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  1. Greetings... I have a 2003 Boxster. The weather seal that surrounds the headlamp unit is shot. Does anyone have an aftermarket source for such a part? The good people at Sunset Porsche advised that Porsche does not make replacements. As a FYI... this part surrounds the headlamp unit is held in place by two screws on one side and what appears to be three plastic fasteners on the other....stretched out, it is about 24 inches in length. any help or repair advice is very much appreciated. thanks
  2. My car is a 2003 Boxster and I am the original owner. I love everything about the car except for the poorly designed electronics in the key fob. I have tried just about everything over the past ten years (elongated antenna, reverse polarity, dealer intervention, new fobs, many new batteries, voodoo chants and on and on). The plain simple truth is that the key fob activated locking/unlocking system just does not work or, for the few times that it does work, it operates inconsistently. As a by the way, the system on my wife's 2005 Honda is tremendously superior...it will lock/unlock from a d
  3. I can't seem to get my radio to work. My car is a 2003 Boxster and the radio is original / stock. My radio has worked perfectly for over 8 years. The problem started when I recently replaced a dead battery. At that time I also cleaned the "battery area" of pine needles and dead leaves; I used compressed air to blow the junk out. The radio will occasionally turn on, and then unexpectedly turn off. If I unplug the associated fuse and re-plug, the radio might work for awhile and, then again, it might not. I have tried everything that I can think of to fix this problem, including......
  4. OK, I had some spare time and decided to dig around in the rear trunk. The solution is stupidly simple. The cable actuator is mounted in the trunk area by wrapping it in a sticky foam blanket which is then shoved it position. The device is held in position by friction and not a mechanical fastener (which would restrict the actuator's tendency to be pulled toward the cable attachment point). I was able to reach in and pull the actuator to the left and slightly adjust the sticky foam blanket....the cable slack is now gone and problem solved. I must say that this is a really cheesy design
  5. I have a 2003 Boxster First of all, I "searched" the forum for answers, but could not find any solutions. My rear trunk has always been tempermental and recently refuses to open. Pressing the remote key (or the interior switch) will cause the actuator to pull the cable (I can hear it whirring away) but the trunk lid refuses to open. I can open the trunk using the manual emergency release and I have oiled / cleaned all of the mechanical linkages and springs, but still no improvement. I took a careful look at the cable linkage and the cable appears to have about 1/4" to 1/2" of slack.
  6. During install of a four stalk kit to enable OBC, I broke the grey connector. This unfortunate event then began a frustrating on-again, off-again two year search for the correct replacement. The good, and persistent, people at Sunset Porsche came to the rescue and were able to track down the correct part. Please give Chris a call at Sunset. The part is actually sold as a three plug set and the part number is PNA72104300202 (32 PIN Socket Housing). This means that you will get a blue, green and grey plug. On a side note, there are subtle molded differences with each colored plug, so yo
  7. Does (or did) Porsche make an ash tray surround without pre-cast holes for electrical switches? If so, what would be the part number? The stock part (with four holes) is embossed with the number 996.552.095.02 My car is a 2003 Boxster thanks in advance !
  8. The locking tab on the plug housings are easy to break. I broke one when I installed the 4 stalk OBC. My "temporary" fix was to place a small electrical cable tie around the wire bundle with the cable tie locking thing positioned to hold the cam in place. Have not had any problems for over two years. However, I would be delighted if someone could source a supplier for this part. My car is a 2003 and I have checked with different dealers and wrecking yards with no luck. Everyone wants to sell the entire wiring harness ! My closest brush with success was with Sunset. I ordered a plug ho
  9. I am curious if anyone has done this "hack" My car is a 2003 Boxster I would like to reverse the sequence for engaging the fog lamps. Specifically, have the rear lamp light first and then the front lamps. I would think that you will need to alter the connections in the headlamp switch, but I really do not want do this by trial and error. Why do this? Well, the rear lamp is an effective way to get morons that insist upon using their front fogs on a fogless day to back off (or even turn off those superbright lights), but I really do not want to offend those in ahead of me with my lit fro
  10. A question for Tool Pants.... Do you have a current part number for the programable VW relay. ??? I checked with a local dealer about a year ago with a part number provided from a previous forum post on the same topic .... the parts desk person said the item was unavailable. thanks in advance
  11. Chris, Many, many thanks.... chatted with Jeff at Sunset and the part is on its way to me ! :cheers:
  12. Hi Chris.... Well, actually no. I tried to order the part from a local dealer, but "Porsche's parts system" refused to place the request (BTW, I did take another peek at the item with magnifying glass... part # 999.650.509.40 -"plug casing", right?). I then appealed to PCNA to see if they could help me order the item .... complete waste of time as they just kicked me back to the dealer! I am very, very interested in your source for this small item..... could you pass your contact's name my way? thanks !
  13. You are absolutely correct. The problem was the "special tool" provided with the car. A simple twist of a quality 5 mm socket solved the problem in less than two seconds. Many thanks ... and, yes, I did enjoy a beer afterwards ! :beer:
  14. Thanks and, yes, I am using the special socket from the tool kit.... and I am fairly certain that I am following the correct procedure described in the owners manual. The unit is seated correctly, can be pushed into place and rotation of the tool towards the rear of the car will produce a pop that indicates that it is locked.... but, it isn't !! Very frustrating.... but I'll give it another chance this evening. Pleasant drive??? .... well, maybe. It happens to be 60 miles of rush hour morning and afternoon traffic through the angry freeways of Los Angeles ! Maybe a beer afterwards wil
  15. The left hand headlamp assembly just will not lock in place..... The right hand unit slides in perfectly and easily locks with audible pop. The left hand unit fits correctly and a partial turn of the locking tool will produce a popping sound. The assembly appears to locked in place but just a slight finger tip lift of the leading edge of the turn signal will cause the unit to slide out ! I have repeatedly checked the headlamp assembly, mounting plate, assorted alingment channels etc. All appears normal and nothing is broken..... Any suggestions as to something I might be missing?
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