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Tiptronic S
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By Raphael Gergi
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2003 Porsche Boxster Convertible S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I first bought a boxster 1997 2.5L and was absolutely sad about the performance however sold it and got my Boxster S 2003 3.2L, reliable car yes however been finding some difficulties with the transmission (solenoid, Valve Body etc.), i also feel that the car needed a slight increase in the power.


Best Features

Sound of the exhaust and handling !


Worst Features

Interior could've been better for a 2003 Model


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Think Again!
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By tulsajack
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2003 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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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!


Best Features

Handling, styling. The Porsche "panache" was fun until you find out it's meaningless, a total farce.


Worst Features

Warnings that Porsche will leave you high & dry when it comes to backing the product they built. Their treatment of me & many others is completely legal, and cost me an unexpected $7-12,000. The dealer suggested a new short block engine installed for $24,000.


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Easy to drive quickly
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By soccercoach99
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2003 Porsche Boxster Convertible 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


Review

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 Features

handling, balance, brakes, top (quick down , quiet up), basic sold feel even at embarrassing speeds!


Worst Features

looking for a good non-dealer mechanic to get away from exorbitant hourly rates and practices at "luxury" dealer -- just because we like fine cars we still deserve good service at a fair price.


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best of the sports convertibles
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By GF
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2003 Porsche Boxster Convertible S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Styling, handling, easy to drive, lots of presence. Two trunks very practical & roomy for a small car.


Worst Features

Bose stereo sub-par for the option price.


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Xlnt sports convertible
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By GF
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2003 Porsche Boxster Convertible S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Handling balance, cornering, braking, top down driving are the best. Build quality, mechanical design and materials, and exterior finish is excellent. Windstop behind seats works. Well insulated top with glass rear window. Pretty good mileage for performance car. Two trunks provide enough space.


Worst Features

Some interior detailing/materials is cheap to the touch. Stereo is very poor sound quality (even the expensive Bose upgrade). Not enough space behind seats, probably not enough leg room for tall people.


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