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Porsche Panamera buying guide review (2009-present)

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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 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
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  • Porsche Panamera 4S

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    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 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
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  • 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

    £58,990 £58,990

    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 Porsche Panamera Turbo 3.8 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, 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. 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
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £39,990 £39,990

    Cruise Control, Electric Seat Adjustment, Rear Parking Sensor, CD Radio, Sports chrono package, Heated windscreenWe are delighted to offer this beautiful Porsche Panamera 4S for sale. The car is presented in deep lustrous Yachting Blue with two tone yachting blue and cream interior. The incredible specification on this car cost its first owner almost £29000 over and above the list price. The spec' includes, Communication Management, Adaptive Air Suspension, Adaptive Light System. Comfort Memory Package, 4 zone climate control, Burmiester high end surround sound, Porsche rear seat entertainment, front and rear seat ventilation, reverse camera and much more. This car has an incredible specification, is in immaculate condition for its age and, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £72,993 £72,993

    Variant name:V8 TURBO PDK ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: 4.8 V8 TURBO PDK - Burmester Sound, Porsche VTS, Sports Chrono, Adaptive Air Suspension And More Due in stock we have a stunning Porsche Panamera 4.8 V8 Turbo PDK. Stunning colour combination of Carbon Grey with Two Tone Black and Cream leather. The standard specification on this model is extensive but it is the comprehensive list of factory ordered optional extras that stand this car apart. Factory options include but are not limited to - Electric roll up sun blind for rear side windows, Power steering plus, Very rare Porsche torque vectoring plus - sports car makers adore cornering and PTV Plus is a factory optional system to enhance both driving dynamics and stability, Adaptive air suspension, Sports chrono package, NS Airbag, Cordless Receiver telephone, Burmester sound, 4 Zone climate control, Heated steering wheel, 20'' Panamera sport alloys, Privacy glass, Tilt and slide glass sunroof, Isofix child seat attachment for front passenger seat, Online services, Park assist system front and rear including reverse assist camera, Rear wiper. Roof lining in Alcantara, Porsche keyless entry and start including memory seat adjustments, Walnut interior package contemporary and beautiful please view images, Bi xenon headlights including Porsche dynamic light system, Front and rear heated seats, Universal audio interface, Home-link. This is a outstanding opportunity with a tremendous specification and vast saving on new. This vehicle has undergone an AA 128 point vehicle inspection which is available upon request.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 21944 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £39,995 £39,995

    Variant name:PLATINUM EDITION D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: Diesel 3.0 Platinum Edition Tiptronic Finished in Basalt black metallic, full two tone cream and black leather interior with extended leather stitched to doors, dash and centre console. OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR 20” Turbo II alloy wheels Reversing camera Mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth Power lift tailgate PASM Auto dimming mirrors internal and external BOSE premium sound system Heated multifunction steering wheel Rear wiper Privacy glass STANDARD FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO THE PLATINUM EDITION PCM satellite navigation Extended leather Metallic paint finish Automatic Bi Xenon headlights Front and rear park assist Heated seats Porsche crest embossed on head restraints Porsche floor mats Platinum edition door sills Side window trims in gloss black Front slats, side outlets, rear diffuser and exterior mirror lower trim painted in Platinum silver. STANDARD FEATURES Powerfold exterior mirrors Cruise control Active rear spoiler Electric adjustable seats Information centre This stunning Limited edition Panamera Diesel is presented in outstanding condition with 42200 miles covered. The car comes complete with the benefit and reassurance of a full service history.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 42200 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £35,993 £35,993

    Alloy wheels, Full service history ****ALL VEHICLES COME WITH A MINIMUM OF 6 MONTHS RAC WARRANTY, 12 MONTHS BREAKDOWN AND HOME START***** GP Cars are delighted to present for sale, BLACK, the stunning Panamera finished in Basalt Black Metallic with a full black leather interior. This car comes with £16,000 of extras including; FULL SERVICE HISTORY, Burmester high-end surround sound-system, Serviced Oct 2015 plus 4 new tyres, V10LDN registration included, 19-inch Panamera Design wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Leather interior package, Porsche Communication, ion Management (PCM) incl. navigation module, Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM), Universal audio interface, Bi-Xenon headlights, Servotronic, Tiptronic, ParkAssist (front and rear), Powerlift tailgate, Rear wiper, Roof transport system, Automatically dimming mirrors, All-season tyres for 19-inch alloy wheels, reduced rolling resistance, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, Heated steering wheel, Comfort memory-package (front), HomeLink (garage door opener), Heated seats front, Floor mats, Mobile phone preparation, Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), Full service history, Next MOT due on 28/10/2017, Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. This car is HPI clear, we accept credit and debit card payments, we can organise competitive finance for you and we would be happy to take your current vehicle in as part exchange. Viewing by appointment only. All vehicles are subject to an £80 administration fee (V10LDN), £35,993, If someb

    • Mileage: 38000 mi
    • Engine size: 3000
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £37,993 £37,993

    Privacy Glass ***All vehicles come with a minimum of 6 months RAC warranty, 12 months breakdown and home start****, BLACK, GP Cars are proud to offer this stunning 3.0 TD V6 Tiptronic S 5dr The car is packed with features including Sun roof 20 Inch Diamond cut alloys, Privacy glass, Spoiler, LED daylight running lights, Xenon headlights, Multi function height/reach adjustable steering wheel, Electrically adjustable seats with memory, Heated seats front/rear, Gear shift paddles, Front and rear parking sensors, Electric folding mirrors, Duel zone air con, Rain sensing wipers, Tyre pressure monitoring. The car comes with a Sat Nav a full audio system with Bluetooth and Bose speakers. The interior is superbly finished in Black leather with extended leather dash, door trim, embossed head rest and racing seats.Category 1 alarm and immobilizer. ***This car is HPI clear, we accept credit and debit card payments, we can organise competitive finance for you and will would be happy to take your current vehicle as part exchange. Indoor viewing area. All vehicles are subject to a £80 admin fee. Viewing by appointment only. ***(GJ61FFC), £37,993, If somebody replies with the e-mail address leontommy6gmail.com, please disregard and inform us directly, as they are not associated to our business.

    • Mileage: 49000 mi
    • Engine size: 3000
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  • Porsche Panamera

    £41,990 £41,990

    Variant name:PLATINUM EDITION D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:970 (G1) ,Variant: Platinum Edition 3.0 Diesel PDK Sat-Nav Finished In Carrara White With Black Leather Interior, First Registered 21/06/2013, Just 36000 Miles From New With Full Service History, PDK Gearbox, PCM With Navigation Module And Bluetooth Phone Prep, 20" Sport Design Alloys In Gloss Black, Sport Design Steering Wheel With Paddle Shift, Dual Zone Climate Control, 14-Way Power Seats With Drivers Memory, Heated Seats Front And Rear, Factory Glass Electric Sunroof, Bose Sound System, Multi-Media Interface, Porsche Crest Embossed On Front And Rear headrests, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Front And Rear Park Assist, Cruise Control, Onboard Computer, PSM (Traction Control), Power Assisted Steering, ABS, Electric Windows, Electric Folding Door Mirrors, Remote Central Locking, Factory Alarm/Immobiliser, HPi Checked, 12 Months Warranty

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 36000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • 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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