1998 Porsche Boxster Roadster 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Value for money in the Australian market. An all time classic


Haven't had it long. Got it as a birthday gift from my wife.

Looking at service history paperwork:

Spark plug fault.

Alarm system fault.

Rain got in under the seat, and water logged the main control unit.

Replaced soft top. Some low life cut the soft top with a hunting knife.

General Comments:

All I can say is wow. A dream come true. An all time classic with modern technology. Smooth lines and endless heritage. Boxer motor sounds excellent, 10 out of 10.

Leather seats are quality, plus I am 6 foot 3, and feel it has great head space and leg room.

RPM in the middle is just like true sports car.

Shares 90% of its parts with its big brother 911 (996).

Boot (trunk) space is excellent front and rear. Great for a weekend getaway.

Very cool sports car. If you're a very shy person, don't get one. You will be getting a lot of attention. Cool :☺

Life is too short; buy a Boxster. If you live in England, it's £2500 for a Boxster; they're as cheap as chips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2016

16th Jan 2016, 17:15

Totally agree with your review, these are excellent cars. Great value for money at just a few thousand as well. I remember when these first came out, they were laughed at by some as "what you buy if you cant afford a 911", but nowadays they are respected by those in the know as a genuine sports car in every way.

28th Sep 2018, 21:44

Nothing like a car gift from a wife or parents. That’s an incredible feeling. Not a hand me down, meaning one they picked out for you. I bought my mom (dad passed) a nice car not long ago and surprised her for all she did for me when I was younger. Giving it back or away puts some real purpose on why we are really here. Congratulations, she must really care for you!

1998 Porsche Boxster 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand


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

28th Sep 2018, 06:58

So where in Australia do you find cheap parts, for a 986?

This would be helpful for someone who does not know.

I own a 986.

1998 Porsche Boxster 1.8 from North America


Fun little car


The Cruise Control does not work.

General Comments:

This car is fairly quick, depending on how much weight, humidity, etc.

The handling is excellent, especially with traction control. When the back end slides, the traction control will kick in at the exact point that I need to go straight.

The hardtop is a definite plus. The car has a total different look depending on if you have the hard top, soft top, or no top!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2004

12th Aug 2004, 23:27

Boxter doesn't have a 1.8ltr engine! LOL.

1998 Porsche Boxster 2.5 from UK and Ireland


A fun and cheap way to own a legend


I tried lowering the roof when it was 2 degrees outside, and cracked the rear window. Porsche then said I had to buy a whole new roof, rather than just the window.

2 Days after purchase, my rear tyre blew at 100MPH on the M25, sending me careering across 3 lanes.

The roof lowering mechanism stopped working after a couple of years, turned out to be a cut wire.

The fact that the car can do 140 MPH got me banned from driving in the UK.

General Comments:

The handling is excellent, but I would appreciate a bit more grunt in the 0 - 60, which is why I am building an Ultima GTR at the moment. This car does give off a lot of sex appeal though, and if you want a car that can make women drop their pants, this is it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2002

30th Jan 2003, 00:36

Well I would probably agree that this type of woman should be avoided, only... that's sort of how I met my husband!

I saw this cute lookin' guy drive in to the service station and I started talking to him (and marveling at his Astra convertible!!) and I gave him my number and he called me and asked me out...

We are now VERY happily married... and so ends the enchanting tale from Australia!!!

22nd Sep 2006, 08:51

Do they really drop there pants, i need to change my car pronto and get me a boxter, then again I'm in enough bother as it is.

16th Dec 2006, 23:28

I'm going to buy a porsche jest to get the ladies and I'm only seventeen and geting a porsche.WOW.

19th Jan 2008, 17:46

It is a charming car with superb handling. I crashed it two times.. surprisingly still alive. And oh, if a car could have a smiley face on it... this is it!