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Boxster Integrated Garage Door Opener

Pelican Technical Article:

Boxster Integrated Garage Door Opener

Grego Gulik


2-3 hours






Soldering iron, solder

Applicable Models:

Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-12)
Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-12)
Porsche 987 Cayman (2007-12)
Porsche 987 Cayman S (2006-12)

Parts Required:

Genie Intellicode garage door opener, Porsche console switch defogger (# 996 613 134 00 A02)

Performance Gain:

Be able to open your security gate to your community and your garage door from a remote control unit within your Boxster's center console

Complementary Modification:

Replace the shifter boot
     I'm still working on this page, so please be careful. I am not responsible for any problems you experience as a result of trying to do anything described here.

     This page describes wiring up a garage door opener to a Porsche switch and installing it in one of the blanks in the Boxster console. This will not work if the car is equipment with heated seats as the blanks will be filled.

     In my case, I needed to wire up a two-button Genie Intellicode garage door opener as my alley has a remote controlled gate in addition to the garage. I purchased the remote at Home Depot for around $27. I chose the regular sized model as it uses a 12V battery, so if I ever want to wire it into the car battery, I could do so easily. I then had the remote programmed to both my garage and the gate. The round button opens my garage, the triangular button opens the gate.

First of all, buy the following parts:

  • Genie Intellicode Garage Door Opener
  • Porsche part# 996 613 134 00 A02. This is a defogger switch. I like this switch as it has an LED that can be wired in to a garage opener's LED to give you positive response. My garage door opener didn't have an LED, so it didn't prove useful yet, but I still intend to hack it to work at some point.
  • VW part # 443972995. This is what the switch mounts into to hold it in the console, but I didn't end up using it.

  • A- Backlighting of the switch
  • B- +12V input
  • C- LED
  • D- Activated when high part of switch pressed
  • E- Activated when low part of switch pressed

Comments and Suggestions:
FL Greg Comments: * I do not have the backlight or led on the switch wired to work but the remote works great. 99 Boxster
August 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
FL Greg Comments: I used a dashboard console switch with a newer craftsman remote. It only required two wires soldered. Use switch B and connect to the solder bead under the remote light. Connect the other wire to D or E whichever side of switch you are using and to the underside of your active switch on your remote. Use connectors on the switch and just hold the wires onto the remote while you test the right configuration.
August 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
teleski Comments: I'm thinking of also using the defroster switch so as to use the built-in led as a status indicator. However the led in the switch is wired such that it must be switched separately the switches, indicator led and backlight led share a common line +12V in the intended application. The defroster control unit actually turns on the indicator light by grounding that line. Has anyone successfully rewired the switch to use just with a garage door opener?
April 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I personally have not. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Kms910 Comments: Hey question where are you making the solder connections on the remote?
March 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See attached photo. - Nick at Pelican Parts
99 boxster Comments: Could I do this in the blanks by the rear view mirror?
January 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I don't see why not? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Bartok Comments: Hi Wayne:
I am interested in wiring the garage door opener into my 2001 Boxster S.
Where can I find your article?
January 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have personally written a tech article on this topic yet, but the article you have referenced here should be all that you need in order to perform this installation. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
BP Comments: This was too easy. I used the Genie 3 button remote and the circuitry was a bit different but it didn't take me long to figure out. Curious if any one has used the light for the ash tray to back light the button. I was thinking of doing that.
August 5, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Brandon Comments: Where would you mount the transmitter in a 996 99-2004 center dashboard configuration?
January 30, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The storage compartment behind the window switches is a good place. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
January 28, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, that's a perfectly good point, you can easily use one of the blanks next to the center dash. I show how to do that in a different article here in this tech articles section. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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