Mook

Porsche replacing every engine in every 2014 GT3

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I'm not sure every manufacturer would do this.  It must be killing their PR team to do it, but good on them for saying " we fecked up" and just getting on and fixing the problem.  Doubtless many screams from a handful of people who'll want to sue them for the inconvenience and then laugh and shout about it on the interweb when Porsche offer them something very worthwhile and how clever they are for threatening to sue them.

Conrod connectors are to blame, apparently.

 

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/03/2014-porsche-911-gt3-engine-replacement-confirmed.html

 

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What a gorgeous looking car it is though...

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785 engines to be built and SHIPPED globally to local OPCs to do the swap on client cars.

Awesome. Porsche obviously learned their lesson from the US litigation about 996s and IMS failures.

I don't recall anything in the press about Ferrari or Lamborghini making good when their various toys were catching fire because heat shield glue melted...

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I don't recall anything in the press about Ferrari or Lamborghini making good when their various toys were catching fire because heat shield glue melted...

 

I think that's why it's hats off to Porsche for doing it +++

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That's how to do it +++

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Shows brand integrity I think - many thumbs up.

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What a gorgeous looking car it is though...

Photos like that don't help me, you know.

I'd pretty much decided on a 986 Cockster, now I'm starting to think 'if you're buying a Porsche, it really should be a 911'... Better start looking at 996 2s again!

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ooooh... that'll be expensive. Those engines aren't cheap.... 

 

Good on Porsche for doing the right thing. How to turn a serious issue in to a statement of quality.

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ooooh... that'll be expensive. Those engines aren't cheap.... 

I guess they'll be able to recoup some of that cost by rebuilding the returned engines. Anyone want low milage GT3 engine :)

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Will it fit in a 1 series?

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Will it fit in a 1 series?

Depends how big the boot is, I guess?

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Will it fit in a 1 series?

 

I'll make it fit in a Mk2 Golf - means I'll have six reverse gears and one forward, but feck it  :)

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Stick it in the back of the Golf, I've seen them with VR6 engines in the back so can't be much more work!

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In an old Kombi - a splitty would be perfect, and there is huge precedent for this transplant. :)

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Its been going on for quite a while now.

 

Customers have spent £100k+ on a car and then Porsche tell them not to drive it or its 'your risk' a month ago - a lot of them have not had a replacement vehicle etc etc

 

They then keep you in the dark as to what's happening, and then yesterday announce that they will replace your engine for free 'at some point in the future'.

 

An insider is saying that they have only just started testing the new con rod bolts, so that will take a while to finish and then the expectation is that they will build a handful of engines to start the swapping and then refurbish engines as they are returned to the factory, potentially re issuing with the correct engine number for paperwork for each specific car...

 

Whilst its clearly the right thing to do to replace the engines, it has not been handled that brilliantly and they are already suffering lost customers. Plus any RS version will be put back until next year.

 

It is a shame, as its a lovely car.

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Oh there's no doubt it's a royal cock-up.  Shame it's taken a long time to fix, but at least they've committed to fix it - not like they can magic up new lumps any quicker than they can build them +++

 

Do you know it they're just shipping new short engines to the OPCs for replacement?

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Quicker for the customer and cheaper for Porsche AG to ship a whole engine ready to plug and go.

 

Imagine the dealer recharge on getting their techs to finishing off the building of a GT3 engine (and the associated risk of people who don't do one everyday having a go).

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I'm not sure id be happy having a new engine in any car by a dealer, least of all a £100k car.

Using any main dealer has never filled me with confidence. More a necessary evil.

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Well, it's that or take a fire extinguisher with you?

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Or sell the faulty car back to Porsche?

Surely that must also be an option for something not fit for purpose?

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I'm not sure id be happy having a new engine in any car by a dealer, least of all a £100k car.

Using any main dealer has never filled me with confidence. More a necessary evil.

 

Isn't the 911 engine and drivetrain designed to drop out relatively easily?

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Yes, it's a routine step in a lot of service operations.

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Besides, Porsche employ (and train) real technicians, so it's a bit different to letting loose your average VAG spanner monkeys.

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