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Looking at a Boxster possibly

I see a number of them here in summer. I have never been in one and wonder how I would fit. I am 6'3". I now own a 86 928S. I thought a convert might be nice and wonder how they compare to my 928 in handling and comfort. I would be looking at a used car.
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When I was selling my 2001 Boxster about three years ago a prospective buyer was about 6 feet 4 inches tall and said there was not enough leg room for him.

I am 5'10" and found the leg room barely enough.

Later Boxsters might be better though for leg room. I enjoyed the Boxster base for three years and it was a great handling car. I ended up with a CEL light and ended up selling it. I now own a 2013 Miata NC which actually has more leg room.

Having said that I still look at used Porsches and think that a Cayman could be in my future.
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Height is one factor but body type is too. All legs or all torso?

How will the 986/987 compare to your 928? In simple terms light and nimble. But compared to your previous cars, also lower powered. Start at 201HP and even S models get only to ~250.

There is such a thing as a console delete kit that allows removal of the center console to allow your leg to splay sideways a bit. Also seat lowering kits.

Owned 2. Wonderful cars.

(When I bought my first Boxster I started out thinking I wanted a 928. I found it too much like a 'vette, heavy and big. But then my prior sports car experiences were a 914 and 2 '60s Alfas. I got into more trouble with 85HP than I ever did with 250.)

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Height is one factor but body type is too. All legs or all torso?

How will the 986/987 compare to your 928? In simple terms light and nimble. But compared to your previous cars, also lower powered. Start at 201HP and even S models get only to ~250.

There is such a thing as a console delete kit that allows removal of the center console to allow your leg to splay sideways a bit. Also seat lowering kits.

Owned 2. Wonderful cars.

(When I bought my first Boxster I started out thinking I wanted a 928. I found it too much like a 'vette, heavy and big. But then my prior sports car experiences were a 914 and 2 '60s Alfas. I got into more trouble with 85HP than I ever did with 250.)
The power is not an issue since my 928 is fast enough. I was considering a convertible and like the looks of the Boxster but concerned about space. My 928 is no problem on that. I don know why we need 700 HP unless racing. So power is not an issue with me. I can't fit well in those little British cars. Guess I will have to find a Boxster and sit in it.
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My recollection was a 2005-2007 was slightly larger in the cockpit.
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The power is not an issue since my 928 is fast enough. I was considering a convertible and like the looks of the Boxster but concerned about space. My 928 is no problem on that. I don know why we need 700 HP unless racing. So power is not an issue with me. I can't fit well in those little British cars. Guess I will have to find a Boxster and sit in it.
Exactly! I have short legs, so it's fine for me, but if you have normal 6' 4' legs (36" inseam) you will probably not fit real well. Mine is an 01 Boxster Base.
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2009 and later do have more legroom. I am 5'10" and fit with room to spare. Several very tall friends are not so comfortable.
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6' tall - I could never get truly comfortable in the 2009 Cayman. I don't like sitting close to the wheel, could never get the seat back far enough, while still having the seat back angle not too upright. One reason I sold the car. I did drive a 981 and there is def more room. Haven't tried a Boxster, but assume it is the same as Cayman?
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