2001 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 from North America


One rolling piece of trash


I love the Porsche, but there is a time you have such a large loss you need to let it go.

Porsche dealerships can't resolve problems. Transmission trouble, replaced 5k in parts and still have the same issues. Just picked it up from the Porsche dealership and the engine went out 300 miles later.

The Boxster is good for 60k, but after 80k or no warranty you are riding on luck.

I think the more you stay out of the Porsche repair shop, the better the car runs. I just wish it ran good for 110k miles.

Looks like the Boxster is only good for about 60k miles. I should have never bought this car; to think I sold my 98 BMW M3 to get this rolling pile of junk.

General Comments:

The car is great. I love the car, it looks great, it has been fun, but at 2500.00 break downs the car has to go. This month 2500, last month 2000.00, and now a head gasket, I've got to get rid of this car at any loss.

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

Review Date: 16th March, 2008

2001 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Awesome (but so far at a price)


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 from UK and Ireland


An amazing everyday sportscar


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