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Boxster -- Finnish vs German is there a difference?

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The Valmet Boxsters (made in Uusikaupunki, Finland, noted by a "U" in the VIN) are made to the same high standards of the Zuffenhausen plant ("S" in the VIN), and vice versa. Here's a little background from the 986 FAQ:


Here's an old press release from 1997 apparently made by Valmet in re: the Boxster production:


My wife has an 80k '99 Valmet Boxster and it has been relatively trouble-free (water pump, maintenance items only). I have a friend with a similar vintage Stuttgart Boxster, and his has been just as reliable as my wife's with daily driver and track use. Now of course, neither is a 987, but I think that five or six extra years would give them more time to beat a consistent drum across both assembly lines.

On a related note: as of 2012 or 2013, the production of Boxster and Cayman models not handled in Stuttgart may be moved from Valmet to Magna Steyr, in Austria.



I'm not sure how this will affect the quality, but Porsche's expectations of their suppliers are rigorous. There are only so many ways to assemble a 987.

If you're looking at a used Boxster there are a lot of resources on the web. The least of your worries should be the production source, in my opinion. http://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/mikesporscheboxsterwebpages is a good site to learn about Boxsters, and has a great buyer's guide. A search here will yield plenty of advice from Boxster owners former and current.

Good luck!


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