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Old 08-01-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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Question Differences between 1997,1998 & 1999 Boxsters?

After reading the Wiki page on Boxsters, I was under the impression that the 1997-1999 models were exactly the same, however, this is clearly not the case. My 98 has a freakin tape deck! Also my 99 has a glovebox behind the seats wheras my 98 does not.

It all started when I went to swap the seats out of my 99 Boxster which are partially powered and noticed the ones from my 1998 Boxster are fully powered. Are they not compatible? What other differences are there?

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Old 08-02-2011, 06:24 AM   #3
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Some of those are not differences in model years...

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After reading the Wiki page on Boxsters, I was under the impression that the 1997-1999 models were exactly the same, however, this is clearly not the case. My 98 has a freakin tape deck! Also my 99 has a glovebox behind the seats wheras my 98 does not.

It all started when I went to swap the seats out of my 99 Boxster which are partially powered and noticed the ones from my 1998 Boxster are fully powered. Are they not compatible? What other differences are there?

... they're just different options, such as the full power vs partial power seats, radio options casstte vs CD, etc.

The three cars are very similar, but they did have differences:

1997 had weak upper struts and suspension supports so they couldn't use 18" wheels.
1998 and on were reinforced and 18" wheels became an option.
1997 had two door locks (driver and passenger). '98 and newer only one on the driver's side.
1997 and 1998 had soft (leather) storage above the engine as an option. 1999 came w/plastic.
1998 and newer came with side-impact airbags in the doors.
1999 had a slightly bigger fuel tank than the '97 and '98.
1997 hard top has slightly protruding "ears" which were eliminated in 1998 and newer.

I'm sure there are a couple of other differences which I don't recall right now.

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No side airbags on the 97's.

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