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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 V6D presented in Rhodium Silver comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; Black leather, electric heated seats with memory, heated multi-function steering wheel, dual zone climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM3) with satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Bose sound, DAB digital radio with CD, electric sunroof, cruise control, automatic dimming rear view mirror, park assist, power tailgate, power fold mirrors, automatic Xenon headlights with rain sensor, vehicle tracking system 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: 105,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2013 (13) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: Rhodium Silver Metallic

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    A fabulous example in beautiful condition, finished in Basalt Black Metallic, with Black leather interior. This car is not to be confused with the many neglected and under funded examples available. It has a full and totally up to date Porsche main dealer service history will be freshly serviced by Porsche upon sale, ready to be enjoyed. In addition to the generous standard specification, this car has over GBP 7k worth of factory options fitted, including Sports Chrono Pack, Sports Exhaust, Turbo II Alloy Wheels, Satellite Navigation, Keyless Entry and Keyless Go, Electric Memory Seats (heated front and rear), Carbon Fibre Inlays and a sunroof. Would suit the most discerning purchaser. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a viewing, please don't hesitate to contact us. ALL OF OUR CARS INCLUDE A COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTY, PART EXCHANGES ARE WELCOME, FINANCE IS AVAILABLE (SUBJECT TO STATUS) AND MOST MAJOR DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED. PLEASE SEE OUR AUTO TRADER REVIEWS, THERE IS A LINK ON THE HOME PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE, WE REALLY DO CARE ABOUT OUR CUSTOMERS!

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    Carbon Grey Platinum Grey Hide Phenomenal Spec Includes: Heated Steering Wheel Paddleshift Automatic Air Conditioning - 4 Zone Cruise Control 20" Turbo II Alloys Rear Comfort Seats PCM Including Navigation Module Sport Chrono Plus Package Adjustable Air Suspension Driver Memory Pack Reversing Camera with Park Assist BOSE Sound System High Gloss Black Interior Pack TV Tuner Telephone Module Rear Lighting Package Automatic Tailgate Privacy Glass Electric Sunblind On Rear Windows Heated Front & Rear Seats Heated Multi-Function Steering Wheel Homelink Rear Wiper Radio / CD Player / Aux In / USB Port Electric Folding Exterior Door Mirrors Electric Front Seat Adjustment with Memory Remote Locking. In stunning unmarked original condition with full main dealer service history. An incredible driving car and so fast especially when you hit that Sport Plus Button absolute joy. Nice review here worth watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Nz2dEmYm8 Please read details of our sales and warranty package. Low rate finance available. PX considered. [ Click for more pictures ]

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 45000 mi
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    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 56000 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £47,850 £47,850

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    Porsche Panamera D 3.0 V6 Tiptronic Automatic registered October 2012 finished in Carbon Grey Metallic with Full Black Leather interior, 22 Inch Gloss Black Alloys with Yellow Brake Callipers, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Privacy Glass Front and Rear, Electric Sunroof, Front Electric Seats with Memory for Driver and Passenger, Front Heated Seats, Satellite Navigation, Sport Chrono Pack, Automatic Headlights, Automatic Wipers, Xenon Headlights with Washers, BOSE Premium Audio System, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB/AUX Connectivity, Power Folding Heated Door Mirrors, Electric Multifunction Steering Wheel, Start/Stop, Full Porsche Service History at Portsmouth at 24,540 on 19/06/14. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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    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
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  • Porsche PANAMERA

    £41,989 £41,989

    Sport Design Pack, PCM 3, Touch Screen Sat Nav, Rear View Camera, Phone Prep, Start / Stop Function, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric Glass Sunroof, Universal Audio Interface, Bose Sound, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Power Tailgate, Secrecy Glass, PSM Porsche Stability Management, Rear Wiper, Side Skirts, Multi Function Steering Wheel and 20" 911 Turbo II Alloys. Full Porsche Service History. www.imperials.co.uk ------ 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 why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 27000 mi
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