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2000 Porsche Boxster Convertible

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  • $41,430 original MSRP
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2000 Porsche Boxster S

Source: The Car Connection

As with Harry Truman, the letter’s not taken lightly.

by Bob Storck

SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. - The only problem with the high-performance sports cars available today is that they can only be fully enjoyed on a racetrack. Exercising their speed potential is bound to build a collection of traffic tickets more quickly than junk mail, while exploring their cornering ability will likely result in a trip to explore wild and wonderful parts of the side of the road never envisioned by the engineers.

So here in a remote corner of a remote state, we had the rare opportunity to find the limits of both the driver and the car. Most drivers use about 25 percent of a car's handling capability, and even on the track, experienced auto journalists are only pushing to 85-90 percent. So maybe we’ve come close to the biggest thrill in owning a Boxster S - keeping it in check at the limit.

Porsche doesn't use the S designation lightly. They first used the "S" badge in 1952 for a 356 model with a then larger 1.5-liter engine. Perhaps the most famous Porsche "S" arrived in 1967, the legendary 911S that spawned the performance revolution that took the company from a quirky specialty brand to the racing powerhouse that it is today.

The new S takes the popular Boxster model and wrings even more gusto from it. A bore increase brings the engine to 3.2 liters. With a dual-resonance air intake, VarioCam variable valve timing and an electronic throttle, the S engine produces 250 horsepower (a 25-percent increase) and a strong 225 lb-ft of torque. The engine gets to 85 percent of its peak torque at just 2000 rpm, giving it great acceleration, not as much a bonus in straight-line work as it is in the curves.

The Boxster S also gets the six-speed manual transmission from the 911 Carrera, plus the larger, cross-drilled brake discs from that model, the calipers of which are painted red to become a design element, one that discreet owners may turn their nose to.

With Tiptronic S, Porsche’s spin on the automatic transmission, the driver can place the shift lever into "D" and let the transmission do the shifting or shift into "M" and control gearshifts with steering wheel-mounted thumb switches. During leisurely driving, Tiptronic S will upshift early for best fuel efficiency; quicker stabs at the gas pedal will call up a sporty shift program. Even while in automatic mode, Tiptronic S responds like a manual, downshifting or holding lower gears when cornering and driving on hills.

Alloy wheels, unalloyed fun

The Boxster’s four-wheel independent MacPherson-strut suspension uses front and rear stabilizer bars and dual-tube gas-charged shock absorbers to provide flat cornering. The sporty suspension offers thicker stabilizer bars plus stiffer springs and shock absorber damping than the standard Boxster. Wider wheels and even wider versions on the rear with lower-profile tires contribute to neutral handling. The standard 17" aluminum alloy wheels are complemented by an 18-inch wheel option.

Inside, the Boxster S features unique instrument panel gauges with aluminum-color trim and gray faces. Aluminum-look door handles, shift lever and shifter bezel enhance the classic sportscar appearance. A three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel is mounted in place of the standard model's four-spoke wheel. In the rear, a twin-tailpipe exhaust outlet also sets the Boxster S apart from the standard Boxster, which uses a single oval outlet.

A new standard power convertible roof with headliner lowers in just 12 seconds. It’s a very nice roof, with just one button and one latch. For athletic buyers there is an innovative roof transportation system that attaches to the convertible roof open or closed; it’s suitable for skis, kayaks or bicycles up to 165 pounds. The aluminum hardtop option offers a glass rear window and a defroster.

Boron steel tubing reinforcements inside the windshield header and A-pillars along with supplemental safety bars behind the seats provide rollover protection. The Boxster S comes equipped with dual front airbags and door-mounted side airbags and energy-absorbing door panels.

Beware that the Boxster S is a no-frills car in the base version. Adding leather, power seats, a navigation system, upgraded stereo, traction control, even cruise control will jack up the bottom line. But with the extra 49 horsepower, who’s counting?

Phil Charlwood contributed to this review.

2000 Porsche Boxster S

BasePrice: $49,930

Engine: 3.2-liter flat six, 250 hp

Transmission: six-speed manual, five-speed Tiptronic S automatic (optional)

Wheelbase: 95.2 in

Length: 171.0 in

Width: 70.1 in

Height: 50.8 in

Weight: 2855 lb (six-speed manual), 2943 lb (Tiptronic automatic)

Fuel economy: 18 city/ 26 hwy (manual), 17 city/24 hwy (automatic)

Major standard equipment:
250-hp flat-six engine
Six-speed manual gearbox
Anti-lock brakes
Dual front and side airbags
Automatic climate control with dust/pollen and activated charcoal odor filters
Partial leather-covered seats
Height-adjustable seats with power recliners
Telescoping steering column
Leather-covered three-spoke steering wheel
Leather-covered shift knob, door handles and handbrake lever

© The Car Connection


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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 10 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Porsche Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The Porsche Approved Certified Limited Warranty comprises two distinct limited warranty coverages.
  1. The limited warranty covers up to 6 years or a cumulative 100,000 miles/160,000 kilometers, whichever comes first if the vehicle is still under the new car limited warranty.
  2. The limited warranty covers 2 years from the date of sale, up to 50,000 miles/ 80,000 kilometers to a cumulative 100,000 miles/ 160,000 kilometers from the current mileage on the odometer at the time of purchase.
The Porsche Approved Certified Pre-owned Limited Warranty offers full peace of mind. Porsche Cars NA will repair or replace with new or remanufactured part any factory installed part that is faulty in material or workmanship under normal use. This limited warranty covers all parts of the following components:
  • Engine
  • Fuel / Cooling system
  • Power train / transmission
  • Suspension / Steering
  • Brake system
  • Heating / Air conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Body
  • Comfort Electronics
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2007-2015 /under 100k miles
Lease Term Certified N/A
Point Inspection A comprehensive checklist with over 111+ quality criteria is used for this purpose. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Porsche is in perfect condition, both mechanically and visually.
Return/Exchange Program N/A
Roadside Assistance With the purchase or lease of each Porsche Approved vehicle, the owner will receive the advantages of the Porsche 24-Hour Roadside Assistance program for the duration of the Porsche Approved Limited Warranty coverage.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Should you wish to sell your Porsche, you will also benefit from the Pre-owned Porsche Warranty. The remaining balance of the warranty is transferred to the new owner. And this will undoubtedly increase the value of your vehicle.
Warranty Deductible No

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