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2004 Porsche Boxster Review
A rocket on wheels.
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The Porsche Boxster is a great-looking, mid-engine sports car with an affordable price. Consumers love this moderately priced sports car with classic styling inspired by Porsche’s sport-racing cars from the 1950s. Known for solid handling, the Porsche Boxster received its name by blending the term used for horizontally opposed engines – called ""boxers"" – and the car’s roadster body. The Boxster is available in two models: base and Boxster S.
Engines: 2.7-liter six-cylinder, 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Porsche Boxster, Porsche Boxster S
In 2003, the Porsche Boxster received a sharper front-end and more prominent outer edges to the front air intakes. The engines of both the base Boxster and the Boxster S were given a power boost, upping the base to 225 hp and the Boxster S to 258 hp. The Boxster S Anniversary Edition was released in 2004 with a trim that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 550 racecar. The anniversary edition has a more powerful 3.2-liter, 264-hp, six-cylinder engine and silver exterior paint.
The Boxster S was outfitted with new air vents on its flanks and bright red brake calipers that show through the alloy rims. Newly-redesigned cup holders actually hold cups.
The 2004 Porsche Boxster base model has standard front fog lights, and the Boxster S comes with rear fog lights. From the front, both styles look like Porsche’s rear-engine 911 series and come with optional wind-deflector mounts behind the seats to reduce wind turbulence when the top is down. There is also an optional, removable, aluminum hardtop.
The base model holds standard 16-inch tires that can be upgraded to the 17-inch tires featured on the Boxster S model. There is also the option to order 18-inch tires for extra traction.
The Porsche Boxster is designed for fun, so there is not much room for cargo. Soft luggage works best in the 9.1 cubic feet of space. The vehicle features a leather-wrapped, non-tilting, three-spoke steering wheel that telescopes in and out. Leather-faced, body-hugging seats provide maximum comfort for two occupants, even if space is a little tight. Standard equipment includes heated windshield-washer nozzles, heated power mirrors, a CD stereo system, and a theft-deterrent system.
Optional features include high-intensity discharge headlights, Bose digital sound, parking assist, heated seats, and a navigation system.
Performance & Handling
Both Porsche Boxster models come with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission. The buttons for the manual gear selection are conveniently located in the steering wheel. The base model holds a 2.7-liter, horizontally-opposed, dual-overhead cam, six-cylinder engine that is mounted ahead of the rear axle, but behind the seats. It produces 225 hp at 6300 rpm. The Boxster S has a 3.2-liter engine that makes 258 hp at 6200 rpm. The 2004 Porsche Boxster S Anniversary edition features a version of the 3.2-liter engine that makes 264 hp. The Boxster S has a dual exhaust outlet, firmer sport suspension, and larger brake rotors. These options increase the car’s stability control and traction control.
All models of the 2004 Porsche Boxster come with dual front-impact airbags, dual front side-impact airbags, Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), integrated roll-over protection, and ignition disable. Stability control and traction control are separate options for the base and S model, but come standard with the 2004 Porsche Boxster S Anniversary edition.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche Boxster S: 20/26 mpg city/ highway
- Excellent braking system
- Good fuel economy
- Smooth handling
- Head-turning exterior styling
- Superior performance
You Won't Like
- Basic seats can be uncomfortable
- Slightly sluggish acceleration
- Limited cargo space
- Stiff gearboxes and clutches
- Difficult entry and exit
- Uncomfortable ride on rough surfaces
- Limited leg room for tall drivers
A rocket on wheels.
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