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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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    £29,490 £29,490

    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 66957 mi
    • Engine size: 2967
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    £47,990 £47,990

    Variant name:Saloon GTS ,Derivative:GTS ,Variant: 4.8 V8 GTS 4dr PDK, GTS Interior Package, Carbon Package, Sunroof, 20inch Black Alloys, SportDesign side skirts, Sport Chrono Package, F/Porsche/SH. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this stunning Porsche Panamera GTS finished in the perfect GTS colour combination Carmine Red Metallic with the all-important GTS Interior Package which gives you Black Leather/Alcantara interior, Red Stitching and Carbon Interior Inlays. The fantastic specification includes 20-inch Panamera Sport wheel painted in a black, Rooflining in Alcantara, Carbon interior package, Electric slide/tilt sunroof in glass, BOSE Surround-Sound system, 4-zone automatic climate control, ParkAssist system (front and rear) including reversing camera, SportDesign side skirts, Sport Chrono Package, Soft close doors, Privacy glass, LED-Rear lights tinted Black, Seat heating (front and rear), Monochrome black exterior package, high-gloss, Universal Audio Interface, HomeLink, Navigation Module with Hard Drive and 3D Navigation Map, , Cruise Control, DAB Digital Radio, Front Seats Electrically Adjustable - 18 Way with Memory, Telephone Module, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and much more. This car also benefits from a full Porsche service history carried out on 21/12/2015 at 20679miles and 15/06/2017 at 40571miles. John Holland 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: 2014
    • Mileage: 51033 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £43,995 £43,995

    Power tailgate, Bose, Bluetooth, Bi-xenon headlamps, Cruise Control, Climate Control, Multi-Disc CD Player, Parking Camera, Memory Seats, Electric Sunroof, Headlamp Jetwash, Heated Seats, Media system, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Stability Control, Parking Sensors, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Child Locks, Isofix, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Rear Wash/wipe, Auto-dip Rearview, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Push Button Start, Day Time Running Lights, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Service history

    • Mileage: 25098 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £66,990 £66,990

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: 4.8 V8 Turbo 4dr PDK Porsche Cardiff are delighted to showcase this Panamera Turbo with the out-standing 4.8 litre V8 engine. This Porsche has a resonating presence when on idle. That would be hard pushed to not make any petrol head’s head turn. This will give you the 911 feel, performance and ability to share that with up to 3 passengers. This particular vehicle has been supplied to all of its owners by Porsche Cardiff. The Optional extras for this car include 20” Sports Classic wheels Painted in High Gloss Black, Carbon Interior Package and Park Assist Front and Rear with Reversing Camera. As well as Adaptive Sports Seats with Memory Package, a Sport Chrono Package and simply astonishing Sports Exhaust System, coupled with Privacy Glass and Porsche Embossed Leather Headrests, that all combine to make a truly lovely vehicle. Add into the mix the 520Bhp, 4.8litre V8 power plant and you have a very capable machine, that is simply incredible. This Panamera has under gone out stringent Porsche 111 point check and benefits from a minimum of 2 years Porsche Warranty and 2 years Porsche Roadside assistance. If you have any questions or would like to book a test drive please feel free to call the centre on 02920 350 911. We can also provide you with a personalised video presentation for you to view at a convenient time. Alternatively if you are in or around the centre please feel free to come in and have a look first hand we are very proud of the presentation of our Porsche Approved vehicles.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 14592 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £49,993 £49,993

    Variant name:TURBO S PDK ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: TURBO S 4.8 V8 550 PDK AWD - Sports Exhaust System, Sports Chrono Package, Massive Specification, Low Mileage, Incredible Car Incredible Porsche Panamera TURBO S 4.8 V8 550 PDK AWD in Platinum Silver at only 21000 miles: this car was circa £130,000 new. Huge specification includes Sports exhaust system (£1736), Rooflining in Alcantara (£1331), Sport Chrono Package Turbo (£1260 - includes Sports Plus button / analogue & digital stopwatch / Driver modes including suspension and stability control), Side skirts (£660), Automatic tailgate (£436), ParkAssist system (front and rear) including reversing camera (£436), Privacy glass (£313), Rear wiper (£230), Wheel centres with coloured Porsche Crest (£107), Birch Anthracite interior package, Porsche communication management including navigation, Instrument cluster with high-resolution 4.8-inch TFT colour display, Heated front and rear seats, Porsche crest embossed in front headrests, Bi-Xenon headlights, Keyless start, Centre limited slip differential, BOSE, Rear active differential, only 21000 miles, Circa 130,000 pounds new. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 21242 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £79,995 £79,995

    Variant name:Hatchback 4 ,Derivative:4 ,Variant: Panamera Hybrid Our beautifully presented Panamera Hybrid is a fantastic example of a Porsche Approved pre owned vehicle. Your new Panamera will come complete with a minimum 24 month warranty, road side assistance and a full 12 month MOT giving you complete peace of mind. Finished in Volcano Grey with Two-tone leather interior in Black and Crayon, smooth-finish leather . This car also includes the optional extras of 19-inch Panamera S wheels, Panoramic roof system, Steering wheel heating, Supply cable for 3 pin 32A/230V industrial electrical outlet blue **Why not take advantage of a personalised video presentation of this vehicle, arrange a test drive or if you would like more information on this stunning car then please do not hesitate to contact a member our sales team here at Porsche Centre Tewkesbury on 01684 212911

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 4927 mi
    • Engine size: 2.9
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  • PORSCHE PANAMERA TD 3.0 TIPTRONIC S 2011

    £27,950 £27,950

    WE ARE THE UK'S LARGEST JAP PERFORMANCE SPECIALISTS AND HAVE TAKEN THIS CAR IN PART EXCHANGE AGAINST ONE OF OUR FUTURE INVESTMENT CARS AND WE HAVE PRICED THIS TO SELL QUICKLY AT A VERY LOW PRICE,,;THIS IS NO WAY REFLECTS THE CONDITION OF THIS CAR IT IS TOTALLY PERFECT!!;;PORSHE;PANAMERA;4 seats,;Grey,;SETS OF KEYS: 2;Mileage: 43489;;FULL SERVICE HISTORY;;1). 12130 miles serviced at SPIROS MOTOR TECHNICIANS OF DISTINCTION on 04.10.2013;2). 19365 miles serviced at SPIROS MOTOR TECHNICIANS OF DISTINCTION on 23.09.2014;3). 26967 miles serviced at SPIROS MOTOR TECHNICIANS OF DISTINCTION on 17.09.2015;4). 39078 miles serviced at SPIROS MOTOR TECHNICIANS OF DISTINCTION on 12.10.2016;Interior: BLACK FULL LEATHER;Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,;Air Bag Driver,;Air Bag Knee,;Air Bag Passenger,;Air Bag Side,;Air-Conditioning (Automatic),;Alarm,;Alloy Wheels (19in),;Anti-Lock Brakes,;Armrest,;Ashtray/Lighter,;Body Coloured Bumpers,;Cargo Space Divider,;Central Door Locking,;Chassis,;Cigar Lighter,;Clock,;Computer (Driver Information System),;Cruise Control,;Cup Holder,;Electric Windows (Front/Rear),;Electronic Brake Force Distribution,;Electronic Stability Programme,;Exterior Lighting (Xenon Headlights),;External Temperature Display,;Head Restraints,;Heated Rear Screen,;Immobiliser,;In Car Entertainment (DVD),;Mirrors External (Electric/Heated/Folding/Auto Dimming),;Mirrors Internal,;Paint Metallic,;Parking Aid (Rear),;Power Socket,;Power-Assisted Steering,;Rain Sensor,;Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point (Two Seats - Rear),;Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners,;Seat Height Adjustment (Electric Driver/Passenger),;Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger),;Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger),;Spare Wheel,;Speakers,;Steering Wheel Leather,;Telephone Equipment (Fixed Preparation),;Third Brake Light,;Traction Control System,;Trip Computer,;Tyre Pressure Control,;Upholstery Cloth,;PCM Navigation Module,;ParkAssist at Front and Rear,;Telephone Module With Cordless Handset,;Xenon Headlamps.;4 seats,;Grey,;GBP 27,950 less;;We are Uk's leading Jap Performance Specialists and have taken this car as a part exchange against one of our retail cars hence it is priced LOW to sell QUICKLY WE NEED THE SPACE ON OUR SITE!!;We have seen similar not as nice with a lot lower spec up for lots more.;However this doesn't reflect the condition and provenance of this car, the car is of the HIGHEST QUALITY.;You wont find one with more provenance and value!!;Please NO OFFERS at this price...;The car is TOTALLY PERFECT and looks great too,;All in all this is one of the best value for money Panamera in the Country you won't find better value,;Nationwide Delivery for Our Clients Convenience, please us today for quotes!;The car has full servise and will be issued with a long M.O.T.;Please call 07565211101 anytime to arrange viewings,;NATIONWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE PAY ON ARRIVAL !!

    • Mileage: 43489 mi
    • Engine size: 2.967
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  • PORSCHE PANAMERA 3.0 TD V6 Tiptronic S 5dr 2012

    £28,993 £28,993

    Top Brand Cars Are Delighted To Offer This Stunning Porsche Panamera D V6 Tiptronic Auto, Finished In Metallic Grey With Black Leather Interior, This Panamera Is Complimented With A Full Porsche Service History Plus A Sunroof, PCM Navigation Module, Air-Conditioning (Automatic), Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Rear), Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), ParkAssist at Front and Rear, Alarm, Alloy Wheels (19in), Cargo Space Divider, Computer (Driver Information System), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (DVD), Paint Metallic, Rain Sensor, Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Telephone Equipment (Fixed Preparation), Tyre Pressure Control, Telephone Module With Cordless Handset. 4 seats, Grey, Spec Includes: Sunroof, VIEWINGS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Part Exchange Welcome, Full Dealer Facilities, Debit/Credit Cards Accepted, Indoor Showroom Available, Please Call Our Sales Team For More Information On This Lovely Panamera, ALL CARS ARE INSPECTED AND APPROVED BY THE RAC BEFORE DELIVERY, WE ARE FCA APPROVED AND CAN PROVIDE LOW COST HP/PCP/LEASE PURCHASE DEALS.

    • Mileage: 49000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.967
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £43,950 £43,950

    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 6.9% APR ON REQUEST, 50 % OFF 3 YEAR PREMIUM WARRANTY OFFER, A 3YR WARRANTY IS AVAILABLE NORMALLY £2599, A 50% DEALER CONTRIBUTION LEAVING £1295 TO PAY, WEAR & TEAR ''INCLUDING WORN PARTS'', PARTS & LABOUR, NATIONWIDE COVER, NO EXCESS, COURTESY CAR, UPTO CURRENT MARKET VALUE, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT, PRICE MATCH GUARANTEED ON LIKE FOR LIKE VEHICLES, 4x4 Topcars Are Proud To Present This Much Sought After Panamera Turbo Model (500Bhp) Finished In Basalt Black Paintwork, This 2 Owner Vehicle Has A Full Documented Porsche Service History And Will Be Fully Serviced Before Sale For The New Keeper. Specification Includes Full Heated Front And Rear Black Leather Sport Seats With Memory Option, Sports Plus Chrono, PCM Navigation System, Bose, Carbon Interior Pack, Alcantara Roof Lining, Voice Control, Universal Audio Interface, Privacy Glass, Front And Rear Park With Rear Camera, Automatic Tailgate, 20'' 911 Turbo Alloy Wheels, Low Rate Finance Available.

    • Mileage: 53000 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
    For sale
    £43,950 £43,950