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Differences between US and European Boxster

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Hi all,

this is my first post. I'm looking to import from US a nice porsche boxster. I would like to know if there are differences between the US and the European version of a 986 2.5i. I ask that because I would like to know if I have to change some part to use my car in Switzerland.

Thanks to all and you do a great job whit this forum.


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The cars are generally the same - but:

1. The speedometer and odometer will be calibrated in mph.

2. The rear bumpers have little extensions each side of the license plate (bumperettes)

3. There are small extra 'sidelights' in the front and rear light clusters (running lights?)

4. Some cars from different parts of the US have differing exhaust gas treatment - California has more stringent air laws for example.

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All US/Canadian cars get the same cats and DME - there is no difference in California cars and the rest of the US.

For RoW cars it varies by country - some get different cats and some get different DMEs, and some get both. It would be best to check with the authorities in Switzerland to see what you need to do to be in compliance.

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Thanks all for the answer but what is "DME"?

DME = Digital Motor Electronics (as most germany car companies call it) or ECU (general public calls it) or ME-Motronic (as Bosch calls it). The computer control box that manages and regulates your engine.
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