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2005 Porsche Boxster - Base (M5)
Pros: No understeer like a 911, stirring engine sound, Porsche brakes (The Best), everyday usefullness.
Cons: Cost of routine Porsche service. Part of the ticket price, I guess.
Advice: Drive one. Buy a used one. Porsche depreciation the first two years is substantial.I went to the dealer to see about trading my 2004 911 convertible for a 2006 911 coupe. Drove and didn't like the coupe as much. I drove a standard Boxster as a whim and was very impressed. Compared to a 911 convertible the Boxster is a better car. The Boxster has lots of power (although noticeably less than a 911, as is true with most cars). It has more accurate steering, a better gearshift, smoother ride with better cornering feel, has a much less windy cockpit, a much better sounding engine, more luggage space, and is way cheaper! Fuel economy averages 26mpg overall, routinely 31 on the highway. I thought my old Miata was the ultimate handling sports car. Not so. A Boxster is the king.
2006 Porsche 911 - 4S AWD Coupe
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.
2006 Porsche 911 - S RWD Coupe
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.
2005 Porsche 911 - S RWD Cabriolet
Cons: small switches
Advice: drive the car on the open road and feel it's excellence.amazing car.Best all around sports car in the world bar none.Take a ride in one and I'm sure you'll agree.Don't let reviews with BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK confuse you.This is a car you keep for 20 YEARS.Do yourself a favor go for the extra bucks your worth it!
2005 Porsche Boxster - S (M6)
Pros: Fun to drive-engine and transmission
Cons: CD-changer. No random play between discs(picky, but you asked)
Advice: Buy it - not a great 'value' but I'm glad my common sense lost out to my love for the car.Drives like no other car I have ever owned. Great handling, acceleration(6-speed), engine sounds and overall fun to drive. I have owned a 98 Corvette and 04 350Z . The Boxster S shines in comparison. The only thing better is a 911.
2005 Porsche 911 - AWD Cabriolet
Advice: go for it! its deffinately worth itAfter riding in this car its easy to see why people love this car so much. Its a smooth ride, strong engine, and incredible over all speed.
2004 Porsche Boxster - Base (M5)
Pros: the top comes down fast.
Cons: MY WIFE WANTS TO DRIVE IT.
Advice: buy it, you will be very glad you did.GREAT CAR LOTS OF FUN. ONE OF THE FEW THINGS IN LIFE THAT I GOT MORE THAN I EXPECTED. CORNERS FAST AND IS VERY SMOOTH AT HIGH SPEEDS 100+ . THE CAR LOOKS WONDERFUL STANDING STILL OR ON THE ROAD.LOTS OF CARGO SPACE TOO, I WAS SURPRISED.