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2003 Porsche Boxster

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Xlnt sports convertible
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By GF
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2003 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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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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Fun, but costly...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tice75
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2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

The looks, the power, the quickness, the convertible top! I opted for this year because in 2003, the back window was glass instead of plastic.


Worst Features

This is the part that makes owning a vehicle like this painful. Little things that go wrong and break are extremely costly! Fortunately I had an ext. warranty most of the time that I owned it, but buyer beware! You'll spend a minimum of $300 every time you take it in... but it's a Porsche, right?


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A Future Classic
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By pwr
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2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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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.


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First Porsche
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Wais
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2003 Porsche Boxster S 2dr Convertible (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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This is my first Porsche and a dream come true. I love every minute of driving it, washing it, and detailing it. I was afraid of getting a Porsche for all the horror stories you hear; expensive, costly maintenance, costly parts, unreliable etc. I bought it used with a 3/36,000 premium warranty and only 24K miles at under $28k! You can't get an average Japanese or American car for that price. After checking Consumer Reports and JD Power and Associates ratings, I decided to get it. Get it and you won't regret it. Life is too short not to have fun. Just cover your basis with a warranty, low mileage, and Carfax, then live life!


Best Features

Design, exhaust note, color, and performance.


Worst Features

Reduce wind noise and increase seating length. Even at 5'6", I find myself cramped at times. The wind deflector helps but you still get some wind at the top of your head. I don't mind but my wife hates it.


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Raucous Fun in the Sun
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By Speed Yellow
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2003 Porsche Boxster 2dr Convertible (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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I feel that the outstanding sense of balance is a Boxster's trademark. It's not the fastest of two seat roadsters (even in S form), but it is surely the most fun to drive. The car's handling instills confidence in even the most tenuous of drivers. Cornering is effortless; the car's center of gravity feels like it is located under your seat. The the suspension communicates precisely what you need to know and it transmits your steering and throttle inputs with a smooth competency. The engine sings at higher RPM and begs to be revved to its limits, that's where the power band is and that's where the whole driving experience comes together, putting a big, goofy grin on your face. It's Heaven.


Best Features

Superb suspension--terrific balance between handling and comfort. Sweet revving engine with plenty of power at higher RPM. Plenty of room for big guys for such a small car. Terrific styling. Power convertible top is easy to use. Glass rear window (2003 models & after) aids rear vision. Two trunks!


Worst Features

Vertical seat adjustment (driver's side) has flimsy handle that breaks easily. Poor cup holder design and location. Somewhat difficult to get to the engine bay (takes about 15 minutes to gain access). Expensive repairs and maintenance at Porsche dealers.


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