Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1
Boxster S - tiptronic or manual?

Hi all,

I'm new to this site - hello!

Looking for some advice as I'm buying a Boxster S in the next few weeks. People have warned me off getting a tiptronic but aren't ever very specific as to why.

I far prefer manual, so that is my preference, but maybe I need to be less worried about it.

If you have a tiptronic - what is it like to drive in comparison to the manual? I assume it to be less fun in a car like this, but I'm open to persuasion.

Also, are they more likely to go (expensively) wrong?

Any advice gratefully received.

Cheers,

Will

henwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
Registered User
 
violametallic-S-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 307
Manual is the way to go. Makes you feel in control and betters the driving experience.
__________________
2019 Denali 1500, 2001 BMW 740iL, 2001 Boxster S

Mods- Maxspeed Headers, Stebro delete cats, Stebro Sport Exhaust, BMC air filter, IPD Plenum Kit, 997 75 mm Turbo TB, RSS Under Pulley, EuroDyne Flash, Schnell Short Shifter, Aasco LWFW, Stage 3 Bully Clutch, GT3 CF Seats, Eibach Lowering Springs
violametallic-S- is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
recycledsixtie
 
recycledsixtie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Edmonton Canada
Posts: 824
Garage
My 2001 Boxster base is manual. I have never tried tiptronic except in a 911. I do like shifting gears as it is my preference. You should try both kinds of trans. I find living in a large city that I end up using gears 1-3 to keep the revs up. Tiptronic is good if you want to be hands free in a busy stop/go traffic. If you think resale it might be harder to sell a tiptronic. Welcome to the forum
recycledsixtie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 09:50 AM   #4
Registered User
 
BlueStar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 34
I recently purchased a 2001 base Boxster with Tiptronic. I have to admit I have "second pedal" envy but the automatic transmission is a better suit to me and my driving habits, plus the car was too clean to pass up. Occasionally I will pull the shifter to manual and toggle through the gears. It's not quite the same as clutch shifting, but hey...any driving time in a boxster is great and I have had nothing but fun with my car. The Tip may actually be faster off the line once I master the technique. So the question is, How do you intend to use your car?
BlueStar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 10:05 AM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by henwood View Post
People have warned me off getting a tiptronic but aren't ever very specific as to why.
People = your wife?
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 133
I have a 2007 Boxster S with Tiptronics. Wouldn't have it any other way. It's a daily driver. Also, the 'Tip' will allow my wife to drive the car (which may be good, or bad, depending on how you look at it). The 'manual' gives you 'manual' only. The Tiptronics gives you an option; automatic or 'manual' (although not exactly the same as a 'manual'). Carefree driving through all kinds of traffic, get the Tiptronics. You want to work for to where your going, get the 'manual.'
Soetekouw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 12:20 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Squozen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 93
Manual. And I don't understand why women 'need' an auto.
Squozen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 01:15 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,656
Just think of it this way...

ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by Squozen View Post
Manual. And I don't understand why women 'need' an auto.
In North America, a lot of women can't drive manual. In fact, lots of guys can't drive manual nowadays because, hey, an iPad is much more cooler than a car!
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Use 2B NW Ohio, now NE Ohio
Posts: 563
I have a Tip and will admit a stick would have been nice. However with my 98, the clearance in the foot well would have been tricky to drive with my size 13 feet. So one consideration would have been there ability to drive the car comfortable. I had a similar issue with a 97 Mustang.
__________________
My Porsche mechanic drives a Saturn.
'98 Artic Silver w/ Tip
vath2001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 01:56 AM   #11
Ex Esso kid
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 1,605
Anti theft system or gaurantee that you pray the perps who tear it up total it?

PS Would work better without shift pattern

Last edited by Ghostrider 310; 04-24-2012 at 02:02 AM.
Ghostrider 310 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 04:23 AM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Olympia, Wa
Posts: 370
drove a tip, almost bought a tip-S but to me it STILL feels like you are driving a automatic that is being shifted manually like my BMW steptronic tranny, slow reaction time between the time you press the upshift button and when it actually upshifts, they should have made it more along the line of the BMW SMG (aggressive), then it would have been much better
fivepointnine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 04:27 AM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghostrider 310 View Post
Anti theft system or gaurantee that you pray the perps who tear it up total it?

PS Would work better without shift pattern
Poster from another forum replied his car was almost stolen... it moved 10 feet and the guy gave up because he couldn't drive stick.
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 04:30 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by fivepointnine View Post
drove a tip, almost bought a tip-S but to me it STILL feels like you are driving a automatic that is being shifted manually like my BMW steptronic tranny,
Want to know why it feels like you're driving an automatic? Because it is an automatic.

Quote:
Originally Posted by fivepointnine View Post
they should have made it more along the line of the BMW SMG (aggressive), then it would have been much better
SMGs are horrible in traffic, very jerky shifts at low-rpm/slow speeds.
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 05:40 AM   #15
Registered User
 
pecora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Florida,USA
Posts: 12
Send a message via AIM to pecora
Pdk

Quote:
Originally Posted by henwood View Post
Hi all,

I'm new to this site - hello!

Looking for some advice as I'm buying a Boxster S in the next few weeks. People have warned me off getting a tiptronic but aren't ever very specific as to why.

I far prefer manual, so that is my preference, but maybe I need to be less worried about it.

If you have a tiptronic - what is it like to drive in comparison to the manual? I assume it to be less fun in a car like this, but I'm open to persuasion.

Also, are they more likely to go (expensively) wrong?

Any advice gratefully received.


If you can swing for a newer model you could get PDK with paddles. Though I prefer the 6sp manuel, the PDK auto/manuel appears to be an improvment over the older tiptronic.

Chers

Will
If you can swing for a newer model you could get PDK with paddles. Though I prefer the 6sp manuel, the PDK auto/manuel appears to be an improvment over the older tiptronic.

Rick
pecora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #16
Registered User
 
Jaxonalden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Oklahoma City
Posts: 1,209
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by henwood View Post
Hi all,

I'm new to this site - hello!

Looking for some advice as I'm buying a Boxster S in the next few weeks. People have warned me off getting a tiptronic but aren't ever very specific as to why.

I far prefer manual, so that is my preference, but maybe I need to be less worried about it.

If you have a tiptronic - what is it like to drive in comparison to the manual? I assume it to be less fun in a car like this, but I'm open to persuasion.

Also, are they more likely to go (expensively) wrong?

Any advice gratefully received.

Cheers,

Will
Since you asked the question of a Tiptronic owner , I guess I'll answer you with my opinion; Don't knock it till you try it.

Porsche did a great job by installing a performance based transmission in the Boxster. This isn't your grandmother’s automatic in her Ford Granada. A Tip has 5 shifting maps to accommodate different driving environments. You can also set the trans entering a corner to a gear that will net 5400 rpm's by burping the throttle. On hard acceleration the trans shifts at 6400 rpms, the peak hp rpm.

For relaxed driving the trans rolls out in 2nd gear and will be in 5th by 38 mph. Want to get aggressive? Stab the throttle at the light and it'll downshift to 1st and launch you. Don't like the auto mode? Do it all yourself with the shift levers. I've yet to do any better than the auto mode can.

Braking is the same; get aggressive with coming off the throttle and the trans will downshift allowing for engine braking while keeping the rpms up.

I'll run anyone’s manual against my Tip any day, in any situation. I can concentrate on driving the car while leaving the optimum shift points to the Tip. I love it.
__________________
Sadly on the outside looking in.
"Drive it like the Doctor ordered"
Jaxonalden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 10:48 AM   #17
Certified Boxster Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,602
I drove a Tip when looking for my car. The tip is good but not equal to the manual. The steering wheel buttons can seem a bit quirky compared to modern day paddles, but then quirky is pretty popular these days. The newer PDK (which I have also driven) is a vast improvement on the tip and is equal to the manual.
__________________
1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 05:29 AM   #18
Registered User
 
jcb986's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Orlando
Posts: 1,266
You know, when get older pushing a clutch also gets old. I find my TIP is the best of both worlds. I can drive in auto and relax or put it in manual mode and have a blast.
__________________
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/x...6/PC120055.jpg

Old Hippie Young Heart
2000 S/3.2 Liter/Tiptronic/Boxster S Sport Package/Cruise Control/Slate Grey Metallic
Red Special Leather Interior/Red Floor Mats/Red Hand Painted Instrument Dials/Roll Bar/Windstop
Small Carbon Package/Leather Wrap Carbon Wheel/Center Console Exterior Color/Alum Carbon Shift Knob
AM/FM Radio w/CD Player & Changer/Digital Sound Package/18" Turbo Wheels/Wheel Caps w/Colored Crest
jcb986 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 05:39 AM   #19
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,656
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcb986 View Post
You know, when get older pushing a clutch also gets old.
I hope I won't have to give up sex until I poop in my pants.
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012, 06:09 AM   #20
recycledsixtie
 
recycledsixtie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Edmonton Canada
Posts: 824
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekam View Post
I hope I won't have to give up sex until I poop in my pants.
You know when u are getting really old when u have pooped in your pants and you don't know it. I will continue driving a manual as long as I can. Now where is the nearest bathroom......

recycledsixtie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page