Porsche confirms it will replace the engines in all 785 delivered 911 GT3 models; fire issues traced to loose bolts

Engines in all 785 delivered units of the new Porsche 911 GT3 will be replaced as part of a solution to potential fire issues.

A Porsche spokesman confirmed to Autocar that the problem, which has caused two engine bay fires so far, has been traced to a loose bolt in a piston connecting rod.

"Obviously customer safety is our priority," said the spokesman "We've investigated the two situations and identified that there is a potential for a fixing to become loose and therefore we're rolling out an engine with a modified component. It's much more straightforward to replace an engine than to strip down existing units."

The spokesman said the replacement programme would "undoubtedly" have a large cost attached for Porsche, but added "we don't put a price on our customer safety or vehicle integrity".

In both the reported cases, engine damage in the GT3 resulted in a fire thought to be caused by oil spilling onto hot components. Neither of the fires, which occurred in Italy and Switzerland, lead to any injuries.

GT3 customers have already been told to stop driving their cars. Porsche has confirmed it has written to owners to explain the problem, and is still deciding how best to roll out the engine replacement programme. The manufacturer wouldn't put a time scale on when it expects all GT3 models to be back on the road.

Around 100 units of the GT3 have been delivered to customers in the UK.

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18 March 2014
I suspect a certain Mr Richard Hammond will be pleased with the result but also dreading the ribbing that Clarkson and May will be giving him on TG!

18 March 2014
That will put a few quid on my next 911. But hey-ho, it's a discretionary purchase and you can't fault the response from Porsche!

18 March 2014
I can't see them being scrapped. Maybe the "new" engines fitted will be rebuilt units from other customers' cars?

18 March 2014
What's the ballpark replacement figure on a GT3 engine, £20k? If so, that's just shy of £16m on engines alone. It's a good response from Porsche, they could have easily dismissed the failures as owner exuberance and track-day twattery.


18 March 2014
well I have never seen a 'screw' in a connecting rod before.....
but no matter, good response from Porsche to an embarrassing situation. Good PR potential from this.
I would still be pxxxxd off if it was my GT3 though...did they supply owners with alternative transport after telling them to stop driving their cars?

18 March 2014
785 engines replacements must be 2 days manpower each = 1570 man days labour. Some customers are going to be waiting a loooong time.

Does the customer have the right to reject?
If I'd splashed £120K on a car, I'm not sure I'd want one on it's second engine......

18 March 2014
Second engine,some car have done less than 1,000mls, so what?!, not as if you buying a Ford or a Vauxhall or a VW,most owners know these casrs won't lose money because of brand.


18 March 2014
Peter Cavellini wrote:

most owners know these casrs won't lose money because of brand.

Most are probably financed on a PCP deal so the current owners wont be worried about the residual knock on (if any) this will have.

18 March 2014
Terrible German quality...

18 March 2014
For a fault that should never have occurred in the first place, if this was a Ford or a Vauxhall or some other main stream manufacturer it would have headline news, and not kept as low key as it has been. Take Toyota recalls as a prime example.


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