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Before I ask my question, I'd just like to say that these boards have been invaluable in helping me maintain my '98 Boxster. You may find it funny to learn that perhaps the most valuable insight that I gleaned was how to "jimmy" the trunk latch after having locked my keys in the trunk....Maybe not the most valuable piece of information from a $$ perspective, but certainly from a pride perspective...:-)

While spring cleaning the interior of my car, I noticed what I considered an unusual amount of "hardware" under the seats for simply adjusting the backrest. While I don't have heated seats, I was curious to learn if these cars came with the heating units already installed in the seats. If you selected the heated seat option at the time of purchase, they would simply install the "switch" in the center console. The reason I ask this question is that Porsche has done something similar with the on board computer. If you want to pay for the option, they will turn it on (temp, trip odometer, etc...), but all cars come equipped with the computer.

If this is the case, I'd be off to purchase the switch and try to install the unit myself. It is still chilly here in New England in the mornings.....and the heated seats work wonders for keeping an aging back comfortable after some strenuous exercise.

Thanks in advance for your help. Happy Driving.


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You may find it funny to learn that perhaps the most valuable insight that I gleaned was how to "jimmy" the trunk latch after having locked my keys in the trunk....

Hi - can you refer me to that thread (re: the trunk latch)



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The hack only works on Boxster models whose trunks are controlled by mechanical levers as opposed to a push/pull switch. I can't remember the exact model year the change from mechanical lever to switch was made....but I think it was around 2001 or 2002. Essentially there is a small gap between the mechanical levers. Controlling the release cables to the front and rear is an "H" shaped cam....the H lays sideways where the crossbar to the H would be parallel to the door sill.....If you take a thin screwdriver and place it between the vertical bars of the "H" you can rotate that cam a few degrees (I believe clockwise). If sucessful, you will have moved the cam just enough that you can manually pull the latch to pop the trunk.

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