January 19, 2015

Something Wonderful: Porsche 911 Engine Plant, Assembly Line Zuffenhausen

So calm. So quiet. So considered.

As a friend of mine (and Porsche owner) once succintly explained it: "When the Germans make the cars, the rest of the world can just sit down."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 19, 2015 12:56 PM
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Not too long ago 911 engines were built by an individual technician (real mechanic). Start to finish.

What you see in this video is an assembly line. Not an engine builder in the facility. Not one of the personnel shown could actually "build" a 911 engine from scratch. That is how P-car has become just another car. Throwaway engines.

I have been in the Porsche engine building business since 1970. Mostly race engines but we still do an occasional stock street rebuild.

Also, P-car race engines do come from this plant either.

Posted by: Terry at January 19, 2015 1:24 PM

German cars: heavy, stiff, expensive, and fragile.

Happy Honda Owner.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 19, 2015 2:42 PM

I still remember the video of a 911 verring off of the autobahn, flipping end over end at what was probably close to 150 mph, shedding wheels, body panels, etc and finally coming to rest right side up on the grass, at which point the doors open and out stagger two very beat up but very alive krauts. Jesus H. Christ.

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at January 19, 2015 3:32 PM

Mercedes rule, rice burners drool. When you drive a honda you are not driving a car but an appliance.

Posted by: Van der Leun at January 19, 2015 3:41 PM

"When the Germans make the cars, the rest of the world can just sit down."

That's why my last Mercedes had 10 unscheduled trips to the shop. Fortunately while it was on warranty. A freakin door handle broke for chrissake. This is the 21st Century. Door handles don't break.

Posted by: glenn at January 19, 2015 5:19 PM

That was a Mercedes in that wreck not a Porsche.
German cars sold in the US are no where near the quality of those sold in Germany, same as the beer.
I looked in the drivers window of a 911 in Wurzburg and the speedometer went to 320. kilometers

A VW Beetle in Germany is named "Jeans" and they go 120+ mph. I know because one passed the ambulance I was driving on the autobahn and I was going 120+, 1977 Oldsmobile Metro with a 455.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 19, 2015 7:05 PM

Gerard writes:

"Mercedes rule, rice burners drool. When you drive a honda you are not driving a car but an appliance."

Maybe. But rice-burners run and run and run and run, and don't cost a whole lot while doing so. You can't quite say the same thing about Mercedes-Benzes.

I bought an '86 Mazda 626 brand-new in November of '85, ran it for 12 years and 258,000 miles, and would have kept it longer if it hadn't needed a new fuel tank, a new radiator, and a repair of the rear suspension. It still ran like a top, had the original clutch, and burned a quart of oil maybe every 1500 miles.

Dang, I miss that car.

Now I'm driving a 2014 Kia Soul with a stick (automatics are soooooo mindless), and it's a blast. Not the most powerful of cars, but still, it's a street-legal go-kart.

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's Still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

Posted by: Hale Adams at January 19, 2015 8:13 PM

Not a woman in sight. Just saying.

Posted by: Larry Geiger at January 20, 2015 7:33 AM

Larry: Woman? They have their place in life and it ain't under the hood or behind the wheel of a hot car.
Wisely they allow us boys our toys and if a guy is sinking dough into a Porsche he damn sure won't be supporting a mistress.
Just like with a boat, think of sports cars as a hole in the pavement where you throw lots of money.
Well, with the boats it's water but you got it first time. If not, buy a Subaru and brake for whales.

My uncle Letsgo Lozko, the award-winning bantam chicken rancher, he would only own vehicles that he could fix himself.
Nothing made after about 1960 or close enough. No OBC, no electronic anything, no GPS, under Leviathan's radar totally.

Other than owning a Jaguar XK140 I once shoehorned a Porsche engine into a 1969 VW Beetle. It was an academic exercise, had to modify or replace more parts than it was worth.
My buddy took the thing one day while I was working and ran it down I55, redlined it, it caught fire back in the engine compartment and when the gas tank blew it put him off in a ditch near Lemont. served him right the little f@*&%er.
No seat belt, broke his arm, the Staties gave him more tickets than they could think of and I hadda bail him out. Title and registration were in my name.
That's OK, I dated his little sister, got even with him, heh heh.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 20, 2015 9:15 AM

Larry's suffering from labia envy again.
Too much soy and fructose in the diet and MSM in the mind will do that.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 20, 2015 9:43 AM

Used to own a Benz a while back, sold it before I moved overseas (I'd have taken it with me, but the place I moved to only allowed right-hand drive cars). Best car I've ever owned, by a wide margin, and I've owned Detroit iron from all of the Big 3, Honda/Acura and Toyota riceburners, and both variants of the Swedish theme. My Benz was an S-class that I bought used, and the comfort, ride, handling, and sophistication were well beyond anything I'd experienced before. It never broke down, its V-8 got better mileage than my Ford's V-6, and a couple of times I had it well over 100 mph without even realizing it. There just weren't any cues from inside the car (other than the speedometer) that I was going that fast. It was all so effortless.

Daimler-Benz did go through a period in the early-to-mid 2000s when quality was an issue. It had merged with Chrysler at the time, and it was building cars the Chrysler way--down to a price, not up to a standard. It showed, and the smartest thing D-B did was to go its separate way from Chrysler.

Posted by: waltj at January 20, 2015 9:52 AM