Monday, December 29, 2008

My review of the Porsche 987

"So, how's the car?"
I get asked this frequently. Often, it's with a snigger as my colleagues are expecting me to get stuck in the snow one of these days. The Porsche 987 Boxster is a magnificent car. Though I drive only the base model, and not the S, I couldn't be more pleased.
It is a 2.7 liter, flat-6, mid-engined car with a manual transmission. I haven't verified this myself, but the 0-100 kmh time is supposed to be just over 6 seconds, with 228 bhp.
It's a great feeling, having reserve power under the slightest tap of your right foot. And one my nicest surprises- the mileage isn't that bad either. 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway; better than Kristin's CRV.
Many people living in this part of the country drive something more practical during the winter months, keeping the Porsche in the garage away from the gravel and salt and snow. I'v read that some, however, do drive their cars all year round, and because I can't afford a 2nd car now, I'm left with that. With a set of 18" Blizzak LM25 tires and a 25 lb bag of rice (yes, I know people usually use sand, but I AM Asian, after all!) in the trunk for traction I have to say it's been pretty roadworthy. Only 2 days have I been fearful of taking my car out so far, and those have been horrific freezing rain conditions; that aside the car has done pretty well with the occasional oversteering on the snow. I know the winter is still young, but I'm much less reserved now about winter driving using the Boxster. So if you're considering a Porsche and are worried about using it on the snow, I'd say go right ahead.
The options I really like: the bi-xenon lights, the Bose surround sound system (they say the base audio sucks- can't verify that myself) which is pretty necessary with the top down at 100 kmh. Even with the top up, because of the midengined design you DO still get significant engine sound. And it's really really handy having the optional hardtop- it does dull the cabin noise significantly, and is a blessing to have during the winter. The plexiglass wind deflector (Porsche Windstop), well, that's a given; you definitely need that if you're planning to do a lot of top-down driving.
Though Boxster owners get a lot of grief about how the Boxster is the 'cheapest Porsche' or the 'poor man's 911', really, it is a well-built car with plenty of power, looks great and handles extremely well. And that it drops its softtop in 12 seconds; offering a breathtaking driving experience with the wind blowing in your hair on a sunny day. I miss the summer days when I would be itching to be done with work just so I could drive the car home. Sigh- only 5 more months...
The things I miss- the convenience of an automatic transmission; I feel this most when I'm oncall and get paged and need to return calls while driving. I also miss having easy access to music. In this regard, it's too bad Porsche had been skimping on convenience features like MP3/Ipod integration, bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel audio controls, things I believe will be offered as options for the 2009 Boxster. Maybe I should have gotten the 6-CD changer or the PCM (Porsche Communication Management) though for my model didn't have bluetooth yet. And a minor issue, but I do miss the many cupholders that I had on my old Accord, though the hidden pop-out dual cupholder in the Boxster works pretty well.

Overall, it was a tough choice between the Mercedez-Benz SLK 300 and the Porsche Boxster, I think I'm pretty happy with my decision. It offers unparalled roadhandling, predictable driving, and even without the added horsepower of the Boxster S, has more than enough vroom for most drivers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

its popularity in London makes porsche too dull to look at. personally I'd prefer an aston. anyway, driving an aston makes u sexier than driving a porsche, nerd!

8:06 AM  
Anonymous peanut said...

happy new year doc!

8:41 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Dear Anonymous,
Yes, the Aston is a nicer car. But it's also a lot more $$$.
And I'm sure you also prefer having Heidi Klum or Gisele for a girlfriend too, but there's dreaming, and there's reality.
And there's also something called manners, too.
Happy New Year!

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok I was too rude then sorry doc!

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, all that medical training and the sales pitches from the pharmaceutical reps paid off! You have now proven to the world where your priorities lie.

11:37 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Dear Anonymous II
This really irritates me. You don't know me so don't even pretend to know what my priorities are, and my sentiments about pharmaceuticals.
I worked my ass off for 12 years before I could afford to buy this car. So don't make it sounds like I scammed my patients into paying for it.
My priorities remain:
My family, my patients.

Caring for my patients doesn't mean I have to eat white bread and live in a cardboard box.

So, here's a big FUCK YOU for being an real asshole. And if the future, at least making comments with a nickname makes you look less like a coward than just hiding behind the shadows.
(so much for my new year's resolution to be patient. But really i have no time for idiots, especially when i'm already sleep deprived for being oncall).

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, sorry if I touched a raw nerve. And believe it or not, I'm sorry if I came to the wrong conclusions.

I was out of line, but based my comment on your judgmental remarks in your other posts regarding so-called alternative treatments and/or doctors, doctors which typically treat the cause of illness rather than suppressing the symptoms with drugs, while the disease rages on.

And please, no one forced you to decided to become an M.D. If you worked your ass off, that was your choice.

As for your capitalized comment, I would suggest a Prozac the size of a golf ball, but not seriously, as again, most antidepressants don't correct the cause of the problem.

A deeeeep breath might be more beneficial. But we'll probably have to just agree to disagree.

Enjoy your car.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Nick Bolton said...

Sounds like the last commenters need to learn some manners. Perhaps these are the sort of people that don't really understand sports cars and would never own a Porsche anyway. What exactly they think they are achieving by commenting here I don't know. Then again, I've never understood the appeal of being a troll.

I hope you enjoy your car!

10:52 PM  

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