2002 Porsche Boxster S from UK and Ireland - Comments

1st Apr 2004, 08:25

I don't know about the Porsche sound system, but my 2003 Boxster S has the Bose 10 speaker system (10 speakers in that little cabin!) and it sounds great.

Nevertheless, I still turn it DOWN to hear the real music just a few cm behind my head! By the way the facelift (glass rear screen models) have a re-tuned exhaust for more noise. Delicious!

A simply superb car that, when driven hard, brings tingles to my spine - not sure if it's the handling or the soundtrack, probably a bit of both.

8th Jan 2006, 15:43

I can afford a 911 and bought a boxster...Why? The box is a no brainer to handle, its perfectly balanced... The 911 is REAR not like its mid engined boxster brother, it's a totally different car..

31st Mar 2006, 18:36

Slow for a porsche. My pal's bought a 3.2 S version and we though it would be quick until I sailed past him in my Astra Turbo. We were both surprised as I thought Porsche was meant to be performance bound. Fair enough, my Astra ain't standard, but it's only running 220bhp. What's the Boxter meant to be?

17th Apr 2006, 14:34

0-60 mph in 5 seconds is slow to you?

1365kg/220Bhp Your car

1320kg/256Bhp Boxster S.

Seems that the math above would indicate that your friend isn't a very good driver?

16th May 2006, 05:30

Don't make me laugh, I doubt your mate was even trying to race you in your pooey Astra Turbo. The Boxster S is a very quick car and I'd agree with the chap above who said it is safer to drive. The Boxster is more forgiving than the 911, but still very fun to drive and very quick!

19th Apr 2008, 16:01

Got to say, as quick as these are when I see them on the road, I can't help but think it's the runt of the Porsche range, and that it's somebody paying too much money for a badge rather than a car. These are hideous cars, which look like they don't know if they are coming or going, with a boot which looks the same as the front, as though Porsche got bored and only designed half a car, then just copied it for the other end and stuck them together.

20th Jul 2008, 15:42

I've had the 2.7 and 3.2 Engine versions. I'm 6-1 and my back pains me... but I managed well with both these cars on a daily basis.

The 2.7 was the first one and the love of my life. Drove it from Belfast to Tuscany on one of the best holidays I ever had.

The 3.2 was over specced and had auto gearbox (I am getting old) so it was the SECOND love of my life.

I have only one complaint about these cars and that is that they need a noisier exhaust.

3rd Sep 2008, 11:05

Agreed the exhaust not on my 2002 is way too quiet. (that coming from an old Mustang and Harley rider)

I also have the tiptronic which makes the car seem a little pokey compared to the old American muscle cars that I am used to off the line. Counterpoint - when I look down at the beautiful white backlit speedo' the MPH are way above what I expect, so the speed is deceiving compared to the sense of speed I'm feeling. Hitting the steering wheel button and putting it into first helps, but its traction control keeps me from lighting them up. (again a muscle car trick that is not needed with this car)

I'm 6'2" and have ample room in the cockpit, even on long back road trips. The fit and finish of this car are way above anything else for the price. The handling is far superior to even what I would have expected - the more I drive it and test it, the better it performs. I would love to get this on a road track.

I wonder about the only complaint I have with this car. With the top up I hear a constant "gear" type noise. First I put it off on the big wide Michelin tires. Maybe it's just the belts and drives on that balanced engine I'm sitting against? But, could it be the drive-train? Is it common? People who know what they are talking about, please respond. Do I need to get this looked at or is it just me trying to find something wrong with this almost perfect automobile?

27th Nov 2008, 21:55

I just drove this car today with the top down, didn't hear any sort of abnormal noise. The ride was great and comfortable. I really don't know what to say about your gear sound, I certainly didn't hear anything like that. By the why this car is meant to take turns fast, so find some S turns and enjoy.

15th Feb 2009, 15:31

I just bought a 2002 Porsche Boxster S. I can hardly put into words the exhilaration I feel when I drive this car. It fits my 5' 7" 150lb frame like a glove. The sound when I rev it up above 5000rpm is nothing short of amazing. Every time I drive it I feel like I'm driving a race car. The handling is impeccable, the simple instrument panel refreshing. It's quiet when you need it to be and it ROARS when you push it. I've taken turns marked 40mph at 90mph and feel totally in control. I'm glad I got the six speed, as it makes it that much more fun to drive. Everyone I've taken in the car for a spin out the back roads (northern California) has commented on the speed and handling. I love this car. Have I said that I love this car? I was writing this and had to take it out for another spin. btw I love this car :-)

6th Nov 2009, 20:13

Someone made the comment 3/4 the way through his write up that "With the top up I hear a constant "gear" type noise". I have an 02' Boxster S (which I LOVE) and I could not figure out what it was and it drove me nuts! It turned out that it was the rear CV Joint. No big deal on most cars, but when this happens with the Boxster, the entire axle has to be replaced. -Nick T.

16th Dec 2009, 09:52

Actually the 0-60 is 5.5 sec, which is still quick!!

I'd rather it be truthful than say it's faster than it is (3.2 S by the way). The 3.2 is 5.7, but unless you're the Stig then you ain't gonna tell!!

12th Jan 2010, 05:23

I currently have a BMW Z3 and will be upgrading the car to a Porsche Boxster. Should I get a Porsche Boxster S 3.2 or a 2.7 manual? I might get the S model because I may regret getting the 2.7 edition. Is there much difference economy wise? Any good advice will be much appreciated.

26th Feb 2010, 11:09

I just replaced my Jaguar 4.2 S Type R with a Boxster S. the Porsche wins in all departments hands down. And for those who say it's a poor mans Porsche, this may be, but at least I have a PORSCHE.

24th Apr 2010, 21:18

I just bought a used 2002 Porsche Boxster S that is in near perfect condition. Every part of this vehicle is perfect.

I put new high performance tires on it and it tracks like an Indy car. It has great speed and cruises up to 100 m.p.h. in nothing flat.

The car is also an eye catcher. I am getting comments about it every time I step out of the car.

The automatic top goes up in down in no time and hides carefully under the rear panel. Everything in the passenger area is top grade with a great radio and CD player.

I have another car, and will keep this for ever just driving it on nice days. This is the best wheels I've every had, including three English sports cars.

John G.