2002 Porsche Boxster Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2002 Porsche Boxster from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12975 miles
Most recent distance13200 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Fantastic balanced goes where pointed

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This vehicle is everything a Porsche should be.

Acceleration smooth and constant - no 'weak' spots in the engine's range.

I've only put about 350 miles on the car but have ad the top down and this vehicle attracts attention! Alot of people stare as I go buy and the kids on my son's school bus all gave me the thumbs up when it dropped him off.

Acceleration is flawless - there is no weak spots in the engines range and I've consistently done 0-60 in less than 7 seconds [no stop watch so no exactly numbers but this is without really trying to get the numbers better.]

This was a base Boxster S - called a 'port car' by my dealer. [spent a lot of time sitting unsold at CHS] Was a 2002 - not sold til Jan 2003 - NO options - a base level car with 17" 2004 wheels and Michelin tires. Exactly what I was looking for - I don't need traction control or big computers displaying oil level and my McDonalds order, nor did I need auto headlights or heated seats or anything fancy - the car handles and accelerates the same as car with $40000 in options and certainly looks the same - yet I paid $28k for a Boxster with 2 YEARS left on the warranty and only 12975 miles at delivery. A BARGAIN and a Porsche, all at the same time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2005

2002 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3500 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLK

Summary:

A bargain

Faults:

Creaks from soft-top: seems to be common fault on 2003 model year (mountings come "dry" from factory) solved by dealer lubrication. Radio sometimes re-sets its self for no apparent reason.

General Comments:

A rare thing in the motoring world: something which lives up to the hype. The Boxster comes with a big reputation and a fair price tag so it's a pleasure to be able to report it is actually a bargain.

Firstly, it is a huge amount of fun to drive, far more so than many similar competitors. Handling and road feel are excellent and performance from the 3.2 litre engine more than adequate (although the chassis could probably take more power without alteration), the engine is very flexible and will pull from 10mph in 3rd without complaining, it is also very smooth and refined without being too quiet.

Oddly enough, it's not the sporting side of the Boxster which impresses the most because you'd expect it to be good at that. What surprises is what a very accomplished long distance, everyday car it is. The car is very refined on the motorway (03 models now have a glass screen) and the soft-top cuts out more noise than you'd expect. It is a very undemanding long distance car.

Bad points: Some of the fixtures and fittings are a bit cheap and nasty for the price, some of the (expensive) options really should be standard, the 2 year warranty is mean, the cabin is a bit short of leg room and its prone to stone chips.

Costs wise 28mpg can be achieved, 26-27mpg in regular driving although fuel consumption can increase considerably when driving hard.

Recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

14th Nov 2003, 07:47

One problem with the boxter is constantly having to explain to people why you haven't bought a 911.

16th Mar 2004, 07:01

The reason we didn't buy the 911 is that we probably couldn't afford one! But, wait a minute, not only is it half the price, the 911's engine is hanging over the rear wheels, not in the middle of the car where it should be. Hence the limited legroom in the Boxster cabin. Don't bother with the Porsche upgraded sound. Very, very disappointing and not a patch on the standard equipment in my 5 Series. Save your money! Not too upset though! I find I prefer to listen to all that fantastic engineering whirring away under one's bum. Then there's that lovely exhaust note when you stretch her legs. This is how sports cars should be!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 6 reviews