1st Generation (1997—2004) Boxster Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 21 Porsche generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (47%), electrical (17%), and the cooling system (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Intermediate Shaft Bearing Failed 2 complaints at an average of 56,063 miles in the 2003 Porsche Boxster.
  2. Intermediate Shaft Failure 1 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 2001 Porsche Boxster.
  3. Ims Failure 3 complaints at an average of 55,711 miles in the 2002 Porsche Boxster.

What Boxster Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Porsche model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 0 2 16 0.0
2003 7 3 21 8.78
2002 4 3 24 3.76
2001 4 3 24 4.63
2000 6 3 25 6.52
1999 2 3 22 1.95
1998 0 4 23 0.0
1997 0 6 54 0.0

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