2002 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 from UK and Ireland

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!

2002 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 from Netherlands

Summary:

Heaven on earth

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

What an abosolute dream car! Two years ago when I first stepped into my tuned Audi S3 I thought this was heaven on earth.

But now I know there is more. The Boxster S is the absolute best car I have ever driven in. (includes 911/ BMW M5 etc/ Audi RS4 etc). It starts with the incredible need shape. If utopia would have a shape... it would look like a Boxster.

Turn the key and the roaring engine makes you shiver time and time again.

In other words...heaven!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2002

22nd Nov 2006, 17:03

Dude, get a life and buy a real car. Trade in your car and get a 2005 mustang gt. One word faster.

23rd Nov 2006, 08:34

Three more words about the gt: better value, classier.

1st Feb 2007, 10:41

I had to laugh!

As 99.9% of Europeans using this site will testify: the words Mustang and Class are mutually exclusive!

The view over here of what makes a good car is totally different to that of our North American friends, and never the twain shall meet!

You only have to look at the number of actual American-built cars that get driven outside the 50 states....

Enough said! (Dudes)

1st Feb 2007, 11:47

Americans love cheaply made gas guzzlers that accelerate and do little else. That's why SUVs are so popular and "cross overs" are becoming equally popular.

14th Feb 2007, 21:32

The "S" is an amazing machine by Porsche! Just picked up mine the other day and I am blown away! I had a 99 Boxster before and there is no comparison! Screw Mustangs!!! Porsche There is no Substitute!

15th Feb 2007, 09:01

A lot of girls own this car.

15th Feb 2007, 13:57

'A lot of girls own this car.'

Yes, well done. But the vast majority are owned by men...FACT.

16th Feb 2008, 21:35

Mustang! hahaha. You rent those at the airport.

30th Jul 2010, 23:29

Mustang GT? I was laughing when I read that comment, I almost fell off my chair. That must be a joke!

How do you compare?

A Mustang is a box with a big engine. That's it; where as a Boxster is engineering at its best. But who knows!

Mustangs! Yes, you press the gas and hear the engine, but they are probably among the most dangerous crappy cars in the world. Dry or wet, the car can be out of control. Very clumsy car. I have seen many accidents with Mustangs; they should be banned.

I can go on and on, but it's not worth it, there is no comparison.

24th Aug 2010, 12:55

Can't believe people are actually comparing a Porsche to a Ford. It's like comparing a Mercedes to a Malibu. Euro cars and even Japanese cars are truly amazing to drive and they are not just very responsive, but they can handle like they're on rails. What was that thing about Ford I was reading? Oh yeah it was like this... Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if it weren't for Ford, our tools would be rust.