Oh, the fried-egg Boxster. An unloved member of the Porsche family, it can frequently be found parked next to S-Class Mercedes on collapsed air suspensions, prostituted by any number of used car dealers in questionable parts of town. It’s the shame of being the low-end of a product line, accentuated by first-generation reliability issues and ongoing conjecture over water-cooled engines and the departure from a familiar fascia.
I say it’s time to put away our swords and embrace the early Boxster for what it is: mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, powered by a flat-six and driven by a conventional, do-it-all-yourself 5-speed manual transmission. Sure, it has its reliability issues, but we wouldn’t be here if we all didn’t believe in the value of a good PPI and thorough maintenance records. The low-mileage is an added bonus, as so few of these early Boxsters were ever treasured or preserved. The price could be a touch lower, but for an affordable entry into P-car ownership, I’d love to be all over this one.
Engine: 2.5 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 39,275 mi
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So, I’m sure more than a few of our readers have experience with our favorite fried-egg Porsche. What say you? Deal of the decade or a hornet’s nest of reliability woes that will have you running back to the collapsed S-Class it was once parked next to?