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

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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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dodycortner writes:
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
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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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crustydriver writes:
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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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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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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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Timotheus writes:
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Handling and Fun to Drive

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Maintanence and Small Gas Tank

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Porsche Boxster — There is no car that can handle better, i am even including Ferrari on that list. The car does lack some power and spead, but the car has an extremly solid body even at 120 plus spead. Its a Porsche so like most Porsche it is hand built with the world's greatest quality. It may get a reasonable 20 MPG, but it needs 93 Octance which sadly does not exist in the US so I need to use 91. It is build with bullet proof realiabilty like all Porsches, but the the smallest reapair cost over 2 grand, an engine rebuild on a Honda and Toyota is 2 grand, but for this car its 20 grand. But all the flaws are taken away becasue of the amount of Fun it delivers....

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kim writes:
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Great to drive

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Expensive to repair

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My Poor Man's Porshce — Great car! So much fun to drive! My car has tiptronic transmission. It's not 6 on the floor, but it still gives me the ability to shift. It has 17" wheels, lapis metallic blue, tan interior and blue soft top.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Francis writes:
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Porsche, fast, handling

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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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2012 Porsche Boxster Reviews

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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

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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

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2009 Porsche Boxster Reviews

Outstanding Driving Pleasure By MCDAPO

Amazing car for what it is designed for: driving pleasure. This is a focused, driving pleasure machine. Expect the standard cons -- this is obviously not a family hauler. The ride is very good, preci... Read More

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

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