After a bodged repair by a local London garage to my swirl flaps and deep concerns about my 2001 BMW 530D Touring I consulted Peter from pmwltd about the condition of my car. My regular mechanic whom I have known for 20 years simply took out my swirl flaps and replaced the shafts with bolts. This at some time later, only (900 miles) caused an ingestion into the chamber and ruined my piston and valves and looked like a very time consuming and costly repair. After completion I took my car to peter at pmw and discussed the works. He had his guys strip out the existing bolts that were very unprofessional and replaced with his swirl flap blanking plates. Now I have heard a lot about these plates and swirl flap damage and I can tell you as an ex AA Patrol man that if not done correctly as Peter has done you will cause serious damage to your beloved engine. This is a guy with a great team and a wealth of knowledge behind them who know their stuff, not your usual bit mechanic who ”
knows a bit about engines”. I drove down from Lewisham London to his workshops in Chelmsford and it only took an hour and was easy to get to. If I was you I would call them for your piece of mind because you know like I do that you don’t want just anyone tinkering with your pride and joy. Its worth the drive knowing your car is in safe and knowledgeable hands at pmw. He,s not a rip off either, he is a very reasonable honest mechanic and cheaper than the main dealers out there. Thanks peter.
“Just to say that if you live close enough and can get there, I would recommend these guys at PMW. Very helpful, professional and understanding. Was having big problems with my ‘07 320i M sport having only owned it for a couple of months but now thanks to PMW the car is running like a dream”
James B. Harlow
I you wanted to drive something elegant like Porsche or Ferrari, you would naturally expect to pay premium for all kinds of parts and services. But in spite of that, would you expect a bill for £7,000 after just a car wash? Most likely you wouldn’t, but the kind of car wash that Mr Gurcharn Sahota does, is by no means ordinary one. For starters, you will need to part with your favorite possession for at least four weeks. And what is involved is not just standard splash with hot jet of steam and some bubbly foam. Mr Sahota uses special pH neutral shampoo and citrus degreaser, which is more or less an orange extract. When you realize that your supercar will be washed with orange juice, you will start understanding why the price is so steep.
Furthermore, every stage of the process requires water that is warmed to a different temperature, from 40 to 140C. And the set of tools are very close to what NASA engineers will be proud of having. Super strong hear dryer is just for starters, as it will be followed by electronic scanner, connected to a laptop, that will scan the paintwork down to 1/1000th of an inch. Scanner’s software than creates a detailed map of the paint-work’s topography and when Mr Sahota finally reaches for a super fine sand paper, he will be looking at removing just 3/1000th of an inch of paint.
And consumables that are involved, are nothing to sneeze at. In order to cover dents and scratches a special brand of natural wax, imported from Brazil at a cost of £8,000 per tin is used.
So, you must ask yourself, having in mind a steep price of his services, how Mr Sahota ever gets any business? As a mater of fact Mr Sahota’s workshop is always full and his team is really busy one. If an owner of a supercar wants to sell his it, and there are few dings and dents on the bodywork, he would be looking at a £100,000 bill for respraying. Instead he can live the car in the Mr Sahota’s workshop and few weeks later, for a fraction of the cost of respraying, he can his car back in a state that is actually possibly better than when it was new, right out of the factory. That is the secret of Mr Sahota’s business success.
A 90hp power-hike over the 911 GT2 combined with a 70kgs weight-saving makes the new 911 GT2 RS the fastest ’street-legal’ Porsche has ever built.
We showed you a sneaky preview of the car yesterday, but today Porsche has released official details and images of its new machine which will be unveiled in the metal at the Moscow motorshow on August 25th. (And not the later Paris show as all the pundits were suggesting.)
Read more at Pistonheads online
Porsche AG’s new version of the Cayenne sports-utility vehicle, which will arrive at European showrooms May 8, attracted orders that beat expectations, according to Chief Executive Officer Michael Macht.
“We’re looking at an incredibly high order intake from almost all markets,” Macht said late yesterday at the German manufacturer’s factory in Leipzig, where the next generation of Porsche’s best-selling model was presented. “Orders are clearly exceeding our expectations.” He didn’t give figures.
Porsche, based in Stuttgart, plans to add models with a goal of doubling yearly sales to as many as 150,000 vehicles over the medium term, and benefit from savings from a merger with Volkswagen AG, Macht said. Deliveries in the six months ended Jan. 31 fell no more than 1.7 percent to 33,670 units, compared with a decline of 40 percent in the first quarter.
Article continues over at San Francisco Chronicle online
We had a unique circumstance at the Edmunds.com offices recently. Our schedule of press vehicle loans resulted in both a 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo and a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 lurking in the area for over a week. That meant we could experience two of Porsche’s most potent models back-to-back, and as you might expect about the only thing they had in common were their base model names.
The Turbo has become one of the quickest-yet-luxurious street-legal cars available, and the GT3 continues to engage willing drivers better than those idiotic Carl’s Jr/Paris Hilton commercials (you know, the ones you keep watching every time they’re on).
We tested both 911 models while they were here to confirm how they stack up in the spec box. Behind the scenes, though, we had different opinions on which one’s the better car. In one corner, with a barely-used helmet under is right arm and wearing Pilotis that make his wide feet ache, is Editor-in-Chief Karl Brauer defending the GT3. In the other corner, sporting ’80s-era Ray Bans and saying “Porsche — There is no substitute” for the umpteenth time, is Executive Editor Paul Seredynski defending the Turbo.
Article continues over at Edmunds Carpool - http://tinyurl.com/y54njml
I want a Porsche, you want a Porsche! Who in the automotive world does not want one?
Although the entry level Porsche Boxster is the least expensive Porsche, it remains out of reach for many drivers.
However, in 2014, Porsche will offer a ‘baby’ Boxster. The car is likely in re-sponse to sports cars such as the upcoming Toyota/Subaru all-wheel drive sports car due to be released soon. As the Japanese car will have a base price of about $20,000 and it will provide Boxster matching or beating performance, Porsche needs to counter with the smaller less expensive Boxster.
Article continues over at Examiner.com
A lightweight version of the mid-engined Porsche Boxster roadster, the Spyder represents the true, purist form of the Porsche sports car - light, powerful, open-roofed, and very efficient.
This is precisely the formula already applied in creating the most successful road-going sports and racing cars throughout the history of Porsche, ranging from the legendary 550 Spyder of the 1950s to the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype race car so successful in motorsport today.
Weighing 1,275 kg, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is the lightest model in the Porsche line-up, and continues this clear-cut philosophy in a package offering full homologation for the road, and fulfilling a popular wish expressed by Porsche customers.
Read more at Carpages online
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Patent Office ’scoop’ on the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, comes a possibly more controversial set of images - this time showing a four door Porsche Panamera Cabrio.
A Panamera ‘Cab’ has been the subject of speculation long before these images escaped onto the internet, but the most recent reports quoting Porsche company insiders have strongly implied the project was not going to get the green light.
Now, a new Autocar article reckons a series of ‘fresh patent applications in the US’ indicate the programme is still alive and well.
Full story continues with photos over at Pistonheads
Porsche has revealed two new entry-level Porsche Panameras, both fitted with an all-new V6 powerplant.
Labelled simply Panamera and Panamera 4 (no prizes for guessing which one comes with four-wheel drive), the two new entries into Porsche’s super-saloon range will be in showrooms from May, although UK customers won’t be able to get their hands on the cars until June.
Read the full story over at Pistonheads online
Porsche plays the heritage card with a pair of dribble-inducing TV ads
Porsche’s latest US TV ad for its new Panamera is quite a sight, featuring 50 models from its undoubtedly glorious past. The idea is to prove to doubters that the new super-saloon is indeed a thoroughbred Porsche - and you’ve got to say that the result is effective.
Head over to Pistonheads for the full story and the video itself
Yes, it costs a steep 279,000 euros (before taxes) and no, you can’t drive it on the road. But the Porsche 911 GT3 R is, we reckon, 100 per cent gorgeous.
We all feasted our eyes on the new racer at the Autosport/PistonHeads show yesterday, so we thought that today we would spread the joy via POTW.