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Pros: Looks and Performance
Cons: the body and bumpers are EASY to damage from stone chips to dings from idiots
Advice: DRIVE IT!FAST FAST FAST !!! Hugs the road .. and Porsche has brought back the GREAT sound of the engine.. Not broken in yet so I can't tell what it will do when it IS... but so far WOW! This is now my ONLY car so I'll update the review as I go through winter.. I did buy a set of rims and snows to get me through .. NJ has some BAD snows sometimes.. BUT I expect NO problems.. We'll see how the quality holds up as time goes by. Porsche has lowered the maintenance costs by extending service intervals sooo it costs about the same as my Lexus did. I'll let you know how quickly I go through tires..
Pros: 18 inch wheels
Cons: The fact that you have to pay for every feature.
Advice: Shop around, determine what you must have, locate the car and bargain. Alternative is to order the one you want and wait but negotiating becomes much harder.Its a great time to buy a porsche. A year or 2 ago, you would have paid a premium to get the one you wanted. I got a 2003 at 1k over dealer invoice. The car is awsome in many respects. It sufficently powered and is quick through every gear (all the way to 6). For an 80k car however, things like rattles in the sun roof/windshield are common place and aggravating if your like me. The interior is noisy and the quality of their HiFi Sound system is less than exciting. I've had BMWs with much better sound systems.
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!
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!!!
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
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
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