1st Gen (1997 – 2004) Porsche Boxster Problems

The 1st generation of the Boxster has a cumulative PainRank™ of 3.21. That can be compared against other Porsche generations. Shopping for a Porsche? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 1997–2004 Boxster model years have sent in 23 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (47%) followed by the electrical (17%) and the cooling system (8%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2004 0
2003 7
2002 4
2001 4
2000 6
1999 2
1998 0
1997 0

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