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2001 Porsche Boxster Convertible

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Porsche Boxster Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.2 L Flat 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 250 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Porsche Boxster

  • An indication of just how good and desirable this car is: the fact that Porsche can get away with charging obscene prices for its options, such as up to $4,000 for wheels.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Supreme handling characteristics, plenty of power in Boxster S format, two large cargo areas, long list of features and custom trim.

  • Cons

    Plastic rear window, regular Boxster's power is only adequate, price can become high when lots of options are ordered.

  • What's New for 2001

    Minor interior changes are in store for 2001. The Boxster S' thicker roof lining has migrated to the regular Boxster. Both cars now feature a hidden cell phone antenna, a gauge cluster design similar to the 911's, improved interior lighting and better dashboard material quality. Porsche has also added a new button to the ignition key to control the driver seat and outside memory function. In terms of optional equipment, the sophisticated Porsche Stability Management system is now available for the Boxster and Boxster S.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



No regrets - love my

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Vehicle: 2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I bought this car almost 4 years ago with 36,000 miles; I was concerned given the age but I've wanted a Porsche my entire life and couldn't resist the deal. I did buy a 3yr warranty but canceled it after learning most everything I was concerned about was not covered and considered maintenance items - I was refunded $3000.00 and best thing I ever did. My Boxster just hit 45,000 miles and I still smile from ear to ear when I drive her. No major problems outside of routine maintenance and yes, they are expensive to maintain but your driving a Porsche guys, not a Chevy.... Just had the 45K service done, costed $1400.00 but I had all the pulley's replaced because 1 was squeaking. BUY ONE




East texas at high speeds

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Vehicle: 2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

All I can say is wow! I purchased a used Porsche Boxster for 10k in Feb/Mar 2010, and could not have been happier. The car now has over 108,000 miles on it, and runs like a champ. It easily got up to 122 mph while passing cars driving down that middle lane* (stupid thing to do, but it was just too easy) without realizing how fast the car was going. Driving country roads in East Texas at high speeds (90 mph around 40 mph curves and 120 mph ++ on straight-aways) is a breeze.* apparently there are 2 radiators and it holds 7 gallons of coolant. My water pump went out while I was on the freeway and all that extra fluid saved my motor. *I no longer drive like I mentioned above, but had to share



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Weeeeeeeeeee!

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Vehicle: 2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

When I got this Box 2 1/2 years ago, I had just finished driving a 1994 Honda Civic 220,000 miles from brand new. It was time for a new car. I love my Boxster. It's not the fastest car around but it drools every time we find a twisty back road. This car sticks like glue and I never feel out of control even in forced slides on wet pavement. (Hey, gotta have some fun some times!) I've taken it on long trips (over 600 miles in a day) and I have no back ache even though I'm 6'2". If you're thinking about getting one, do your research and get one now! I'm sorry I waited so long to do it myself.




Ignition switch replacement

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Vehicle: 2001 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

My Boxster needs an ignition switch replacement and my research indicates that the part sells for approximately $35. The dealership I go to informed me this morning that there has been a change in how they replace them now. They cannot just change that one part; they must do the entire assemby. Quoted me over $600. Can anyone tell me if this sounds realistic? Thank you.



27 of 27 people found this review helpful

Oil and coolant mixing

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Vehicle: 2001 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

My car at 8 years of age, but only 39,000 miles developed mixing of oil & coolant. There is no fix except a rebuilt engine ($14,000) from Porsche. One mechanic stated ran into problems needing parts on teardown that Porsche wouldn't supply. Turns out my problem not unique, Could not find one mechanic (coast to coast) or PCA or other tech advisers who had any other fix. Do your own research before buying any Porsche with M96 engine family which includes all Boxsters and 911's from 1999 through 2008. Bruce Gray, Roadrunner Region PCA



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M96 engine class cars

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Vehicle: 2001 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Great car. Owned Porsche's for 35 years until this car began to mix coolant and oil. NO FIX except rebuilt engine. Discovered not unusual. I will perhaps buy a Porsche again but NOT with M96 engine (1999-2008). NO help from PCNA or Porsche even for car with only 39,000 miles. Since average Porsche owner drives 6,000 miles a year, cars are usually out of warranty when the trouble strikes. Problem seems that no mechanic wants to take the engines apart, so only fix is $15,000 factory rebuilt engine. There are estimates out there suggesting 20% of this engine group cars will fail before hit 100,000 miles. Kind of like playing lottery to buy one. Ask a few mechanics about this!!!



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Full 2001 Porsche Boxster Review

What's New for 2001

Minor interior changes are in store for 2001. The Boxster S' thicker roof lining has migrated to the regular Boxster. Both cars now feature a hidden cell phone antenna, a gauge cluster design similar to the 911's, improved interior lighting and better dashboard material quality. Porsche has also added a new button to the ignition key to control the driver seat and outside memory function. In terms of optional equipment, the sophisticated Porsche Stability Management system is now available for the Boxster and Boxster S.

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Talk About The 2001 Boxster

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seanbeck
seanbeck
03-07-2013
I am glad you were able to get rid of it before it got worse...I am sure the dealer you've traded it in can rebuild and upgrade Boxster and sell it at hefty profit :-) ..if that makes you feel any bet...


habitat1
habitat1
05-17-2005
Yes, I agree an S2000 is cheaper to maintain than a Boxster, but then it's a cheaper car, isn't it?...


habitat1
habitat1
05-12-2005
I don't disagree with you that the Boxster S and S2000 go about there business in very different ways. Frankly, I would have thought you, the far more discerning definer of "sports car" mig...



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