The Boxster cranked up Porsche sales with its promise of ‘fun-in-the-sun’ motoring, efficient performance and relatively affordable access to the German automaker’s heritage.
Despite its two-seat body, Boxster’s mid-mounted engine enabled the placement of a trunk in both front and rear, making this compact ragtop ready for a road trip.
Feature content included xenon lights, Bose audio, remote access, cruise control, a driver computer, Bluetooth, navigation, heated power seats and more.
All models got a flat-six engine, ranging in displacement between 2.7 and 3.4 litres and boasting power output ranging from 240 to just over 300 horsepower.
Approach any used Boxster checking for signs of electronics or wiring-related problems. Before your test-drive, ensure all motorized or electronic features work as expected — including the stereo, power seats, climate control system, instrument cluster and lights.
Inspect the convertible top for proper operation in both directions, and question any used model with signs of damage to the roof, or any abnormal smells inside that could indicate a leaky top. Some reports of engine failure in earlier models were reported and are well documented online.
An extended powertrain warranty is a good idea if available on a pre-2009 Boxster.
As with any used Porsche, purchase, maintenance and running costs are relatively high — though a world-class driving experience is the reward.