The Porsche Boxster Spyder Is a Brilliant, Underrated Sports Car


This is a 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder and it is among the best contemporary cars that no one actually talks about. We are thrilled to be offering this Boxster Spyder for sale on CARS & BIDS !! Today I'm evaluating this Porsche Boxster Spyder and I'll show you all the lots of quirks and features. I'll also get behind the wheel and examine the driving experience.


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00:00 THIS … 00:28 In Can Be Yours On CARS & BIDS!!!
01:03 Introduction
01:46 Boxster Spyder Benefits
03:50 Ludicrous Convertible Roofing System Operation
07:26 More Efficiency Advantages of the Spyder
10:42 Quirks Worth Keeping In Mind
11:27 Vroom Vroom
11:50 More Interior Quirks & Characteristics
14:15 Alcantara
14:45 Material Door Handle
15:16 Front Trunk
16:04 Back Trunk
16:46 Outside Styling Touches
17:34 Driving Experience
22:35 Last Ideas
23:08 DougScore

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The Porsche Boxster Spyder Is a Brilliant, Underrated Sports Car

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    1. Wow. At that price this car is ridiculous and you just gave so many passes on it you wouldn’t for other vehicles let alone Porsche themselves back 6 years ago or so. Smh

    2. Doug is starting to get the hang of this car review stuff. 😀
      And he really sold this car!!!
      I LOVE IT!!!!!

    1. @@artoodeetoo3064 even with some of the jokes he makes and the whole thing about the convertible top

  1. Doug the kind of guy to talk about someone’s quirks and features at their funeral

  2. As a convertible owner myself, I actually really appreciate the convertible process. It keeps the reliability of convertible top. The automatic motor mechanisms tend to cost a lot for maintenance and repair. Also keeps overall cost of vehicle maintenance down due to lack of electrical issues without the convertible mechanism motors. Granted they could’ve done something like the soft top of the modern Miata. But that’s a whole different story.

    1. as an ND owner, the soft top mechanism is so damn convenient that i can literally just quickly close and open it before and after a tunnel while driving with very little effort in a very quick time

    2. Double D sounds like a luxo snob whining about the roof operation. Seems fine and worry free to me, jfc

    3. I have to disagree when it comes to reliability. I own a 1997 Audi Cabriolet, which once rolled backwards out of my garage. The garage door hit the roof and bent some parts and yet, the roof still works without any issues and also it can be manually operated in case something fails.

  3. My 981 Spyder is sapphire blue with buckets and PCCBs. Spot on review by Doug. This car has everything you could possibly need in a sports car and nothing you don’t with probably the best shifter/clutch Porsche has ever made. I have a few friends who are fortunate enough to have this car and a GT3 and they say this is the one Porsche they will never part with.

    Me neither!

    1. Good choice! I unfortunately had to sell it and miss it! My comfort is….for now I can always buy a “better” copy. I know it will not be for long.

    2. I agree. I often tell people there’s not a car priced below $200k I’d rather own. In fact, I don’t think you could gift me any car of any value (stipulating I can never sell) which would make me get rid of my 981 Boxster Spyder. It’s a car which hits every note perfectly.

    3. @@jscifres100100% in agreement. I keep browsing the auctions and kicking tires on a bunch of great cars and I just can’t find anything that is a better overall package for the road than the 981 Spyder.

      Easy ownership. Exotic looks. 9.8/10 soundtrack. Perfect drivability on the street. Chassis optimized as a convertible. Can pass as supercar adjacent or dress down as just a Boxster.

      I *might* trade one for a S/T but even then I’m not so sure because the Spyder has no roof automatically making any road interesting. I would probably try and keep both.

  4. this car is just perfect. In everything. Modern, yet simple. Peak of automotive engineering, it has everything you need

  5. As someone who works at Porsche, this is arguably the best sounding car they’ve made. When clients ask what my favorite Porsche is this is often my answer

    1. @@trigganometry168 very similar, maybe it’s because of the open top but I swear it sounds sweeter

    2. @@collind328. I believe it. 👍 I wish my Cayman 4.0 sounded better from the factory

    3. @@trigganometry168 You would think so, but no. I have a friend who sold his 991.1 Carrera S a few days before I let him drive my 981 Spyder. His blunt reaction after a spirited drive was, “If my 991 sounded like this, I would never have sold it.”

  6. doug is the type of guy who calls a boxster spyder UNDERRATED
    thank you now my dream car is even more impossible to get

    1. u can buy one right now for less and then the next morning you will have made $20k 👍

    2. IMHO, as an original owner of a 99 986 , I thought the Boxster has always been underrated. On the track, the handing makes up for a lot of the “low” power.

    3. And here you are, repeating what he said, making more people aware of it and helping inflating its value

  7. As a person who only owns old cars. I appreciate a manual roof from the factory because it will probably still work in 20 years. Taking down a non-manual roof is much harder

    1. While I appreciate your sentiment, I only have to point to the S2000s that my family and I have owned over the last 21 years. Tops still operate with no issue. Do they get holes at specific locations due to the tension in the mechanism? Yes. But they’ve never failed to move, and that’s saying something.

    2. I had an SL500, luckily someone had already removed dehydraulic setup so you could remove the roof manually. But being that none of the mechanisms were designed for it getting it latched properly was a disaster. I could get it down in 5 minutes, but occasionally I just to get it close even after 30 minutes of struggling.

  8. Having a manual top is actually a feature! No crazy expensive electronics or hydraulics to replace with age. Huge W!

  9. I love it when Doug reviews one of my dream cars that I’m close to buying and then I can no longer afford one.

    1. Seriously, this is the third video this week I’ve seen on this car. Is someone trying to pump the prices of these things?

  10. I am sorry. But I ABSOLUTELY do not mind doing all of that to pull down/up the top. I really like it!

    1. He makes such a fuss about it lol. It’s really pretty simple. Wouldn’t bother me at all.

  11. I daily drive a 981 Cayman S 6 spd manual with the same suspension, wheel and tire package. Wanted to say, while yes, the little “window” below the center of the tach displaying the gear number does seem redundant and unnecessary, I _will_ say it is actually helpful in a few specific scenarios. The first is when you’re stopped and switching from neutral to 1st. It’s not difficult to accidentally slide into reverse rather than 1st. There is no lockout ring/device on the shifter handle of these cars that needs to be pulled before being able to engage reverse– there is only a _slightly_ increased resistance that you need to overcome to engage reverse rather than first. While I’ve never made the mistake personally, I know others have, and its nice to have peace of mind seeing that “1” in situations where the vehicle behind you at an intersection on a hill is literally 6 inches from your rear bumper. The other thing to keep in mind is that the gears in the 981 manual transmissions are _long_ (it will do 80+ mph in 2nd gear). On interstates and highways, its not difficult to forget if you’re in 5th or 6th gear because you’ve got the windows down and/or the music up. While yes, its not that difficult to differentiate just by looking at the RPM relative to speed you’re doing, I’ve got to say the _first_ thing that catches your eye when you glance down at the gauge cluster is that bright white gear number. FWIW.

    1. I own a ‘20 Subaru wrx which has the same feature and I really enjoy/appreciate it. I think he reviewed a same gen STI as my wrx and wasn’t a fan of the gear notification. It has come in handy for my several times. But this car is beautiful. I actually like the manual top too. They did a great job concealing it when the top is done. I used to own a mustang gt convertible and I hated the way it looked sometimes with the top down. Anyhow hope you are still enjoying yours!

  12. I currently own a 718 Spyder and I can suggest a quicker way to open and close the top. You just hold the lock/unlock button (closing/opening the top respectively) instead of switching the car on to electronics and closing it from the button in the cabin.

    Best car I’ve owned. I would still however like to buy a 981 Spyder some day. It truly is a special car.

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