Have driven and owned many cars in my life, and this little Boxster is by far the most fun to drive. The only one I have driven that comes close was a 1965 Jag XKE coupe. The only negative was the IMS bearing issue that I noticed before it became a catastrophe, and had replaced with a LN Engineering ceramic ball bearing IMS bearing. Worth every penny. There's nothing like the growl of that boxster engine at 5500 rpms, or the handling on turns. You haven't experienced the pleasure of real driving until you take one of theses babies out for a spin.
Owning a Boxster has been everything I thought it would be and more. Nothing beats cruising around with the top down on a beautiful day! I drive my car every day, rain or shine (it's my primary vehicle), and still get psyched each time I see it (it's really mine!) and get inside and start driving. I would recommend definitely getting the car checked out by an independent (not affiliated with the dealer/seller) mechanic before you buy. Although the Boxster is a great car, it's not cheap to own, and you want to make sure the one that you buy is in good shape. I haven't had any major problems with mine, although the top did get stuck in the down position, but was easy and relatively cheap to fix.
I purchased a used 2000 Boxster S several years ago with low mileage. Everything has been fantastic including the dealer service in Palm Beach FL. I made due with the cup holder that latches onto the driver vent as well....
While I agree with all the positive comments about the Boxster my bought new 2000 suffered a bearing failure at 22,000 miles and five years which required total engine replacement. Factory 3/36 had run out. No consideration from Porsche. Known problem. I could have bought many more Porsches in my life but never again.
This car was purchased about a month ago with around 34,000 miles on the clock, but I have to say that it feels and drives like a brand new car. The steering is direct and full of feel. The engine pulls urgently from 3,500rpm and sounds fantastic doing it, and the 6-speed manual is a model of precision. The seats are comfortable, and the interior still looks great even eight years after the car was built. I would have no trouble recommending a Boxster S to anyone in the market for a two-seat drop top.
This is a torque monster, especially next to the S2000. Sidestepping the clutch at any engine speed results in SEVERE axle tramp. Inside the cabin, the driver's face shakes as the vehicle thumps along. This ruckus makes it extremely difficult to ascertain whether ample wheelspin is taking place. Although feathering the clutch results in less axle tramp, it does not aid times. Best times were still achieved with significant thumping. Huge tach makes it obvious that this is a performance car, not a marketing exercise. By contrast the insignificant speedometer off to the left of the driver is difficult to read, suggesting that actual speed is irrelevant. It's far easier to watch the tach, and just glance below it at the digital numeral telling you what speed you have reached.
The Honda ousts the Porsche in this category. Not only does it show in the numbers, but in the brake feel as well. Yeah, braking in the 120's is very, very good, but not, perhaps, Porschesque. It takes significantly more pedal effort than the S2000, and kicks back at the driver. There is no fade, and stability is perfect. It just feels like there should be more power from the amount of effort the driver is exerting on the pedal.
Far easier to drive, and far more balanced than the Honda. Traction control system is very good and extremely unintrusive. In fact, the car can get plenty bent out of shape with it on. Best times were achieved with the system operational. Runs with it off resulted in a significant amount of twitchiness. Entrance speeds of almost 75 mph are astounding. The communication and feedback the car gives are second to none. It's a far easier car to drive than the Honda, and its limits are more easily approached because of it. Consistency is its strong point, as many of our runs were right on top of the best run. With the Honda, most runs are significantly off of the best time, due to the surgical precision that is required to extract maximum performance.