Porsche Boxster Roadster 2004 - 2009

Porsche Boxster Roadster 2004 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Perfect balance and handling
  • Large boot space for a sports car
  • Exhilarating driving experience

Cons:

  • Extremely high running costs
  • Poor levels of standard equipment for the price

Overview

This second generation Boxster is an impressively looking car that looks stylish with the fabric roof both up and down. Don't expect the ride and interior to be disappointing just because it's the entry level Porsche. The Boxster will treat you to exceptional handling with sharp and precise steering, excellent body control and grip in the corners and the interior is pure luxury with comfortable and supportive seats and stacks of storage space for a sports car.

Exterior and Interior

This new generation Boxster looks even more impressive than the previous model with sleeker lines and subtle changes almost everywhere. It grabs people attention whether it's roaring down the motorway or cruising through town on the way to the shops. The interior is just as impressive with top of the range materials and state of the art kit that bathes the driver in luxury. The cabin may feel small to drivers over 6 feet, but for the majority of people it will feel nice and snug. The seats are amazingly comfortable and supportive enabling the driver and passenger to stay comfortable on even the longest of journeys. The luggage space is situated at both the front and rear ends of the Boxster thanks to its engine being situated in the middle of the car making it extremely practical as a sports car. In total there is 280litres of space with it being split 130 / 150litres for the back and front respectively with the space under the bonnet being deep which will enable you to put small cases in it. There are additional storage spaces in the form of a large glove compartment, a good sized storage compartment under the middle arm rest and door pockets that double as arm rests with their flip up lids. The roof is surprisingly quick and easy to open once you've undone the stiff central catch. The roof will disappear in only 12 seconds and is back up again in the same time. With the top down there is some wind buffeting so we would recommend that you opt for the additional wind deflector, especially is you are going to be travelling at 70mph. The trim is extremely well crafted and is of the highest quality feeling sold and durable and feels sophisticated. The standard Boxster trim level comes equipped with electric windows, electric folding roof, 17 inch alloys, pop up spoiler, trip computer, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors and electrically adjustable front seats.

Performance and Economy

The two 2.7-litre engines with 240bhp and 245bhp both perform similarly with the 245bhp engine managing 1mpg more than the original engine at 30mpg and is one split second faster at 5.9 seconds from 0-60mph. The 3.2-litre S engine with its 280bhp is more fuel efficient than the larger engine that replaced it in 2006 managing 27mpg, but is slightly slower accelerating from 0 to 60mph in just 5.3 seconds. The larger and more powerful 3.4-litre S manages 26mpg, just behind the smaller engine and is slightly quicker going from 0 to 60mph in just over 5 seconds. All of the engines are excellent with the wonderfully distinctive engine note being carried through to the driver. The gearboxes are all exceptionally smooth changing gears quickly and easily. The engines range between insurance groups 43 and 48 with the smallest engines obviously being the cheapest.

Like to Drive

As you would expect from a Porsche the Boxster is an absolute dream to drive with plenty of grip in the corners which is helped with its sharp and perfectly weighted steering taking the corners with impressive precision. The lack of body roll only adds to the sense of being firmly planted to the road on even the worst of surfaces with absolutely no body shake which is impressive in a convertible. The driving position is perfect with the driver being able to find the perfect position with ease. The S models feel the more enthusiastic of the two engines especially on twisting country lanes roads and when you open the throttle on the motorway.

Faults and Repairs

Porches have proven to be extremely reliable and solidly built over the years and as such there have been few faults to report. The only warning we would offer is don't accept any cars that have clearly not been looked after well as they will probably end up having serious problems in the near future and will cost you an arm and a leg to repair. Also make sure it has a full compliment of service history and that it was carried out by Porsche main dealerships. You should check to make sure that the roof opens and closes fluidly and that there are no rips or tears in the material as it will cost a lot to repair. As you would expect from a Porsche the repairs and service costs are high. Specialist garages can be used, but just make sure that the parts that are used for repairs are original Porsche parts.


Overall Rating:
Review by Gypsum74
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Like an expensive mistress"

Exterior and Interior

Beautiful exterior lines that turn heads when you pass. Missing the interior comforts that you get with most cars these days no bluetooth/ average stereo and the sat nav was pitiful. Neither boot fits a decent size suitcase.

Performance and Economy

Enough punch; takes a while to react (automatic gearbox) but then launches you forward. Quite thirsty. Averaged around 25 mpg.

Like to Drive

Fun; never better than on windy back country roads with the roof down and ACDC blasting. Wouldn't recommend if you're doing lots of motorway driving. Fair bit of oversteer on occasion around the corners.. <

Faults and Repairs

Where to start :( in 5 months I replaced all 4 tires, all brakes and discs, front suspension; arms and shocks, water pump, auxiilliary belt, window motor and all four O2 sensors... the gear box was starting to go too... time to cut my losses.
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Review by JohnO
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Poor mans Porsche? No chance!"

Exterior and Interior

Basalt black, with black leather and the aluminium extras. Super build quality and fantastic Porsche interior. Air con and leather a must, dont even consider lower spec. I had the manual version but this was choice. Many are tiptronic.

Performance and Economy

Superb balance and no real shocks or surprises. No matter how hard or soft I seemed to drive the MPG was always averaging at 30! The 3.2 version would have been great fun and certainly the 2.7 felt it should go quicker, but that was the only real difference.

Like to Drive

Great daily car. Never tiring and huge boot space in both front bonnet and back! If you only need a 2 seater this surely has to be the one to go for. Great sounding exhaust note and unmistakably Porsche. <

Faults and Repairs

Tyres a little expensive, but forgivable as all other maintenance is nominal. I covered 20000 miles in 8 months and nothing missed a beat. A classic in the making...
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