2002 Porsche Boxster User Reviews

2002 Porsche Boxster Review Ratings

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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

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

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homeboy981 writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
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Handling
Cool Factor

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

homeboy981
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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

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magas1948 writes:
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Beautiful design, great workmanship, quality machine.

Cons

Repairs can be expensive

magas1948
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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

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GermanCarFanMA writes:
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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

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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
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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.)

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Francis writes:
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Porsche, fast, handling

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none

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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."

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sfdjdave writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
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Best handling car I've owned, like driving on rails

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Maintenance is not cheap

sfdjdave
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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.)

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Mark writes:
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Handling is superb. Build quality.

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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.

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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.

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crustydriver writes:
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Very fun to drive, anywhere, any day.

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

crustydriver
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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.)

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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.

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

crustydriver
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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.)

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Sharon writes:
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Beautiful

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

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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!!

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A fantastic drive, especially with manual transmission and control in the curves!

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It's a Porsche, so you will pay for any maintenance.

dodycortner
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I Am So Glad I Bought My First Porsche Boxster S That I Decided To Buy Another One! — I love the look and styling. It is so much fun to drive with the manual transmission. The top is easy to put up and down and never stays up! Not even in the winter months. It's been a great Sunday driver and keeps its shape well.

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1997 Porsche Boxster Reviews

It's A Porsche, The First Year Of The 968 With Removable Hard Top! By StuggartorBust

I Love my Baby. Very rare due to the sport package it has. Have not seen any on the road of the year with that package. Was my starter and now I have two more, well not to include the Porsche designed... Read More

16 Years Of Fun By NitaB

Great car, fun to drive, Still in style and looks great. Porsche's power, handling and braking are a great package in the Boxster. An easy car to fall in love with and want to drive everywhere. Lo... Read More

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1998 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Great Looking Car, Fun To Drive By Mchopra

Have owned the car for 10 years now, very reliable, built well, easy to maintain, does not hurt to fill up a tank. Too small of a car if you are over 6'1", hard to adjust the seat if you are too tall... Read More

Overall A Great Car! By printdiva

I have really enjoyed this car. I had a corvette prior to this and was a bit spoiled with that, but this is probably a close second to that one. (The only reason the corvette wins is because it is f... Read More

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1999 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Awesome By porscheboxster1999tx

i can throw this Boxster into a corner and comfortably slide through it at 40 mph. the mid-engine makes it easy and i fell comfortable doing so. I'm 6'3" and i fit, better with the top down; which i... Read More

Greatest Convertible Starter Porsche By porscheboxster1999tx

love the motor and handle. a great way to get started with the world's best sports car...until you can afford a 911. easier to slide into corners with the mid-engine. everyone looks. hard but it's... Read More

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2000 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Love This Car - But Just A Little Bit Less Than My Old '92 911 By Boxsters911

it's amazing that you can buy a car with 20,000 miles, for less than $20,000 when it cost almost 3 times that much new. The S is definitely worth the extra cost, and the 2000 and up models are better ... Read More

A Great Car …a Unique Color! By DaveCee

I have loved this car for 11 years. It is the fourth Porsche I have owned and is one of my favorites because of the style, handling and power. The unique color is also a major plus which made me fal... Read More

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2001 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Awesome Little Roadster By 1bertocruz

One of the best sports cars I have ever owned or driven, especially when it comes to the "bang for the buck" aspect. The handling on the Boxster S is impecable, especially curbing, with the torque and... Read More

Best Car Ever By rramsey

It's a porsche, you can't go wrong here. Fun, Sporty (understatement) highly reliable. I know you think of sports cars as needing alot of maintenance, but this car is rearely in the shop unless you c... Read More

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