2001 Porsche Boxster Reviews from UK and Ireland

2001 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 petrol

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carAudi A6

Summary:

Awesome (but so far at a price)

Faults:

Front disks/pads replaced at 18000 miles.

Rear nearside wheel bearing replaced at 22000 miles.

General Comments:

This car lives up to all expectations.

Performance, handling and looks are truly awesome.

We managed to buy the car from a family friend with only 16000 miles on and full Porsche main dealer history, so I am quite happy that it is genuine.

The price I paid reflected the fact that the car was due a major service and full set of tires.

This work was all completed at (I think) reasonable cost.

During the service I was informed that new front disks and pads were required due to corrosion on the inside of the disks. Pads are 'consumables' and obviously wear which is expected. I am no mechanic and not in a position to question a Porsche trained mechanic!

We've just returned from a 3000 mile trip across Europe where the Boxster was an absolute dream. Surprisingly, the car offers loads of luggage space for two people.

However, on our return journey, the back end developed a whine which has now been diagnosed as a wheel bearing and is going to cost a tidy amount to replace. Is this amount of ongoing maintenance/repair costs to be expected.

I am now starting to panic that I have bought a car (as good as it is!) that I simply can't afford to own.

Any comments? (or reassurance)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th July, 2005

27th Jul 2005, 04:26

Congratulations. The Boxster is a good car. However, cars these days can get expensive to fix. And we're not just talking Euro here, even Japanese economy family sedans can cost a bundle to fix with brand-new original parts. Plus, the labour just to get to that part! Porsche is, from surveys I have read including the ADAC car club survey in Germany, the most reliable German brand, so you can only do your best, get a car with a full service history, follow the recommended service intervals, and everything else is luck of the draw.

Cars these days have electronics (whose solder will eventually crack), motors (for everything from mirrors to air conditioning vent flaps), etc. regardless of the brand. Best you start researching on good specialist independent mechanics, and join a club. That way, you can get to exchange info with other owners.

2001 Porsche Boxster 2.7

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles
Previous carVolvo 960

Summary:

An amazing everyday sportscar

Faults:

At 12,000 miles, the car broke down in Italy due to a faulty cooling system vale. However, the service from Porsche was expedient and after a free nights hotel stay it was motoring again.

General Comments:

The 2.7 Boxster, on paper, is far from the fastest in its sector, however it is the best handling by a wide margin.

Grip is amazing and balance even better, making it very forgiving in the situations you sometimes encounter when you enjoy driving - even in the wet.

Having covered more than 17,000 miles in the car in the past 18 months, many of these on French and Italian mountain roads, I can truly saw that this is also one of the most versatile and comfortable long distance cars I have ever driven.

Even after 500+ miles trips you do not feel 'beaten', as I have experienced in other sportscars.

Luggage space is ample for even a couple of weeks of driving holiday, though the capacity for bulky souvenirs will be limited.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews