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1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible

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Great Roadster by Porsche
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By Legion
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Vehicle

1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible


Review

I have had my 1997 Boxster for 5 years, I have a blast with this car, the engine note is music to anyone lucky enough to hear it. This car has been very reliable, this was the first year for this car and it was made in Germany, newer ones are made out of the country and still have great quailty and reliability. This car is great for a get away weekend or a nice sunday drive. This car also functions well as a daily driver. Two trunks give you plenty of room for shopping and getaways! On the track this car comes alive, with it's mid engine design, it gives even the most basic driver's a sure footed feel. The best roadster of the bunch, this car is very well regarded in Europe.


Favorite Features

Very fast convertible top, 12 seconds and the top is down. This makes using the convertible super easy, no need to get out of the car, just stop and push and button and away you go.


Suggested Improvements

A true classic, needs nothing. Those looking for MORE power, look to the Boxster S.


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Great Car that's Fun to Drive
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By GMc
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1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible


Review

I have totally enjoyed the car for six months now. Other than the classic ignition switch falling apart (which took 15 minutes to get fixed), this car has been a pleasure to own. Buy one if you can find a very clean low miles car.


Favorite Features

The handling, and mildly quick, snappy performance for 200HP.


Suggested Improvements

They've already resolved the horsepower problem and the interior has improved as well. Germans don't care about the interior :-)


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Love This Car
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By Pete
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1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible


Review

I have read horrors about the Porsche Boxster after I purchased mine, but it seems the problem are mostly on newer models manufactured in Finland (check driver side sticker). Mine is a 1997 Porsche Boxster with 101,120 miles, made in Germany and it is running GREAT! The only problem I am having is that the clock stopped working (digital clock) and I can't find which fuse (if it is the fuse) is out. Other than that, this is a great car.


Favorite Features

The beautiful exterior and sporty design.


Suggested Improvements

Instead of a telescopic steering wheel, it should be a tilt one for tall people.


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Fun, When It Runs
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Michael
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1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible


Review

This car has a terrible engine design. The shafts explode on the inside of the engine and cost thousands of dollars a piece. Porsche just installs new engines at $20,000 plus labor a piece, so they don't mind. It is NOT UNCOMMON for a Boxster, of ANY year to blow an engine before 80,000 miles. The problem is that Porsche recommends changing the oil only once every 15,000 miles. Unfortunately, most people who drive these cars aren't mechanically inclined and actually believe Porsche and then wait 15,000 miles. Problem is, if this is a weekend car, it takes two or three YEARS before they do their next oil change. The engine is practically shot by that time. If you've bought a Boxster, change your oil. If you haven't, don't.


Favorite Features

Porsche stability control.


Suggested Improvements

The engines are very unreliable and outlandishly expensive to anyone who doesn't have an EXTRA $30,000 a YEAR to spend on repairs that are inevitable.


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FUN CAR
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By NICE CAR
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1997 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible


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i just bought a 97 boxster with 54k. i must say, boxster always cought my eye and after reading the reviews, i just had to have one. i have 20" rims on mine. triple black. i love this car, its pretty fast and tight. the girls dig it, and you look like a movie star in it. over all, its fun to drive and nice style.


Favorite Features

fun to drive and looks.


Suggested Improvements

need cup holders. if you can afford a porsche you can afford star bucks.


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