2001 Porsche Boxster

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of the 2001 Porsche Boxster. Base trim shown.

2001 Porsche Boxster Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Porsche’s “entry-level” model packs a mid-mounted six-cylinder engine. The Boxster debuted early in 1997 after several years on the concept block. Serving as the German automaker’s contender for the roadster market, the two-passenger rear-drive Boxster convertible drew abundant praise when it went on sale, drawing a new group of buyers to Porsche dealerships. Styling harks back to the original Porsche 356 of the 1950s and to the seldom-seen 550 Spyder and RS60 models of the past. The Boxster name blends the term used for horizontally opposed engines (“boxers”) with the car’s roadster body.

A Boxster S with a stronger engine arrived for 2000. Boxster rivals include the Audi TT, BMW Z3 and M roadster, Honda S2000 and Mercedes-Benz SLK.

An electronic stability system called Porsche Stability Management became optional this year and also is used in the larger, rear-engine 911 series. This system integrates the car’s antilock brakes with traction control to help maintain stability in difficult situations.

Base-model Boxsters get a new cloth headliner for the fabric top, like the one on the S model, to help keep noise levels down. A new three-spoke steering wheel contains a Porsche crest, and new carpeting has been installed in both the front and rear storage compartments. Stabilizer bars mounted behind the headrests gain softer coverings this year. New LED “interior orientation” lights help the driver locate the igni...
Vehicle Overview
Porsche’s “entry-level” model packs a mid-mounted six-cylinder engine. The Boxster debuted early in 1997 after several years on the concept block. Serving as the German automaker’s contender for the roadster market, the two-passenger rear-drive Boxster convertible drew abundant praise when it went on sale, drawing a new group of buyers to Porsche dealerships. Styling harks back to the original Porsche 356 of the 1950s and to the seldom-seen 550 Spyder and RS60 models of the past. The Boxster name blends the term used for horizontally opposed engines (“boxers”) with the car’s roadster body.

A Boxster S with a stronger engine arrived for 2000. Boxster rivals include the Audi TT, BMW Z3 and M roadster, Honda S2000 and Mercedes-Benz SLK.

An electronic stability system called Porsche Stability Management became optional this year and also is used in the larger, rear-engine 911 series. This system integrates the car’s antilock brakes with traction control to help maintain stability in difficult situations.

Base-model Boxsters get a new cloth headliner for the fabric top, like the one on the S model, to help keep noise levels down. A new three-spoke steering wheel contains a Porsche crest, and new carpeting has been installed in both the front and rear storage compartments. Stabilizer bars mounted behind the headrests gain softer coverings this year. New LED “interior orientation” lights help the driver locate the ignition switch, door latches and other interior items at night, and they also promise to add a touch of extra elegance to the cockpit. Self-dimming inside and outside mirrors are grouped in an option package with rain-sensing windshield wipers.



Exterior
The front-end appearance is similar to that of the rear-engine 911 coupe and convertible, as redesigned for 1999. But farther back, the Boxster has an assertive profile all of its own, based on the mid-engine configuration. The power-operated fabric top has a plastic rear window. A removable aluminum hardtop is available as an option and contains a glass window with a defogger. A rear spoiler and front and rear fog lights are standard, and an optional wind deflector mounts behind the seats to reduce turbulence in the car’s interior when the top is down.

Alloy wheels on the Boxster S hold 17-inch tires, which can be installed on the base model as an option to replace the customary 16-inchers. Owners who want an extra touch of traction can opt instead for 18-inch rubber on either model. The S model also has a firmer suspension, bigger brake rotors and a dual exhaust outlet. Cargo compartments at both ends offer a total of 9 cubic feet of space, but that doesn’t mean you should haul out the big suitcases. Soft luggage fits the best in the oddly shaped compartments.



Interior
Two occupants enjoy leather-trimmed, body-hugging bucket seats with power recliners and a driver’s-side height adjustment in a down-to-business cockpit. Following a Porsche tradition, the nearly vertical steering wheel telescopes in and out but does not tilt. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and handbrake, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, a cassette stereo system, heated windshield washer nozzles and a theft-deterrent system. The S model adds remote keyless entry and variable intermittent wipers, as well as a sport suspension and 17-inch tires.



Under the Hood
Base-model Boxsters get a 2.7-liter, horizontally opposed DOHC six-cylinder engine that produces 217 horsepower. The engine sits behind the seats and ahead of the rear axle. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard. Stepping up a notch is the Boxster S, which has a 3.2-liter DOHC six-cylinder that makes 250 hp and mates with a six-speed gearbox. Both engines can be used with Porsche’s optional Tiptronic five-speed-automatic transmission, which incorporates steering-wheel buttons for manual gear selection. Traction control, side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are standard.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Pure joy to drive

by Porsche driver from Springfield, mo on July 6, 2018

Very responsive to steering and the accelerator. Even at high speed, stepping on the pedal will pull your head back. It corners easily at much higher than recommend speeds. It also turns heads at ... Read full review

(5.0)

I will always own a Porsche

by Msoto from Browns mills , NJ on June 19, 2018

This is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. well-built and stylish. it?s also one of the safest cars I?ve ever been in. anyone looking for sports car the Porsche boxter is your car . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Porsche Boxster currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Boxster received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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