996/Boxster Climate Control Display

One problem that is popping up in the 996/986 owners is the display unit on the climate controls going bad.  Sometimes parts of the numbers do not illuminate/burn out, or you get a half moon or bleeding of the  LCD screen.  The solution use to be replace the control unit which ran about $350 plus install.  There is now a cheaper solution of just replacing the LCD screen.  This boxster had an issue with part of the numbers (temperature) not lighting up anymore.  Parts and install on the replacement LCD screen run about $150.

First remove the climate control unit from the car.

Start disassembly.  Get the main guts of the unit out of the housing.

Next you disconnect the display unit.

Taking that apart you will find the amber filter screen and LCD screen.

Install the new LCD panel in the metal housing, and start reinstall.

Plug it in to make sure everything works.  Note, the display is very slightly different than the stock unit in terms of icons and font, but functions exactly the same.

And back together.

The bad LCD screen.

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June 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Thanks for posting this Karl.


August 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Where can I get this part for a 996? I have this issue right now

Peter Martire

September 8, 2010 at 10:17 PM

I also need a replacement LCD for my 2000 996. I would like to know where to purchase this part. Also on a scale from 1 to 10, what would you ranks this repair?


September 21, 2010 at 7:51 AM

I haven’t installed mine yet. Read the directions and it said the icons would be different. Not sure I want that. I’d rather pay more for authenticity. But the images here look like they’re the same. What’s the reality are the icons different?


    September 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM


    There are a couple of icons that are just slightly different. Unless you really look at it close, you won’t notice the difference. Originality is going to run about $350.00-400.00 in the form of a new climate control unit from Porsche. Unfortunately the 986 and 996 are severly depreciating assets, so being a bit off on originality is not going to hurt the poor resale at all. Porsche’s aren’t collectibles like they use to be, now they are throw away cars.


February 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Where can I purchase the LCD replacement? I too have a 2002 S with this exact problem.


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