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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
magas1948 writes:
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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

Pros: Beautiful design, great workmanship, quality machine.

Cons: Repairs can be expensive

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2002 Porsche Boxster Review
Mike says:
vs2002 BMW 3 Series
2002 Porsche Boxster winning categories:
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Back Seats Ranked 2002 BMW 3 Series better.
"None"
Value Ranked 2002 BMW 3 Series worse.
"Looks"
2002 Porsche Boxster SReview
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Porsche 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 be ashamed and 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 tho) 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! This car cost me over $20k used and I lost 100% of that (except a few hundred $$$ for scrap). DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!!! RUN, DON'T WALK as far away from Porsche products as you can get. I was the Co-Chairman of the North Texas Boxster Enthusiasts - and MY CAR DIED! You have 2 options: 1). Stick your head in the sand and pretend it was "something I did to cause this"; or 2). Heed my warning, buy another car and live happily ever after. Here's what I did....I bought a 2008 Corvette - it is faster, better handling, parts are cheaper...and reliable! I have done nothing but oil changes!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Handling
Cool Factor

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

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2002 Porsche Boxster SReview
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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.)

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

Cons: Maintenance is not cheap

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2002 Porsche Boxster SReview
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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.

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

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

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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.)

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.

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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.)

Pros: Very fun to drive, anywhere, any day.

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

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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.)

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

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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

Pros: Handling and Fun to Drive

Cons: Maintanence and Small Gas Tank

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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

Pros: Great to drive

Cons: Expensive to repair

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2014 Porsche Boxster Reviews

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IT is a great car. I owned it a number of years ago; sorry I sold it. Read More

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2012 Porsche Boxster Reviews

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2011 Porsche Boxster Reviews

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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

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