Recall remains unresolved after nine months.
In April of 2023, Porsche announced a recall for the majority of Carrera GT models that were sold in North America. This was quite significant as this supercar is quite scarce, making up only 489 vehicles. In light of this recall, Porsche also cautioned owners against driving the car due to potential safety concerns that could result in an accident. Since these are not typically used as everyday cars, it’s probably not a major inconvenience for most owners to simply park their Carrera GT in the garage. However, even nine months after the initial recall, the warning still remains in effect. This can be unsettling for owners.
Last year, we reported on the recall of the Carrera GT, but Jalopnik recently shed new light on its current status. According to a spokesperson from Porsche, a solution for the issue has not yet been determined. Further adding to the delay, the same source stated that it could potentially take several more months, with an estimated release in the third quarter of 2024. This would mean the earliest possible date for a resolution would be July, marking roughly one year and two months since the stop-drive alert was first issued.
While it may seem like a trivial issue, not having the ability to drive your expensive luxury car is a problem only experienced by those in developed countries. Nevertheless, there is a way to drive the vehicle despite Porsche’s strong recommendation against it, and this situation has highlighted a new aspect that was previously overlooked. As it turns out, some owners have discovered that their insurance coverage could be revoked if they were to cause any damage while driving the car, since Porsche explicitly warned against it. After reaching out to an insurance company, Jalopnik received confirmation of this unfortunate reality. What a disappointment.
To refresh your memory, the root of this problem lies in the spherical joints that connect the wishbone suspension parts. During a routine inspection, Porsche discovered some broken joints that the owner of the vehicle was unaware of. After thorough investigation, it was concluded that the material used for these joints is not capable of withstanding the combination of salt exposure and mechanical stress over an extended period, leading to intergranular stress corrosion.
The solution, therefore, lies in replacing the joints. However, it has been nine months and this has not been accomplished yet. In our efforts to gain further understanding on the repair process and its difficulties, we have contacted Porsche. We are eager to learn more about the situation and will provide an update if any new details arise. Unfortunately, we will have to continue using the Enzo for now. Such a shame.