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Engine Code for 2009 Boxster base

  • 2009
  • Boxster
16 000
North Carolina

Looking at purchasing a 2009 Boxster base with a 2.9L engine. The engine code on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from Porsche is M97/20 and that is also what is in the Owners Manual. The production date of the vehicle is 5/09, which would place it as produced late in the model year.

My question is this - I thought the M97 engines were phased out in 2008? The M96 and M97 engines are the ones plagued with the IMS issue(s). From my research, shouldn't the engine code for the new 2.9L be MA120? How can I validate (prove or disprove) the engine code in the manual and the COA?

Trying to avoid any pitfalls or heartaches on an otherwise beautiful car. Thanks in advance for your help and advise.

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