2002 Porsche Boxster Top Comparisons

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
crustydriver writes:
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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
GermanCarFanMA writes:
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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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2002 Porsche BoxsterReview
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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."

Pros: Porsche, fast, handling

Cons: none

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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!!

Pros: Beautiful

Cons: None I can think of.........

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2002 Porsche Boxster BaseReview
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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!

Pros: Handles like  dream

Cons: Stereo

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2002 Porsche Boxster SReview
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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.

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.

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2002 Porsche Boxster Review
Wyatt says:
vs2008 Scion tC Base
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Handling Ranked 2008 Scion tC Base worse.
"The engine in the Boxster is in the middle of the car allowing it to evenly spread the weight of the car."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2008 Scion tC Base better.
"The Scion tC has more cargo capacity as it has backseats and you are able to put the backseats down to extend the trunk."
2002 Porsche Boxster S Review
GuruLZW1X says:
vs2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD
2002 Porsche Boxster S winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD worse.
"Smaller. "
Looks/Style Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD better.
"Looks unique in the SUV world. "
Front Seats Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD better.
"Higher off the highways "
Back Seats Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD better.
"Boxters do not have a rear seat. "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD better.
"Fold down rear seats.Biger vehicle "
Family Car Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD better.
"More room for people and goods. "
Value Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD worse.
"Space. "
Would Buy Ranked 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD worse.
"I want a smaller vehicle. "

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2013 Porsche Boxster Reviews

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