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Porsche Boxster Service Manual: 1997-2004

Porsche Boxster Vehicle Identification and VIN Decoder

Some of the information in this manual applies only to cars of a particular model year or range of years. For example, 1997 refers to the 1997 model year but does not necessarily match the calendar year in which the car was manufactured or sold. To be sure of the model year of a particular car, check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car.

The VIN is a unique sequence of 17 characters assigned by Porsche to identify each individual car. When decoded, the VIN tells the country and year of manufacture; make, model and serial number; assembly plant and even some equipment specifications.

The Porsche VIN is on a plate mounted on the top of the dashboard, on the driver's side where the number can be seen through the windshield. The 10th character is the model year code. The letters I, O, Q and U are not used for model year designation. Examples: V for 1997, W for 1998, X for 1999, Y for 2000, 1 for 2001, 2 for 2002, etc. The table below explains some of the codes in the VIN for 1997 through 2004 Porsche Boxsters covered by this manual.

Sample VIN: W P O C A 2 9 8 2 W U 6 2 2 9 0 2

VIN Position
DescriptionDecoding Information
1Manufacturing countryW = Germany
2ManufacturerP = Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
3Vehicle TypeO = Passenger vehicle
4Body codeC = Cabriolet
5SeriesA = 2.5 liter 6-cylinder (Boxster)
A = 2.7 liter 6-cylinder (Boxster)
B = 3.2 liter 6-cylinder (Boxster S)
8Restraint system2 = Manual belts with dual SRS airbags
7Model type98 = First 2 digits of Porsche model (Boxster = 986)
9Check Digit0-9 or X, calculated by NHTSA
10Model YearV 1997
W 1998
X 1999
Y 2000
1 2001
2 2002
3 2003
4 2004
11Assembly PlantS = Stuttgart, Germany
U = Uusikaupunki, Finland
12-17Serial NumberSequential production number for specific vehicle