"We tested the 911s, Cayman, Z4, and Elise and came away with a Boxster S black on black. The jump in hp with the S is noticable and needed. If we could, we would drop in the 911 S engine. With that engine mounted mid-engine in the Boxster the car would be awesome. As it is, the car handles very well in its design envelope and can be driven comfortably as a daily driver. The 911 is rear biased, but has good power - no. The Cayman is closed up - no. The Z4 is front engined - no. The Elise handles well at the track but is not well sorted with a huge blind spot - no. The Boxster could handle a bigger engine but Porsche will never put as powerful of an engine as any 911 engine into this car. 911 owners would cry foul! Overall the Boxster S has everything we were looking for - a droptop, decent power, very good handling, and a classic design. The Bose stereo is very nice at full volume but you will want to turn it off when you get on the throttle as the boxster engine makes a very nice growl wide open. Mileage is ok at 19 combined. Oh, and get the short shift kit on the 6 speed manual for sweet snappy shifts in the power band. At the track you will definitely want more power, but most times you will be driving on city streets so for that, the S has power a plenty. If you really want and need therapy, this car for what it is, will no doubt make you one very, very happy patient... ;-)"
"Pros: Supercar Worthy Handling, Supercar Worthy Brakes, Porsche Flat Six Exhaust Note, Very Solid Gearbox and Clutch, Two Usable Trunks, Good Mileage for the Performance, Porsche Build Quality, Top Down Motoring, Nearly Flawless Ergonomics, A traction control system that when defeated, doesn't ruin the party. It will step in at the last moment however, and keep your ham-fisted self from spinning completely.
Cons: No factory I-Pod connection ($500 aftermarket). Even with more sedate driving, tires don't last very long (15,000 miles on Continental Sport Contact 2's). Unless you've owned a Porsche before, feeling like a chump for the first few days of ownership when you automatically try to insert the key into the right side of the steering column (It's to the left of the steering column, on the dash, in classic Porsche racing tradition). The low ground clearance coupled with a longish front overhang, requires slow negotiation at entrances to driveways. Suck it up! It's all totally worth it!
General Comments: I wanted the best, daily driver roadster that $40,000 or so could buy and for me, this is it. The two trunks provide enough space for a couple to pack not all that lightly for a week long road trip. 30 mpg on the highway(at legal speeds) is easily attainable. Xenon headlights are far superior to the ones on my BMW X3 (and they were great). The wind deflector that mounts between the front seats is invaluable if you intend to keep your hat above 90 mph. (I can personally attest that this works up to 140, for research's sake of course.) Basically, I recommend buying the newest, lowest mile Boxster you can afford and prepare to smile every time you get behind the wheel."
"Despite a screw rattling around in the passenger vent and a top motor malfunction this car is like nothing else. It corners beyond this middle aged man in crisis' ability to break it responsibly from the pavement. Its strong acceleration from midline to redline is thrilling and braking is equally as compliant. Road manners are excellent and comfort exceeds expectations. With a little responsibility it even shatters EPA numbers despite the 19" Carerra wheels and tires (about 1400 a set online). This car is a rush from the time you put the key in the left handed ignition. I could hardly imagine what the S version would be like. In this price segment, if you can find one used in adult driven condition - JUMP at it. You will never have a single regret!"
"I am on my third Boxster. Pure enjoyment and still practical as a daily driver. The S is well worth the extra $$, you can feel the power difference. In California, you can get the car pool lanes with driver + 1 passenger in a 2 seater, that's one advantage over the 911. Once you are into Porsches, it is hard to switch to anything else. The overall quality is top notch and everything just works and feel right. How many products are like that now?"
"Second Boxster for me. Bought it new a year ago and had absolutely zero problems. It makes every day a pleasure, even if all you do is look at it in the garage. I don't play golf so I could care less if clubs fit. Year around, top down, even here in Northern California. The design, quality and experience of this car are well worth the cost - which is actually quite affordable, all things considered. I can't imagine not always owning a Porsche."
Pros: "Fun to drive. Open air options. Retains value."
Cons: "Lacks sufficient power. Cost of maintenance."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've owned a 2006 base boxster for two years. It has been a great car with no mechanical issues. Extremely fun to drive, but lacks power. Wish I would have bought the Boxster S. My intention is to upgrade to a 981S in the future, either a Cayman or Boxster. Recommend buying used, as the new ones with options are extremely expensive."
"I have always wanted a roadster, but never thought they were practical enough for my lifestyle. I finally purchased a CPO Boxster as a 3rd vehicle last week, and I love it. It has very responsive steering and acceleration, and it corners amazingly. I thought storage space might be a problem, but I was wrong. If you are going to stick with a factory radio be sure to get one with the Bose package."
"2011 Guards Red Boxster S, manual. That's all I really need to say...right? Oh, the black leather Sport seats with guards red stitching, the guards red seat belts, the guards red instrument panel, more than icing on the cake. How does it drive? Better than it even looks, if that's possible. If you've never driven a Porsche, go to your local dealer. They'll let you drive one and you can see for yourself. That's what I did. Enjoy life to the fullest with the top down."
"This car has it all if you want a true sports car experience.
The mid-engine results in great hold in curves. The braking is unsurpassed (as rated in Consumer Reports). The only thing I don't like about it are the small buttons for stations on the radio. The Bose sound system is great."
"Bought a 2002 Porsche 911 new and thought I would love it; I liked it, sold it after 3 years, but still missed it. Drove a 2009 Cayman and loved it. If they made a Cayman Targa, i would have bought it in an instant, but since they don't, I could not fathom a sports car completely closed in (NO sun/moonroof available), so I looked at the Boxster, drove it and was 100% sold. 6 Speed, Black with sand Beige; 18 " Boxster S wheels and a few other extras was all I needed. I would not recommend it if you can only have one car, but it is a great therapy vehicle. Not been unhappy with anything about it."
"This is my first Porsche and wont be the last! great performance and if you know a little how to take advantage of manual gears its enough power to enjoy every second of driving . doing 23 mpg city and 31 hyw and using midgrade gas also. so far looking to change rear tires(22K miles) and are expensive but it is worht it belive me !!!"
"If you enjoy rolling hills, S turns and on ramps to the highway, you have to get this car. Just the sound of the engine at idle is enough to get your heart pounding. Read the reviews see what others say but to truly appreciate this vehicle, you just need to drive one."
"I purchased my 2005 Boxter with about 9,500 miles on it and have been loving it ever since. I only had a couple of minor issues including the horn stopped working and the light in the visor stopped working, but the warranty covered both. The only negative is that the car just doesn't have enough power. I should have gone for the "S" with closer to 300 hp. The car is very fun to drive here in NW Atlanta with all of the hills and curves. Not as much fun on the straight roads. I'll probably pay this one off and buy a Cayman "S" next."
"had the car two years this month. 24k miles and absolutely no problems. Two trunks is great. Formerly owned SLK 320 and you had to choose whether you wanted to carry luggage or drive with the top down + the Merc. had tons of quality issues. I would definately recommend the Porsche to anyone who wants a stylish, dependable German thoroughbred."
"I have had three Porsches... a 968, a 993, and now this 987. This is the best Porsche I have of all of them. Everyone thinks the 911 is the best... given the same motor, the Boxster would eat its cookies!"
"Chose the S over a BMW M Roadster! A bit slower but better handling, mpg, stowage (2 trunks makes a diff) and head turning status. Total service over 21 months = 1 Qt. Mobil 1. 28 mpg is routine on a 65 trip on the A.C. Xway to the Jersey Shore. Get the Bose sound system and 19" wheels and you'll have a fantastic ride."
"The handling is incredible, the comfort is top-nothc, and the style turns heads. Overall, I am very pleased with this vehicle. It holds up well over the miles, short and long distance travel, and as far as maintenance goes...it is an extremely sturdy car. VERY reliable."
"Great fun, hard to not have a lead foot with the sound the engine makes and the go it has. Dunno how much of a difference there is between an S and basic (haven't driven the S yet), but this still has plenty of go-go-power :)
Suspension can be a bit stiff for everyday driving, but it's like riding on rails on the tough corners. Plus, I live in LA, and the top down feature is just too awesome :)"