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Old 03-30-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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Do you ever feel like the Boxster is better....with the top up?

Ok, it's fun with the top down on a nice day, but for me the boxster isn't a cruiser, but a redlining, winding road carver.

So I had the top down today, and then I put it up.

Car felt much more intimate, and I could hear the engine and exhaust better over 30mph speeds.

With the top down, you sort of lose the exhaust to wind noise over a certain speed.


Anyone else agree? So when you want to feel the air, top down...but for performance driving and to feel the car, top up like a cayman.

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Old 03-30-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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That's the beauty of the Boxster. The car is fantastic both ways. I do find that I drive more enthusiastically with the top up though. I like to be somewhat discreet at times.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:05 PM   #3
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I have had my hard top on for two years. I miss driving a little with the top down.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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I have an aftermarket exhaust and bypass pipes and desnorkled. With the top up, the exhaust sound is a bit muffled. I hear it better with the top down. Also, when the top's down, I don't raise the windows like most people do.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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Sorry Rondo, but I t think you have the wrong exhaust.
Having the top up just muffles the incredible sound of the Top Speed bypass pipes and race muffler.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:37 AM   #6
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Top down and windows down from April to October.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:39 AM   #7
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Nope.....top down FTW!

Speed Racer's Mach5 ran with no top, that's how I roll too.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:58 AM   #8
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Top down and windows down from April to October.
This. Anything over 40* and top down!!

Windows down over 50*.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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I love the away it looks top up or down. Prefer top down weather permitting. Top up reminds me of early custom cars in CA. I think the first generation 986 with the clear headlights is the most classic good looking Boxster made. This is why I will probably replace the engine if it ever goes rather than buy a new car. Both of us love the look.

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The car is nearly always better top-up when it's raining.
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I have had my hard top on for two years. I miss driving a little with the top down.


Top down is waaaaaay better!
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:45 AM   #12
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Top down and windows down from April to October.
This sums up my thoughts exactly, although I do also enjoy top down driving with the windows up and the seat heaters on in March and November if the weather permits (unfortunately not this March )
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #13
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Good thread. Yes my next P car might be the Cayman. Hardly ever put the top down. But I must say the Box has classic lines top up or down. It has been a great experience having a convertible that feels so solid and relatively rattle free.....
Just need some good weather now for a spirited drive....
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Ok, it's fun with the top down on a nice day, but for me the boxster isn't a cruiser, but a redlining, winding road carver.

So I had the top down today, and then I put it up.

Car felt much more intimate, and I could hear the engine and exhaust better over 30mph speeds.

With the top down, you sort of lose the exhaust to wind noise over a certain speed.


Anyone else agree? So when you want to feel the air, top down...but for performance driving and to feel the car, top up like a cayman.

Thoughts?
I totally agree with you. Exception to the rule is driving LA "free"ways with top down enhances rear vision & lane change quickness.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:01 PM   #15
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When I bought mine I was even happier with my purchase because it came with a hardtop and I really liked the looks of it with the hardtop on. Now the soft top has really grown on me and I actually like the looks of it better. I've only drove with the top down a few times because I'm not a fan of the added attention. I usually find myself trying to shield myself with a hat and sunglasses, but it's definitely a nice option to have.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:01 PM   #16
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I think that someone summarized it well - it can be both.

I drove a few Caymans, and they feel almost exactly like the Boxster with the top up. I was not able to tell too much of a difference - so why not just get a Boxster?
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:45 PM   #17
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I think that someone summarized it well - it can be both.

I drove a few Caymans, and they feel almost exactly like the Boxster with the top up. I was not able to tell too much of a difference - so why not just get a Boxster?
Just had mine out for the first time this season. It is such a great little car. The 986 really fits like a worn first basemen's glove. I've tried and struggled to get the same feeling in the newer models.

Haven't driven a Cayman, but I would surmise that having the extra airspace inside is really nice in comparison with a top up Boxster. The clear engine cover would be cool as well. I wouldn't mind adding the new Cayman S to the stable. The wife would absolutely love the Boxster for a daily driver, 6-speed and all.

Having said that, the Boxster satisfies the motorcycle enthusiast in me which I never thought could be replaced. Go figure, go Boxster.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:01 PM   #18
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I like the top down, as I've gotten older , my hair is less forgiving and I end up looking like Nick Nolte by the time I get to work.

By the time I get off from work the sun has set and it can get a bit too chilly at night in the Bay Area for top downing.

That being said I like the top down when I can, but will probably change to a sunroofed Cayman or 911 sometime in the next few years.
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Finally had a good weekend day to run the Box around with the top down. What a joy this car is, top down definitely wins in my book. I like the way people gawk at the car with the top down too.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:17 PM   #20
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The sunroof is nice too.

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