Used Vehicle Review: Porsche Boxster, 1997-2004 – Autos.ca

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Porsche Boxster

September 18, 2008

To paraphrase the Thunderbirds, #8220;Wrap it up, I#8217;ll it.#8221;

Many a car enthusiast love to walk into a dealership and say these words, but pesky money issue seems to get in the way #8211; as in, there#8217;s enough of it to put the P-car in your

Those values look close to what you#8217;ll sellers asking at AutoTrader.ca, but far from the only place to for a used Porsche. This FAQ offers a list of places to naturally, your local classifieds are always a good Getting in touch with a Porsche club is a good too.

2002 Porsche ; photo by Laurance Yap. image to enlarge

The original Boxster came in base flavour; these were powered by a 2.5-litre that made 201 horsepower. would remain the case 2000, when the more S model was introduced. It used a six-cylinder good for 249 horsepower, the base model got a larger motor producing 217 horses.

power increases came in 228 hp in base cars, and 255 in the Boxster S, engine sizes remained the The 2004 model run included the production Boxster S 550 Spyder Anniversary Edition, whose engine got a five-horsepower bump the regular S model.

Transmission were a five-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic automatic in cars, or a six-speed manual or auto in the Boxster S.

As performance cars go, the Boxster to mention many 911 models) is a fuel-efficient car if you can muster the willpower to it gently. In 1999, the car earned Resources Canada fuel ratings of 12.3 L/100 km and 8.2 L/100 km (highway) with a transmission.

The numbers are even in later cars, where a model is rated at 11.7/7.4, and the S at again, both with transmissions.

This is one situation the manual transmission is not only fun, but will use less in normal driving than the

In 2003, the original plastic window was replaced by glass, these later models a more desirable. Other changes were limited to cosmetic updates.

The 2004 model year was the for the first-generation (986) Boxster, as the (987) car arrived in 2005.

Porsche Boxster S; photo by Williams. Click image to

Porsches are terrific cars, to be but they#8217;re still cars. As they#8217;re prone to mechanical and maintenance issues, just any vehicle.

Some Boxster were prone to cracked or cylinder liners, but a 2000 resolved that problem. The of the car being discussed in this at Babblers.org suspects a bad cylinder was the cause of his car#8217;s demise.

keep an eye on the twin front-mounted According to the FAQ at Babblers.org. the low-mounted aren#8217;t well-protected from debris and can become clogged time, reducing cooling The FAQ suggests removing the front and cleaning around the radiators two or three years.

Porsche Boxster

The FAQ also suggests regular of the drains in the convertible top storage If these get clogged, water build up and eventually collect on the of the cockpit, a situation that can the car#8217;s electronic control which are under the seats.

Porsche Boxster; photo by Purcell. Click image to

A run-down battery is a bit of a catch-22, as prevents access to the front which is where the battery is The FAQ suggests a couple of work-arounds.

It#8217;s worth remembering no matter how much you like on your own cars, the Boxster a terribly DIY-friendly vehicle: the motor is accessible only below, the only topside points being the oil and coolant points in the rear trunk.

Canada has issued a couple of for the Boxster, but neither is terribly and most of the used examples on the today will likely had these issues resolved

Neither the Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS), nor the National Traffic Safety Administration has crash-tested the Boxster.

Any high-end can be a dicey used purchase, as repairs and parts can be expensive. On the though, the Boxster appears to be a solid car, mechanically. even Consumer Reports#8217; shows far less evidence of trouble, which is usually European cars prove

The publication does note a few areas, notably in fuel and aforementioned engine flaw.

My then, is this: if your limits you to an older model, for one that has a solid service so you can see what has and hasn#8217;t been with already. Alternately, a model with fewer and the revised engine design prove trusty provided, that the recommended maintenance has been followed.

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