Porsche To Replace Engines in 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 After Fires | Edmunds

Porsche To Replace Engines in 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 After Fires


Just the Facts:
  • Porsche will replace the 3.8-liter flat-6 engine in the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 after fires gutted two cars in Switzerland and Italy.
  • "We're assisting customers on a case-by-case basis" with such things as loaner cars, Porsche spokesman Nick Twork told Edmunds on Tuesday.
  • Porsche is still in the process of validating and building the replacement engines, so a timetable has not been spelled out for the repair.

WASHINGTON — Porsche will replace the 3.8-liter flat-6 engine in the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 after fires gutted two cars in Switzerland and Italy.

The German automaker traced the problem with the engines to a screw that loosened in the area of the connecting rods. It recently sent letters to customers worldwide saying it would replace the engine in the 911 GT3, the sportiest 911 model.

"We're assisting customers on a case-by-case basis" with such things as loaner cars, Porsche spokesman Nick Twork told Edmunds on Tuesday.

He added: "We recommend they (the owners) cease using the vehicle. They can be picked up by the Porsche dealer."

Consumers with questions should call 1-800-PORSCHE.

Twork said the action affects approximately 200 Porsche owners in the U.S. Another 200 vehicles in the U.S. are at the port or in dealers' hands. The action affects 785 Porsche 911 GT3s worldwide. Porsche dealers have been told to stop selling the car until the problem can be resolved.

Porsche is still in the process of validating and building the replacement engines, so a timetable has not been spelled out for the repair.

The cars are being recalled, but Porsche Cars North America is still in the process of working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a formal recall. No information about the recall has been posted at this point on NHTSA's Web site.

No other Porsche models are involved in the recall.

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 starts at $131,395, including a $995 destination charge.

Edmunds says: It's going to take some time to get these new engines in the hands of Porsche dealers, so consumers who own the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 should be working closely with their dealer on next steps.

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