Where Engine Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Engines News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Porsche thinks the connecting rods can fail in some 2021 models, leading to a recall of 120 vehicles.

    The connecting rods hold the pistons to the crankshaft so you can probably imagine why busted ones are a big deal. Hint: it starts with oil leaks and ends with catastrophic engine failure.…

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  2. The 2011-12 Cayenne Hybrid is leaking has from the fuel injector system. That's not very eco-friendly, although it one approach to using less gas (I kid, of course)?

    The problem is two-fold:

    1. The leak can be so bad that some owners have said they can smell the gas inside the cabin
    2. And gas leak can quickly turn your car into a hybrid-kabob

    This is probably a good time to put down that cigarette (if you're still into that sort of thing). The automaker plans to replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals to try to stop the leak. Full details of the recall are available on CarComplaints.com.

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  3. Porsche has agreed to settle an 8-lawsuits-turned-into-1 accusation that the automaker uses defective, plastic coolant pipes that can burst.

    They just aren't happy about it. According to David Woods at CarComplaints.com:

    "Porsche argued the tubes failed after the warranties expired, hence they weren't under obligation to repair the cars at no cost. Instead, Porsche charged owners up to $3,600 for a special kit that replaced the plastic pipes with aluminum cooling tubes."

    The settlement awards 42,000 US owners of 2003–2006 Cayennes with up to $1,800. The final amount will be based on if the tubes have burst, if they've been fixed, how much it cost, and can the owner show proof of payment. There's more information about the settlement at coolantpipesettlement.com.

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  4. Porsche 911 cars with the GT1 engine might suddenly lose all their coolant and shut down, just don't expect a recall for it.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which opened an investigation last year says Porsche has fixed the problem.

    "Porsche submitted reports suggesting a problem with the adhesive used to attach coolant pipes in about 6,800 model year 2007-2008 Porsche 911 cars. The problem was fixed by the supplier and according to NHTSA, the initial problem wasn't as bad as first thought."

    NHTSA said no injuries or crashes were caused by coolant leaks and since they only order recalls for safety-related issues, it's no surprise the investigation was closed. Disappointing? Yes. Predictable? Also yes.

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  5. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is going to take a look at the 2001-2007 Porsche 911 to find out why it's GT1 engine is suddenly losing all its coolant and shutting down.

    I should say allegedly, but try telling this guy that it's not real:

    "One Porsche owner said their vehicle took on a mind of its own when hot antifreeze leaked and covered the road and rear tires. The vehicle went out of control and traveled off the road."

    The most likely source for a sudden leak that fast would be a coolant hose fitting disconnecting from the engine block.

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