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British Porsche GT3 owners heated at treatment over fire issue

Compensation for 911 GT3 fire risk varies from region to region, according to reports.

Yet more bad news for anyone who has or is waiting to buy the new Porsche 911 GT3 (including Top Gear’s Richard Hammond). Porsche is offering varying levels of compensation, depending on the country you bought the car, with British owners missing out.

American customers are allegedly getting US$2,000 per month to compensate for the fact they are unable to enjoy their pride and joy. German customers are getting 175 euros per day, while those in Dubai are getting US$12,000. It is unclear whether this is a one-off payment or a monthly sum.

Between 30 and 35 British GT3 owners have banded together to campaign for the same treatment as overseas customers. Sunil Mehra, who leads the group, told the Telegraph newspaper: “We are massively disappointed by the way the manufacturer has conducted itself with its lack of transparency and blatant discrimination between markets.”

The owner’s group is asking for £145 per day since the ‘no drive’ instruction was on February 18th, 2014 when news of the dangerous fault emerged. The group is also seeking compensation for drivers who are waiting for production to resume and those who have paid a deposit. Porsche is yet to comment.

You could say the average Porsche customer can afford to lose a few pounds here and there, but that misses the point. The product is currently unfit for purpose and only some customers are getting looked after, which seems like a way of adding unnecessary fuel to the fire (pun intended).

An AutoBlog report said production of the fire-free GT3 engine began about a week ago so the wait should be over soon for those who just want to hoon about in their German sportscar.

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