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Recall: Porsche 911 for cracking tailpipes; Lotus Exige, Elise for oil leaks

The 2012 and 2013 Carrera models are affected; also, Lotus expands on an earlier recall.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 28, 2013 6:53AM
Porsche is recalling 2,263 911 Carrera models to replace an exhaust system that could fail prematurely, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The tailpipes could crack and fall off on 2012 and 2013 models as the cars age, particularly as they reach more than 25,000 miles, according to internal testing by Porsche. Only the Carrera and Carrera 4 models equipped with the standard exhaust are affected. Carrera models fitted with the louder sport exhaust system are not under the recall, nor are any of the more powerful S models. No customers have experienced any failures, according to Porsche.

Dealers will replace the mufflers with reinforced units when supplies become available. Owners can call Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

Meanwhile, Lotus is recalling an additional 451 cars in the U.S. to fix faulty oil-feed pipes that are prone to rupturing. In January, Lotus recalled 5,041 Elise and Exige models from 2005-2007 after receiving 108 warranty claims in North America for leaking oil hoses. It has since expanded the recall to include the 2007-2008 Elise and Exige.

In October, Lotus recalled 80 Evora S models from 2011 after two fires and several engine failures were reported outside the U.S. for similar problems relating to leaking oil-feed pipes. While all Lotus models use Toyota-built engines, Lotus had designed the oil pipes and later changed them to a sturdier design in later models.

Dealers will replace the oil hose and all fittings beginning March 4. Owners can call Lotus at 1-800-245-6887.

[Source: NHTSA 1, 2]

Feb 28, 2013 9:19AM
I was going to say something profound, but then realized that the exhaust system for a Porsche costs more than my pick-up is, never mind.
Feb 28, 2013 9:26AM
Doesnt sound like German engineering. I hope they're not outsourcing parts. 
Feb 28, 2013 10:08AM
Geez, if we're recalling cars for tailpipes rusting and falling off, we might as well recall every Honda made before 1990, and every VW Beetle ever made, and most every American barge from the 1970s!  And now we're recalling a British car for an OIL LEAK??!!?!  Whodathought?  In all seriousness, please note that Porsche initiated their own recall on the tailpipe issue.  Still one of  the best made, most trouble-free car out there. 
Feb 28, 2013 9:42AM
not necessarily, i was a expert toyota certified mechanic for 6 years before i left the industry.. though japanese cars are great, porsche is always known as the best quality car in the world. they have the least ammount of customer complaints by any m****duced vehicle in the world.
Feb 28, 2013 10:10AM
More than your pick-up? The price for a Porsche exhaust system likely exceeds my net worth (on most days, anyway...).

"While all Lotus models use Toyota -built engines, Lotus had designed the oil pipes..."

Figures. The one part designed by Lotus is falling apart. Why am I not surprised.

Feb 28, 2013 9:42AM
not necessarily, i was a expert toyota certified mechanic for 6 years before i left the industry.. though japanese cars are great, porsche is always known as the best quality car in the world. they have the least ammount of customer complaints by any m****duced vehicle in the world.
Feb 28, 2013 10:40AM
porsche is one bad **** ride the first thing id buy if i got rich
Feb 28, 2013 11:09AM
I take offense to the Porsche/Prick thing. I am a blue collar middle class hard working lady that happens to love German cars. Hubby is a mechaninc and can fix anything so we get to drive whatever we want. Porsche is the best vehicle out there. Mercedes Benz used to be but quality has declined dramatically. I love Porsches. I also love 1969 Camaros and 67 Challengers. I'm not rich, so I buy older models. I would love to own a brand new Porsche. But honestly, the 1984 Carrera revs my engine far more than the new ones.
Feb 28, 2013 10:15AM

Bob has it right.


Look on Consumer reports magazines and see who has the best consumer satisfaction (it is Porsche/reliability)  and then check out what cars are good and bad used cars. Japs beat the American car makers hands down. Americans are catching up but they are still behind. Looks like some of y'all can not handle the truth.  

Feb 28, 2013 5:27PM



You chastized me for not post something about Ford in the Porsche recall thread.  OK.... um.... Ford will be releasing a Transit Connect Diesel in 2014. Will that work for you?


Have a great day.


Yours Truly, Troy S.  

Feb 28, 2013 9:59AM
How will I ever find the time to get both of mine in for the is so complicated....
Feb 28, 2013 11:48AM
Sory, So much for German design... the world's auto companys makes their best cars in Ameica today, The whole auto world has changed. Soon it will become too hard to exclude China's auto-makers, and India's as well. We will then see a real drastic shift in the auto-building around the world.
Feb 28, 2013 11:27AM
Cracking tail pipes??? Aint nobody got time for that!
Feb 28, 2013 11:13AM
Lotus was once an English sports car.  It is now owned by Proton and built in Malaysia, has been for years now.
Recalling because of tail pipes?  Not serious, but I guess Porsche is afraid it will hurt they reputation.  Now, bad oil pump pickups, that's serious!  These kind of shortcomings are because of the relentless Japanese machine.  Even though Japanese wages and benfits are high and it is super expensive to do business in Japan, the massive subsidies the Japanese auto-makers receive from their government makes it almost impossible for others to compete on price, leading to risky cost-cutting to try to stay in business, hence, lack of testing for new parts/newly designed cars, which, of course, makes Japanese cars seem superior.  Their manufacturers are guaranteed a profit, other auto-makers must EARN their profit.
That, and the way the Japanese try to keep imported cars out of their country, is why FAIR trade is better than FREE trade.

To Lecarnut; Japanese cars are just motorized appliances.  Reliability?  Rubber timing chains are NOT reliable, and using the timing chain to drive the water pump is an obsolete practice, obsoleted because if the water pump bearings fail, there goes your valve timing.  If the water pump freezes, you snap your timing chain.  Either way, if you don't know how to work on your car, you are out big bucks for what seems like a fairly minor repair, and on an American car made after the early 30s, it probably will be minor.
Feb 28, 2013 11:40AM
Porches are like a-holes, everybody has one.... Get a Lamborghini if you want t real car.
Feb 28, 2013 10:19AM

Every time you see a Porsche you see a prick inside.

Feb 28, 2013 9:25AM

ok I will go to the dealer next month right now I am sealing in the meditarrenean on my other toy......thanks for the information......


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