2020 Porsche 911 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Powertrain and electrical issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners


There are few sports cars as recognizable as the 2020 Porsche 911. The automaker knows that this model provides a “timeless design,” but how does it stand up in terms of durability and reliability? Customers are struggling with a defective powertrain and faulty electrical system that leaves some to wonder if this car is worth the money.

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Problems with the Powertrain

The powertrain is responsible for converting energy from the engine to the wheels. In a sports car, such as the Porsche, this action should appear seamless, but it doesn’t.

One NHTSA review states, “My 2020 Porsche 911 was two days old when I get an ‘Ignition local error-service required.’ The next day the tachometer stopped working. After the dealer fixed the problem, I drove home and parked the car for two days. The next day the car would not start. I was told by the dealer this car has many problems with its computer which makes the car unsafe because lots of its functions are computer controlled. I also just received a recall No .19V-878.”

It turns out that Porsche had to issue two recalls for defects with the powertrain. The first, NHTSA Campaign Number 20V381000 states that the front axle differential bracket might not have been properly tightened. If this comes loose, the drive shafts and fuel tank could become damaged. This defect could also cause a fuel leak, which puts owners at risk of a car fire if an ignition source is present. The second powertrain-related recall, NHTSA Campaign Number 19V445000 states that the bolts connecting the driveshaft to the wheel hub might have been improperly tightened. If this disconnects, the chance of an accident is higher. Porsche engineers sure did mess up when creating the powertrain, and should probably consider creating a new “timeless design” that actually functions the way it should.

Problems with the Electrical System

The Porsche 911 is considered a luxury model, meaning it should be equipped with the latest technology. Aside from simply having these amenities, everything should work as intended, but that’s not the case.

One Edmunds review says, “I cannot get the Homelink to open the gate to my community and was told to take it to my local Porsche dealership for help, and the MMI system could be much more user friendly.”

There is one electrical system recall that shows a defect with the exterior lighting. This perfectly illustrates just how poorly made this vehicle is. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V878000 shows that some Porsche vehicles have a software error that renders the hazard warning lights inoperable. Without the operation of these lights, it’s more likely than an accident could occur. In reality, the Porsche 911 should come with hazard tape wrapped all around the vehicle to properly alert owners about how defective it truly is.

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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