2002 Porsche Boxster User Reviews

2002 Porsche Boxster Review Ratings

  • Review your car

Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 3 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 13 2002 Porsche Boxster reviews.

Francis writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Porsche, fast, handling

Cons

none

275

Splendid — This is the best car I've driven. The Porsche dealer invited me back in 2002 to drive a brand new Boxster 2.7 with 228bhp. I took it for a drive of a few hours on a hot and sunny summer day. With the top open, I became hopelessly addicted to that marvellous boxer engine just behind your right ear. Especially when downshifting with a blip, the sound is really really really beautiful. I wonder why there is actually a stereo in this car. Toss it out, you won't need it. Being a Porsche, the performance is respectable. Not the fastest, but fast enough to hold of any GTI driver that thinks that a Boxster "is not a real Porsche". Think again. The ride is especially worthwhile mentioning. It is incredible how comfortable this car is on even the worst surfaces (Belgium remember?). The car's reactions are always smooth and efficient without becoming cheesy. On the other hand, the handling is sublime. With the engine in the middle, it has almost as much traction as a 911, but it has a better weight distribution. Unfortunately it has no limited slip differential available (Ordnung muss sein, says big brother 911). The cost of ownership is reasonable considering the resale value of the car reducing greatly the amortisation. A French speaking Belgian journalist once summarized it: "Une petite Porsche, c'est déjà une grande voiture."

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Boxster
Looking for a Used Boxster in your area?
CarGurus has 1,720 nationwide Boxster listings starting at $6,495.
ZIP:
Mark writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Handling is superb. Build quality.

Cons

One day I might replace the window with the glass version found in
the facelift model. In the meantime - keep the roof down! 996 is no
contest for looks.. but a 993 would win.

105

The Best Fun You Can Have With Your Roof Down. — J Clarkson has this one wrong. Being the faster version of the market entry model for the Porsche brand, and now having to live with uprated newer peers, might to some be a bit like being fifth in line to the throne and dropping with every new birth. But that is missing the point - this car has top quality breeding and it shows. A 911 cab just does not look right - it was designed to be a hard top. This car was designed to have its roof down at any available opportunity. And if you've driven a 911 round country bends you know where the engine is. A mid-engined Boxster had wonderful balance and handling. Whilst I might be tempted to trade up to clear lights - I still prefer the older styling Boxster. For me, the newer versions are given an aggression not needed for a car with such finesse.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
GermanCarFanMA writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Base Review
Cargo Capacity:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Helps the driver seem more skilled than they probably are; unbeatable top-down driving experience through New England on a nice day; accommodates a surprising amount of stuff in the two trunks

Cons

Power is more-than-adequate, but not as powerful as the S; needs a 6th gear for more relaxed highway driving; two-seat roadster configuration limits how often I can use it

GermanCarFanMA
215

Reasonably-priced, Top-down Fun — Like many of us, I had always wanted a Porsche. Like many of us, I had always wanted a convertible. Like many of us, I couldn't afford to spend a fortune on a car. This 2002 Porsche Boxster was my answer. As the least expensive model in the Porsche line-up, a low mileage 986/987 Boxster can be found for no more than a new family car. But it drives and handles and brings a huge grin to your face far more than any typical family car out there! There's a couple of things you should know: - The non-S version feels quick, but it isn't outright fast. Power is more-than-adequate 95% of the time. For comparison, it's much faster than a 328i, but a bit slower than a 335i. - Handling is just as good as the S version. In fact, this car makes you look like a much better driver than your really are. Mid-engine layout pays off big here. - You'll pay a lot less (both in purchase and in maintenance/repairs) for the non-S. Porsche repairs can be VERY expensive. - If you do a lot of highway cruising (not really the point of this car), you'll wish the non-S had the S's 6-speed. - This is NOT a family car. If you have kids or a spouse, you can only choose one passenger at a time. This can be limiting. - This is NOT a winter car. It's a great 2nd (if you are single) or 3rd (if you are married) car, but I store mine when the salt comes out. If you live where it snows, it's a 3-season car at best. - There are two trunks. No kidding. If you pack well, you can bring whatever you need for that long weekend (short of a set of golf clubs), and it'll fit. Try that in a Z3/Z4, SLK or S2000. I've had this Porsche for 7 years (purchased CPO), and for the right occasions, it's perfect. I only wish that between work and family and travel and lousy weather, there were more of those occasions.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Sharon writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Base Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Beautiful

Cons

None I can think of.........

75

Valkyrie, My Porsche Boxster — This car still brings a smile to my face when I start it. Still pretty new with only 23,000 miles on it. Of course it is garaged all winter. Love taking highway exits without braking. It might not have as much horsepower as a 911 but I like the way it handles better than a 911. I averaged 21 mpg this weekend. Not too far off my RAV but much better ride!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
crustydriver writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Base Review
Cargo Capacity:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Porsche classic in appearance, same in many details, to their 911 model.
With the engine's weight centered in the car's length, handling is nearly perfect.
Responsiveness of throttle, steering and brakes is so good that I have never lost the sense that I was solidly in control of the car.  It always goes where I want it to go.

Cons

For arthritics like me, getting in and out can be a nuisance sometimes.

crustydriver
65

Great Fun To Drive! — I like driving this car because it always brings something positive to the experience. It is not a car that pleases the driver who is more interested in convenience, sound system or ease. Like all Porsche cars, it is sublimely successful at meeting the design ideals that require man/machine harmony.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
crustydriver writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Base Review
Cargo Capacity:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Very fun to drive, anywhere, any day.

Cons

Getting in and out (I'm 73) gets old once in a while.

crustydriver
65

Extremely Well Planned And Built. — The experience of driving this car has always been exhilirating, due to its immediate response to any input at the wheel and pedals. It goes, stops and turns exactly where I want it to be. I always feel safe in this car because I know that I am in control and can stay away from trouble.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Laura writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Base Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Handles like  dream

Cons

Stereo

45

Fun, Sporty, Fast — Love this car, it's fun to drive and handles like a dream. Maintenance is a bit costly, but does not require oil changes as frequently as many cars. The stock stereo system could use some inprovements. It's a great car to take out on weekends - definitely catches other driver's attention!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
homeboy981 writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Warranty:
Overall:
1

Pros

Handling
Cool Factor

Cons

Poor Quality
Poor IMS Design - causes the engine to tear itself apart.

homeboy981
45

Boxster S Not Worth It! — I went 13,000 miles in my 2002 Porsche Boxster S before the IMS bearing gave way and tore the engine apart! Poor design! How can Porsche advertize "Perfection"? This car is junk and the manufacturer should bear financial and mechanical responsibility for their failures to their customers! I had wanted a Porsche all my life and had saved to make that dream a reality. Except it was a more of a nightmare! The car costs more for everything - since it is mid-engine car (great handling) you will be handing the repair techs your wallet! A new engine costs almost as much as the car. No wonder this car has gone down in value....STAY AWAY!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
sfdjdave writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
Cargo Capacity:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Best handling car I've owned, like driving on rails

Cons

Maintenance is not cheap

sfdjdave
25

New Porsche Owner. Now I Know What It's All About — This car is really fun to drive. It's the best handling vehicle I've owned. The styling is timeless. The acceleration is great. Most of all, I love the fact that it's a convertible. I would recommend the Boxster to anyone looking for a really fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
magas1948 writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster Base Review
Cargo Capacity:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Beautiful design, great workmanship, quality machine.

Cons

Repairs can be expensive

magas1948
25

Classic Sports Car — The vehicle has nice handling, acceleration and driving feel. A very sexy automobile and a joy to drive. Sophisticated eye catching ride. You are able to travel at 70+ with the top down no problem. Smooth ride with independent suspension.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 13 2002 Porsche Boxster reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2013 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Love It, And You Owe It To Yourself To Drive This Car. Most Affordable Latest Model From Porsche. By Porschenut

Superb handling - 40% more rigidity than prior model still maintain daily drive comfort. Love to rev engine; superior PDK gear shifting; With top down, very quiet in cabin. Unreal gas mileage for a sp... Read More

Smooth, New, Feels And Looks Amazing! By UFCsteve

You can't beat new...the looks the drive all seem and feel next level. I have the upgraded Wheels painted black, 6 speed, silver and black color combo. I love it after having it two weeks would change... Read More

Read all 2013 Porsche Boxster reviews

2012 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Fantastic All Around Sports Car By jkinnell

The Boxster Spyder is light, fast, nimble and perfectly balanced - everything you would want in a sports car. Porsche quality is also exceptional. This is a near perfect sports car for the enthusiast.... Read More

Read all 2012 Porsche Boxster reviews

2011 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Fun To Drive! By Jimbo999

The Boxster is a great roadster for the weekend but can also be a reliable daily driver. Although the base stereo is not great, I prefer to listen to that classic Porsche engine sound. I love a manua... Read More

Attention-getting Set Of Wheels By Stemline

Everywhere I take this car, people stare at it. Frequently, they say something to me, and we can start a conversation. I love the way it handles on curves; one of the Porsche standout features is ho... Read More

Read all 3 2011 Porsche Boxster reviews

2010 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Awesome To Drive! By dodycortner

I love the styling and ride. The looks are amazing with the top down! The ride holds curves at amazing speeds. The 7 speed shifter PDK is a breeze to use although the gas mileage is better in auto.j ... Read More

You Drive This Car - It Is Not A Ride By richard656car

I have driven a lot of cars in 52 years: 8 Porsches, 5 Volvos, 3 BMWs, 3 VWs and a couple of Chevy trucks and drove them over million miles, averaging 30,000 miles per year most of the time due to bus... Read More

Read all 2010 Porsche Boxster reviews

2009 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Ultimate Sportscar By Ton

One of the best cars to enjoy driving with the roof down. PDK auto gearbox is increadibly fast. Shame about the speed limits... Sounds raw like no other car... Only drawback is the cockpit is somewha... Read More

Read all 2009 Porsche Boxster reviews

People researching a 2002 Porsche Boxster contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2002 Porsche Boxster, exterior
Porsche Boxster
41% of the time
BMW 3 Series
5% of the time
Audi A4
5% of the time
Audi TT
4% of the time
Boxster
Looking for a Used Boxster in your area?
CarGurus has 1,720 nationwide Boxster listings starting at $6,495.
ZIP: