A new Hyundai sells with a 100K-mile warranty. It appears Porsche sees the value in such insurance and has just issued a 120,000-mile engine warranty to its 911 GT3 (991.1 generation) owners.
What the heck is going on in this car world when owners get a better warranty on a car that will likely not rack up the miles like its mainstream counterpart?
To answer that question, think back to the time you might have spent in Porsche enthusiast message boards like RennList, car porn/humor sites like Jalopnik, or even something a little more old-fashioned like a monthly issue of Car and Driver. A lot of the coverage we experiencing involved something we’d already seen before with an Italian sports car. You see, when the 2014 911 GT3 was initially sold, owners of that model year (and subsequent years through 2016) experienced some very Ferrari 458 problems. One of them was engine fire.
To alleviate the literal hot mess of a problem, Porsche saw itself taking about 800 of the first cars sold into service bays and requested owners not drive their coupes until the problem was fixed. In an effort to save face with their wealthy, and litigious customers, Porsche North America replaced the engines of the first 785 GT3’s they sold. The self-induced arson problem was alleviated, but then customers began to complain about misfires.
In another effort to keep its customers happy, Porsche N.A. recently announced all 991.1 generation GT3’s in the U.S. would get a 10-year, 120,000-mile warranty. That’s quite an impressive warranty since Hyundai/Kia is the only manufacturer to come close with that type of service commitment (Hyundai’s and Kia’s come with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty when sold new).
The decision by Porsche should be applauded since it seems like the right way to take care of its customers. The move also presents the question, “What’s the harm in adding that same type of warranty to all of Porsche’s 911’s?”
Let us know your thoughts.