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NOT good! :(
 

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I owned a '97 Boxster and received a letter from Porsche telling me not to throw a lighted cigarette out of the driver's side. According to the letter this cigarette could be sucked into the engine compartment.

Serveral weeks later I watched a Boxster burn to the ground! Driver told me that he had flipped a cigarette out the window. Before the fire department got to the scene the fire even burned off the tires!!!

Porsche's ultimate response was to add the famous plastic baffle to the air intake. The same one that we "desnork".
 

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Here's an excerpt from a live radio report of a different flaming disaster in NJ. Had to do with another famous German marque:
It's practically standing still now. ...It's burst into flames! It burst into flames, and it's falling, it's crashing! Watch it! Watch it! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie; get this, Charlie! It's fire... and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get out of the way, please! It's burning and bursting into flames and the... and it's falling on the mooring mast. And all the folks agree that this is terrible; this is the one of the worst catastrophes in the world. [indecipherable] its flames... Crashing, oh! Four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it... it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's in flames now; and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity! And all the passengers screaming around here. I told you; it—I can't even talk to people, their friends are out there! Ah! It's... it... it's a... ah! I... I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest: it's just laying there, mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk and the screaming. Lady, I... I... I'm sorry. Honest: I... I can hardly breathe. I... I'm going to step inside, where I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. Ah, ah... I can't. Listen, folks; I... I'm gonna have to stop for a minute because [indecipherable] I've lost my voice. This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed.
 
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