Porsche Boxster

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About the Boxster
The Boxster, internally known as the 986/987 and/or 986 Boxster/987 Boxster is a mid-engined roadster built by Porsche. Introduced in late 1996 as a 1997 model, it is Porsche's smallest and least expensive vehicle, taking over from the 968.
Boxster Problems By Model Year
Boxster Latest Problems
Clutch pedal not returning fully

car drives fine but clutch is only half returning, no fluid loss

2004 Boxster 3.2 S
Posted: Mar 30, 2020
Knock on start up

Engine has knock on start up when cold ,if restarted within two days all is ok leave three days knock is back sounds like a big end but only knocks on start up all ok when running and high or low rev...

Posted: May 8, 2015

Battery flat Cannot open front boot to get to charger and battery Window slightly down

Posted: Mar 2, 2015
Rattle on start up

when i start the car from cold the engine rattles for half a second then runs smooth.Is there something wrong with the car

2001 2.7 manual
Posted: Dec 2, 2011
Water getting in

Water has got into the car and caused flooding under the front passenger seat, thus wrecking the onboard computer...cost over two grand and insurance refusing to pay...help!!!

2006 boxster s
Posted: Dec 18, 2009
Porsche Boxster Owner Reviews
Reviewed by: Gavin
8/ 10

My first Porsche was a 2001 2.7 Boxster in Arctic Silver with Metropole Blue interior. Whilst it's technically the slowest car in the Porsche line-up (excluding Cayenne models) it makes up for it's lack of straight line speed in driveability. I always had 100% confidence throwing it in to corners and pushing it to the edge of my driving ability. I think that's the beauty of Porsches, no matter where the edge of your driving ability is it's nowhere near that of the cars, unless you're an F1 driver!

I only had one little problem whilst I owned the car, whilst driving in central London one day it kept cutting out (engine, electrics, everything) when I changed up in to 2nd gear. It happened in some dangerous places so I got the car towed to the Porsche Centre to avoid having a black cab end up in the boot! They had it for 3 days and found nothing wrong, it didn't happen again after I got it back. They put it down to a glitch in the computer. Good explanation I thought, not really a good enough answer if it had happened at 80mph though! (** on a test track or autobahn obviously, I wouldn't dream of going over 70mph on a UK road.

The Boxster is easily the best Roadster available, and given the speed restrictions on UK roads the 2.7 is arguably the smart man's choice. However, the biggest problem the Boxster has is its image as a hairdressers car and a "poor mans' Porsche". It's stupid to give in to these things, but they were a big factor in my upgrade to a 911.

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Boxster Recalls Issued Per Year
Latest Porsche Boxster Recalls
Recent Recall

Rear axle carrier side parts may not meet required specifications

Recalled on 15th of September, 2021

Affects builds between Sep 1, 2012 and Feb 1, 2013

Air bag control unit may have been installed with a faulty capacitor

Recalled on 23rd of August, 2019

Affects builds between Jun 23, 2015 and Jun 16, 2016

The airbag sensors in the side members on the vehicle may not be screwed tightly enough

Recalled on 25th of March, 2019

Affects builds between Nov 22, 2017 and Apr 25, 2018

Bonnet catch assembly may fail

Recalled on 3rd of November, 2014

Affects builds between May 5, 2014 and Jun 6, 2014

Sun shield may detach

Recalled on 2nd of April, 2010


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