slightly.
In summary, if you're after a Boxster, the new shape 3.2 is the one to go for. 0-62mph in 5.5secs is all the power you will really need on UK roads. It's an excellent car. Don't listen to the 'cheap Porsche' jibes, these cretins do not understand the Porsche product range - a very different car to its 911 brethren, but
Driving is fun with the roof off (in any weather - just buy a hat!) and just listen to the motor.
Handling can be a bit lively when you are pushing it hard, with the front end washing out. Softer tyres cures the problem. The back end spins around if you are not careful, but drive it as it was designed to be driven. If you want to mince around, then buy a Mini or a Mazda MX5. If you want confort, buy a Mercedes.
This car costs an arm and a leg to run, but drive it properly to get value for money. If you can't afford it or have lost your sense of excitement, don't buy one. This is not an investment, it's a cute little sports car. Buy it for the right reasons.
Very good to drive.
The ability to open and close the roof on the move is perhaps the major advantage over the last model-especially if you live in the Glasgow area -given our changeable weather.
Heater in latest car is much better than in previous model and the plastics seem to be of higher quality.
I have not had any maintenance costs with this or the last car (an 04 model) other than a damaged tyre related to a badly-maintained road near Saint Andrews. The long service interval is good.
Fuel economy is not a major consideration given my annual mileage in this car of 4000 to 5000 miles but at around 28 mpg is fine.
Surprisingly practical with the 2 well-shaped boots and the new model affords more legroom for tall drivers although another couple of inches of legroom would be welcome.
Excellent roadholding as one would expect.
Overall,I am very happy with the car.
I purchased my Boxster S (2002 model) in October 2001 brand new. This is the fourth and last new Porsche I will buy, due the increasing unreliability, high depreciation, poor and expensive service (my local Porsche centre: £99 per hour).
My dealer is sloppy, indifferent and have damaged my car on no less than three occasions when it has been in on one of its 15 warranty claim visits, as well as service visits. I am now on my fourth set of horns, there have been problems with the stereo/CD system, there are squeaks in the steering column, there has been an internal collapse of the driver's seat, and it has had three replacement clutch return springs.
The car has also needed rectification of the randomly activated climate control system, leaking crankshaft oil seals, leaking cam covers, and replacement of the Boxster S logo on the boot, not to mention a replacement door speaker, refitting of the retaining strap on the driver's door, and replacement of both door lock assemblies, membranes and door lock cards - the list goes on and on.
My most recent bill (21/11/2005) at 29,987 miles was when the intermediate shaft and bearing failed in the engine at 4mph and cost £3344.79 to repair. Porsche Cars GB grudgingly contributed £873.71 in parts - I ask you, after only 30,000 miles!
I have had my car back for only three days, but the quality of Porsche's work was so bad (as is their total lack of quality control) that they had to strip the engine again and rebuild a piston
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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!