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I just noticed this on my 15 GTS only on the right side headlight.
Is there a fix for this or do I need to replace the headlight?
If I need to replace the light I am wondering ignition comp insurance would pay for it ?
Any ideas or suggestions?
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That is the beginning of the famous 981/991 model years headlight "crazing". It will get very bad with time, and in most cases is not covered under any extended warranty because they will claim its cosmetic. Headlight Lens Crazing

Its the factory lense coating adhesive that is breaking down, so some have had good success removing the lights and gradually sanding the coating completely off and then polish the lenses back out. Its a common enough issue that a guy over on Rennlist now provides a replacement service for the lenses, and can also black out the chrome trim for you while in there. His service is similar to what the guy from Pedro's Garage is doing for the warped door panel issue that is the other big failures on these cars. RENNLIGHTS – Porsche Headlights – Repair Replace Headlight Covers
 

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Purely anecdotal on my part, but less than 50% chance based on the majority of discussions I have read on P car forums over years. A few have been able to get it done, but the majority have been declined. Many think of CPO as a bumper to bumper extended warranty. Its not, but it can't hurt to try.
 

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When I see issues like this it angers me. My eleven year old Ford lenses are flawless, comon' Porsche! Step it up. This should be a free recall, these cars aren't Hyundai accents.
Yes, its sad that we have to worry about issues on these cars that no other car no matter how cheaply made or old will ever have. It all seems to revolve around the crap "environmentally friendly" adhesives that Europe is forced to use.

Door panel warping, crazing headlights, headliner falling down, glue around front/back windows liquefying and running out onto the paint like tar, foam in HVAC system coming undone and blowing out of vents. All of these goofy failures have one thing in common. Failing adhesive of some sort
 

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I was told No from the dealer because it’s cosmetic and doesn’t effect the functionality of the headlights. Unlike a door panel warping which may effect the window operation.
hope you have better luck!
 

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Working for dealerships for over 50 years I have insight to the way they work .
All manufacturers have what they call a Goodwill policy which they give each dealer so much each month to Goodwill warranty for customer satisfaction.
Porsche is the only manufacturer that makes the dealer replace the tires if they are over 6 years past their manufacturing date.
Even if they are new old stock.
 

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I just noticed this on my 15 GTS only on the right side headlight.
Is there a fix for this or do I need to replace the headlight?
If I need to replace the light I am wondering ignition comp insurance would pay for it ?
Any ideas or suggestions?
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My 2014 Cayman S headlight covers were delaminating. I took to the body shop I use. He has a guy who comes in, pulls the headlamp assembly, removes the coating and resprays it. It cost under $200 for both headlights. Try calling high end body and paint shops. Now I need to find a inexpensive fix for my headliner.
 

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I also was denied for the headlight delamination. I ended up getting these decals and they look good.

Had I known you could get the headlights sanded, polished and sprayed for $200, I might have done that instead.
 

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Mine had those too to start. It's a very common UV coating issue and easy to fix with a little patience, elbow grease, the right tools and no help from a dealer or Porsche. Long story short, mine were a few months out of warranty when I noticed while washing it. The dealer servicing it for 6 years didn't catch it, then completely bailed on me while asking them for help. Local dealer said Porsche offered $500 toward a $6000 repair and the dealer offered free labor for a grand total of $5000. It takes about 30 mins MAX to swap them. The excuse that it's cosmetic is complete BS when they know it's a failure and it is more than cosmetic when it hinders the light hitting the street.

Check this thread on Rennlist where I posted my process for fixing it. What you see will get worse.

https://rennlist.com/forums/991/821002-micro-cracks-on-headlight.html

Good luck, but I would start looking for ways to fix it yourself.
 

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C6 Corvettes (2005-13) have the same issue. Mine were pretty bad at one point. I polished the lens and got them to where it wasn't as noticeable, but still not perfect when I sold the car.
 

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Ok took my car to dealership today they took pictures and said it shouldn’t be a problem.
I have a good repour with the dealer so I will advise on what happens.
That's great! I thought I did too, with my dealer. They've not ever called me back after my call to them, the week I found the problem. Hope it works out. 6 year relationship, down the drain. And I would expect it to happen to the new ones, so be on the lookout.
 

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That's great! I thought I did too, with my dealer. They've not ever called me back after my call to them, the week I found the problem. Hope it works out. 6 year relationship, down the drain. And I would expect it to happen to the new ones, so be on the lookout.
+1 on this. Unfortunately, it seems epidemic in dealerships AND independent shops of all brands I used. Sorry for OT.
 
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