New Porsche Ratings
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2003 Porsche Boxster - S (M6)
Pros: Sizzling performance, tenacious handling, legendary reputation.
Cons: Costly options make the car upwards of 50K , vulnarable to attack by low-life.
Advice: After driving the very much entertaining Boxster S, it's no wonder that the Porsche has so many fans. The car is loads of fun.Driven sedately, the muscle-bound Boxster S is docile and easy to drive. But stab the throttle and the car blasts through the first four gears like a roller coaster rushing downhill, with the urgent song of the flat six at full cry. Speed is reigned in quickly by easily modulated and incredibly powerful brakes that feel as though they could stop a semi in short order. The 'S' is equally at ease running through various turns, possessing dead neutral poise that belies the rear-engine architecture. The steering has a reassuring heft and plenty of feedback that allows one to easily settle into a rhythm. In the ugly reality of rush-hour traffic, however, one quickly realizes why so many people opt for automatics in their sports cars. Work the S's heavy clutch enough and you might expect your left leg to resemble Arnold's in his bodybuilding heyday. Fortunately, Porsche offers its Tiptronic-style automatic transmission as an option. So no excuses not to get on!
2003 Porsche Boxster - S (M6)
Pros: Extraordinary styling and an equally brilliant interior make it the best sport car Ive ever owned. previous/current cars: Mazda RX7 '93; BMW M3 '99; BMW M5 01'; Mercedes S500 '03. Fun to drive. Very fast.
Cons: Expensive for most, a little cramped on the inside (im 6'6''), 3 theift attempts and I live in Beverly Hills, Ca!
Advice: The Porsche Boxster S is for those who don't want a classless 350Z and eye sore Z4precise, neutral steering; an aversion by the car to roll, squat or dive under heavy g forces or severe braking, and an almost insurmountable tendency to stay glued to the street and go precisely where it's told! And thats with the stability managment system ($799) off! Even in atrocious weather and some pretty determined driving I never ever feel the thing kick in, Thank you PSM!!!
2003 Porsche Cayenne - S
Cons: The gas mileage
Advice: Drive everthing else first. This is the King of sport utes!Couldn't believe how the Cayenne performed on my test drive. It just blew away all the competition I was comparing it to. This thing really performs like a true Porsche. Glad there won't be many on the road. The Cayenne deserves special status. All those X5's drivers will just stare and admire.
2003 Porsche Cayenne - Turbo
Pros: performance, integrity of design and build
Cons: the computer controled functions are subject to hiccups and complicated, but still less than the new S and 7 class cars
Advice: You can buy a Toyota if all you need is to get around, but.....An overused word today but it perfectly describes it-awsome performance. It really does drive like a Porsche. A high performance sports car. It just looks like an SUV, and not a particularly good looking one either. But the appearance grows on you. The purists need to drive before opening their mouth to complain.
2003 Porsche Boxster - Base (M5)
Cons: seats a bit narrow
Advice: Buy an almost new one and save some $$$Performance, performance, performance!! The Boxter is hard to beat! Excellent cornering, braking and good acceleration-smooth through the whole range-Easy electric top-no need for a boot! I like the two trunks-I also have an Audi TT Roadster Quattro- It's fun but the Porsche is a more refined car. Not as fast as a Corvette but excellent on windy roads
2003 Porsche 911 - GT2 RWD Coupe
Pros: the amazing acceleration
Cons: it couldve came with some beter looking rims
Advice: test drive it only to seal the dealwow this car is so dang fast its unbelievable.. if u know how to drive a stick shift good then u will be pleased greatly i just barely started to go and next thing i know im going almost 50mph in like 2 seconds this ca is amazing get it as soon as u can
2002 Porsche 911 - Turbo AWD Coupe
Pros: Total control
Cons: Luggage space
Advice: Don't hesitateAs an advid car freak I can honestly say that this car is the ultimate time machine. Having owned over 30 sport cars in the last 10 years this one may make me reconsider my desire to constanly change cars.Its not just the accleration but the total control you feel at every speed.Fast, fun, total let your hair down. If 120k is in your price range their is nothing better at any price .Have fun