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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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    Variant name:Saloon S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.0 V6 S E-Hybrid 4dr Tiptronic S Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 S E-Hybrid 4dr Tiptronic S

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  • Porsche Panamera 3.0 D V6 Tiptronic


    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 Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep Reversing Camera Sport Chrono Pack Plus BOSE Sound System Automatic Dynamic Cornering Xenon Lights with Wash Heated Seats Front and Rear Electric Sunroof Servotronic Privacy Heat Insulating Glass Sports Tailpipes Porsche Embossed Headrests 20" RS Spyder Design Alloys with Porsche Crests Rear Wiper Jukebox Hard Drive DAB Radio Universal Audio Interface Electric Seats Power Tailgate Park Distance Control Front and Rear Cruise Control Electric Folding Mirrors Multifunction Steering Wheel On-Board

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 12820 mi
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    £51,990 £51,990

    Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 S Supercharged E-Hybrid Tiptronic Automatic registered May 2014 (14 reg) finished in Silver with Full Black Leather interior. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

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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.

    £58,490 £58,490

    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

    £55,000 £55,000

    Variant name:V6 4 PDK ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: V6 4 PDK A very rare Porsche Panamera 3.6 V6 4 Petrol AWD with PDK Gearbox. Finished in White with Cognac Natural Leather this car has is finished with a great specification which includes PCM Nav, Bluetooth, BOSE Surround Sound System, Air Suspension, Entry & Drive, Sports Exhaust, Sport Chrono Pack, Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlights, Comfort Memory Package, Electric Tilt Slide Sunroof, Heated Steering wheel, Powered rear sunblind, Powerlift Tailgate, Park Assist -Front & Rear with Rear Camera, 20" Turbo II Wheels, 4 Zone Automatic Air Conditioning.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 10000 mi
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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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  • Porsche Panamera 3.0 D V6 Tiptronic


    Black Leather 20" 911 Turbo Design Alloy Wheels PCM3 Navigation Module with Bluetooth and Jukebox Hard Drive DAB Radio Universal Audio Interface Electric Heated Seats Power Tailgate Front and Rear Park Distance Control Cruise Control Electric Folding Mirrors Multi Function Steering Wheel Automatic Xenon Headlights with Wash Climate Control

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 27900 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £43,993 £43,993

    Variant name:D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: 3.0 D V6 300 TIPTRONIC Sports Chrono, 20 Inch RS Spyder Design Spoke Alloys, Huge Specification. Due in stock we have an individual and very special Panamera. The specification on this car stands it apart from the market, Offered in Amethyst special metallic paint with Marsala and Cream two tone leather with a huge list of factory options including but not limited to Sports Chrono package, Park assist, Heated seats, Leather interior package in two tone, 20 inch RS Spyder design alloys, Dark burr walnut multi function heated steering wheel, Burr walnut interior package, Electric roll up sun blinds, Mobile phone preparation, Universal audio interface, Porsche communication management, Digital radio DAB, DAB+, DMB, Front and rear park assist, Porsche wheel centres, Tyre pressure monitoring, Power steering Plus, Adaptive Air Suspension, Rear wiper, Comfort seats with memory pack, Porsche crest embossed front and rear seats, Rear side airbags, Luxor Beige Sports Chrono clock, Luxor Beige instrument dials, One owner from new only 25000 miles with a Porsche main agent service record. Please view this car it is outstanding. 4 Brand new Porsche approved tyres will be fitted prior to the new owners collection. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 25793 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Panamera 3.0 V6 Diesel

    £33,995 £33,995

    Full Platinum Hide Carbon Fibre Trim Electric Memory Heated Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control DAB Radio with USB & Aux In Porsche Communication Module (Navigation) Bluetooth Telephone Rear Heated Seats Bi-Xenon Headlights Porsche Active Stability Managment (PASM) Driver Pack Home LInk Lane Change Power Open/Close Boot Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 20″ Turbo Design Alloy Wheels Full Porsche Service History

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 49500 mi
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  • Porsche Panamera 4S


    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
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  • Porsche Panamera GTS |

    £62,450 £62,450

    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

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