Porsche: 918 Spyder, Not Immune To Recalls


Even the beloved Porsche 918 Spyder has been subjected to the latest series of recalls.  This year has been the season for automotive recalls.  Nearly every single mainstream automotive manufacturer has something that needs to go back to the shop.

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Recall subsequent to an internal quality check – 918 Spyder customers concerned have already been contacted directly

As a precautionary measure, Porsche will replace chassis components in 205 vehicles of the 918 Spyder model worldwide. The reason for this is that for vehicles that were manufactured in a certain time period defective parts were used from a delivery batch, whose functionality cannot be permanently guaranteed. No complaints have been made known (such as a break of a component) from customers up till now.  

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The problem was identified during in-house quality inspections and remedied immediately. The owners of the vehicles, which could be exactly traced, were contacted directly by their competent Porsche representatives. The workshop visit, which will take place by appointment at the onset of 2015, takes about two days to complete at no charge.

The last time I can recall a signifcant recall to a pricey supercar, was for the Ford GT.  The front aluminum suspension arms were prone to cracking.  Ford contacted each of the owners and set out representatives to handle the problem for the car with proper replacements.

Unfortunately, for the rest of us, there are too many recalls for Chevrolet, Lexus, Toyota, and seemingly countless others to have that kind of customer service.

It’s 2014.  These are quality issues that should have been resolved after proper testing.  Are automotive manufacturers pushing out cars to meet demand?  If that’s the case, I’ll stick to my used car purchases.  This is precisely the reason why my 1993 Toyota Mr2, natually aspirated car, was the most reliable car I’ve ever owned.  After over 20 years from assembly, there were no recalls.

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