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A recall affecting the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 performance model has been announced, due to an issue relating to the rear-wheel drive sports car’s rear axle.

A total of 36 Porsche 997 911 GT3 models with centre lock wheels, built between February 19, 2009 and April 6, 2010, have been recalled for an issue with the rear wheel hubs and bearings.

According to the official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website, “in rare circumstances, the wheel hubs and wheel bearings on the rear axle may break.”

“If the rear wheel hubs and bearings break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle and create a hazard to the driver and other road users.”

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Porsche Australia’s Paul Ellis told CarAdvice the hubs and bearings “don’t break” and are being replaced “to standardise the revision intervals”.

Letters will be sent out to owners of the affected models to arrange the replacement of the necessary parts, which will take an estimated six and a half hours to complete. Ellis said there are no reported incidents relating to the recall.

The same rear axle issue in the US has led to 455 Porsche 911 GT3s, manufactured between May 15, 2009 and February 11, 2010, to also be recalled.

  • Zaccy

    Absolutely stunning car.

  • $29896495

    Is that because VW own porsche now?

    • Glenn59

      This is an ignorant comment.

      ALL Brands have recall issues from time to time and they such issues are entirely understandable in a complex machine like a modern motor vehicle.  Some people on forums hate VW’s for whatever reason and see reliablity as an issue they can criticise.  VW is not one of the best brands for reliablity but they are far from the worst coming about half to two thirds down the list of most surveys I have seen.  Almost all of VW’s problems have occurred as they have bedded down new market leading technology like DSG transmissions and the Twin Charger engines.  DSG transmissions are now relatively reliable and come with a 10 year warrantyin some markets and the Twincharger engine has been replaced with a newer and simpler product..  

      • JP

        Plus VW didn’t have full ownership of Porsche in 2009……
        I have a Twincharger Golf with DSG, & it’s been bulletproof…… (3.5yrs old)

        • $29896495

          My comment was meant to hit your funny bone. Obviously it’s to soon for VW pour reliability to dribble down to Porsche. Be patient, they’ll get there.

          • Glenn59

            Do some research before you make statements like that.  VW is generally rated above Porsche for reliabliity.  (Do some Google searches if you don’t believe me). Reliablity in nearly all modern cars is light years better than what may of us grew up with despite cars being far more completoday.

            European cars tend to be a little less reliable than the Japnese cars partly because they tend to try new technologies well before the Japanese do.  This is also also one of the reasons why European and especially German cars dominate comparison test.  

          • Garrywhopper

            Glenn20, calm down there

          • Claude_defraud

             Porsche is almost always at or near the top of reliability surveys.

          • Robin_Graves

            And VeeDud is a constant wooden spooner

          • Jim

            Oh dear, you’ve missed the obvious humour in his statement.

      • 2cents Worth

         Considering the number of VW vehicles sold worldwide, the number of fault are relatively small. If you have a faulty Ferrari in 100 sales, the percentage is 1% but if you sold 100000 VW and 10 of them faulty, that’s also 1% but then there’s 10 mouth complaining about the fault in VW and only one mouth in the Ferrari.
        Tht’s why you seemed to have hear tht VW has lots of problems.
        Putting it in another perspective; VW will not be selling so much cars if it’s always faulty. Tht’s Bcos the other 99 990 owners are spreading the good word about it!!

  • Dom Von Hutch

    This is a rarity, and whilst is wheel bearings and that is a big deal, Porsche generally make reliable cars, once they’re over the ten year mark they become very exxy to maintain but then again they are to buy. Keep them well oiled and the fans in good order and they run forever.

    • Glenn59

      Porsches are mechanically strong but prone to several weaknesses that can cost big money to put right.  Leaking oil seals are common and because they are hard to get to they are very expensive to fix.  Early Boxsters were notorious for engine failures and this is why they sell for quite reasonable amounts.  I saw a disabled Boxster in my local garage and the owner was telling me it had a failed engine and would cost over $10,000 to repair.  

      I have seen some survey rate Porsche well but the majority do not score them highly.  Try the British ‘What Car’ site for some details and many tails of woe from owners.  There are plenty of more sites like this with the same sad stories.  Noe of this means they are bad cars, Porsches stand up to hard driving like few other brands but there is a much higher than average risk of expenisve repairs often because an $80 part has failed deep within the car.

  • Rita

    Years ago this just didn’t happen with Porsche. But like everything sourced from China what do you expect. While they are assembled in Germany you really should investigate where a lot of the parts are actually made. Not Germany that’s for sure.

    The mighty Prorsche were known for their longevity and reliability  Not any more. Like most car brands I guess. I call it the China Syndrome. Maximum profits for little cost. Who ends up paying for it? US.