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Porsche Boxster. When You Can't Afford A 911

Aug 17, 2007
If you've always dreamed of owning a late model Porsche, but can't afford the hefty price tag of a 911, then the Porsche Boxster may just be the right option for you.

The Porsche Boxster has been available in Australia since 1997. In early 2005, a new model was introduced. The Porsche Boxster is a two seater roadster offering a cheaper alternative to the 911. While some regard the Porsche Boxster as a rather bland car, in styling as well as in performance, the Porsche Boxster has proven a popular choice here in Australia, with its undeniable Porsche styling.

While not having the power of the more expensive 911, the Porsche Boxster still offers good sports performance from its mid-mounted, boxster engine. There are two models available in Australia: the Boxster and the Boxster S. The standard Boxster has a 2.7 litre 6 cylinder engine that produces 180kw at 6,500rpm. The Boxster has a top speed of 258 km/h and goes from a standing start to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.

The Boxster S is the more expensive option. It is powered by a 3.4 cylinder boxster engine which produces a more respectable 217 kw at 6,250 rpm. The bigger engine gives the Boxster S a top speed of 272 km/h and propels the car from zero to one hundred on just 5.4 seconds.

While many sports cars sacrifice comfort for performance, the Porsche Boxster does provide comfort for both driver and passenger. In fact, even taller drivers will find the room generous with the adjustable three spoke steering wheel and ergonomically designed pedals. The seats are designed to hold you in when you're taking tight corners fast and offer a wide range of adjustment options.

For the safety conscious, both Boxster models employ four piston monobloc aluminium fixed callipers on both the front and rear wheels. The braking system offers precise braking in all weather conditions and at high speed. The response from the pedal is fast and precise.

Safety inside is provided by two side airbags each for both driver and passenger as well as the front airbags. There's also protection from rollover in both the front and rear. The front windscreen incorporates a sturdy steel element while the rear is protected by stainless steel roll-over bars. Both models of the Porsche Boxster also include side impact protection which protects the head and upper body of the driver and passenger in the event of a side collision.

Tips for buying a one owner Porsche Boxster
As the Porsche Boxster has only been sold in Australia since 1997, it should not be too hard finding a good one owner car in excellent condition. Make sure you check the body for any signs of damage. If you find any signs of rust, then the bodywork repair has been shoddy and the car should be avoided.

Check the service log to ensure that the car has been properly serviced by a qualified Porsche mechanic. When test driving, pay particular attention to the brakes and the clutch. If the brakes lock one wheel ahead of the others, they may be in need of an overhaul.
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