1997 Boxster

Consumer Reviews

1997 Porsche Boxster

$4,933 - $13,985  MSRP Range
1997 Porsche Boxster

Review Score

4.4 out of 5 stars

4.4

9 Reviews
89% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3.8 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.2 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.9 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.2 out of 5 stars Reliability
4 out of 5 stars Performance
4.9 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended!

by Chris from Boston on Sat Mar 01 2008

I bought a 1997 Boxster in 2001 with 21K miles on it. It is now 2008 and it has 130K miles on it. One thing about these cars is that you really need to keep up with the maintenance to keep it running properly. Dealers charge ridiculous amounts for maintenance, but the Boxster is a very easy car to work on, even if you have no mechanical experience at all. The oil change interval on these cars is 15K miles, due to the fact that there is 9 quarts of (synthetic) oil in the car, compared to a 'regular' car's 4. Changing the oil is the best preventive maintenance that you can do. There are some items on Boxsters that fail quite frequently. The Air/Oil Separator, the Mass Air Flow sensor (MAF), the convertible top cables. But if you can turn a wrench, then you can afford to fix this car. They are unbelievable cars: well-balanced, superb handling, good mileage, and a TON of fun!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great car for the money

by Italiancarfinatic from Pittsburgh Pa on Thu Jul 13 2017

I purchased my 1997 Boxster used in 2015. For the money, there just isn't a better car out there. It's fun, looks great, and sounds great. Interior is a bit dated though but can't complain for a 1997

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

My First Car

by MrGta2014 from Charlottesville,VA on Thu Aug 30 2012

Great to own and drive on a regular basis and i have 45,000 miles on it i hope to get it to 100,000 miles

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Good cheap fun

by Cornering Fool from on Sat Mar 18 2017

This car corners wonderfully; it is a joy to take on a mountain road with a lot of curves. It is also a practical car with two trunks big enough for weekend bags and computer cases. The only shortcomings of the base Boxster are that the engine would love a 6-speed stick, and the passenger would like a cup holder. Both deficiencies are addressed in the Boxster S.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Get High w/o Alcohol. Drive a Porsche.

by playactionpeg from Los Angeles on Sat May 13 2017

Fun Car to drive, now residing in Los Angeles, with only 35K miles this car is a blast. Few top issues , horn blows when braking, but it's a 97, built in Stuttgart. Worth to keep in the family. And it's Red.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

A fun car to drive

by Steve from APO AE on Tue Aug 01 2017

This car is one of the most fun cornering cars I've ever driven. It is a great car for a weekend trip driving on mountain roads. It is very practical with its two trunks.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great Roadster

by EuroMan from Chicago, IL on Fri Nov 17 2006

The 97 is a great car, I know the S is now the big dog but the 97 is still got alot of get up and go. Still rated to top out at 149mph. This car is great from moving from speeds to 30 to 100. Fun car to just go out an drive.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

The first Boxster, the Best?

by hartman551 from Wisconsin on Tue Mar 09 2010

Well, the only Boxs I've ever owned, but I've driven several. This has everything the Porsche offers outside some cabin outfittings, but great drive-train and more stares-per capita in any city. It simply purrs. The first gear is picky, but on curves it keeps up with same-age 911s. It wants to be driven hard!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

junky ride

by pile junk from illinois on Sun Oct 31 2010

horrible piece of junk.This is a piece of junk. the car was pon off on me as a good car.im stuck with a piece of junk that cant pass the emission test.they in deed saw me coming.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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