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High­lights from your Porsche cor­re­spon­dence via email, so­cial me­dia and To­tal911.com

dear Sir,

My 2002 996 C4 blew its en­gine re­cently, and I am deal­ing with the fi­nan­cial and other fall­out. I have seen re­cently two items of in­for­ma­tion, the last in your mag­a­zine To­tal 911, is­sue 170 bot­tom left on page 10, that Porsche have re­duced the price of the M96 short en­gine by 50 per cent to £3,500.00. How­ever, the rep­utable dealer who has my car seems un­able to get con­fir­ma­tion of this from Porsche, and my own ef­forts with Porsche are sim­ply met with a robot say­ing, ‘I am un­aware of this,’ to ev­ery ques­tion I asked. Not help­ful in the slight­est.

Just prior to the pub­li­ca­tion I saw a Porsche Clas­sic dis­play at a car show. Part of the dis­play in­cluded a sign with very much the same word­ing, along with an ac­tual en­gine. Once I re­alised that I ac­tu­ally needed a new short en­gine, which was some weeks later, I started ask­ing ques­tions: Porsche Hat­field, Porsche Read­ing, Porsche Club GB and, in fact, any­one who was con­nected with Porsche, and no one ad­mit­ted know­ing any­thing about it.

Essen­tially, I am hav­ing the en­gine re­build done and pay­ing an ex­tra £2,000 more plus the pro­por­tion of VAT, so £2,400 (I will end up pay­ing £5,452 plus VAT In­stead of £3,500 plus VAT) for the short en­gine alone. I find this un­rea­son­able in the ex­treme. The weak points of the M96 en­gine have been known for years; a pre­ma­ture re­build at circa £20,000 is ob­vi­ously more than some of these cars are worth. So a small gesture from Porsche them­selves would be very wel­come for a lot of peo­ple, as in fact you in­di­cated in the ar­ti­cle. Why can’t I take ad­van­tage of this so-called ‘of­fer’?

It cer­tainly doesn’t en­cour­age me at all and in fact leaves an ex­tremely bad taste in my mouth as it ap­pears to me that the Porsche com­mu­nity know about this, but don’t want to make it avail­able. Ul­ti­mately it will mean yet an­other to­tally dis­il­lu­sioned Porsche en­thu­si­ast, but do Porsche care? Of course not.

alan c

Un­for­tu­nately, you’re right – on oc­ca­sions like this porsche isn’t shown in its best light. We know of the clas­sic dis­play with the of­fer as we too have seen pic­tures of it. We saw it and asked ques­tions about it and our con­tact con­firmed the of­fer. We ran the story as we felt a duty to tell en­thu­si­asts about this.

In light of your email (and oth­ers), we fol­lowed up the en­gine cost with lo­cal opcs, who con­firmed the en­gine doesn’t cur­rently have a price re­duc­tion, de­spite the of­fer be­ing pub­li­cised – by porsche – at a show this sum­mer. We’ve con­tacted porsche GB pr for more in­for­ma­tion on this, though so far we’re yet to re­ceive a re­ply. When we get some di­rec­tive from porsche we’ll pass this on.

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