I've noticed that "Dead Battery Locked Hood 996" is an ever-increasingly popular Porsche 911 search. For that reason I've provided detailed instructions on unlocking the lids in 12 steps with easy to understand pictures to solve this modern Porsche driver's dilemma. I believe this applies at least to all 996 911s & Boxsters manufactured between 2001 and 2004.
Just a couple of important things that you ought to know especially if you've never owned an air-cooled Porsche 911 before. FYI: "993" is the common nomenclature for 911s built between 1995 and 1998.
It is well acknowledged, if not documented, that the 1999-2004 Porsche Carrera 911 (or 996) is the ugly step-child of the 911 family. Having been born right after the pampered darling, the 993, the much belittled 996 was intended as a leap forward in luxury and performance a Porsche for the new age.