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Porsche Boxster S Models:

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Porsche Boxster S Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The drains in the Cabriolet top can clog, causing water to leak onto the carpets. Water can also accumulate in the doors, causing various electrical problems.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If the vehicle cannot return to run position after start or if the interior fan is not getting power, it may be the electrical portion of the ignition switch has become erratic or has failed. The entire switch assembly should be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

Persistent coolant loss can be caused by a small leak at the coolant reservoir. Our technicians tell us the leak may not be visible due to the trunk carpet hiding the leak.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Engine vacuum leaks can develop from various locations resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A failing mass air flow sensor or EVAP purge valve can cause misfire issues.

Porsche Boxster S Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 3, 2011

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The mounting holes in the seat belt anchor plates may be too small. If the hole diameter is too small, the anchor cannot rotate around the fastening bolt as designed. If this were to occur, the seat belt may not be routed optimally around the seat occupant, or it may loosen at some point, increasing the risk of injury during a crash. Dealers will inspect the anchor plates and fastening screws and, if necessary, replace the seat belt. The Porsche recall number is AB02.


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Body, Interior & Misc., April 30, 2010

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On 2011 Boxsters with a convertible top, the locking hook at the front of the soft top should securely engage the top of the windshield frame when the soft top is closed. 9 Spyder models are being recalling because the soft top may not latch correctly to the windshield frame. As a result the soft top could open unexpectedly while driving at higher speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace both the locking hook and lock catch with redesigned parts to correct this concern.

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Porsche Boxster S Questions and Answers

patbox, 2001 Porsche Boxster S, Belmar, NJ

I was told by the dealership that my 2000 Boxster S needs new 02 sensors. Do you reccomend changing all 4? Do you need to use the original parts or is there an okay replacement part? Will the c...

LGLESQUIRE, 2000 Porsche Boxster S, Naples, FL


barrymac, 2000 Porsche Boxster S, Miami, FL

My AC lights are flashing and AC is not functioning correctly can i reboot system? Perhaps pull out the fuse?

cardocjeff, 2000 Porsche Boxster S, Floral City, FL

how do I raise rear wing manually? I need to remove rear bumper

Miss Sheri, 2000 Porsche Boxster S, Toms River, NJ

Hi, I need some input I love my 2000 Porsche Boxster but not sure what to do. I found a few small oil spots in my driveway so I brought it to the local import repair shop before my extended warrant...

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Porsche Boxster S Reviews

this is my third porsche boxster s....the 2013 is incredible...so many new features, bigger, stronger, quieter with all the bells and whistles...a very very sweet ride

Piece of shit!!
Bought my boxster s used with only 18K and have driven 9k in the past year. So far i've replaced the oil separator, ignition switch, clutch cable, and glued the top at the back along the truck. Last month the temp light came on while idling at the gas pump. I shut the engine off added water to the reservoir and had it towed to the mechanic. He started it up and couldn't find anything wrong. He drove it for a cpl of days and gave it back.
A week later the oil pressure light came on....towed it to the mechanic. He has the engine in a hundred pieces and says that there is an internal oil leak and the bearings are scored........$5K to get this disaster of a car out of the shop...
DO NOT BUY A PORSCHE!!!..........

A fun car to drive. Lots of power and torque. I am a little worried that the clutch is harder to depress than the clutch in my last car but other than that it is tip top.

I purchased my 986S new in Dec 2002. I have owned 14 new-purchase German vehicles (Audi, VW, & BMW) since 1976 - this Boxster S is heads & shoulders above the rest in terms of performance (to be expected) and reliability. Other than an initial adjustment of the convert. top, installing speed bleeder valves, and a new battery at 5 yrs nothing other than annual maintenance has been required. Even all the bulbs & key battery are original and functional. My experience is pretty typical if the JD Power #1 rating for Porsche is accurate, and it likely is based on the experiences of my Porsche Club friends.

I absolutely love driving this car, but compared to the other reviews left here, I must have gotten a lemon. I purchased my 2003 Boxster S convertible used two years ago with only 37K miles on it, and it seems like I have to sink $2,000 into it every few months. I only had it out of the shop for 10 days and It now needs a new clutch at $2500. I think I've put $7500 into this car in 2 years. So, buyer beware. I hope all other buyers have better luck than I have had.