What is a diagnostic inspection?
Modern cars have an onboard computer or Engine Control Unit (ECU). This continually assesses performance, with sensors throughout the car letting the ECU know of issues such as raised engine temperature, low fluid levels or problems with emission levels or the windscreen wipers.
The ECU triggers an error once a problem has been found, and the relevant dashboard warning light will flash, but there are hundreds of potential error codes, which only specialist diagnostic equipment can read. So when a warning light flashes on the dashboard, a diagnostics check is needed to assess how bad the problem is, and what may have caused it.
We use state of the art diagnostic equipment
Live data shows multiple readings from across the engine to assess whether everything is working as it should. The equipment can also check and rectify braking systems where there’s an electronic handbrake, and adjust headlights where possible.
You don’t need to go to a dealership to get diagnostic testing done. Most garages and workshops will carry out diagnostic testing for nearly all models and types of vehicle.
What happens at a Fixter diagnostic inspection
We charge a fixed fee for diagnostic testing that can be done while you wait. This is usually done within an hour, but if further work is required, it will clearly take more time.
Our highly-trained and qualified mechanics will give you a no-charge, no-obligation repair quote if testing highlights issues with the engine or anything else, and talk you in detail through what is needed to put things right.
So next time a dashboard warning light flashes on, don’t pay dealership prices for diagnostic testing. Let us manage it all for you, picking up your car for its testing, and ensuring a fair price and a reliable service.
What happens when my dashboard illuminates a warning light?
The warning light is just the beginning—it doesn’t give the whole picture. There are hundreds of parts in your engine, so the exact nature of the fault may not be immediately apparent.
Examining fault codes to identify the problem
A diagnostic check accurately identifies the fault, avoiding more serious problems that could lead to costly repairs, potential safety hazards or worse damage. With these tests, your car is plugged into sophisticated diagnostic equipment which reads the error codes your car’s ECU has generated to explain the issue in full.
Diagnostic checking looks for errors across various vehicle systems, including tyres, engine management, lights, emissions and more.
Porsche AG is a German automobile manufacturer, established over 88 years ago in 1931, and is renowned for producing high-performance sports cars, SUVs and saloon cars.
Porsche is owned by Volkswagen AG and carries a total equity of over €10billion (according to 2015 figures).
How popular is Porsche in the United Kingdom?
Who wouldn’t want a Porsche? Porsche has been setting standards in high-performance sports vehicles for as long as they’ve been in the industry.
There are currently around 146k Porsche vehicles on the roads in the UK, showing a steady rise in numbers over the past 10 years.
Luxury, high-end performance sports cars
With a back catalogue of historic models too numerous to mention, the current range provides typical 2-seat mid-engine sports cars in the Porsche 718 and Porsche 911 models, luxury touring in the Panamera 4-seat full-size saloon and a luxurious level of crossover driving in the Cayenne and Macan SUVs.
Sporting a selection of SUV models
Given the popularity of the SUV in modern driving, it was only a matter of time until the high-end marques got involved in revving up the performance and presentation.
For example, the Cayenne Turbo can accelerate from 0–62mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 177mph. The hybrid electric model is equally as impressive with figures of 5.0 seconds and 157mph. That should take care of the school run in record time.
Porsche electric: the plug-in hybrid range
In 2010, the both Porsche SUV models and the Porsche 918 were released as hybrid electric versions. Currently, only the Cayenne is available as an electric hybrid, but Porsche is building towards the release of their E-performance range: with the new Taycan all-electric sports car being developed through the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study.
Porsche’s reliability and reputation
Porsche ranked 23rd out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. High-end sports cars aren’t renowned for their reliability, so for Porsche to achieve a 90.9% efficiency rate could be seen as quite an accomplishment.
Recent Porsche recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Porsche models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
10/05/2019 – Porsche Cayenne (2018)
The shock-absorber forks fitted on the front axle may be defective and could break
22/02/2019 – Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan (2017–2018)
The retaining straps on the vehicle’s ski bag may be defective
03/02/2019 – Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Macan, Porsche 911 Carrera and Porsche Panamera (2014–2015)
It is possible that the vehicles do not meet the series standards applicable at the time of delivery
28/09/2018 – Porsche 918 Spyder (2013–2015)
The bolts used to mount the longitudinal and transverse suspension arms may corrode over time
28/09/2018 – Porsche Cayenne (2016–2018)
The seatbelt buckles on the central rear seat are defective
28/09/2018 – Porsche Panamera (2015–2018)
Restricted durability of the coupling rods may affect the functioning of the rear anti-roll stabiliser
25/04/2017 – Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster (2017)
The windscreen might not be correctly bonded to the bodywork
21/04/2017 – Porsche (11 (2016–2017)
There is a possibility that the passenger airbags were manufactured with faulty components
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.