2000 Porsche Boxster 2.7 from Finland


My personal Miami Vice


At 115 000 km, the convertible top's rear plastic window suffered a 15cm cut. Hint: be very careful, and help to fold the window with your hands when lowering the convertible top. Do not trust the automatic mechanism 100%, especially when the plastic window is old and fragile. There aren't too many places or options to repair plastic windows or whole convertible tops in Finland; costs a lot of money either way you take care of it, but amazingly I managed to patch the cut with strong and transparent packaging tape, from both sides. Endures rain, opening and closing the top, and winter. Some might say the cut is blasphemy, but it doesn't bother me at all, and it can hardly be seen from a small distance. And besides, you cannot see it at all when the top is down.

At 118 000 km, some sort of small iron sound absorber around the exhaust pipe became loose, and made a rattle. Very easy to locate and tighten.

The small black plastic base of the ignition lock cylinder broke down at 120 000 km, and the key was stuck inside for a couple of days. Malfunctioned the central locking, too. You could still start, stop and drive the car though, and lock the doors manually. Very annoying, but fortunately the part was the same as in old German cars like Audi and VW. The part said "Made In West Germany", so similar parts have been around for a while, haha. Cost only 16 eur (the base part) + 1-2 hours work. After the repair, the central locking was OK again.

General Comments:

The summer in Finland can be very warm and beautiful. Had a chance to drive it with the top open almost every day, at least most times of the day.

It's early December now that I'm writing this. I didn't really know what to expect for the Porsche vs the winter in Finland. I had a block heater + interior heater plug installed just recently, which made the driving in the winter just amazing. The car is already warm, both the engine and from the inside, when you start up. The car handles very well in the snow, the traction is good, since the weight of the middle engine is mostly on top of the rear drive wheels, and the wheels/rims are very wide.

Mirror heaters are a bit slow for the winter in Finland, but they work, and that's luxury for me at least.

This Boxster is just fantastic for a 13 year old car. Well of course, the mileage is quite low, it helps. The technics and quality beat all of my previous used cars 10-0. So far, I haven't seen any wear whatsoever. The engine works, the electrics work, everything works. But, you have to study and follow the maintenance program, it's worth it. Take care, and listen to your Porsche.

The best part is the sound of the engine when accelerating, even just a bit, I just love it, everybody seems to.

Dear reader, if you are considering of buying an oldish Boxster, please do not hesitate to ask anything from me. I read carsurvey.org every now and then, let's say, once or twice a month. I'm not an expert on technics, but I have had a lot of used cars in my lifetime.

What more can I say... I drive a Porsche to work every day, the others don't.

No regrets.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2013

2000 Porsche Boxster from Australia and New Zealand


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