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Fires Force Porsche to Issue Urgent Warning

911 GT3 drivers told to “stop using their vehicles.”

by on Feb.20, 2014

The new GT3 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 Porsche has ever produced.

A pair of unexplained fires has led Porsche to issue an urgent warning to owners of the maker’s new 911 GT3 supercar: “stop using (your) car” until the maker can figure out what’s wrong.

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show last year, only about 785 of the GT3 models have been built, with even fewer actually delivered since they began rolling into showrooms last month. Priced at $130,400, they’re among the most powerful cars the German maker has ever sold.  But it may be awhile before buyers will be able to experience that performance.

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According to a Porsche spokesman, two GT3 models, one sold in Italy, the other in Switzerland, “went up in flames” in recent days.  Each of them had less than 20 miles on their odometers. The problem, was advised, “seems to be engine-related,” possibly the result of an oil leak.


Porsche Recalling All Panameras

Faulty seatbelt tensioner to blame.

by on Apr.29, 2010

Knocked off its pedestal? The 2010 Porsche Panamera is recalled for faulty seatbelt tensioners.

Porsche is recalling all 11,300 of the Panamera sports cars it has so far sold due a potentially faulty seatbelt tensioner.

The problem with the maker’s first-ever four-door comes as an embarrassing stutter in the launch of the long-awaited Panamera – and an even more troubling setback for a brand that had been steadily climbing to the top of the automotive quality charts, in recent years.

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Porsche’s announcement coincided with the latest in the ongoing series of recalls by Toyota, which announced it will have to make repairs to an electronic control system on 50,000 of its 2003-model Sequoia SUVs.