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Disappointing OPC MOT experience today

hermes

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Took my 964 in for an MOT, the guy couldn’t work the immobiliser, so I saw him thrashing it and dragging it on the clutch between immobilisations to try and get it into the MOT bay.

Fortunately I’d not yet wandered off so was able to stop him before he completely ruined the clutch which was already pretty stinky by the time I got to the car.

I appreciate they don’t see too many cars with the original dealer installed immobiliser now, but the lack of mechanical sympathy was shocking to me.
 
Shocking. I never take my eyes of anyone except my trusted independent.
I hope you had an angry word or two.
 
which OPC ?
 
As you say, an OPC not being familiar with classics is somewhat understandable now but lack of mechanical sympathy is unforgivable. I would never dream of taking my 993 to an OPC for a service for both reasons.

nb whilst I take it to a specialist for its service I use the same local garage for an MOT, every time I know they won’t be able to start it because they wont think to press the alarm disarm button prior to turning the key so I remind him and he says “ah yes”. With the 993 original immobilisor on you can’t do much mechanical damage as the car wont even start
 
It would be handy to know which OPC. This sort of employee shouldn't be anywhere near cars, no matter the age, as they could do other types of damage less immediately obvious.
 
Hermes - for those of us wondering but not brave enough to ask, what manner of thing is the immobiliser you have? Ive never had the pleasure of learning on a 964 so thought I would ask for the others that are also wondering..............
 
Hermes - for those of us wondering but not brave enough to ask, what manner of thing is the immobiliser you have? Ive never had the pleasure of learning on a 964 so thought I would ask for the others that are also wondering..............
UK cars when new were fitted with an aftermarket immobiliser by the dealers. It's a Hamilton & Palmer unit, no longer supported.
 
As you say, an OPC not being familiar with classics is somewhat understandable now but lack of mechanical sympathy is unforgivable. I would never dream of taking my 993 to an OPC for a service for both reasons.

nb whilst I take it to a specialist for its service I use the same local garage for an MOT, every time I know they won’t be able to start it because they wont think to press the alarm disarm button prior to turning the key so I remind him and he says “ah yes”. With the 993 original immobilisor on you can’t do much mechanical damage as the car wont even start
I do all my own servicing & maintenance, so the only thing I have to get done is the MOT. There's a local guy who MOT's my Elise, he's the only person I trust, but he has to drive the car to an MOT centre to use his ticket, which doesn't appeal for the 964.
 
Bourn……?
 
One of the 'Classic Partners' !!

There are 6 Porsche Centers in Great Britain

  • Porsche Centre Bournemouth
  • Porsche Centre Dublin
  • Porsche Centre Glasgow
  • Porsche Centre Hatfield
  • Porsche Centre Leeds
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There are 6 Porsche Centers in Great Britain

  • Porsche Centre Bournemouth
  • Porsche Centre Dublin
  • Porsche Centre Glasgow
  • Porsche Centre Hatfield
  • Porsche Centre Leeds
  • Porsche Centre Swindon
🙄
Are there any benefits to servicing at a Porsche Classic Centre?
 
Are there any benefits to servicing at a Porsche Classic Centre?
you get a sticker

and they are supposed to be trained

@hermes what's the update ? DM me if you want to
 

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