Manual: 2011/2012 Boxster

Page: 150

Convertible Top (Boxster, Boxster S)
Brief operating instructions can be found on the back side of the driver's sun visor.

  • Please see the chapter "CAR CARE INSTRUCTIONS" on page 185.

Convertible Top Operation

If persons or animals are near or in the way of the convertible top mechanism's moving parts, parts of the body could become trapped or crushed.

  • Make absolutely sure that nobody can be injured by the convertible-top mechanism or the convertible-top compartment lid.

Do not operate convertible top:
– At temperatures below 32 °F/0 °C.
– When one side of the car is on a curb, a hoist or a jack.
– When items of luggage or other objects hinder the convertible top movement.

  • Drive only with the convertible top fully open or closed (end positions).
  • Items of luggage or objects on the luggage tray above the engine compartment lid must be put in the storage box or be secured to prevent their sliding out. These items must not be in abrasive contact with the convertible top or rear window. Keep shutters of the storage box closed while driving.
  • Avoid frequent operation of the convertible top with the engine off; the vehicle battery would be unintentionally discharged rapidly.
  • When opening or closing the convertible top, ensure there is sufficient clearance above the convertible top (e.g. in the garage).
  • To prevent damp stains and abrasions, only open the convertible top in a dry, clean state.
  • Park your car in the shade whenever possible, as the fabric, rubber material and color can be harmed by long exposure to sunlight.
  • The convertible top may only be actuated during driving on even surfaces.
  • The convertible top must not be used with strong counter wind (over approx. 50 mph/ 80 km/h).

Conditions for operating the convertible top
– The ignition must be switched on (engine running or off).
– Maximum speed 30 mph (50 km/h)
The opening/closing process of the convertible top will be interrupted if the maximum speed is exceeded.

  • Reduce speed.
    Press button again.
    The opening/closing process is ended.

Convertible Top Operation

If persons or animals are near or in the way of the convertible top mechanism's moving parts, parts of the body could become trapped or crushed.

  • Make absolutely sure that nobody can be injured by the convertible-top mechanism or the convertible-top compartment lid.
  • In order to abort convertible top operation in the event of danger:
    up to 6 mph (10 km/h), release the button immediately,
    over 6 mph (10 km/h), activate the button briefly.


Risk of damage when opening or closing the convertible top.

  • Keep the lids of the make-up mirrors in the sun visors closed when closing the convertible top.
  • Lock the convertible top with the latching lever after automatic closing.
  • In order to abort convertible top operation in the event of danger:
    up to 6 mph (10 km/h), release the button immediately,
    over 6 mph (10 km/h), activate the button briefly.