While the auto industry reels from massive recall after massive recall, Porsche has quietly been working on a fix for an issue that's forced owners of the new 911 GT3 to park their track-ready rockets for fear of an engine fire. Thanks to a leaked letter from Porsche to a GT3 owner (which has been certified as real), we now have an idea of just where the German brand is at with the fix.

On April 22, Porsche will begin production of a new batch of GT3 engines for the 785 affected models across the globe. As you'll recall, the original issue rested with a screw joint that could loosen the connecting rod. The new engines have an "optimized piston rod screw connection," that should keep the connecting rod in place. Once technical validations are completed, production will kick off and new powerplants will be shipped around the globe for owners of the troubled cars.

Porsche will hand out a certificate to owners of affected cars once repairs have been completed, as a means of documenting the work. To make up for the trouble, Porsche will be giving owners an extra year on their new-vehicle warranty, while the 911 GT3 concierge will be reaching out to compensate them for having to park their car for so long.

Take a look at the letter below. And if you happen to be a 911 GT3 owner, congratulations, hopefully you'll be driving your car soon.
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Dear Mr. [REDACTED]: I am writing as promised to inform you about the current status of our solution to the issue with the Porsche 911 GT3 model you have purchased. We are aware that you are currently faced with an unsatisfactory situation. As a Porsche customer, you rightfully expect excellence in product and service performance. This particularly applies to you as a GT3 customer, as a brand ambassador with a shared passion for Porsche. We are in the final phase of logistics planning and technical validation for the optimized piston rod screw connection and we will start production of the new engines the week of April 22nd. These engines will be distributed worldwide for installation in all 991-generation GT3 models built to date. As soon as the new engine for your Porsche 911 GT3 is available, we will make contact with you again to make specific arrangements. Please be assured that we will document the installation of the new engine into your vehicle and will provide you with a certificate to this effect. Furthermore, as a gesture of our appreciation for your loyalty to Porsche, we will apply an additional 12-month Porsche Approved warranty to your 991 GT3 which will commence upon the expiration of the normal Porsche New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Additionally, we wish to compensate you for your inability to drive your GT3 during this time. Our GT3 Concierge will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the specifics and will also be at your service for any other individual assistance you may need. I apologize once again for the inconvenience caused by this issue and thank you for your patience. Yours sincerely, Tim Quinn Vice President, AfterSales Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you have questions, please contact 1-800-PORSCHE. Please read our privacy policy. If you would rather not receive future e-mails from Porsche Cars North America, Inc., please contact 1-800-PORSCHE, or use the manage subscriptions link at bottom. © 2014 Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Legal notice www.porscheusa.com.


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      Narom
      • 8 Months Ago
      Richard Hammond will be happy.
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ok, but don't hold your breath for P to step up and cover intermediate shaft bearing failures.
      BEN
      • 8 Months Ago
      That "screw joint that could loosen the connecting rod" reference comes DIRECTLY from Porsche AG and PCNA, as the parent company and its engineers have resisted any further clarification of the fault. As a 2014 GT3 owner, I (and many others) have tried to obtain more detailed description of the failure mode. The statement from PAG/PCNA verbatim reads "the engine damage was caused by a loosened piston rod screw connection which damaged the crankcase" thereby leading to the two fires (one in Italy, other in Switzerland).
        Paul
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BEN
        I love how the concern is with the fire and not the fact that the rod went through the crank case... if my brand new porsche threw a rod through the block, the resulting fire would be a relief.
      WarmAndSCSI
      • 8 Months Ago
      As an experienced engine builder, I love when laymen try to explain engine mechanics: "screw joint that could loosen the connecting rod." "optimized piston rod screw connection" Did anybody else chuckle at this explanation?
      Jaybird248
      • 8 Months Ago
      What will they do with the old engines? Jeez, I hope they don't give them a silicon injection!
      AGSHOP
      • 8 Months Ago
      scary thing to own. I guess the lesson is stick with the basic 911 or maybe the 911 turbo.
      scott
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's just sad that I have to worry about a catastrophic failure in my 996 every day. I have done the IMS retrofit but still have a mysterious occasional puff of smoke that may result in an 18k repair per the experts. why is it that other vehicles can hit 200k miles with regular oil changes and this thing is a ticking time bomb that costs so much???? it seems like things would be ironed out after 50 years of building the car.
        ScottT
        • 8 Months Ago
        @scott
        If you were that worried then why wouldn't you just sell it? I realize you don't really own one and are just trolling, but when trolling you probably shouldn't make it so obvious.
        Miami996
        • 8 Months Ago
        @scott
        Scott, you can't be serious. If you are that worried you probably should never have bought it n the first place. I drive mine every day like I stole it and most reliable car I have ever owned. I have friends with the same experience so not sure what you are worried about. The myth is perpetuated by a few very vocal set of owners that treated the car like a garage queen and never drove the F'ing thing like it was made to be driven and the guy that makes IMS bearings. So, take it with a grain of salt.
      cypherxx666xx
      • 8 Months Ago
      **** that 1 loose screw that caused the fire on the first engine, don`t throw it away Porsche! i`ll take it and put it in my Seat leon!
      ken
      • 8 Months Ago
      GI wonder if someone who has the 991 can use one of those engines for tuner works. Targa powers with GT3 engine, anyone?
      rckhitt
      • 6 Months Ago
      I had a 2014 on order and got "the letter" two months ago. My letter did not include the extra year of warranty, but it says that someone will be in touch from Porsche. I have not heard from the PCNA GT3 concierge, but my dealer re-ordered my car and it is coming as a 2015. No build date/delivery date has been forwarded. The dealer is apologetic, but nothing from Porsche. They are stepping up but being without a car the entire summer with a deposit paid and no information past the dealer seems a little dysfunctional.
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