Pros: "Car will definitely hold a curve, lots of torque."
Cons: "No glove box, lousy radio, un-reliable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I have had a 1956 Jag-J140 Coupe, 300ZX - (4 seater- for 17 years!) and the 2001 Porsche Boxster, so I have "spanned the globe" in terms of car origination. The Best Car of the 3 w.r.t. reliability-- The Nissan 300 ZX by far; the worst was the Jag (but I was not the original owner). The most fun car to drive? The Boxster; when it was not in the garage waiting to be repaired. Nothing major except the wheels, which went out of round when I hit a pot hole on I-64 near Va. Beach. I tried having them "trued up", but they still could not be balanced. So I bought a set of Italian wheels which look very much like the originals and have held up very nicely. I have had to replace the rear light assembly, the dashboard key switch, part of the dash electronics and a switch in the seat that determines if the seat belts are on. The switch was not connected to the 'bells, but an dash indicator showed the air bags would not deploy in the event of a crash. Oh, did I mention the Porsche Insignia on the hood just flew off one day -- I was traveling at about 25 miles per hour. Never found it and the replacement was $75.00
So if you have a lot of bucks, don't need the car as the main vehicle for transportation and love to drive 'spiritedly', then you might want a Porsche. But if you want a good fast car that will last and last, then a 300 Series Nissan would be a better choice. When I say big bucks, I mean to say that you will need $$$ to keep the car on the road. I paid cash for this car new, kept-up the required maintenance at fantastic shop (I would definitely recommend NOT going to a Porsche dealership for maintenance or repairs unless you really want to part with your heir's inheritance) and was very disappointed in the overall ownership
Would I buy another Porsche -- definitely not (at ANY price)."
"The Porsche Boxster is a well-designed, mid to high performance sportscar with a lot of curb appeal. Its mid engine design attests to the overall performance appeal. But it's a two edged sword. The engine is difficult to get to and service. In order for you to change out the water pump, for instance, you have to take out the front passenger seat and basically take part of the interior apart. But overall its dependability has been high and my need to access the engine has been practically zero."
"Works as an everyday commuter car. Very comfortable. Also is a great weekend car that handles like a dream. May not be the fastest car off the line, but if it isn't a straight line get out of my way!"
Pros: "true preformance car that can be driven to work"
Cons: "A little snug when two are traveling... pack light"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"finish, fit, materials of high quality. This is a very responsive car and a lot of fun to drive. I own a Boxster S 6 speed. I feel very safe at all speeds. I have driven a 911 track car & a Cayman S, all of which are amazing cars. The breaking ability on all three cars plus the handling in tight turns is truly a rush!"