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This was my third Porsche (the first two were used 911s) and my first new purchase of one. I finding driving the Boxster to be a far more refined experience compared to my previous Porsche (a 1997 911 Cab). Yet the performance compared to that earlier generation is similar, and the cost far less. A true joy to drive.
A pleasure to drive
Pros: Engine sound
Cons: Blind spotsThis car has more than adequate power, and it feels as though you're driving a rocket. It's also comfortable and luxurious, like cars costing much more. Overall it's the most fun car I've ever owned, and I've had BMW's and Mercedes as well.
Pros: Tight responsive handling.
Cons: Bose system is not all that great
Advice: Don't buy a lot of optionsTight, crisp, responsive, on rails, steering. Adequate acceleration and very good gas mileage for a car in this performance range if you stay off heavy throttle use. Hard to do. Just plain fun to drive. Have 1500 miles so far on new 2007 Cayman.
Pros: dashboard crono to time yourself.
Advice: Cayman S has more powerThe seats are ok but not the ultimate in confort, The car is set up for speed if you want confort or long drives this car is not it. The handling is suberb specially at high speeds, cornering rocks. I do have a second vehicle so this is my Sunday car, I would not recomend this as a primary car specially for long drives.
Pros: Grip and traction at speed.
Cons: Unexpected downshifts when braking.
Advice: Drive all the others and then all 911 versions first. Everything Porsche is an option it seems.After driving a friend's '04 C4S, an 07 C2 S, 05 Viper and my own Corvette C5 I found true love in my 06 C4S. I got the Tiptronic (yeah, I know) but my left foot forgives my right foot since the left can finally rest when I'm otherwise busy or in traffic even though my right foot can't get the extra .2 seconds speed it usually seems to prefer. No more side slipping take offs like in rear wheel drive and show-off hard turns do not embarrass most drivers by pressure testing off-road obstacles and giving pre-Christmas gifts to the body shop guys.
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: carrera s is the one to buy; over carrera or c4sIncredible power, balance, and drivability..........have owned 6 Porsches, and this is by far the best.