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Porsche 911 Parts and Porsche 911 Accessories

Some Interesting Facts about the Porsche 911

  • The Porsche 911 is actually called the "Nine Eleven" and in Germany, it's known as the "Neunelfer."

  • Erwin Komenda and Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche were the lead designers accredited for the icon body design of the Porsche 911.

  • Originally, the Porsche 911 was called the Porsche 901 but Peugeot informed Porsche that due to their trademark rights, the "0" between two numbers is theirs.

  • Due to its popularity, the Porsche 911 is named as the fifth Car of the Century in 1999, after the Ford Model T, Citroen DS, Mini, and the Volkswagen Beetle.

  • For almost 34 years, the Porsche 911's engine was air-cooled and in 1998, Porsche decided to change it to a water-cooled engine. This move was to meet the strict environmental rules, provide excellent fuel economy, and more horsepower.

  • Since Porsche won seven race victories at the Targa Florio World Sportscar Championship since 1956, it named its open-top convertible "Targa" (meaning plate in Italian) .

  • The Porsche 911 Targa was sold in the United States in 1967. It was designed with a stainless-steel rollbar because Porsche thought that the United States prohibited open-top convertibles during that time.

  • In the Disney-Pixar animate movie "Cars", Sally was a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera. Howard Buck, a Porche employee suggested that Sally's last name should be Carrera, in reference to the car itself.

  • The Porsche Carrera was named after Porsche's race victories at the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico during the 1950's.

  • Introducing Bosch's K-Jetronic Fuel Injection System, Porsche launched the Carrera RS 3.0 in 1974. Called "Rennsport" in German and "Race Sport" in English, it was designed for racing teams and its RSR Turbo prototype came in second during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975.

  • A Volkswagen 2.0 engine was fitted on a Porsche 912E, a Porsche 911 Carrera variant produced in 1976 for the U.S market.

  • Named "The Secret Weapon of Zuffenhausen", the Porsche 911E had quicker acceleration of up to 100 mph, compared to the 911S.

  • The Porsche 911 Turbo was the first production 911 series that came with a turbocharger. It battled head-to-head with the BMW 3.0 CSL "Batmobile" during the Le Mans races in 1976.

Porsche 911 Articles

  • Porsche 911 Problems 17 January 2013

    Blending performance, practicality, and the endearing connection between driver and car, the Porche 911 is one of the most recognizable and most influential vehicles in automobile history. Through the years, several models of the Porsche 911 were introduced sporting the latest technologies, including a predominant all-aluminum construction, which made the new 911 over 110 lbs lighter. Additionally, electro-mechanical power steering was added to reduce the car's overall fuel consumption. More car enthusiasts with deeper pockets are leaning towards the Porsche 911 due to its numerous innovations. However, the Porsche 911 has its share of common problems, and it's recommended that sports car shoppers take note of these in case they encounter such issues.


    Engine Problems

    One of the most common problems with the Porsche 911's 3.4-liter engine involves cracked cylinder heads. From the cylinder head's bolted face, the crack forms all the way through its core plug. This crack forces oil into the water jacket, which can then contaminate the engine coolant. Also, the cylinder liners crack due to the cylinder block's torsion rigidity. Problems with cracked cylinder heads and liners require immediate replacement to avoid permanent engine damage.


    Vehicle Speed Control

    With the Porsche 911's vehicle speed control, the ball sockets on the car's cruise control linkage tend to break from one end. The detached linkage arm jams the nearby components, which affects the throttle plate's operation. An impaired throttle plate prevents the engine from returning to idle, resulting in unwanted engine speed.

    In 1992, over 11,091 Porsche 911 units were recalled to correct the vehicle speed control problem. Replacing the plastic ball sockets with steel ball sockets and lubricating the cruise control relay lever were some of the fixes done to correct the problem.


    Steering System Problems: Wheel and Handle Bar

    During the manufacturing process of the Porsche 911 and Porsche Carrera's steering column, a part of the upper universal joint cracked, causing noise and free-play in the steering system. The damaged part of the car's steering column can cause steering control loss while driving.

    In 1996, 12,538 Porsche 911 units were recalled to fix the damaged upper universal joint. Porsche owners were advised to contact their respective dealers and have their vehicles inspected. Dealers were instructed to replace all the cracked joints with brand new parts.