The motor has got to come out. That’s the word coming from a letter that has surfaced (allegedly) from Porsche about the latest, fire preventative recall. Sadly the reports point to loosened piston rod screws that may have done evil witchcraft to the crankcase. Given this new information, Porsche has conservatively gone ahead with replacing the 469 bhp, 3.8 liter flat sixes that these cars come with. Porsche, no doubt can afford the replacement of the engine, given that they have made an average of over $23K in profits on each of the 162,145 cars and SUVs they sold this past year.
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Owners of the affected 2014 911 GT3s will likely be happy to get a new engine, though this is definitely not quite as satisfying as getting a new engine several years down the road. Many of these cars may be used on track days, so a new engine definitely will not hurt things, though it cannot be convenient either, hopefully Porsche’s service folks are well trained at pulling engines (something that is not really a common failure item for these cars), or else there may be one or two slip ups in the process of all 785 copies that have been sold. For a copy of the purported letter sent to owners, check it out after the jump.
-By: Sawyer Sutton
As advised previously, engineers at Porsche AG have been conducting technical analysis of the Porsche 911 GT3 engine in order to find a solution to the problem which led us to recommend you stop driving your car.
This analysis is now completed, and we would like to inform you about the cause of the problem and the planned remedial actions.
As already communicated, two vehicles in Europe suffered engine damage, causing the vehicles to catch fire.
Analysis has revealed that in both cases the engine damage was caused by a loosened piston rod screw connection which damaged the crankcase. In order to avoid this in the future, an optimized screw connection is currently being tested. For the final validation of this solution, Porsche AG is currently carrying out extensive tests.
At Porsche we are rigorous when implementing an engineering solution, therefore, after the successful testing and validation we will be installing new engines with optimized piston rod screw connections in all 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles.
Due to the complexity of the necessary arrangement, we are currently unable to provide you with a specific workshop date for your Porsche 911 GT3. We will be arranging an appointment with you individually, as soon as the logistics planning is finalized. We will be providing you with additional information within the next three weeks.
We continue to remain committed to supporting your individual needs during this time.
Your personal contact person will make contact with you within the next days to discuss individual solutions to bridge the gap until you are reunited with your Porsche 911 GT3.
Thank you very much for your patience and your loyalty to the Porsche brand.
Vice President, AfterSales
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.