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Porsche Panamera buying guide review (2009-present)

Porsche Panamera buying guide review (2009-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Porsche purists were barely over the shock of the Cayenne when Stuttgart unleashed its next affront to their sensibilities: a Porsche saloon (or, strictly speaking, a five-door hatch). If they’d known that two years later there’d be a diesel version, some may never have recovered.
The Panamera went on sale in September 2009, initially exclusively with V8 power (the Cayenne’s 4.8-litre unit). The line-up was the rear-drive, 394bhp S, a four-wheel-drive 4S, and the 493bhp, four-wheel-drive Turbo. The S came with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK, the latter a £2289 option. The 4S and Turbo were only available with PDK. 
The four-wheel-drive systems on the 4S and Turbo used a multi-plate clutch and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) to apportion torque front-to-rear, and all models came with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and an impressive array of luxury goodies, from full leather to touchscreen satnav, plus a Sport button to sharpen the throttle, suspension and PDK (if fitted). Additional standard kit on the Turbo included air suspension (optional on the S) with active ride-height adjustment and a Bose hi-fi. Optional on all were ceramic brake discs (PCCB). So it was a technical tour de force. It was also a genuine four-seater with decent luggage space. 
February 2010 saw the introduction of a 296bhp 3.2-litre V6; the 247bhp 3-litre V6 diesel was added in August 2011. Both have merits if you do high mileages, as does the Hybrid, which combines a supercharged V6 with an electric motor.
But it’s the full-fat V8s we’re focusing on here. From 2010, Turbo buyers could specify an £11,118 Powerkit that featured new turbos with titanium-alloy turbine bearings, lifting peak power by 39bhp to 532bhp. Other options introduced at the same time were Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and the roll-stabilising Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). In March 2011 came the Turbo S with a mighty 542bhp. The purest driving choice, though, was the four-wheel-drive GTS. Introduced in 2012, it hiked the naturally aspirated V8 by 30bhp to 424bhp and sharpened the handling. All models got a facelift in July 2013.
If you don’t mind the looks, the V8 Panameras are quick, capable and are also proving pleasingly robust. 
Performance and specs
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
Engine V8, 4806cc twin-turbo
Power 493bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 516lb ft @ 2250-4500rpm 
Gearbox Seven-speed PDK, four-wheel drive
Consumption 24.7mpg (combined)
Insurance group 50
0-62mph 4.2sec (claimed)
Top speed 188mph (claimed)

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2920mm
Length 4970mm
Width 1931mm
Height 1418mm
Weight 1970kg

Common problems
• The good news is that compared to the early V8s in the Cayenne, the Panamera’s 4.8-litre engine is proving robust and relatively trouble-free. The Cayenne has suffered lots of problems with bore scoring, which is extremely unusual in the Panamera.  

• There are also no known issues with turbochargers, with many cars racking up over 125,000miles without issues. 

• Porsche specifies service intervals of 20,000 miles or two years, but most specialists recommend annual servicing to maintain the protective qualities of the oil additives. 

• Part of any service should be clearing debris from the air ducts to the radiators in the nose to prevent corrosion. This area is also well worth a visual check when you’re viewing a car.

• Transmissions, including the PDK gearbox, are proving similarly resilient so far but check underneath for oil leaks. If the gearbox sump is leaking you have to buy a replacement cover, which is at least £300.

• The main issue with the Panamera, and the one that could land you with a sizeable bill, is the air suspension. 

• A leaking air spring is hard to detect unless a car is left standing and you actually notice it sagging. You have to replace the units in pairs and you could easily be looking at a £2000 bill to do so, even from a specialist. 

• The front units tend to be more susceptible to failure, due to the weight of the V8 engine. That same weight also accelerates wear to the lower arms and drop links, so listen for any knocks or clonks.

• Pads for the carbon-ceramic brakes are up to 50 per cent more expensive than for the regular cast-iron items, but the discs themselves aren’t an issue. 

• There are no issues with corrosion as yet, so you’re chiefly checking for signs of accident damage: variable body panel gaps, paint mismatching, overspray, etc. 

• The Panamera’s excellent interior is also proving very durable, so be suspicious of excessive wear on the seats or dashboard, on cars showing low miles on the odometer. 

• Unlike in the Cayenne, there are so far no particular recurring issues with the many sophisticated electronic systems, but nevertheless it’s advisable to check everything works.

• If you want peace of mind, an independent specialist will check through any recorded fault codes for around £100 or carry out a full inspection for £420.
Model history
April 2009: Production ready Panamera unveiled at the Shanghai motor show, and shortly after launched around the world in V8 Petrol S, 4S and Turbo forms
2010: More basic Panamera and Panamera 4 models launched, powered by 3.6-litre V6 engine
2011: New Panamera S Hybrid added to the range, along with diesel versions. More Powerful Turbo S also introduces, along with the GTS
2013: Porsche introduces the facelifted Panamera model, with updated engines and minor cosmetic revisions. Plug-in E-Hybrid model also introduced.
Websites and clubs
- porscheclubgb.com forums, advice, events
- porsche.com dealer network, approved cars
- porschebuyersguide.co.uk detailed model guide
- charlesivey.com independent specialist
- 911sbd.com independent specialist
Summary and prices
Plenty of V6 and diesel examples can be found for sale at between £35,000 and £40,000, and the first V8s also start to appear towards the upper threshold of that budget. 
Be patient and you should be able to find a good Panamera S or 4S for around £40,000. Turbos start near £50,000 but £60,000+ gives you a wide choice of well-cared-for cars with watertight service histories and big specs (many of these cars would have been more than £100,000 new). The highly rated GTS starts at around £65k.

Words: Peter Tomalin/evo Magazine
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Last updated: 24th Sep 2015
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £53,990 £53,990

    Variant name:Saloon GTS ,Derivative:GTS ,Variant: 4.8 V8 GTS 4dr PDK Porsche Panamera 4.8 V8 GTS 4dr PDK

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    • Mileage: 19565 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £42,990 £42,990

    electric heated seats, Alloy wheels, Satellite navigation systemVVS offer this 2014 64 plate Porsche Panamera D V6 Tiptronic. Presented in arctic white with contrasting full carrera red interior and a lovely spec including 20 Inch Panamera sport alloys wheels in gloss black, Porsche entry and drive, park assist system with reverse camera, Bi Xenon headlights including Porsche dynamic light system, privacy glass, rear wiper, driver memory function and crested wheel centres. A stunning car with full Porsche main dealer service history and balance of extended Porsche warranty, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 29000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera S 4.8 V8 PDK


    This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a prestige saloon that encompasses luxury comfort with sports car handling and performance. Producing 400 bhp and 369 lb ft torque, projecting you to 60mph in only 5.5 seconds you will certainly not be lacking any power. In this price bracket, this particular example is probably the best value for money in the UK. It has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche factory trained technicians to the very highest standards. The service history is as follows: 11/10/2011 - Porsche Centre Glasgow @ 21157 miles 02/04/2013 - Porsche Centre Glasgow @ 39653 miles 15/06/2015 - Charles Hurst Belfast @ 51761 miles 25/04/2017 - Dove House Motor Company @ 56601 miles This vehicle is also supplied with 12 months MOT. All of our cars also have a pre-sale 111 point check to ensure they meet our very high preparation standard. Work attended to a result of our check: Major Service with Spark Plugs 4 New Porsche approved N Rated Tyres Brake Fluid Change PDK Oil Change Platinum Grey Leather PCM 3 - Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep with Privacy Handset Heated Seats PASM - Porsche Active Suspension Management Automatic Xenon Lights with Wa

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 56600 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera GTS |

    £65,850 £65,850

    Specification MAKE Porsche MODEL Panamera GTS COLOUR GT Silver Metallic YEAR 2014/64 MILEAGE 13700 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Porsche Panamera GTS. Finished in GT Silver with Black Leather Interior. Supplied with the balance of the manufacturers warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, 3 Spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles, PCM Navigation System, 7' Touchscreen, Electric Windows, Electrically Adjustable Steering Column, Adaptive Rear Spoiler, Auto Stop/Start Function, Headlight Cleaning System, Onboard Computer, LED Daytime Running Lights, Adaptive Air Suspension, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Porsche Stability Management System. OPTIONAL EXTRAS 20" Panamera Sport Alloys, BOSE Sound Package, Porsche Crest on Front Headrests, Carbon Gear Selector, DAB Radio, Electric Slide/Tilt Sunroof, Adjustable Heated Front and Rear Seats, 4 Zone Climate Control, LED Headlights + Dynamic Cornering Lights, Park Assist Front and Rear with Rear View Camera, Privacy Glass, Soft Close Doors, Isofix on Passenger Sise, Painted Sill Covers. TRANSMISSION PDK Gearbox ENGINE C

    • Mileage: 65850 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £35,000 £35,000

    Variant name:Diesel Saloon S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.0 V6 Diesel 4dr Tiptronic S Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 Diesel 4dr Tiptronic S, 20" RS Design Alloys, 14 Way Power Seats With Memory, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Electric Slide/Tilt Sunroof, BOSE Surround System, Metallic Paint, Heated Seats(Front & Rear), Adaptive Light System, Automatic Tailgate, Mobile Phone Preparation, Rear Side Airbags, Rear Wiper, Universal Audio Interface, ISOFIX Child Seat Attachment on Front Passenger Seat.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Panamera GTS PDK

    £55,000 £55,000

    Body: Hatchback Transmission: Semi-Automatic Mileage: 40,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2013 (13) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 4.8 Finished in: BASALT BLACK METALLIC 20" alloys Elect heated mem seats with lumbar Bluetooth phone prep Car Phone prep

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 40000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £29,995 £29,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Dual Climate Zones, Comms Pack, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Retractable Headrests, Sports Seats, Rear Armrest, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Brake Assist, Child Locks, Curtain Airbags, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Rear Wash/wipe, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Sunroof, Bose, CD Player, MP3 Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Sunroof, UK Supplied, Fol ********** RESERVED 20.05.2017 **********An absolutely stunning example of the Panamara 4S model finished in a beautiful colour combination with a huge specification and over £7,200 of factory fitted options. They include PDK Paddle Shift, Electronic Sports Suspension, Colour Satellite Navigation, Rear Camera, Bluetooth Telephone, Electric & Heated Front Seats, Bose Stereo Upgrade, Sport Chrono Pack, Rear Wiper, Electric Spoiler, Electric Glass Sunroof, Electric Tailgate, Cruise Control and much more. Full Porsche service history from new. What a car and amazing value at this price!

    • Mileage: 44087 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
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  • Porsche PANAMERA

    £51,989 £51,989

    Sport Chrono Package Plus, PCM 3, Touch Screen Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Traffic Sign Recognition, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric Heated Memory Comfort Seats with Crested Headrests, Universal Media Interface, DAB Radio, Bose Sound, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, LED Daytime Driving Lights, Park Distance Control, PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, Secrecy Glass, Power Tailgate, Servotronic, PSM Porsche Stability Management, Panamera Sports Tailpipes, Darkened LED Taillights, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Brushed Aluminium Entry Guards, Heated Multi Function Steering Wheel and 20" 911 Turbo III Alloys. Full Porsche Service History. Balance of Manufacturers Warranty. ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 9000 mi
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  • 2014 14 Porsche Panamera Turbo Hamman 22" Alloy Wheels

    £79,995 £79,995

    Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 16882 mi
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  • 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

    $108,900(£83,776.77) $108,900(£83,776.77)

    With the creation of the Panamera Turbo Executive Porsche set out to create a four seat supercar that would spoil its occupants with extraordinary comfort and unrivaled performance; they have achieved this goal with flying colors. With 520 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque, it offers absolutely stunning performance (0-60 in 3.3, top speed of 190 mph) while still achieving 24 highway miles to the gallon. The “Executive” offers the highest option package and ads an extra 5.9 inches over the base model Panamera for added rear seat legroom. For those looking for the perfect balance of supercar performance, cabin room and unmatched luxury look no further. This 2014 Panamera Turbo Executive is a stunning example finished in Black over Black Leather and has only traveled 4861 miles. It has a clean carfax and has been exclusively Porsche dealer maintained. The car has the remains of its bumper to bumper factory warranty through June 28, 2018; it needs nothing. All exterior surfaces are in mint condition with virtually no wear or blemishes, the Black paint shines with deep luster and is all verified original by our paint meter. The interior shows as near new throughout and still has the ne

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 5000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £59,000 £59,000

    Variant name:Saloon 4S ,Derivative:4S ,Variant: 4.8 V8 Turbo 4dr PDK AWD, 20" 911 Turbo II Alloys, Rear Entertainment, Sunroof, Sports Exhaust, Sports Chrono, Reverse Camera, BOSE, Navigation, Bluetooth. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented Porsche Panamera 4.8 Turbo. Finished in Basalt Black with Full Black Leather Porsche Embossed Sports Seats, Alcantara Headlining and Extended Carbon Interior Inlay Package. This stunning example comes with a huge specification to include, 20" 911 Turbo II Alloy Wheels with Porsche Crested Centres and Red Brake Calipers, Dual Screen Factory Rear Seat Entertainment, Adaptive Air Suspension, PCM Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Electric Tilt and Slide Sunroof, Sport Design Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Control, BOSE Surround Sound, Switchable Sports Exhaust, Sports Chrono, Front and Rear Park Assist with Reversing Camera, Keyless, Electric Folding Exterior Door Mirrors, Electric Heated Memory Front Seats, Electric Tailgate, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Privacy Glass, Carbon Fibre Illuminated Entry Guards, Carbon Fibre and Leather Gear Lever, Electric Rear Blind, Interior Lighting Pack, and much more. Serviced at Porsche Sheffield at 9953 miles and again at RPM Porsche on 8/9/16 at 30750 miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland Sales has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 36791 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Panamera 3.0 D V6 TIPTRONIC

    £51,950 £51,950

    Black leather trim, 14-way comfort seats, Memory package, heated seats front/rear, extended leather trim, electric memory steering column, Porsche Crest Embossed seats, automatic climate control, electric glass sunroof, 20in Turbo III alloy wheels, PCM 3 satellite navigation system, GSM Telephone Module, Bluetooth cordless handset, DAB, Bose sound system, Acoustic Package, Universal Multimedia Interface, Park Assist front and rear, Real Top View camera, PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), Adaptive Air Suspension, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Servotronic Power Steering, 8 speed Tiptronic Automatic Transmission, electric windows front and rear, Heat insulating glass, privacy glass, electric heated folding mirrors, memory function door mirrors, auto-dim interior/exterior mirrors, Auto Start Stop function, remote central locking, ABS, 100 litre fuel tank, front and side airbags, rear side airbags, cruise control, trip computer, LED Daytime running lights, Adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, headlamps washing system, Tyre Pressure Monitor, leather multi-function steering wheel, heated steering wheel, Automatic boot operation, speed limit indicator, rear wiper, decorative inlay

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 14000 mi
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