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Porsche Boxster and Boxster S

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  • Two crucial facets differentiate the Boxster S from its bigger brother the 911. First, this vehicle is a roadster, which simply means that it doesn’t have a fixed roof. Second, the car also benefit from a beautifully balanced set-up due to the mid-engine design. Compared to the 911, the Boxster S doesn’t suffer from a rear heavy body which is prone to oversteer. Read: it is the more planted handler of the two. Beginning in ’07, the Boxster S is fitted with a bigger engine as that found in the Cayman S. Engine displacement is raced from 3.2 to 3.4 liters, translating to peak figures of 295 HP (up from 280 HP) and 254 lb-ft of torque (up from 236 lb-ft). The Boxster S also comes standard with VarioCam Plus technology. This dual-stage valve lift and valve timing system allows for a more responsive feeling all across the power band since it improves low-end torque and high end power. Best of all, it optimizes engine efficiency for better allowing fuel economy. Having benefited from a mid-mounted power plant that not only makes more power but also boasts a better fuel economy, choosing between this car and its twin-brother the Cayman relies simply on whether you enjoy driving with or without the sun. Either way…both Porsches promise one engaging stint behind the wheel. Over and above all the details is the excellent performance of the Boxster. This is a Porsche in all aspects of the term. There's more than enough power, well-engineered auto parts,excellent handling, and surprising comfort. My experience with some sports cars is their relative discomfort, which is always mitigated by the performance. The Boxster's seats are deep enough for side support, yet flat enough to make entry and exit less of a problem.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,631
    engine failures/fires was an isolated situation with the very first Boxsters - am I incorrect? I thought the Boxster got rave reviews for dependability, almost approaching a Honda-like status....

    Look back about 20 posts for more info on Boxster engine failures. Even if you discount engine problems no one would call them "Honda-like" as routine maintainence is pretty expensive and frequent even if you go to an indie specialist.

    OTOH I just got this year's Consumer Reports Auto issue nd only the '05 model year of the Boxster shows above average incidences of engine problems. '06 and '07 models show much less than average for engine problems.
    They didn't have enough responses for '08 models.

    The plot thickens. :confuse: .

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • ponderpointponderpoint Posts: 277
    "Look back about 20 posts for more info on Boxster engine failures."

    Whoah!!!! OK, I never knew.

    Pretty substantial rap sheet on the engine. After reading multiple reports of problems suffice it to say I am extremely disappointed in Porsche - if they sincerely believe it is "reasonable" and "routine" to replace the engine at 100k miles.... They are living on another planet.

    We are coming into the age of 100k mile tune-up, not 100k engine replacement, apparently the folks at Porsche got the two mixed up. I'm not expecting "Honda-like" maintenance but that engine problem is NOT reasonable. I guess it explains the ebay oddity..... Pretty sad.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,631

    Pretty substantial rap sheet on the engine


    I've come across some info in direct contradiction to the reports of Porsche engine failures we've been getting from TTAC.

    The 2009 New Car issue of Consumer Reports is out and I looked at the Frequency of Repair Bullet charts for Used Cars and only 2005 MY Boxsters show a higher than average incidence of engine problems. In all of the other four years where they had a big enough sample, the Boxster had a Much Better than Average incidence of engine repairs as well as a MBTA overall score which is probably why the 2009 Boxster is one of CR's 2009 "Recommended" buys.

    I know that CR isn't exactly the Bible and all kinds of things can skew the sample of a particular car but I've usually found the CR bullet charts to be a pretty good predictor of how reliable a particular car's going to be.

    It's also important to note that starting in '09 the 987s get new engines of different design that eliminates the Intermediate Shaft (IMS) that has been a factor in most reported engine failures.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • sie1sie1 Posts: 1
    I plan to purchase a new 2008 Boxster S within the next couple of weeks. Has
    anyone had any experiences in buying a new Boxster. I noted that the 2007 closeout discounts were around 10-15% . However , with the bad economy and the fact that Porsche delayed the introduction of the 2009 models for 7 months, I 've heard talk of 25%-30% discounts being given. I've also noticed that the RS60 and Design Edition II haven't sold well at all. Seems to be 100s of these still around.
    thanks for any advice
  • I spotted a low mileage 2002 boxster and am considering it as a play thing. Is anyone satisfied with a similar item or know of reasons I should not proceed?
  • dtownmildtownmil Posts: 23
    If anyone has info on where to go to have scuffs on wheels repaired, it would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • dtownmildtownmil Posts: 23
    I just purchased a 2000 and couldn't be happier. Got close to 30 MPG on the way home. Great car. Tons of fun. As any Boxster owner knows.
  • dtownmildtownmil Posts: 23
    Is the fear of engine failure real? Mine has a small RMS leak and I've chosen not to worry about it for now. I keep an eye out to make sure it doesn't get worse, and it doesn't.

    I would be screwed if I had a IMS failure, but are there any real numbers of how many of these fail?

    Mine is a 2000 2.7L with 58K. Right now, I have no warranty on it. If the engine goes it's out of my pocket. Anyone think it's worth purchasing a three thousand dollar warranty for chance of failure?

    Any input is appreciated.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,631
    There are no hard numbers out on Boxster motor failures that I know of other than the Frequency of Repair charts in Consumer Reports which show that the incidence of motor repairs is "Much Less Than Average" for almost every model year..

    A leaking RMS isn't by itself a big issue but you want to keep a careful eye on the dip stick, running low on oil will result in a wrecked motor in any car. If I were you I'd ask a couple of experienced Porsche mechanics for an estimate on repairing the RMS and an opinion on whether the extended warranty is worthwhile.

    A word of caution about the EW: You have to be an experienced tech, combined with a Philadelphia Lawyer degree to figure out whether you'll be covered in the event of any specific failure.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • dtownmildtownmil Posts: 23
    My 2000 has 18" wheels. Can anyone recommend long-lasting semi-inexpensive tires?

    Now have Pirelli Pzero Rosso's, but one front one has a small bulge in it. May try to get some pro-rated assistance to replace the fronts.

    I've heard that these tires will wear very quickly. Also, I do not track or race the car, so I do not need the best performing tire, just adequate. I don't want something that will squeal on the road.

    thanks.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,631
    Call Tire Rack, tell 'em what you need, how long do those P-Zeros last?

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • I have it on a 2000 Boxster S please email me at denniswilson123@yahoo.com I will give you all info,my car will be covered in next Excellence Magazine which will be out in next week also,so send me a note and I will email back
  • wickiwicki Posts: 1
    Sie 1 said: "I noted that the 2007 closeout discounts were around 10-15% . However , with the bad economy and the fact that Porsche delayed the introduction of the 2009 models for 7 months, I 've heard talk of 25%-30% discounts being given."

    A few questions:

    1) To Sie1 or anyone who may have recently purchased a Porsche Boxster ... can you share some info about your purchase and of your experience?

    2) To everyone ... were such discounts really given? And what price range could one expect to pay for a 2008 and 2007 Boxster S with say less than 4000 miles in this present market? And what are the must have "perks"? And is it better to buy from a dealer vs a private seller?

    Thanks! :shades:
  • carlover3carlover3 Posts: 29
    I purchased a left-over brand new 2008 Boxster, and I love to drive it.
    A couple questions as a new porsche owner:
    1. what can I expect from the wind deflector ? it's not cheap, i called some local Porsche parts stores and they quote it over $500 plus the labor to install it.
    And if I decide to buy it, is there an online store for it for a lower price ? ( can it be mch lower than $500 ?) and it needs professional installation or how easy to install it at home ?
    2. what/where would be good/reliable/reasonable-pricing online stores for buying bosxter accessories and maintenance parts ( other than the Porsche parts stores, from which the prices are very high) ?
    3. where would be another popular online forum(s) for Boxster for learning more experiences from other Boxster owners ?
    Any tips would be very appreciated. Thanks much!
    CarLover
  • Hi, I have a 1999 porsche boxter. I took my battery out for the winter and now when I go to put it back in I notice that BOTH battery cables are black. There is no sign or marking that differentiates positive or negative. I have no idea which goes on the positive battery post. (Its not obvious based on the battery either because it was a new after market battery purchase last year).

    Can anyone please tell me how to absolutely confirm which battery cable on the porsche boxter is the positive and negative cable? Thank you
  • dtownmildtownmil Posts: 23
    Without looking at it at the moment, I can tell you that my positive cable is the one on the passenger side. Can't think of a way to identify it until I look at it. I'll try to post again after I've had a look.

    2000 Boxster
  • carlover3carlover3 Posts: 29
    I posted this same message before, and did not get any replies,
    I like to try my questions again, please advise some answers.
    Thanks!

    I purchased a left-over brand new 2008 Boxster, and I love to drive it.
    A couple questions as a new porsche owner:
    1. what can I expect from the wind deflector ? it's not cheap, i called some local Porsche parts stores and they quote it over $500 plus the labor to install it.
    And if I decide to buy it, is there an online store for it for a lower price ? ( can it be mch lower than $500 ?)
    and it needs professional installation or how easy to install it at home ?

    2. what/where would be good/reliable/reasonable-pricing online stores for buying bosxter accessories and maintenance parts ?
    ( other than the Porsche parts stores, from which the prices are very high)

    3. where would be another popular/reliable online forum(s) for Boxster for learning more experiences from other Boxster owners ?
    Any tips would be very appreciated. Thanks much!
    CarLover
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,631
    1. what can I expect from the wind deflector ? it's not cheap, i called some local Porsche parts stores and they quote it over $500 plus the labor to install it.
    And if I decide to buy it, is there an online store for it for a lower price ? ( can it be much lower than $500 ?)
    and it needs professional installation or how easy to install it at home ?


    What you can expect is a reduction in the amount of backdraft entering the cockpit. $500 seems like a lt for a simple piece of plastic. If I were you I'd type the words "Porsche cockpit wind deflector" into a search engine and see what came up.

    The Edmund's rules prohibit creating a direct link to other auto forums so I'll just tell you to try the Porsche Club of America for a Boxster forum (www.pca.org).

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • boxterrccboxterrcc Posts: 1
    Check out the latest comparison from Car and Driver--plus video on youtube (sorry don't have link). New Z4 vs Vette vs Audi TTS and Boxster S. They got a 0-60 tie between Vette and Boxster S at 4.3 seconds! Incredible.... maybe that'll shut up the vette folks who love to claim their straight line performance is so much better (albeit, it was a convertible with auto not the Z06).
  • lisahulisahu Posts: 1
    I've had two Boxsters, both with wind deflectors and I recommend them highly. It made a big difference in the amount of wind in the cockpit while driving. I have a set from my last Boxster, which includes the plastic insert between the seats and the two screens that pop into the headrests. They are all in perfect condition and available for sale on Seattle's Craigslist under auto parts and accessories for $150. I'm certain they will fit Boxsters up to year 2004 - you'll need to confirm if there was a change after that. You may need some hardware drilled into the roll bars to hold the plastic screen in place but should be inexpensive.
    I wish I still had the car but a new baby meant a change of cars. Good luck to you!
  • jjnxr7njjnxr7n Posts: 2
    i am thinking of buying a 2001 boxer with 46500 miles on it for $18,000.00 IS This a good deal the carfax show no problem
  • wire10wire10 Posts: 1
    I have an 02 Boxster ( milage-41K) that just got this disease & out of warranty. "On average "-when does the clutch need to be replaced and what would be an estimate of the cost for both clutch & RMS repair at an authorized dealer?
  • Sounds a little high. I recentley paid $14,500 for my 2000 with 58K miles. Included hard top, all accesseries, and two sets of tires.
  • My 2002 Boxster's plastic rear window has developed a small (1/2" crack). Any suggestions on what I can use to seal this?

    Thanks!
  • Looking at a 2001 Boxster S w/36 K miles, racing wheels, new pirelli tires, and spotless. oothwe upgrades. asking $19500. is this a good deal? also concerned about engine failure problems, especially oil leak with oil and coolant mixing. how prevalent is this problem? has scared me off for now. other problems?
  • marygimarygi Posts: 7
    I just had my '04Boxster experience an Intermediate shaft failure w/52,000. I am also very fortunate to convince PNA to repair it at no charge.
    $19,500 is probably not out of line for an S with such low miles.
    There are no percentages of IMS failure in Boxsters, however the scuttlebut among drivers is that PNA is aware of the problem on the 996 engines and the failure rate could be as high as 20%. All the new Box's have better IMS installed and it can be retrofitted (as mine supposadly was).
  • marygimarygi Posts: 7
    You might start by visiting the Boxster Babblers web-site, a club out of SF area. Lots of chat. One of the members manufactures wind deflectors to reduce cabin noise and keep his wife's hair from blowing around.
  • I have a new 2009 Boxster. My wind deflector rattles and vibrates at speeds of 70 mph or more. Any suggestions about how I can fix this? It seems that there should be some type of reinforcement across the top of the plastic, from side to side, to prevent the vibration and shuddering. Any comments appreciated.
  • I have a 2009 Boxster with PDK. For some reason the car hesitates or slightly sputters sometimes. This is driving me crazy. The dealer says the car checks out ok but they've had some issues with the PDK clutch(es) slipping. My problems feels more like a fuel injection issue - like the engine is not getting fuel immediately. Does anyone else have this issue and has found a resolution? All replies appreciated. Thanks.
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