2006 Porsche Boxster
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- It's a Porsche
- customization costs$$$$$$$$
I just traded in my 06 BMW M Roadster because of build quality. It was missing a carbon leather dash board piece when I got it. The engine light went on at 1400 miles, the dealer saying that the computer module for the engine and fuel system needed upgrading. Car had a "bobble" feel at the front end. It was like looking over the deck of a cigarette boat at high speed. All you saw was hood, and the hydraulic steering, while better than the electric config. on the Z4, was still too vague. Not at all as down and dirty as my 03 M3.
Speaking about down and dirty, the Boxster S I just got, is indeed hunkered down, to use a growing Florida expression used mainly during hurricane season!
It is "purposeful" that is, it's a point and shoot hardcore machine.
Steering is reminiscent of my old TR6 ( I liked it), because you can feel every road undulation, and your hands feel exactly what's happening under those tires, and that's a good thing.
It's just what you expect an almost exotic convertible to be. It's also better with the 19" rims by a long shot, without undue harshness in the ride. Hey you want soft, then buy a Caddie, or put wheels on your Barka Lounger.
The intoxicating exhaust note alone is enough to make you downshift under every overpass. Very sweet indeed.
Power is good from standstill, but it was not as quick in 5th for passing above 80 as the M Roadster, which has 50 more horses, but the M Rdstr does not have as good a clutch and gear shift package albeit it was silkier. I found the BMW clutch not to be as "forgiving" as the more notchy Boxster gear box. The Boxster's gear shifts need to be "thoughtful and deliberate." It frowns on down shifting to third or second with resistance in the shift pattern, but hey, who wants to overrev a Boxer engine by mistake anyway?
Got one "off the lot" stickered at 60K. Then started with adding things to it like wheels, and Oh that thick leather wrapped steering wheel, which I hope they can change out for under 1K. Did not want to wait 4 months for a custom one, since I was trading in my 2 month old Roadster, and by the time I would have been through I would have had it stickered at 70K. Yes, you can even pick the color seatbelts you desire to complement the seat colors! Decadent for sure and expensive when all is said and done. The price you pay for exclusivity I guess.
BMW needs to make a roadster that isn't "cute" but one that is it's own model, mean and agressive looking sans Bangelization. Creases and cuts and backward angles are great for starched shirts and oragami, but a roadster has to look sexy and seductive... just like the Boxster with the Boxster's preferred drivers view over the hood,which means looking down at the road not up over the hood which also made it hard to place in tight turns and passing. I love my M3, and am looking forward to the new 400HP version. But for an eyecatching great roadster, stick with the Porsche if your wallet allows it. After all, those Porsche guys know what they are doing.
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