This vehicle has exceeded my expectations. I have owned several Porsche 911's and after buying a Boxster for my wife last year I decided to sell my 911 and buy a Boxster. After 3 months of ownership I can say that it was the right decision. My only concern was owning a convertible but I will never look back. When the top is up, it is almost as quiet as a hardtop and when the top is down, it brings back the joy of my motorcycle days...open sky and visibility and since it is a Porsche it has great handling, acceleration, and a pure joy to drive.
It's a different kind of car but this is my frame of reference for comparing my boxster s. I love the 3 series for its practicality combined with performance. It's a sedan with plenty of room for 4 and a spacious trunk, yet it has that sportscar side you can access in maneuvering around other cars on the LA freeways, and in driving on the tortuous socal canyon roads. The Boxster, in particular the S, is clearly weighted more toward performance, with its growling engine, situated just behing the driver's seat, that you can hear and feel when engaging the throttle. Nevertheless, with the Tiptronic auto transmission, it has enough practical features (2 cup holders, adequate trunk space, a easy and rapid operating power softtop to be an everyday commuter car in warm southern CA. Its suspension, with the standard S wheels, is not soft, but not punishing either. With the top down it's a delightful experience in warm weather, even on the freeway at speeds up to 100mph, where with the optional wind blocker, the wind turbulence is tolerable. With the softtop up, the engine noise is amplified, and will take some getting used to for those who are used to quieter engines like the BMW inline 6 that I had become assustomed to. With the top up, blind spot visibility seems limited and I found this somewhat disconcerting, until I realized that in a 2 seater the blind spot is inherently quite small anyway. Front and rear visibility are fine. The base climate control system is fairly easy to operate, though unlike most cars in this price range, it lacks a automatic temperature setting, forcing you to manually adjust the temperature and fan setting using 2 levers. There is enough storage space in the back to hold a large suitcase. The front luggage compartment, located under the hood is similar in size, but deeper/narrower. All in all, if you are looking for a performance oriented convertible you won't be disappointed with the Boxster. And with the Tiptronic option, it has enough practicality to be an everyday commuter car in a warm climate. Those looking for a smooth, quiet ride with the top up, or for a plush interior loaded with convenience features, should probably look elsewhere.
It's beautiful, has two trunks when other roadsters have one with little space. Oil changes at 10k miles. Good speed and incredible cornering; a pleasure to drive