Used Porsche Boxster 2004 - 2012 review

Category: Sports car

The Porsche Boxster looks great, drives beautifully and is reliable

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Used Porsche Boxster 2004 - 2012 review
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What's the used Porsche Boxster sports like?

Just when the competition was starting to catch the original Porsche Boxster, this harder, faster, better and stronger version was released.

Porsche said that 80% of the car was all-new, even though it looked pretty similar to the previous-generation model.


The Porsche Boxster looks great, drives beautifully and is reliable

  • A fantastic sports car at a realistic price
  • Running costs are high

The existing engines were modified to produce more power, with the 2.7-litre up by 12bhp to 237bhp, while the 3.2-litre S model was increased by 20bhp to 276bhp.

The Boxster's trademark fine handling was retained, while Porsche also worked to improve the car's practicality and comfort. The hood was redesigned and included extra insulation to make it quieter at higher speeds. The Boxster even has reasonable luggage space, with two storage compartments.

This is a sports car that can use every day and it's inherently reliable, so it shouldn't let you down.

Ownership cost

What used Porsche Boxster sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Porsche Boxster sports?

It's a Porsche, so if you're going to do things properly you'll have to dig deep.

Servicing is vital and, with newer cars, it's best to stick with a Porsche dealer - especially if you're still in the original warranty period. Specialist independent maintenance is acceptable, as long as they use original Porsche parts. The good news is that the schedule calls for work only every 18,000 miles.

All models sit in insurance group 43-48, so premiums are going to be sizeable.

Fuel economy is acceptable, however, with 30.4mpg from the 2.7 and 26.6mpg from the 3.2.

The Boxster's running costs will be higher that its rivals', but it's the best driver's car of the bunch and has great resale values, so it's worth the extra.

Our recommendations

Which used Porsche Boxster sports should I buy?

The 2.7-litre engine feels fast enough for most people but, if you want more, the 3.2 S model will fit the bill.

In mid 2006, the 2.7-litre was increased to 245bhp, before being replaced by a 252bhp 2.9-litre. The 3.2-litre was replaced with a 291bhp 3.4-litre in mid-2006, and this was given a 15bhp power increase itself in 2009, to 306bhp.

A new six-speed manual gearbox had a positive action and a slick change. As before, however, the Tiptronic automatic 'box blunted the performance and satisfaction of the drive. With this in mind, the 3.2 S with the manual gearbox is considered to be the ultimate version.

In late 2008, Porsche introduced its smooth twin-clutch PDK automatic gearbox, which is both efficient and enjoyable to use.

The active suspension option does improve the handling, but does nothing for the ride quietly, so we'd avoid it.

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