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IMS Failure


Model: 911 Targa, Year:2004, Mileage:41,600, Type of use:Street use only
I recently suffered a complete engine failure with a street use daily vehicle at 41,600 miles. The story is the same as others: a high pitched whirling noise underneath the car while driving at 30mph. Quickly the car was turned off the road thinking something was dragged and trapped underneath. Shut the car down completely, and noticed the oil pouring out from the bottom of the engine compartment.Insurance company determined nothing struck the engine and was an internal failure. My vehicle is out of warranty. Evaluation by the porsche dealer confirms IMS failure. Repair require engine replacement. After discussion with my local porsche dealer, Porsche of North America will credit me 50% of the engine (not labor) cost. Repair costs including clutch repair are $15-$16K.Porsche will not admit to an IMS failure. Reports of a 4% M96 failure rates seem underated. Still considering a claim with the US Dept of Highway and Transportation. How does Porsche avoid a recall on M96 engines? Should the people affected by this manufacturing defect initiate a class action? Attempted to publish this with car magazines, J D Power, and the New York Times.A manufacturing defect leading to engine failure should be corrected to owners without cost.

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