Porsche builds wonderful cars that are beautifully designed and engineered. However, there are one or two things that astonish me.
One such thing is the Porsche 996/997 fuel gauge. Because of the shape of the petrol tank, the gauge can only measure the top two-thirds of fuel in the tank – the remaining third is calculated which means the position of the needle on the dial is only an estimate.
That in itself isn’t a problem, as it always errs on the side of caution. Where it does become an issue, though, is when you part-fill the tank from empty. If you only add a few litres of petrol, it won’t register and the Porsche 996/997 fuel gauge continues to read empty. The only solution is to add enough fuel to fill more than about one-third of the tank.
This is mainly an issue with four-wheel drive models – the Carrera 4 and 996/997 Turbo – because the tank is shaped around the front differential like a saddle. However, I’ve found that rear-wheel drive derivatives also don’t give an accurate reading after a relatively small amount of petrol is added to a near-empty tank.
Not a problem for owners who usually fill up all the way at the station, but annoying if, for whatever reason, you just want to put a few litres in.