I really wanted an Elise, but ...
I bought the Silver Bullet with 43K miles on her.
I have had the base model 2007 Boxster for 3 months/ 7000 miles.
I have had no mechanical issues with the car.
I did have to replace the front brakes and rear main seal but that is to be expected in a used Boxster of this age.
The black leather interior is quite nice, there are
no cracks even at 50K miles.
Interior comfort features are somewhat as space is at a premium.
Build quality, fit and finish are better than I expected.
I am really starting to like this car.
It makes me smile...
when I see it, when I drive it, and when the girls holla at me drivin by.
I sometimes turn the Bose stereo off in favor of the exhaust note.
The car is quite practical for its impracticality - the two trunks are quite handy for grocery runs or luggage.
The Boxster is not the fastest car to 60, but it handles great.
I do wish it had just a teensy bit more power (or less weight) or that I could have afforded the S model.
She leaks just a lil bit on the passenger side somewhere.
I gotta get that checked.
Maintenance items can be pricey.
Potential buyers - have the vehicle you are interested in inspected.
This is car Nirvana.
It's a tight squeeze for the 6' 4" or taller people; but it fits me just fine :)
My bride and I ordered this car in June of 2006 as our wedding gift to each other. Even though we bought the "base" Boxster, we optioned it up with all the goodies including the hardtop to a list of $67000! We got the base as it has plenty of power, great performance and really does get over 30 mpg on the highway. It is great for tooling around the backroads of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West (by God) Virginia and Maryland and can hold enough luggage for a week and still have room left for making frequent stops at the wineries! The overall performance is superb. I have owned Alfas, Fiats, Lancias, Triumphs and nothing compares to the Porsche. Expensive yes, but well worth it.
Handling, comfort, trunk space (yes, trunk space), performance, gas mileage, braking, good (not great) Bose stereo, full-leather interior, build quality.
Key fob is a pain in the rear. Literally! The key is way too large as the remote functions are "built in" and it is too easy to open the trunks or lock the car just by sitting down! Otherwise, the GPS is archaic by today's standards but can be programmed while in motion, preferably by the co-pilot
It is nearly impossible to stop smiling when driving this engaging car. The precise, responsive handling and cornering ability are superb. The 245 hp base engine provides plenty of power and torque when kept in the right RPM bands. It excels on twisty side roads, but is a fairly comfortable highway cruiser. Front and rear trunks provide surprising capacity. No problems whatsoever after 2-1/2 years of varied driving. I never want to drive anything else.
Amazing handling and balance. Luggage capacity and practicality as a daily driver. Fun factor.
Gas mileage could be better; gets down around 20mpg when driven at high revs.
It handles like a sports car, but has a very smooth ride. I still can't believe the power in acceleration. I traded in a Mazda Miata, so this is quite a step up. It functions very well as an everyday car, and the storage space is a bonus. This is certainly a car you can take on a weekend with luggage. There are so many features including an onboard computer that it may be months before I know the full potential of this vehicle. The downside (or upside depending on your perspective) is I'll probably never buy any other car than a Porsche.
The automatic top down feature is wonderful. Gone are the old days of jumping out of the car in a rainstorm to close the top.
The upgraded radio is good, but not the wraparound sound I would expect. There seems to be an issue with the check engine light going on after filling the gas tank. Other than that it is perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.
This is a great car. It's not that fast but it handles like nothing else. Seems to be on rails and takes corners 10 times better than anything I've driven. I only get 20 mpg and that was with conservative driving before my 2000 mile break-in period. The paint chips very easily, more easily than any car I've had. And the seats are extremely narrow at the shoulders. If fact, they hurt and I'm considering some after market seats. Seems you have to be a skinny teenager to fit in the seats. But overall it's a thrill to drive down winding roads.
Comfortable seats with wider shoulders. A more durable paint job. The exhaust noise is quietly subtle. Wished it was throatier. Mileage is so-so.