The Porsche Boxster was introduced in 1996 as a new type of car for the storied manufacturer. A smaller more efficient mix of boxer (referring to the horizontal engine design) and roadster (thus we get Boxster) promised a new driving experience for a more affordable price. However, like any new product, the first models to roll off of the line had its share of issues making Porsche Boxster parts a valuable commodity. Nonetheless, this exceptional sports car has come a long way from its earlier days and the company continues to invest in the brand while making improvements from year to year.
The Boxster ushered in a new era of engine placement unlike what the company had developed in the past. The car had a new redesigned mid-engine layout. All this means is that the engine is actually placed between the front and rear axles of the vehicle thus distributing the weight evenly. With the engine in the middle of the vehicle, this allows for stability, traction, and a ride quality unmatched to vehicles with a more traditional engine layout. Turning, braking and accelerating become much improved giving the driver a race car experience.
A new Boxster can be an expensive purchase as I'm sure one would expect. The better option is to shop for a used one. Before you make the purchase there are a few things to keep in mind.
No doubt, this new engine layout and overall new model took a few years to work out some of the kinks. However, even in today's models, there are common issues that arise which require attention and have replacement costs associated with each issue.
Oil leakage is a problem that affects most vehicles not just this one but is worth noting however. Also, through natural wear and tear, you can expect to replace the A/C compressor, alternator, brakes, clutch and pressure plate as well as the starter. These parts can be found online or at your local Porsche dealer.
If you are about to buy a Boxster you'll want to take it for a test drive first. Verify that the engine runs smoothly without misfiring. As a convertible, there is a tendency for the top to begin to incur gaps in areas where it should hold tight to the body. You'll notice an unusual amount of wind noise if there is a problem with the top.