Porsche 911 GT3 owners in the United Kingdom are up in arms, but it's not for the reason you might think. Okay, well it sort of is. See, it's been fairly well documented that 911 GT3 owners have had their cars grounded over concerns that the engines could catch fire. Porsche is rushing to build and install replacement engines in all 800 or so cars, scattered around the globe.

This isn't really the issue. The problem for these British owners is compensation. While the car's have been grounded, car notes still need to be paid. To deal with this, American GT3 owners are being paid $2,000 per month. German owners get 175 euros ($242 at today's rates) per day while a GT3 owner in Dubai is allegedly receiving $12,000 (it's unclear if this is a lump sum or a monthly payment). Basically, if you aren't able to drive your six-figure super car, you shouldn't have to pay for it. Seems reasonable regardless of the make.

British owners, though, aren't being compensated, and for 30 to 35 owners, that's not acceptable. They've banded together and are led by Sunil Mehra.

"We are massively disappointed by the way the manufacturer has conducted itself with its lack of transparency and blatant discrimination between markets," Mehra said in a statement according to The Telegraph.

The drivers are demanding Porsche pay 145 pounds (about $243) per day, retroactive to February 18 when the do-not-drive order was issued. The group isn't just looking out for current owners, though. It's demanding $138 per day for owners whose cars have had their production suspended and $69 for customers that have submitted deposits but haven't received a spot in the build allocation.

While we agree with their position, it is somewhat difficult to feel bad for what are probably some very, very wealthy customers. It's also surprising to see that Porsche's UK arm has made such a stumble, particularly as distributors in other markets are going to such lengths to keep GT3 owners happy.

According to The Telegraph, Porsche UK hasn't issued a comment. In the meantime, Porsche kicked off production of replacement engines earlier this week, according to a previous Autoblog report. With any luck, GT3 drivers should have their cars back on the road soon.


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      cgm9999
      • 8 Months Ago
      "While we agree with their position, it is somewhat difficult to feel bad for what are probably some very, very wealthy customers." Huh? Did I just read that? Did I take a wrong turn at Autoblog and end up at Huff Post? Why did the writer of this post feel such a comment was relevant on a news article on a car blogging site? This kind of sentiment is one of the quickest ways to lose credibility with me. Whenever a wealthy person states publicly that they sometimes feel they're vilified just by virtue of having money, people (often of the fedora-wearing variety) can't wait to guffaw at such an "outlandish" statement and point out that "literally" no one is persecuting the rich - and yet, here's an article that shows that such a hate-the-rich sentiment does indeed pervade our culture Why does having money automatically remove your right to justice and fair treatment? At what dollar amount does your personal wealth have to reach before companies are allowed to tell you to just **** off? Exactly how many dollars do you have to have in your checking account before you turn into a rotten, detestable evil demon? This jealous attitude is toxic to society. If that's your opinion, cool - but keep it to yourself, or at least out of news articles that aren't an op ed piece for your flawed and uninformed opinions on economic justice borne out of spite.
        wat
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cgm9999
        I noticed the same thing when I read the article. Ridiculous. Some people work really hard for their money. It's not their fault being an Autoblog writer doesn't pay much.
        BodyBlue
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cgm9999
        Is this the first time you have noticed the Huffpost influence on AB? They try and sneak it in where ever they can. AB is really the worst car site on the web....terrible writers, terrible editing, it goes on and on. All AB is for is so AOL/Huffpost can generate click money from car companies paying their bloggers. Its revolting.
        The Tourmaster
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cgm9999
        I couldn't have said it better. Thank you.
      theblackporsche
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just because someone owns a new GT3, doesn't meant they are "very, very wealthy." It's a $130K car. Yes, that's expensive, but in the relative supercar market, this is cheap. You don't have to be a millionaire to own one.
        Iamright
        • 8 Months Ago
        @theblackporsche
        Well, yes I'd say you do have to be a millionaire to buy a $130K car...unless you are completely irresponsible with money... but being a millionaire doesn't really mean much these days.
      an18fitch
      • 8 Months Ago
      "While we agree with their position, it is somewhat difficult to feel bad for what are probably some very, very wealthy customers." To put this into perspective, lets say you sold your house to move into your brand new home only to find out that after living there for a month, you had to vacate for an uncertain amount of time. Don't you think that you should be compensated for the time that you aren't using your home..I mean, the house note still has to be paid right? Interesting logic you have there, sir.
        Peter Middleton
        • 8 Months Ago
        @an18fitch
        this is a luxury item
          Vien Huynh
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Peter Middleton
          Then the company NEED to compensate to please their customers. Luxury items are sacred artifacts that needed to be worshiped now?
        John Hughan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @an18fitch
        @an18fitch, that's not actually the best example because unlike a car, a house (generally) is not an asset whose value depreciates over time simply by the passage of time. However, in your scenario, compensation WOULD arguably be warranted to reimburse you for the costs associated with having to live somewhere else for a time, but that's a separate issue. I'm not sure whether Porsche is framing the compensation as reimbursement for depreciation, alternate transportation, pure goodwill, or some combination, but it makes sense to me -- just not for the same reason. @Peter Middleton, who cares that this is a luxury item? To a significant portion of the world, most things the average American owns would be considered luxury items.
      Jarda
      • 8 Months Ago
      "it is somewhat difficult to feel bad for what are probably some very, very wealthy customers" are you serious?
      swajames
      • 8 Months Ago
      "While we agree with their position, it is somewhat difficult to feel bad for what are probably some very, very wealthy customers." What a bizarre comment to make. You think the owners in the countries where GT3 owners *are* being compensated are on food stamps?
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      And don't get me started on intermediate bearing problems that Porsche hasn't stepped up to the plate on for out-of-warranty customers. For example, there is at least one car IIRC with under 30K miles but it's more than8-10 years old…the bearing is a DESIGN flaw and should be fixed by Porsche, period.
        4202trader
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        This is a $2500 fix, assuming you haven't destroyed your engine. All Porsche"s have their shortcomings including my own, which I have owned for 21 yrs. Get over it
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      In the US I would simply call the car a lemon and turn it back into the factory. A car that can't be driven for 30 days of repairs in the first six months is simply a lemon. Return it, factory either gives me a new car immediately or refunds my money.
        John Hughan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        You must not realize how long the wait is for a GT3 allocation, especially just after the model launches. If owners returned their vehicles, they'd probably be waiting a year for another one.
      Ricky
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow. Didn't realize Autoblog was written by communist.
      Steve K
      • 8 Months Ago
      "While we agree with their position, it is somewhat difficult to feel bad for what are probably some very, very wealthy customers." Exactly the type of comment you'd expect from a car rag owned by the same company that owns Huffington Post. May as well call it The Commie Car Blog.
        oZ
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        I don't even.
        jfa1177
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        Liberals, it's not ok to be wealthy but its ok to have society pay your way.
      Vien Huynh
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is a very disturbing article we have here...
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 8 Months Ago
      Editorially, it's very questionable to inject such a comment. But I can say it. I don't feel bad at all. No one feels bad for me if my car breaks down and I can't afford a 130k car. Most people can't afford such a car. I feel bad for the person on food stamps who cannot afford ANY car. So, no, I don't feel bad at all for people in a high tax bracket. Sh** happens.
        ashwats
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        I get it except the fact those who can afford a GT3 is same affluent in all markets ... then why the discrimination. If Porsche decide to compensate one market it should in all markets. But if it is the law of the land that dictates this at least provide a feel good compensation for those don't have the law to back it.
      hp
      • 8 Months Ago
      Author should keep his commie opinions to himself.
        Mu Sic
        • 8 Months Ago
        @hp
        Commie opinions...lol. Typical uneducated american.
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