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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 4S

    £43,995 £43,995

    Full Black Hide Piano Black Veneers Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Electric Heated Seats DAB Radio CD with Aux In & USB Music Jukebox BOSE Sound Porsche Communication Module (Navigation) Bluetooth Telephone with Handset Switchable Sports Exhaust Power Open/Close Boot Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Reversing Camera Porsche Vehicel Tracking System (VTS) 19″ Alloy Wheels Full Porsche Service History.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 30000 mi
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  • 2013 Porsche Panamera 4.8 V8 Turbo 4dr PDK AWD 20" 911 Turbo II Alloys Rear Entertainment Sunroof Sports Exhaust Sports Chrono Reverse Camera BOSE Navigation Bluetooth

    £56,900 £56,900

    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

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 36791 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £29,995 £29,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Memory Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Satellite Navigation, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Privacy Glass, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Child Locks, Curtain Airbags, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Side Air Bags, Twin Air Bags, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Front Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Sunroof, CD Player, MP3 Player, Stereo, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Radio, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Xenon Headlamps, Quick-Clear Screen, DRL (day time running lights), STOP/START OPTION, Front Fog Lamps, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Retrac ANOTHER BRILLIANT MOTORING FROM HAILSHAM MOTORING CENTRE WITH ONLY 63000 MILES FROM NEW AND BENEFITS FROM FULL PORSCHE HISTORY TO INCLUDES £16000 WORTH OF EXTRAS OF = MET YACHT BLUE + FULL CREAM LEATHER SEATS + BIRCH ANTHRACTIC INTERIOR + PDK SYSTEM ( SPORT CHRONO PACKAGE PLUS IN CONJUNCTION WITH LAUNCH SYSTEM) + PORSCHE DYNAMIC CHASSIS CONTROL + SPORT EXHAUST SYSTEM WITH SWITCHABLE NOISE OPTION + SAT NAV;MORE OPTIONS EXTRA INCLUDED WITH THIS OUTSTANDING PANAMERA 4S V8 4.8 ARE STILL = UPGRADE 20''RS SPIDER ALLOYS TOGETHER WITH 14 WAY ELE SEATS WITH MEMORY + ELE SUN ROOF + ADAPTIVE LIGHTS SYSTEM + HEATED STEERING + SERVOTRONICE SYSTEM + PARKING FRONT/REAR SENSORS + PRIVACY WINDOWS INCLUDES 4 ELE WINDOWS AND MIRRORS + REM LOCKING WITH PORSCHE SECURITY IMMOBLIZER + HOME LINK GARAGE DOOR OPERATOR + BOSE SURROUNDING SYSTEM + UP GRADE 3 SPOKE STEERING + HEATED SEATS + COOL DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL WITH AIR CON OPTION;AMAZING MOTORING BRILLIANT CONDITION OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE COMBINED WITH SLICK STYLE AND SPOILER SPEED DEACTIVATION;FAR FAR TOO MANY SPECIFICATION TO LIST;CALL HAILSHAM MOTORING CENTRE 01323 449900 FOR A CHAT OR JUST DRIVE IN;MORE CARS FOR SALES IN BEXHILL MOTORING CENTRE 01424 733777 OR HAILSHAM MOTORING CENTRE 01323 449900, VISIT www.bexhillmotoringcentre.com TO VIEW COLOUR PICTURES

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £47,990 £47,990

    Variant name:Diesel Saloon ,Variant: 3.0 [300] V6 Diesel 4dr Tiptronic S 20 inch Spyder Alloys Sports Chrono Electric Sunroof Satellite Navigation Bluetooth BOSE one owner from new Stunning Example Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented one owner from new Porsche Panamera 3.0 [300] V6 Diesel 4dr Tiptronic S. Finished in Basalt Black with Carrera Red Leather Upholstery with Brushed Aluminium Interior Inlays. This stunning example comes with a huge specification to include, 20" Spyder Alloy Wheels with Black Branded Calipers, Sports Chrono Package, Glass Tilt and Slide Sunroof, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Multi Function Heated Leather Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Dual Climate Control, Heated Electric 14 Way Adaptive Seats with Drivers and Passenger Memory, ipod connection with BOSE Surround Sound, Electric Steering Colum, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Folding Mirrors, Privacy Glass, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Rear Wiper, Tracker and much more, Also benefiting from a full service history completed on the 24/06/17 at 16645 miles by 911 Sport in Lincoln. 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: 2015
    • Mileage: 16819 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Panamera D 3.0 V6 Tiptronic

    £47,900 £47,900

    This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a prestige saloon that encompasses luxury comfort with sports car handling and superb fuel economy. This particular example is the 2015 Model Year Face-Lifted Panamera with increased performance to 300bhp. It has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche factory trained technicians to a very high level, so if you are in the market for a Panamera diesel then this is the one to buy! The service history is as follows: 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. Black Leather PCM 3 - Touchscreen Navigation Module Bluetooth Phone Prep BOSE Surround Sound PASM - Porsche Active Suspension Management Sports Steering Wheel with Paddleshift Jukebox Hard Drive DAB Radio Universal Audio Interface Electric Heated Seats Power Tailgate Automatic Xenon Headlights with Wash Park Distance Control Front and Rear 20" 911 Turbo III Design Alloy Wheels with Porsche Crests Cruise Control Electric Folding Mirrors Rain Sensitive Wipers Multifunction Steering Wheel PSM On-Board Computer Dual Climate Control.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 10960 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera D 3.0 V6 Tiptronic

    £46,900 £46,900

    This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a prestige saloon that encompasses luxury comfort with sports car handling and superb fuel economy. This particular example is the 2015 Model Year Face-Lifted Panamera with increased performance to 300bhp. It has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche factory trained technicians to a very high level, so if you are in the market for a Panamera diesel then this is the one to buy! The service history is as follows: 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. Luxor Beige/Black Leather PCM 3 - Touchscreen Navigation Module Bluetooth Phone Prep Heated Seats Front and Rear Servotronic Privacy Glass Jukebox Hard Drive DAB Radio Universal Audio Interface Electric Seats Power Tailgate Automatic Xenon Headlights with Wash Park Distance Control Front and Rear 20" 911 Turbo II Alloy Wheels with Porsche Crests Cruise Control Electric Folding Mirrors Rain Sensitive Wipers Multifunction Steering Wheel PSM On-Board Computer Dual Climate Control.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 18400 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £43,995 £43,995

    Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition, 5,300 Miles from newBasalt Black / Colour Cream Leather, Piano Black Wood Finish,Electric Glass Sunroof, 20'' Diamond Cut Turbo Alloy Wheels,Sat Nav, BOSE Sound System, Porsche Telephone System, etc.Full Porsche Service History from new, This car is Immaculate inside out!!

    • Mileage: 5300 mi
    • Engine size: 2967
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  • Porsche Panamera Reserved

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    Porsche Panamera presented in Carbon Grey comes with the following specification: PCM 3 + Navigation, BOSE sound system, electric heated seats, sunroof, bluetooth, heated steering wheel, 21" Spyder Design alloys, electric tail gate, reverse camera, cruise control, automatic xenon headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers, homelink garage opener, dual zone climate control, black leather, multi function steering wheel, privacy glass and front/rear parking sensors. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Hatchback Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 51,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2011 (61) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: Carbon Grey Metallic

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera GTS |

    £59,850 £59,850

    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 Side, Painted Sill Covers. TRANSMISSION PDK Gearbox ENGINE C

    • Mileage: 59850 mi
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  • PORSCHE PANAMERA 3.6 V6 4 PDK 5DR AUTOMATIC 4WD. 1 OWNER. PORSCHE HISTORY. GBP 15000 OPTIONS. SAT NAV. SPYDER ALLOYS 61 2011

    £36,990 £36,990

    A STUNNING ONE OWNER, LOW MILEAGE CAR WITH FULL PORSCHE DEALER HISTORY AND GBP 15000 OF OPTIONS. SAT NAV. BI XENONS. CHRONO PACK AND MORE... This car has a full Porsche main dealer service history with the supplying main dealer, including brake fluid changes and is next due for an oil service in December 2017. Fitted with Michelin tyres all round. Supplied with a new Mot. Carbon grey metallic with full black perforated leather interior. PCM Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation module. Bi Xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic cornering Light System. 20" RS Spyder design alloy wheels. Electrically operated front seats, both with 2 position memory (Comfort memory package). 3 stage heated seats front and rear. Porsche Entry and drive (keyless). Reverse camera with Park assist, acoustic and visual sensors front and rear. Sport Chrono package plus. Privacy heat insulating glass. Servotronic steering system. Four zone digital climate control. Bluetooth handsfree. Powerlift auto tailgate. Plain leather PDK multi function steering wheel with paddleshift. RDS radio, 6 CD and DVD audio changer, universal multimedia interface, aux and usb input. Homelink garage door opener. Carpet floor mats with Porsche emblem. Piano black with aluminium trimmed fascia inlays. 100 L fuel tank. Cruise control. Auto stop / start. LED daytime running lights. Automatic lights and rain sensing wipers. Front and rear armrests. Electric folding and heated door mirrors. Sport and Sport Plus modes. Headlamp washers. Drivers information system. Split folding rear seats. Multiple airbags and ISOfix. Retractable electric spoiler. Electric windows. Remote locking, alarm, immobiliser and PVTS. Additional cupholders above glovebox. 4WD. 2 keys. HPI checked and clear. Excellent condition. Finance arranged. 0121 457 7644 www.incentivecars.co.uk

    • Mileage: 30825 mi
    • Engine size: 3.605
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £51,990 £51,990

    Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Heated Seats, Satellite Navigation, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Cruise Control, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Full main dealer service history PORSCHE DRIVETRAIN WARRANTY UNTIL 2019 AND PORSCHE BATTERY WARRANTY UNTIL 2020 - Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 S Supercharged E-Hybrid Tiptronic Automatic registered May 2014 (14 reg) finished in Rhodium Silver Metallic with Full Black Leather interior, Black Alloys with Light Green Callipers, Heated Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Sport Setting, Reversing Camera with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Washers, Full Porsche Service History on 21/09/15 at 19,820 and 18/07/2017 at 24572 miles. 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: 34600 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • Porsche Panamera GTS PDK

    £50,000 £50,000

    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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