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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

    £56,990 £56,990

    Variant name:Diesel Saloon ,Variant: 3.0 [300] V6 Diesel 4dr Tiptronic S Porsche Panamera 3.0 [300] V6 Diesel 4dr Tiptronic S

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 6925 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • PORSCHE PANAMERA TURBO 4.8 V8 PDK - GREAT SPECIFICATION 2010

    £41,890 £41,890

    Stunning Porsche Panamera Turbo PDK finished in Carbon Grey with full extended Black leather interior. 22” Turbo II wheels with colour crested centre caps. 12 Month comprehensive warranty included. Full service history including the required PDK oil service just carried out by Porsche Cambridge with a health check.;;Great specification – Porsche active suspension management PASM, Electric sunroof, Sport Chrono Plus, Alcantara headlining, Switchable Sports Exhaust, tyre pressure monitor system, Porsche PCM with colour satellite navigation, Sport Design steering wheel with paddle shift, BOSE sound system, Key less go, front and rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth telephone preparation, Front and rear heated seats, cruise control, 14 way electric seats with memory, electric mirrors and windows, 7 speed PDK gearbox, Bi-xenon and Turbo LED lighting, Sport Plus mode, Start stop function, privacy glass, grey wood gloss interior trim, Silver seat belts. Extremely well looked after example. Phenomenal performance from this 500BHP turbo V8.;;++++ Full dealer facilities. **Great Low Rate Finance options with our partner MotoNovo with rates starting from 2.99%FR**. All part exchanges considered, Hpi clear with certificate, All major debit and credit cards accepted. Viewing available at our indoor showroom., Please contact us with any questions. Office - 01487 830386, Mobile - 07796 446157, Website - Vogue4x4.com ++++;

    • Mileage: 46000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £34,989 £34,989

    Variant name:PLATINUM EDITION D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: PLATINUM EDITION D V6 TIPTRONIC Black Leather Interior, Sunroof, 4.8-inch TFT Colour Display, ParkAssist Front & Rear, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Communication Management (PCM), CD/DVD Drive Supporting MP3 Playback, 20 in Panamera Sport Gloss Black Alloy Wheels Heated/Electric/Memory Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Cruise Control, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounting Points, Automatic Headlight Activation, Bose Speaker System, Interior Package in Black (High - Gloss), Bi - Xenon Main Headlights, Adaptive Rear Spoiler (2-way), Porsche Main Dealer Service History

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 60468 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • PORSCHE PANAMERA 3.0 TD V6 - PLATINUM EDITION 2013

    £38,890 £38,890

    Stunning 2013 Porsche Panamera Diesel Platinum edition finished in Carrera white with Full Black leather interior. 20” Porsche Panamera alloy wheels. Full Porsche main dealer Service history.;;Great specification – Porsche active suspension management PASM, Electric sunroof, Porsche PCM with colour satellite navigation, Porsche crest embossed in headrest, front and rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth telephone preparation, Front and rear heated seats, cruise control, 14 way electric seats with memory, electric mirrors and windows, 8 speed automatic gearbox, Bi-xenon and LED lighting, paddle shift hear change, Sport mode, Start stop function, privacy glass, electronic open and close tailgate, piano black gloss interior trim, colour crested centre caps, Full Porsche service history. Extremely well looked after example.;;++++ Full dealer facilities. **Great Low Rate Finance options with our partner MotoNovo with rates starting from 2.99%FR**. All part exchanges considered, Hpi clear with certificate, All major debit and credit cards accepted. Viewing available at our indoor showroom., Please contact us with any questions. Office - 01487 830386, Mobile - 07796 446157, Website - Vogue4x4.com ++

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £190,725 £190,725

    Variant: 4S Diesel - 422ps Porsche Centre Dublin presents the new generation Panamera 4S Diesel. 4.0 TDI V8 with 422ps, 850Nm - 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, 177mph and 43mpg combined. This vehicle features a host of upgrades including Four Wheel Steering, Alcantara headlining, Four Zone Climate Control, Sport Chrono, Air Suspension and numerous other options. To book a test drive and explore the new Panamera range please contact sales on 01 235 3375.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 500 mi
    • Engine size: 4
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  • Porsche Panamera V8 TURBO S 4S PDK

    £104,999 £104,999

    PANAMERA TURBO S 4WD. LIST PRICE ..£160K (COST )ON JAN 22 nd 2016.1 owner .CERAMIC BRAKES. YELLOW CALIPERS. JET BLACK METALIC WITH BLACK LEATHER,BURMESTER HIGH END SURROUND HI FI. ADAPTIVE SEATS FRONT AND BACK.SPORT DESIGN WHEEL. ADAPTIVE CRUISE.SPORT DESIGN 20" ALLOYS. KEY LESS ENTRY.. TOOO MUCH TOOO LIST A range of finance options are available for this motorcar. Please contact us for further details. **VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** Video channel WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1MARLOWCARS Follow us WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.TWITTER.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARLOWCARS Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy of the above information, some inaccuracies may occur. It is important that you do not rely on this information but check with Marlow Cars limited about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. These figures relate to a typical example of this model when new. They will vary according to the age, condition, fitted equipment and mileage of the vehicle. Bluetooth phone compatibility will vary from vehicle model year, make and model - Marlow cars does not warrant or Guarantee phone compatibility- Manufacturers bluetooth phone system or

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 4300 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £44,993 £44,993

    Variant name:D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: 3.0 D V6 TIPTRONIC S - Please Read Our Comments In stock we have a stunning Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 D Tiptronic S. Offered in Carrera White with Black Leather this car Has huge kerb appeal. The standard specification on this model is extensive but it is the factory ordered optional extras that stand this car apart. Factory options include but are not limited to - 20 Inch Turbo II alloys in Black with Silver edge with Porsche Red calipers, 14 way power seats with memory package, Electric tilt and slide sunroof in glass, BOSE surround sound system, Front and rear park assist, Universal audio interface, Heated steering wheel, Online services, Black rear spoiler, Privacy glass, Porsche wheel centres, PCM. Stunning one owner example with only 23000 miles.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 23100 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £44,993 £44,993

    Variant name:D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: 3.0 D V6 TIPTRONIC S - Please Read Our Comments, Due In Stock In stock we have a outstanding Porsche 3.0 V6 D Tiptronic S. Offered in Basalt Black with Black leather this car has huge kerb appeal. The standard specification on this car is extensive but it is the factory ordered optional extras that stand this car apart. Factory options include but are not limited to - 20 Inch Turbo II Alloys in Polished finish, 14 way power seats with memory package, Electric tilt and slide glass sunroof, BOSE surround sound system, Front and rear park assist, Universal audio interface, Privacy glass, Rear spoiler, Reverse assist camera, Porsche active suspension, Mobile phone preparation, Satellite navigation system, 1 owner example with only 23000 miles. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 23294 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Panamera Turbo PDK |

    £79,850 £79,850

    Specification MAKE Porsche MODEL Panamera Turbo PDK COLOUR Ruby Red Metallic YEAR 2015/15 MILEAGE 22700 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Porsche Panamera Turbo. Finished in ruby red with Agate Grey /Cream trim. Supplied with the balance of the manufacturers warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electrically Adjustable Front Seats with Memory, 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats, Touchscreen Navigation System, Satellite Navigation System, Rain Sensing Wipers, Multi Function Steering Wheel, DAB Radio, Top Tint Windscreen, Day Time Running Lights, Rain Sensing Wipers, Stop/Start Function, Auto Dimmig Interior Mirror, Electrically Adjustable Heated Exterior Mirrors, Onboard Computer, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Power Steering Plus, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring System. OPTIONAL EXTRAS 19" Panamera Turbo II Alloy wheels, Online Services, Universal Audio interface, Birch Anthracite Wood/Leather Steering Wheel, Park Assist Front and Rear, Porsche Dynamic Light System,Electric Tilt/Slide Sunroof, Privacy Glass, Lane Departure

    • Mileage: 79850 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera ON SALE NOW

    £34,950 £34,950

    Porsche Panamera 4S presented in Basalt Black Metallic comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; Black leather, electric heated seats with memory, multi-function leather steering wheel, dual zone climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM3) with navigation and Bluetooth phone connectivity, air suspension, switchable sports exhaust, sport chrono pack, electric sunroof, park assist, privacy glass, cruise control, electric folding mirrors, automatic Xenon headlights, rain sensor and 20" Turbo alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Body: Hatchback Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 71,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2010 (10) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 4.8 Finished in: Basalt Black Metallic

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 71000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Panamera 4S 3.0 Twin Turbo PDK

    £74,995 £74,995

    The Panamera 4S is now available with the 3.0-litre V6 engine and mated to twin turbos and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission it delivers 420 horsepower to all four wheels. You can slip the car into Sport Plus mode, tap the button that amplifies the exhaust note and kill the throttle pedal with your right foot. And then feel how a near-2 ton hulking piece of metal comes to life. Long list of extras on this particular example include BOSE surround sound system with DAB radio, Black / cream two tone leather interior, Reversing camera, Comfort seats with memory, Telephone module with cordless handset, Sports Chrono package, Variable power steering, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic range adjustment Sports design steering wheel, upgraded 20 inch Panamera Sport alloy wheels, Porsche Communication Management with navigation module and much much more - see more details below. Balance of manufacturer's warranty. Disclaimer - Whilst every effort is made to represent details accurately on our Web Site, variations or errors may occur and so the information contained herewith does not constitute an offer for sale of any particular vehicle.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 11900 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Panamera 4S

    POA POA

    Features : Original Porsche Nantes, unfilled date list of options on request. Comment : Sunroof, stereo system Bumester, distronic, automatic trunk, ventilated seats, heated a memory design sport wheels, sports chrono pack, reverse camera, air conditioning 4 zones, sports exhaust

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 30454 mi
    For sale
  • PORSCHE PANAMERA 4.8 V8 TURBO S 4S PDK 5d AUTO 570 BHP / QUALIFING

    £104,990 £104,990

    Features For more info on this vehicle call our showroom on 01708 687670 This car has covered 50 miles, is a 1 owner vehicle and is JET BLACK METALIC, WITH BLACK LEATHER, CARBON INTERIOR PACKAGE, 20" 911 TURBO DESIGN WHEELS, PORSCHE DYNAMIC LIGHT PLUS - REVERSING CAMERA INCLUDING PARK ASSIST, ELECTRIC GLASS SUNROOF, LED MAIN HEADLIGHTS IN BLACK, SOFT CLOSE DOORS, FOUR ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, UNIVERSAL AUDIO INTERFACE, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, PRIVACY GLASS, ISOFIX CHILD SEAT ATTACHMENT ON FRONT PASSENGER SEAT, MONOCHROME BLACK EXTERIOR PACKAGE HIGH GLOSS, BLACK SPORTS TAILPIPES, ONLINE SERVICES, PORSCHE CREST FRONT CENTRE CONSOLE ARMREST, PREPERATION FOR ILLUMINATED DOOR SILL GUARDS, CARBON DOOR SILL GUARDS ILLUMINATED, REAR WIPER, LIST PRICE £142107, VAT QUALIFING - Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Memory Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Knee - Driver/Passenger, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side - Front Side/Front & Rear Curtain, Alarm , Alloy Wheels - 20in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Armrest - Front/Rear, Body Coloured Bumpers, Central Door Locking - Remote, Centre Console, Chassis , Climate Control, Computer - Driver Information System, Cruise Control, Cup Holder, DAB Radio, Electric Park

    • Year: 2015
    For sale
  • Porsche Panamera GTS |

    £69,850 £69,850

    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: 69850 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £50,990 £50,990

    Start/Stop, Satellite Navigation, Quad Zone Climate Control, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Powered Tailgate, Burmester Audio, Electric Sunroof, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Memory Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Keyless Entry, 4x4, Full main dealer service history Porsche Panamera Turbo 4.8 V8 Turbo PDK Automatic registered May 2011 finished in Basalt Black with Full Black Leather and Carbon Fibre interior trim, Burmester Surround Sound System, Sport Chrono Package Turbo, Keyless Entry, Powered Tailgate, Reversing Camera with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Multi-contour Electric Seats with Memory and Lumbar Support, Heated Seats Throughout, Quad Zone Climate Control, 60/40 Split Rear Seats, Voice Control, 20 Inch Alloys with Red Brake Callipers, Electric Sunroof, Cruise Control, Fire Extinguisher, Start/Stop, 4 Corner Air Suspension with Electronic Shock Absorption Control, Electrically Adjustable Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel with Easy Entry, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Automatic Lights and Wipers, Xenon Headlamps with Washers, Porsche Communication Management System with Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Anti Dazzle Mirrors, Full Porsche Service History at Brooklands on 30/04/13 at 14,286 and 23/03/15 at 22,549. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 29300 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
    For sale
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