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2019/09/03 11:54:40 (permalink)

Advice on buying a Macan

Hello all...
 
I have been a PCGB member (R16) for some years  having owned a variety of Boxsters, Caymans and 911s but now looking to buy a Macan for business and family use (in addition to the existing Boxster 981 GTS). Much as I would like to get the latest model my budget is a little more limited. I have looked at facelift diesels on 16/66/17 plates but would consider a V6 petrol although I do have to think about fuel consumption for business use. I would appreciate any considered thoughts on do's/don'ts etc. I have already read a lot about transfer box issues. Given some longer solo trips I want to get Bose audio, but otherwise open minded. If anyone has a something suitable vehicle for sale please PM me. 
 
Many thanks
 
Paul

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    dpoynton
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/03 13:03:53 (permalink)
    A Macan and a Boxster, a great combination.
     
    Mine is for sale shortly; Macan S petrol, 64 plate, night blue, 33k, no BOSE* though.
     
    David
     
    Classicfm still sounds good though. :-)

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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/03 13:29:36 (permalink)
    As I understand it, if you have the Bose upgrade, you can't have a spare wheel. Having been caught out twice with no spare with my Cayenne SE Hybrid, when I swapped to the Macan having a spare was a red line, and being tone deaf not having Bose wasn't a hardship! Anyway the exhaust note of the GTS is music in itself, why spoil it with a radio!
    Madelvic
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/03 14:26:37 (permalink)
    I have just bought a 17 plate Macan GTS to sit alongside my long-term Boxster
     
    My car has a spare tyre AND Bose!  The spare is deflated and sits in the well with the BOSE woofer
     
    For all the wrong reasons diesel variants are not holding their value as well (at least that is my opinion). I’ve driven both and both are great
     
    As for spec that is always a personal choice.  Must have for me was adaptive cruise that rules out 95% of the used cars for sale. 
     
    Was told by a dealer air suspension is ideal on cars with 21 inch wheels.  Again I’m fortunate to have both and the ride is impressive
     
    i was also pleased to get one with roof rails so I can use my Thule roofbars.  Alternative would be a tow bar
     
    Good luck 

    Richard Chappelle
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    Lancerlot
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/03 16:02:14 (permalink)
    Springs, PASM and 20" rims would be my choice. The basic audio is fine.
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    Clive

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    MD77
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/04 06:25:11 (permalink)
    Hi Paul,
    Everyone will have different preferences and thoughts as to what the must haves should or shouldn’t be, I for one wouldn’t go for a Porsche without Bose as I don’t like the sound of the standard stereo, but that is just personal and like colour is subjective. I’d say just go for what you want and enjoy your car.
     
    We’ve recently also bought a well specced used diesel Macan in Volcano Grey as my wife’s daily driver and as our family wagon, it’s absolutely brilliant, it has been the benefit of excellent performance combined with sensible fuel economy which was important to us. I would find one in a colour you like with as many options as you can and I don’t think you can go wrong, the Macan really is a great all rounder. As I am not so handy with the spanners, if buying a used car I personally would buy one from a main dealer with the benefit of a Porsche warranty and assistance, or at least one that already has the benefit of an existing Porsche warranty that could be transferred into your name.
     
    I hope that you soon find your ideal Macan.
     
    Martin

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    delboystoy
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/04 15:13:56 (permalink)
    Hi Paul,
    It's a bit like buying a house, make a list of the things you really want and then you might have to make a few compromises if it's the right colour has the right mileage and is generally in such great condition that you could live without a couple of the other things on your list.
    I bought mine in January from Ashgood Porsche, as soon as it came up on the web site, I swapped my 997 in for it, Agate Grey, 21" wheels, PASM, PDLS, Lane Assist, Black Pack, Tri-zone Climate, BOSE, Easy exit, Privacy Glass, Black Roof Rails, 18 Way Sports Seats, Heated Steering wheel, Black Quad Pipes, Collapsible spare wheel etc etc the list went on and on and when I specked it up on line it would have been an extra £26k !!!
    Now I would have also loved it had it been a GTS but it was in such good condition with so many extras I could not say no and the Diesel still shifts when you put your foot down :-) 
    Best of luck, hope you find what your looking for.
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/06 21:18:00 (permalink)
    Thanks to all for helpful thoughts. The collapsible spare seems a good idea.....It does seem to be something that can go with the Bose sub woofer in the wheel well. I tried one with the lower spec seats and but think the 18 way seats offer more adjustability and support for my ageing back, specially for longer trips. PASM seems a good choice as well.  I have a good Porsche independent locally for maintenance. From experience with other Porsches over the years I would ideally like to buy privately from the previous owner . Definitely continuing the search....
     
    Paul
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/10 21:58:01 (permalink)
    Paul, Hi, I’ve been running a Macan GTS for a couple of years and 55k miles, if you are planning to be at the R16 monthly next week I’d be happy to give you the run down on how it’s been, although there‘s not much that isn’t positive to say, even manage over 30 mpg on a motorway plod. 
     
    Cheers Paul G

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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/10 23:35:46 (permalink)
    Hi Paul (G). Will try to catch up at next R16 meet.
     
    Paul
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/13 21:20:46 (permalink)
    Sounds like a plan :-)

    Paul G (R16)
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/18 11:19:46 (permalink)
    Hi, slight apologies for high-jacking this thread, but it seemed more appropriate than staring a fresh.
    I'm also looking for a Macan, and looking at an S diesel (to go along with my classic Boxster) and would be interested to hear from anyone who has a 4 to 5 year old one who can advise on any issues with an older higher mileage model, and the ability to get them appropriately services by independent specialists.
     
    Thanks in advance
     
    Phil (R31)
     
    pfs
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    Re: Advice on buying a Macan 2019/09/18 11:36:07 (permalink)
    Hi Phil....I'm still looking for the right Macan. Have seen several so far and learning all the time. There seems to be an issue with whether or not a firmware update on diesels is implemented (as a Porsche recall) to fix "diesel gate" probelms for the VW group that have had negative effects on performance . The best advice seems to leave it alone. I am still unclear regarding the transfer box issue. Lots of them have been replaced (some under warranty) but there does not seem to be a formal recall or even recognition from Porsche that the problem exists. Brakes seem to wear fast and I have seen scored badly worn discs on more than one vehicle. Good luck with the search....
     
    I would like to buy privately from a genuine previous owner (even better a PCGB member) so repeat the request for anyone with a 16/66/17 plate diesel Macan for to PM me with details.
     
    Paul
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