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Boot/Bonnet opener (cheap on AliExpress)?


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Chaps, 

 

The boot/bonnet opener on my 987.1 has failed. It seems that they do so occasionally. The switch for the front boot ("frunk", as I think it's de rigeur to call it on here) has gone wobbly and needs a bit more love to make it work. 

 

A new one? Seems to be about £90 from an OPC. 

 

BUT

 

It seems you can get the part on AliExpress for .... £9.70. Literally, 10% of the OPC price. It may not arrive for a long while but - hey! - I don't use the car that much, there is another boot to put things in, the switch still works and if it fails then I can still open the frunk from the key. This cheapo bargain is here: 

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003786674022.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.2c36bcf4V3iu5A&algo_pvid=e25ab47c-38f5-4e74-9ab8-54ffcce138a0&algo_exp_id=e25ab47c-38f5-4e74-9ab8-54ffcce138a0-11&pdp_ext_f={"sku_id"%3A"12000027163973803"}&pdp_pi=-1%3B9.7%3B-1%3B-1%40salePrice%3BGBP%3Bsearch-mainSearch

 

Is there any reason NOT to save £80 and buy from China? 

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10 minutes ago, zcacogp said:

Thanks. Assigned by whom; the seller or this forum? (Or both! 🤔)

Yourself! For ‘volunteering’ to take a punt on a £10 Chinese version and letting us all know if it works 🫣😉😁 
 

i recall a previous thread a year or so back on some similarly cheap versions available on eBay - a number of the community members bought them and reported that they worked fine 👍🏻

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If was me, i think it may be worth a go as probably not that technically hard to copy from original, however I’d probably go for one off eBay like this

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bonnet-Boot-Release-Switch-For-Porsche-911-997-987-Boxster-Cayman-99761310502-/393914203067?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0

 

for a couple of pounds more it will likely arrive a lot quicker and if it’s rubbish then maybe eBay will cover you on that.

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Thanks .... that's the cheapest one I've seen on eBay and I've just ordered it. 

 

Thanks for the link! 

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Replaced one last December, UK supplier delivered in a couple days, was £12.33 now £15.19, no complaints. Not really worth bothering with  Aliexpress.
It works, it looked as equally flimsy as OE part that failed. 2 micro switches, 2 LED bulbs it’s not a £90 component. Allow a good 10mins to fit.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154583071660

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