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16 Porsche Owners Share Why The Cars Are So Reliable

Porsche is one of the most expensive car-manufacturing brands in the industry. Have you ever wondered what they do differently? 

A user asked the forum, “What makes Porsche cars so reliable?” Here are the top responses. 

TRICKLE-DOWN ENGINEERING 

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“A combination of trickle-down engineering from endurance racing. For example, PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) was first developed for the 956 and 962 and then later put into service on the 962.”

BUILT TO LAST

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“I heard someone say that every time he goes out on a track day or autocross event, the only two cars that make it out without experiencing any issues are Porsches and Corvettes. They are built to last”

SUPERB QUALITY CONTROL IN MANUFACTURING 

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“Superb quality control in manufacturing following Toyota’s Kaizen principles. Porsche hired Toyota’s manufacturing consultation division to rework their production flow in the 90s after the 964 development almost bankrupted them.”

LARGE INVESTMENT IN REAL-WORLD PRODUCT 

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“Large investment in real-world products, durability testing in different extreme environments and making small changes on vehicles destined for different markets (example – extra oil coolers/radiators for Middle East market).”

DEDICATED REPEAT CUSTOMER BASE

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“Dedicated repeat customer base that is usually pretty neurotic about maintenance/vehicle care and that can generally afford to fix any problems that arise post-warranty.”

EXCELLENT PARTS SUPPORT FOR LEGACY VEHICLES

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“Excellent parts support for legacy vehicles and a commitment to keeping their older cars on the road, which strengthens brand loyalty.”

THEY KEEP THEM RUNNING 

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“People who buy Porsches have the money and desire to do whatever it takes to keep them running. Reliable = ‘I enjoy owning this vehicle and all that entails.'”

CONSERVATIVE IN TERMS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY 

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“They are fairly conservative in new technology, much like Toyota.”

SPEND MASSIVE AMOUNT ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT 

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“The Porsche Track Experience runs 200 days a year, with drivers constantly running their cars, and Porsche pays attention to what breaks and what doesn’t. They pay attention to the data. There is a massive amount of Research and Development that goes into launching a new Porsche. 

The 992 spent about two years developing before it was ready for primetime. Porsche is evolutionary and constantly honing and refining the formulas. That said, their electronics leave a bit to be desired. Cars are becoming too complicated with all the individual computers.”

ENDURANCE RACING 

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“Decades of endurance racing. Any car maker can produce an impressive lap time, but lap after lap after lap for 24 hours will expose any weak points.”

PRIDE IN THEIR HERITAGE AND ENGINEERING 

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“Pride in their heritage and engineering results in a quality car, and maintenance, of course, is key.”

MORE EXPENSIVE COMPONENTS 

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“Porsche has carved out a unique niche in the global market: these are significantly more expensive than the other German luxury manufacturers (as anyone who has tried to lease a Porsche knows), which gives them a margin to use more expensive components and spend more time in research and development.”

NOTHING HAS BROKEN EXCEPT FUEL PUMP 

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“I have 996 Twin Turbos. All I’ve done is oil changes when due (every five years) and spark plugs and filters once.

Nothing has broken except the fuel pump due to ethanol-blended fuel drying out seals. I drive this in Canada in winter and take it on the track in the summer. I’ve never owned a car this reliable.”

THEY DON’T DO RUSH DEVELOPMENT 

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“Because they don’t rush development, they stay with what is known, and they test the hell out of their designs.”

PRETTY GOOD AT RECTIFYING 

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“Porsche is usually good at rectifying problems quickly and standing their product honorably.

BUILD QUALITY OF ENGINE 

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“Bare bones Porsche is reliable because they focus on the engine, and that’s what you get: build quality and less useless features like parking sensors. I love it.”

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