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Old 10-15-2006, 08:09 PM   #1
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Do Boxsters fit Giants?

Hi all,

I'm new here and am contemplating my mid-life crisis down the road, which involves a sports car. I'm 6' 4" and some cars are too small for me: Miata (head sticks up over top of windshield); TR 6 (not enough leg room). I just fit in a 240 Z. Any tall drivers out there that can weigh in? Many thanks.

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Old 10-15-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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I am 6' 1" and I fit just fine...my buddy is 6'4" but he has a long torso...kind of weird looking...and he doesn't fit...his head sticks out. I call him a freak of nature, but he prefers vertically challenged.
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:19 PM   #3
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Thanks. Guess I'll just have to go test drive one.
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:56 PM   #4
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6'2" here. I fit. I think 6'4" may be a stretch... but test drive for yourself.
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Old 10-16-2006, 04:51 AM   #5
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I'm 6'4", and long torso. The car "fits" fine, in that I had more legroom than my Miata (no more go-cart knees), and the headroom with the top up is fine. Having said that, the outward visual appearance with the top down is, as Rail says, a little vertically challenged.

Side note: Not nearly as bad as the Fiat 500 I had in Italy - used to drive it with my head sticking out the sunroof to make my kids laugh. (It was a weekend capuccino car, "unsafe at any speed" is a good description.)

Track days in the Boxster present a different problem due to the broomstick rule that requires 2 inches clear between the helmet and the imaginary line from the windshield top to the top of the roll bar. Even with a roll bar extension (Brey Krause), I still couldn't pass. So, was limited to the few tracks that allow Boxsters on general prinicple. Gatting a hardtop may help, but talk with your track tech inspector before buying - if the track is an issue for you.

I say go for it. Are Boxsters fun? You bet! No other handling like it , best brakes on the planet - a holistic driving euphoria.

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Old 10-16-2006, 09:27 AM   #6
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6'3" & 249.999lbs OK......................

I'm 6'3", and 250lbs with little problems once inside the car. In and out can be a little challenging due to the length of my legs. I have found that when exiting, if I place my left hand on the door jamb, I can leverage myself out without too much effort or public gawking. Occasionally, once standing next to the Box, I'll get a bystander that appears to be amazed that I fit inside (heightwise).

The only caution I have is the panel that houses the contols to the seat can be caught if you try to slide over the seat on the way in/out. So be sure to lift your arse upon entry/exit.

Otherwise, driving is no problem! Pedels are easy to manipulate and my knees are out of the way, not up against the steering wheel. The only other coupe that I've been in that had more leg room was a '69 XKE.

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Old 10-16-2006, 10:46 AM   #7
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I'm 6'1 with no problems. I believe the newer 987 model provides more space than the 986, so you should probably start with a 987, when you look at them. Seat can be lowered pretty far.
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I'm 6'1 with long legs, I find it a snug fit for legroom but there's ample head room so as you're taller but long int he torso it'll probably work out fine.

For legroom you can remove the tray under the steering column where the service book id and also remove the console if you want more width for your knees. If you're test driving remember the steering wheel telescopes (although it doeasn't tilt) which can help accomodate your knees if needed.

All in all I find my car very comfortable but there's no substitute for trying one out. I wasn't at all comfortable in a Miata I sat in.

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Old 10-16-2006, 01:34 PM   #9
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Personally, If I was tall, and had money, I would buy some GT3 seats because you can install them lower than stock I believe. Or if they dont, buy aftermarket racing seats that you can.
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6'2" here, long torso, and I fit with about 1 inch of headroom in the 986, but the 987 gives me about 3 inches due to the much lower seating position and higher roofline. You'd have NO problem in the 987, and likely not the 986 either unless you are long torso also. My inseam is only 32", and at 6'2", that's really short.
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:25 PM   #11
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6'2" and I fit great into my 987. Very comfortable.
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Old 10-16-2006, 05:19 PM   #12
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6'3" and I fit okay. I have to bend my head down at a stoplight to see the light. No regrets whatsoever. When you test drive, make sure the seats are set as low as possible. My seats adjust high enough that my 5'4" wife fits comfortably.
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The new '07s have tilt and telescoping wheels. I'm only 6' and I have a lot of room to spare.


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For legroom you can remove the tray under the steering column where the service book id and also remove the console if you want more width for your knees. If you're test driving remember the steering wheel telescopes (although it doeasn't tilt) which can help accomodate your knees if needed.
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:40 PM   #14
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The jury is in and I JUST fit. I sat in a 1997 Boxster with poser seats and I have enough legroom and my head almost brushed the convertible roof. Good thing I have no hair or it would have been too small. I'm looking forward to test driving a Boxster vs. Boxster S. Then I just have to sell my wife on the idea of it. Somehow I think there will be an inverse relationship to prioritization of a Boxster vs. marble countertops, new furniture, re-do the pool area, college and wedding funds, etc. Thanks, all!
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:44 PM   #15
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I'm 6'-6" and manage to wedge myself into my '99. I'm more torso than legs (my inseam is a scant 34"). It's comfortable enough but the funny part is that my head is above the headrest/roll bar and if i ever get rear-ended I'll smack my head on the roll bar. And if I roll over...well let's just say my head will hit the ground first. Small price to pay...

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