SHOPPED FOR A BOXTER FOR 4 MONTHS. PURCHASED PRIVATELY THROUGH LISTING ON CARS DOT COM. A lot of fun. Careful shopping online allows you to purchase worn interior items - i.e. armrests etc. My car is a manual - if there is a slight incline, I pull away from a stop in 2nd gear because 1st is a fast stump puller gear. Brakes are very strong. Previous owner had replaced convertible top - purchased a book from amazon that talked about boxster chop to extend life of rear window in the car. Better fuel economy than I expected and car does great on midgrade rather than premium. Clutch is heavy so be prepared.
My Porsche Boxter S is an absolute hoot in the twisties, with handling unmatched by anything I've owned -- and I've had a few of them. The car has less wind noise in a convertable I've ever seen, although you do get a bit of road noise and engine noise. Your sitting right in front of the motor, but it still is remarkably quiet and comfortable. The ride is taught and controlled, the brakes are fantastic and the car sticks to the road like flypaper. It could use a little more legroom for my overweight frame and I'm getting a little old for getting in and out gracefully, but that's a small price to pay for such a wonderful toy.
I'm 64 and have always wanted a Porsche, so I bought this Boxster S over the Internet. The car is as new and it is more than I expected as a driving experience. Two caveats- Google IMS failures and you will find out about a hidden time bomb that resides in every one of these cars. Motor can literally self destruct without any notice. There is a fix but it costs about $2,0000, but then the motor is bulletproof. this is one that Porsche has swept under the rug. Porsche dealers charge outrageous rates so be prepared. Not a car for someone on a budget. Try to find a good Porsche mechanic and your rates will drop by more than half. If you can live with the above, I recommend this car with no hesitation. find a winding road and you'll know what all the magazines rave about.
Driving is fun again
Most fun I've had driving a car in years. It handles exceptionally well. There is nothing like driving down the California coast with the top down!
Fun little car
I purchased this 01 Boxster S to replace my old but true 89 325i vert. It has earned its rest with quarter million miles. I have never owned a Porsche but always wanted to. The Boxster was not my original choice, that being the 911 but I knew I couldn't afford that. I have been pleasantly surprised at the performance of the car. It has plenty of go and I find myself speeding all the time which doesn't help my gas mileage. I am using the car as my daily driver and so far, knock on wood, have had nothing but good times.
The One-Two Punch Boxster
If you can, find a "garage queen"...they ARE out there. Many buyers baby there first Porsche and never drive it...then, the big bonus from the executive job kicks in and...there it is...a pristine vehicle in a time warp. This happened to me just last week. I was fortunate to find a 2001 Boxster with just 5,300 miles on it! Perfect condition, all service up to date and all records. Paid a bit more for this, but, I basically got a new vehicle. Be patient, there are more waiting to be found..and ENJOYED! The Boxster is a four wheeled sport bike (600cc class)..not the fastest on the road, but place her in the twisties, and you know that you spent your money right! My days of Corvettes are over..especially the trips to the dealerships. Porsche will treat you with respect and they get the job completed the first time, on time! A bit of a shock when the bill comes, but, hey, you are now in the big-boy's club. Keep in mind that some (less than 5%) have serious issues with bearings and output shafts...IF this or these issues have been corrected, you are good to go. Don't let this scare you away from an awesome machine. My Corvette Z06 sits and gathers dust just waiting for a new owner, the Ducati 999R gets it exercise now only on cool, comfortable days...the Boxster is now the vehicle of choice for me. NOTE: it's JUST a Boxster, not even an "S". Happy motoring.
Bargan sports car.
I bought a 2001 (April 2010)from a dealer with 98,000 miles on it for $9200 (brand new it was $42000). The car had a few my squawks, ie, turn signals would not cancel after turn, rattle in exhaust system. I now have 104,000 miles on it. I fixed the signal and exhaust problems myself for $300. The car leaks and burns NO oil. I can change the oil myself for about $60. It's the funest car I have ever driven. I rarely drive it with the top up. Handles like a dream. This car is a bargan for the caliber car it is.
Great Car - with an asterik
2001 Porsche Boxster Base - Automatic The Good: Timeless styling. Can get with Automatic or manual transmission. Superb brakes, as close to perfect as they come. Razor sharp handling. Very good acceleration. Could always be faster. Certainly quick enough. Good ride on crummy Northern roads with standard suspension, considering this is a 2 seat Sports Car. "S" Model suspension can be trying. Two trunks. Top down motoring at its best. It's a Porsche! The Bad: Maintenance is expensive if taken to the Dealer. Secret is to use an Independent Porsche mechanic. Buy parts online. Be religious about maintenance. Do what your Indie says, not what Porsche recommends. The asterik: Potential for engine failure (1997-2008) due to intermediate shaft bearing breakdown, with no regard to mileage or use. Engine failure is bad and very expensive. New engine is likely. Precaution is to have bearing and seals changed with better bearing and seals, and do this every 50,000 miles. Also, change oil and filter every 3-5,000 miles. Bottom Line: The above potential problem does not stop people from buying these cars, because they are awesome to drive and enjoy. Used Boxsters are a great used car value and should always be considered when shopping for a used Sports Car.
This car is an absolute blast to drive. It is quick and you can get super aggressive on the turns while still being in full control. It's not meant for straight on speed so don't expect that. The thrill is in the turns anyway and you won't be disappointed. I've been all smiles ever since putting the keys in the ignition for the first time. Make sure you get an inspection done as there are some issues to watch out for. The $150-$200 you spend on an inspection can save you $10k right off the bat.
Most fun car I've ever owned
Excellent car! I've always wanted a Boxster, and now I know why. The car is a blast to drive, handles great, is extremely fast, and I get tremendous gas mileage on the highway, and in combined city/highway as well.