Porsche Boxster Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1998 Porsche Boxster 2.5

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 968


Buy one. Life is too short to dream


Brakes stopped working at 100,000km.

Needed new discs and pads all around.

Tiptonic box needed new oil (service).

Seat worn on driver's side.

Factory radio stop working at 40,000km.

Needed new roof at 80,000km. Seals went on motor, in QLD on holidays. I was told it was from the hot weather. Keep eye on that.

Oil got into spark plugs from cover gasket. Done at 100,000km service.

General Comments:

10 out of 10 marks... excellent sports car. When you're out on open roads, it comes to life the way German sports cars do. After a hard day at the office, just get into the Boxster, go for long drive, and hit the freeway just clear my head. Always take the long way home :)

Parts are cheap if you know where to shop.

Wherever I turn up to a BBQ with friends and family, people always ask me "still got that Boxster?".

The note of the motor is excellent; you can never get sick of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2012

2000 Porsche Boxster

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance140000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 306


Almost perfect sportscar


1 wheel bearing at 60,000k.

1 engine mount at 60,000k.

Oil leaks at 140,000k.

Plugs and leads at 140,000k.

General Comments:

Handling is excellent.

Performance is good, but it's not a seriously fast car.

Very reliable, has never left me stranded in 5 years of ownership.

Overall driving experience is excellent, and it still makes me smile after 5 years.

Dealer servicing and parts are both expensive.

Insurance is not too bad (Allianz) $900 per year.

Can go through tyres very quickly (12,000km).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2011

1997 Porsche Boxster 2.5

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired61196 kilometres
Most recent distance63758 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 928


As they say, "Porsche, there is no substitute"


L shape plastic under tray has cracks, trailing arms front and rear slightly worn and supposedly noisy, minor body marks, left rear brake globe blown, actuator in passenger window sometimes squeaks when window used and the engine mount has small cracks.

However these faults were detected in pre-purchase inspection. Otherwise the car is great, and just needs a really good polish and detail.

General Comments:

Overall, the car is excellent, considering 11 years old and one owner, with full service history. I had an inspection completed by a Porsche dealer and could live with the listed repairs, which were not immediate required repairs.

Considering I had everything done via the phone or Internet, then flew from Adelaide to Sydney, viewed and test drove the car and handed over the cash, then drove nearly non stop home, the car felt absolutely reliable.

The drive home was just under 1600 kms, and the car performed perfectly. Left the top down from sydney till I reached the South Australian border, brilliant.

The tiptronic is magic and gear changes very quick. I would doubt I would go back to manual, providing Porsche continue to leave the tiptronic gear change buttons on the steering wheel. In conclusion, just excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

26th Nov 2009, 16:39

I have now had the Boxster 20 months and it's still a great car to drive. Minor things have required replacing, but overall, happy considering the age of the vehicle. The distance travelled is now 79,000, so coming up to the dreaded 80,000km service, which can be rather expensive.

Have incorporated some modifications: front and rear strut braces, new performance muffler, K & N air filter, simmons wheels, heavy duty battery, LED lights and car bra.

The top needs to be replaced, mainly due to the plastic window cracking, but will replace with a glass window top.

Overall, the car is really good to drive and the economy is still excellent, 650 out of a tank with average driving.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews