2003 Porsche Boxster Reviews

2003 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Amazing performance and handling, amazing!

Faults:

I don't get enough time to drive it! But seriously this car is faultless.

General Comments:

Roundabouts will never be the same again, this car handles and drives like its on rails. Its such a practical car as due to its mid engined design, the car has TWO boots, which easily swallow a weeks shopping for two with ease...

Dealer services are expensive, but given the lack of massive depreciation on this car, this kind of ofsets it... Service though from the dealer is excellent, collect and return etc etc..

For those that say "you can't afford a 911 and that's why you bought this"...They're two very different cars, the engines in a different place, the handling is different, its like comparing chalk with cheese.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2006

2003 Porsche Boxster S 3.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance2500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta GLX VR6

Summary:

A keeper

Faults:

There have been no service issues with the car.

General Comments:

The interior is reasonable, nothing out of sorts for a modern vehicle. Porsche will make you put line items in for little doodads you might not expect. E.g. variable wind-shield wiper speed. The fit and finish overall is excellent. What plastic bits there are have a nice texture to them. However this isn't a luxury vehicle.

The ride can only be experienced. Well, I'll take a shot: Do you remember ever driving a go-kart? How when you turned the wheel the kart just went that way? That's how this car drives. Everything feels "linear" in the sense that you get no suprises and things feel "right". This is by nature a more "hard" riding car. But on the highway it feels pliant enough to not shake your fillings out on a long trip. I had an SUV from Mazda that I refused to drive long distances in... but this car is either so fun that I don't notice, or has better overall feel on the highway.

The power of the 2003 Boxster S is great. The car seems to change character on you at about 4.5 to 5K RPM. It goes from subtle to freaky fast very quickly at that point.

The brakes are astoundingly good "feeling". You can brake hard and still get a lot of information... It is hard to describe, but I can only say they seem "linear". Not grabby or pulsy.

Sure there are faster/quicker cars on the market... but the total package here is beautiful, fast, and furious if you want it to be.

I would have no problems recommending this vehicle to a family member!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2003

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews