Proving that one-percenters can have car problems too, Porsche has issued a worldwide recall for 918 Spyders built before April 2015 for a service inspection. The precautionary recall affects 223 918 Spyders in the United States and a handful of cars in Europe. The issue stems from a wiring harness for a radiator fan than can potentially be damaged by an adjacent carbon-fiber component. Doesn’t sound like anything a Zip Tie can’t fix.
Porsche says it already has a fix and will be contacting owners of affected cars shortly. The repairs will be done at no cost to customers and should only take about half a day.
This is actually the third recall for the $845,000-dollar hybrid hypercar. The first, in September of 2015, affected 46 cars and involved rear-axle control arms that could apparently fail during extended periods of time at high speeds. The second, in December of the same year, was essentially the same problem as before, but with the front axle.
You might also remember that Ferrari issued a recall for the LaFerrari to a fix a fuel tank issue that wasn’t actually a recall. Details were never made official, but reports suggest the measure was taken to minimize fire risk and that new fuel tanks sprayed with non-conductive coating replaced the old ones.
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Mechanical issues are nothing new in the auto industry, and these kinds of bugs don’t discriminate either. Whether it’s an entry-level compact or a six-figure hybrid supercar, when a car is bitten by the recall bug, it’s going to need to get fixed as soon as possible. Even the Porsche 918 isn’t immune to these sorts of problems. Heck, it’s already been recalled once when rear control-arm issues forced Porsche to issue the dreaded memo to a handful of 918 Spyder owners back in September 2014, and now it has a new issue at hand.
The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder’s newest issues center around the car’s chassis. According to Porsche, 205 of its hybrid supercar are being recalled as a “precautionary measure” because some of the models built in a specific time period were given defective parts whose “functionality cannot be permanently guaranteed.” If that sounds a little ominous, that’s because it is. Porsche didn’t dive into the specifics of the problem but if it’s related to the chassis, it’s a pretty serious one that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Fortunately, the German company hasn’t received any complaints from owners with affected 918 Spyders. However, even though there haven’t been any issues raised yet, it’s still incumbent upon Porsche to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a really serious problem. Porsche also said that it has already contacted the owners of the affected 918 Spyders, informing them of the problem and arranging a workshop visit at the start of 2015 so Porsche engineers can fix the problems at no charge.
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The folks over at Teknikens Värld are back in the news after an alarming review of a Porsche Macan S Diesel failing a moose test. If this rings any bells, we’d like to remind you that Teknikens Värld has had a history of “failed” moose tests, most notably on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee back in July 2012. This time, test driver Linus Pröjtz performed the same test on the Macan S Diesel with strangely similar results as the Grand Cherokee.
During his test, Projtz noted that the Macan S Diesel’s left front wheel locked up during the move, which is designed to test the car’s maneuverability when the driver has to swerve because of a suddenly appearing obstacle. The locked wheel poses a problem because in real-life conditions, the Macan could veer into a different lane for a longer period of time. This increases the risk of an accident, which is obviously the last thing Porsche needs to happen to its brand new SUV.
Needless to say, Porsche issued a quick response to Projtz claims. According to the German automaker, the left front brake locked because the Macan’s Active Rollover Protection system engaged so the Macan doesn’t tip over to its side. It seems like a reasonable explanation, except that Porsche went into greater detail about how the system is supposed to work, adding that “the precise, momentary application of brake force to the front wheel at the outside of the bend down to the low slip range minimizes cornering forces to avoid critical or instable driving conditions such as oversteer, rollover or detachment of the tire from the wheel."
Judging by Teknikens Värld’s back-and-forth with Chrysler went after the 2012 Grand Cherokee’s moose test in July 2012, something tells me that this issue is far from over.
Well it seems that even ultra-rare, incredibly expensive supercars can be caught up in the woes of government-mandated recalls, as the NHTSA has issued a recall notice for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Yes, the 887-horsepower, nearly $1-million hybrid. Specifically, there are potentially 45 cars worldwide that can suffer from an issue that will cause the rear control arm to break.
Can you imagine the havoc as you close in on the 918’s 200-plus-mph top speed and that arm snaps? Yikes.
If you are one of the lucky few in the U.S. who own one of these incredible cars, feel lucky, as only five of the U.S. 918s are suspected to have the issue. There is also no word on any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.
According to Autoblog, Porsche first discovered the issue during some “heavy-duty durability testing” that involved bombing around the Nardo test track in Italy. It seems that so long as you aren’t inflicting track-style abuse on your 918, it should be perfectly safe for driving until the issue can be repaired. As with all recalls of this nature, a quick trip to Porsche dealer will get your 918 inspected, and if necessary, repaired.
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Porsche rarely ever has a recall, but today it has issued one because of a faulty exhaust system that can result in other drivers being in danger.
Porsche North America has issued a voluntary recall for 2012 to 2013 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2012 through November 12, 2012 and equipped with a standard (not sport) exhaust system. According to the recall report, the tailpipe may crack, which can result in the pipe breaking free from the muffler and fall onto the road while you are driving, In such a case, the 911 may become a hazard for other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.
Porsche announced that each owner will be notified and local dealers will replace the rear mufflers free of charge. Still, if you drive such a model you are being advised to contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.
When you pay a lot of money for a brand new car, you don’t expect to have any problems with it at all. In the real world, however, bad things can happen, even for high performance vehicles from Porsche. The Stuttgart based company has announced a pretty serious recall for their Panamera and Cayenne Turbo models (all 2012 Cayenne models and Panamera Turbo and Turbo S models from 2011 and 2012), to the tune of 270 US units.
The recall was issued because the turbine wheels from the turbocharging system may fracture under certain conditions. Such a fracture can cause a chain reaction in which the turbine shaft cracks, oil is sucked into the exhaust system causing smoke, and possibly a fire.
The problem was detected when a series of fires started in Syria in October and later on a racetrack. During some X-ray inspection, Porsche discovered a series of 37 worldwide failures of the turbine wheels, including three in the U.S.
Porsche is advising the clients with the affected vehicles to take them to the nearest dealership where they will have the turbine replaced, at what we are assuming is free of charge.
Have you ever been in the middle of an awesome dream when all of a sudden it turned into a nightmare? Some Porsche 911 owners are feeling just like that now that Porsche has recalled 1232 Carrera S models over a fuel line issue. Apparently, there is an interference between the coolant line and the fuel line that can cause the fuel line to be disconnected at the quick connector. If the disconnect occurs, a fuel leak may follow causing the sports car’s to stall or misfire. Even worse, a fuel leak combined with an ignition source can start a fire.
We all remember the upheaval caused by the number of Ferrari 458 Italia models that went up in flames due to a faulty adhesive. The last thing we want to see is the sultry and iconic Porsche 911 reach a fiery end. The 911 has been the diamond in Porsche’s lineup since 1963 and the current model is the epitome of getting better with time. The 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that produces 400 HP. This will take the Carerra S from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds when matched up with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission.
As of right now, there is a voluntary recall on the Porsche 911 Carrera S, but a safety recall will take place in April 2012. Porsche will be replacing the fuel line with a brand new one free of charge. Owners of the Porsche 911 Carrera S can call Porsche at 1-800-767-7243 to schedule an appointment.
Porsche can’t seem to shake the lemons off it’s model tree. Once again the Stuttgart manufacturer has been forced to issue a recall, this time centering on 235 2011-2012 models which may have had defective seat belts installed. According to Inside Line, the models that are affected include the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S, 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster, 2012 Porsche 911 Targa 4, 2012 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo, 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 2012 Porsche Boxster S, 2012 Porsche Cayman, 2012 Porsche Cayman R, and 2012Porsche Cayman S. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration points out that these defective seat belts are centered on the mounting holes in the seat belt anchor plates fitted to the vehicle being too small. If the hole diameter is too small, the anchor plate may not be able to rotate about the fastening bolt as designed. Should this occur, the seat belt may not be routed optimally around the occupant, or may potentially loosen at some point in the future increasing the risk of injury during a crash. Although this problem is serious, it is noted by the NHTSA that no deaths or injuries have resulted from these defective seat belts. Porsche also says this defect stems from a "manufacturing issue" at their seat belt supplier.
We don’t think this will affect Porsche at all. We still look at Porsche cars as the one of the finest sports car manufacturers in the world.
Driving a powerful car is a challenge in extreme weather conditions, and now that Europe is about to embark on a pretty scary winter season, Porsche has decided to train its customers for the rough months ahead with driving courses specifically designed for winter driving. Customers can register for these diverse winter driving courses at the Porsche Sport Driving School and the Porsche Travel Club, from January to March 2011.
The course includes three sequential training levels – precision, performance, and master - where participants will learn how to better master their vehicles by driving in icy, yet controlled conditions. Performance and master level training courses will take place on an ice race course in Finland. This course will allow customers to learn how to handle their Porsche in icy and snowy conditions. Correct steering, braking, and reaction techniques, among other skills will be learned to ensure that Porsche’s customers will ride safe this winter season.
Press release after the jump.
So the Porsche Panamera isn’t invincible after all. Less than a year after becoming one of the most eagerly-anticipated Porsche models in recent time, the Panamera has been hit with the "recall bug".
Porsche announced the recall of their newest production model after learning of a problem with the operation of both front seats of the car. While there hasn’t been any reported injuries stemming from this defect, Porsche is looking to clean up its kitchen before the anything unforeseen happens. All in all, 3,176 models of the Panamera have been identified as having the problem and thus, will need to be recalled as soon as possible. According to Porsche, the problem is serious enough to warrant a recall, citing that the potential for injuries sustained in the event of an accident could turn on the serious and worse, fatal side.
"The company has discovered that in extreme forward front seat positions the front safety belts do not meet our strict safety standards," a Porsche spokesman told Autoblog. "To assure the front belts works properly in all possible positions, Porsche will add an additional element to the anchoring system. The repair takes about 15 minutes and will be done free of charge. No injuries or fatalities have been associated with this recall.”