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Old 10-30-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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Do the '97 models display the outside temp?

I have a quick question, does the '97 model display the outside temperature? I just picked up another Boxster today and I notice that it doesn't have display the temp like my '99 model. So if anyone with a '97 or '98 model could let me know if your box is the same, or if anyone can chime in, please let me know.

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Old 10-30-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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HB,

It depends. Check your passenger side front radiator grill. If it has a temperature sensor, you should be able to get it turned on at the dealer :

http://www.986faq.com/7-0/default.asp#006

Hope this helps...

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Old 10-30-2007, 05:28 PM   #3
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If that doesn't work, just drive past the bank:
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If that doesn't work, just drive past the bank:
It seems like it was pretty cold there, here in Dc we were at 210F
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Some of the '97 models did not have the temp sensor. Look up front and it is easily visible in the right grille. (I think it's the right) I you don't have the sensor you will see a holder (hole) for it on the plastic grille insert. Mine does not have the sensor. So doing the OBC hack for temp will not work for my car.
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Some of the '97 models did not have the temp sensor. Look up front and it is easily visible in the right grille. (I think it's the right) I you don't have the sensor you will see a holder (hole) for it on the plastic grille insert. Mine does not have the sensor. So doing the OBC hack for temp will not work for my car.
Can you send me a picture of this sticker?
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:13 PM   #7
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Thanks guys,

TP, I'll take a picture tomorrow when it's daylight.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:59 PM   #8
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Here you go

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You car is 4 digits off from the sticker I posted, from a local Boxster. Must have gone down the assembly line together. Both were made in November 1996.

As far as I have been able to determine cars made prior to January 1997 did not have the outside temp sensor in the front grill. We also have a local December 1996 that did not have the sensor. My January 1997 has the sensor and I do not have factory OBC.

A few years ago I retrofitted the sensor on the December car.

On your car if you had the OBC turned on all you will see is - - - three dashes as you do not have the sensor. You just have a rubber plug where the sensor would be.
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Old 11-03-2007, 08:11 AM   #10
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Can you send me a picture of this sticker?
Here's mine.
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:40 AM   #11
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Another sensorless November 1996.

I should add, for the UK people. If their cars do not have A/C then they don't have the sensor, no matter what year.

A/C is standard in the US but for some reason pre-January 1997 US cars don't have the sensor unless the car has the OBC option.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:38 AM   #12
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Thanks Tool Pants, so let me ask you, is it possible to add the sensor? I know you said you retro fitted one. How is that working out, and do you have any instructions how I might be able to do this?

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Old 11-04-2007, 08:43 AM   #13
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http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=12222&hl=sensor

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=8232&hl=sensor

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=6068&hl=sensor

You first need to determine if there are 2 unused pins/wires going to the instrument cluster in the white 21 pin connector next to the brake booster.
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Old 11-04-2007, 09:01 AM   #14
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Thank you! I'll go ahead and register over there since I'm not a member yet.

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