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Old 07-26-2010, 10:30 AM
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WSJ Boxster Spider Top review

what about doing a complete review?


http://online.wsj.com/video/down-cam...ideocarousel_1
 
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weel, i believe the top will keep a lot of folks from ordering one. However, I live in Alabama, a rain state, specifically, Mobile, where annual rainfall is the HIGHEST in the US, and I have ordered one.

Listen, I have owned three porsche cabs, and presently have a 996 C2 cab daily driver. when it rains i have to find a shoulder, stop, and wait. if im going over 50 i dont even put the top up and i dont get wet.

i have practiced this on a spyder at the dealership. It is a pain, but i did it quickly after a couple of tries, without all that grunting this Boob did in his editorial.
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I have a Boxster as my every day driver. I don't think I could drive the Spyder every day mainly due to the top. I have had to put the top up on several times, love being able to put it up at 30 MPH.
The Spyder would make a great second car.
 
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It is just a silly top design, period. Esp coming from the Germans! Is Porsche trying to beat out Lamborghini's LP640 spyder for worst soft top setup in recent car history?
 
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Surprised by the language and just over all poor review especially coming from the Journal. Strange
 
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the top has no insulation so it lets more ambient noise than a soft top which in turn lets on more ambient noise than a hard top

I think if you are someone putting the top up and down daily and several times between stops it can get tiring /annoying

But putting the top up or down is not a big deal, WSJ exaggerated the whole top issue and yes it is not much faster than boxster S but it is more livelier, handles better , flat cornering and feels more racy. Ordinary driver like me can feel this difference and manages wind draft better over boxster S ( probably due to the higher humps at the back, low side windows)

Car is water proof in heavy rain but it takes 2 minutes to put the top up or down and is noisier ( more wind noise, slightly louder engine sounds from cars in other lanes)over standard boxster S especially at speeds>70 mph on highways

To its favour it is one of the best looking porsches cabs top up or down and is grippier but have to live with a manual top that also may not hold a lot of snow if ungaraged
 
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i dearly love the idea of a manual top (eliminates all those mechanical issues with cable, motors, weight), but remain puzzled at this top design altho am drawn to its looks.

when i saw the car/read the reviews could not understand why the designers would stray from design of the last speedster editions....so much simpler/practical.

everything pops down under the "clamshell" (which quite frankly in the last edition may look better than the new solstice style)









 
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Surprised by the language and just over all poor review especially coming from the Journal. Strange
That's just Dan's style - especially w/ regard to Porsches or any sports car. Week prior he had the same tone regarding the new Cadillac CTS Coupe. He'll probably get booted from WSJ soon just as he did from LA Times...
 
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the spyder has no a/c. lol
 
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the spyder has no a/c. lol
Wow, so, pay more for less? Porsche never ceases to amaze me w/ the gorging.
 
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The Spyder is a special car for a person who wants something different. You really can't compare it to a regular Boxster, it is entirely different animal, and probably a blast to drive! So what if the top is hard to put on and take off.
 
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Wow, so, pay more for less? Porsche never ceases to amaze me w/ the gorging.
you can add back the AC
 
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you can add back the AC
For free?
 
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For free?
ROFLMAO
 
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Free Ha!
However they did take the stupid cup holders out for free ! but you can't add them back for anything. one of the few things they've needed to do that they have actually done
 

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