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2003 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 258 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Porsche Boxster

  • A midengine design and classic Porsche styling, not to mention sublime steering and brakes, give the Boxster a unique combination of traits that few cars can match at this price point.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Supreme handling characteristics, plenty of power in "S" format, relatively generous cargo capacity, fast power top operation.

  • Cons

    Price can quickly escalate due to costly options, some cheap interior trim.

  • What's New for 2003

    Minor visual updates, including revised front and rear fascias and gray (versus the previous yellow) tint for the turn signal lenses, along with a boost in output keep the Boxster relevant in the face of faster, more refined rivals.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Think again!

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Vehicle: 2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

My dream to own a Porsche. After 2 years & less than 57,000 miles, the engine self-destructed due to a design flaw - a GM alternator bearing used on the intermediate shaft failed and completely trashed the engine. Of course, Porsche lawyers admitted no fault on court documents when they settled, but somehow agreed to pay about 25% of owners' expenses totaling millions. I fell outside the terms of the settlement, so it's tough luck and $0. The repair will cost at least $7K, up to $12K with used parts. This flaw affects 911's also. Because this is a possible outcome, I will never buy another Porsche. Buy a Honda!




Easy to drive quickly

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Vehicle: 2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

We have seven cars, including a Honda S2000, Jaguar XJ8, and the American muscle classic 96 Impala SS. The Boxster is amazingly balanced, and really easy to drive quickly -- with the tiptronic, it's my wife's favorite drive now, and she goes "top down" on all suitable days. I like the Jag for traveling, and enjoy the motorcycle like qualities of the S2000, but have to marvel at Porsche's little roadster!




Best of the sports convertibles

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Vehicle: 2003 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Owned it from new; only car I kept this long (7+ years), it works fine as a daily driver not just for weekends. Can be expensive to own in terms of dealer maintenance costs and out or warranty work. Delivers on the promised fun quotient and design aged very well, still very current vs. 2010 model. True sports convertible, not just for boulevard.




Xlnt sports convertible

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Vehicle: 2003 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

Great choice for sports car convertible; very pricey new (keep options list down !) but worth the xtra money in the long run. More comfortable and useful size than it looks. Bought mine new and have used it as daily driver/only car for a number of years. Out of warranty repairs expenses can be high, but maintenance is just once a year for low mileage cars. Hard to give this car up, makes for a great 2nd car keeper once its past its prime.




Fun, but costly...

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Vehicle: 2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I was fortunate enough to own this vehicle for about 18 months. I bought it in 2007 with 5500 miles on it and put close to 20k on it in the year and a half that I owned it. It was near new! This car is incredibly fun to drive and the pick up is amazing. Being 6'4" tall, I was reasonably comfortable, but on long trips, a good stretch after a couple of hours is helpful. My overall ownership experience was OK, but it was rather expensive to own. I probably wouldn't buy another Porsche again.




A future classic

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Vehicle: 2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)

I've had this car for almost two years and haven't regretted buying it. Great reliability and fun to drive. A used Boxster is a great deal. My only misgiving is that the base model lacks low end torque - it is necessary to wind out the engine to 4000+ rpm to get good acceleration.



Full 2003 Porsche Boxster Review

What's New for 2003

Minor visual updates, including revised front and rear fascias and gray (versus the previous yellow) tint for the turn signal lenses, along with a boost in output keep the Boxster relevant in the face of faster, more refined rivals.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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