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Lurking around here for a bit. Picked up enough encouragement from you guys to make the purchase. Took the plunge on a Macan Turbo preown yesterday. Ohhhh my!
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Lurking around here for a bit. Picked up enough encouragement from you guys to make the purchase. Took the plunge on a Macan Turbo preown yesterday. Ohhhh my!

i personally prefer the ZF transmission over the PDK. It doesnt always shift smoothly and doesnt pair well with a Cobb tune either. Couple that with the $900 PDK fluid change at 40k miles and I'm not a fan
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PDK is a big component of why the Macan is such a great vehicle. If my Macan had the same Tiptronic transmission as my wife's Cayenne it would lose a big part of its appeal and sportiveness.

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i personally prefer the ZF transmission over the PDK. It doesnt always shift smoothly and doesnt pair well with a Cobb tune either. Couple that with the $900 PDK fluid change at 40k miles and I'm not a fan
The Macan's PDK is actually built by ZF (type 7DT-65)
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i personally prefer the ZF transmission over the PDK. It doesnt always shift smoothly and doesnt pair well with a Cobb tune either. Couple that with the $900 PDK fluid change at 40k miles and I'm not a fan

The PDK in the Macan seems to work just fine with the Porsche factory software.

I'd suspect the issues with PDK/Cobb interaction lie in the Cobb s/w and its interaction.
Hardly the fault of the PDK - it's hardware, controlled by software. If your PDK is
not shifting smoothly with Cobb (controlling) software, that is an issue for the Cobb developers
to address.

This illustrates trade-offs one makes when using aftermarket software to try and exceed the
performance parameters of an engine designed & developed by the manufacturer to seamlessly
and reliably deliver specific HP and TQ values. In other words, "I want Turbo performance and
I'm not willing to pay for the Turbo motor.".


As the man said, "TANSTAAFL". (there ain't no such thing as a free lunch)


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PDK is a big component of why the Macan is such a great vehicle. If my Macan had the same Tiptronic transmission as my wife's Cayenne it would lose a big part of its appeal and sportiveness.



The Macan's PDK is actually built by ZF (type 7DT-65)
Not according to PAG https://www.macanforum.com/forum/eng...tears-etc.html
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The PDK on my Macan S shifts just fine with my Cobb Stage 1 software. No complaints at all. Fantastic how it shifts!
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That thread is a nice discussion. But it turns out that Audi transmissions (because the claim in that thread is that the PDK in the Macan is made by Audi) are not built by Audi, but by third party suppliers such as ZF or AISIN (which supplies the Tiptronic found in the Cayenne and in other AUDI and VW models). I know a company that makes transmission housings for ZF and others, and that's what I've been told Ėif that's not true, well, I've been taken in.

But I don't want to steal this thread; I think we can all agree that the Macan's PDK is a great transmission for this car.
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I like the PDK 95% of the time! Iím running Stage 1 Cobb as well and my shifts are ridiculously fast when I want them to be... put your foot into and start snapping the paddles and you will be rewarded (in more ways than one). I drive pretty moderately most of the time tho... so my engine/shifts/PDK are usually angry at me for going slow and shifting low. There are penalties for that from time to time.

The other times it stinks are... parking in general and backing into my garage. Iíve learned to treat it like a standard and then everythingís fine.


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I like the PDK 95% of the time! Iím running Stage 1 Cobb as well and my shifts are ridiculously fast when I want them to be... put your foot into and start snapping the paddles and you will be rewarded (in more ways than one). I drive pretty moderately most of the time tho... so my engine/shifts/PDK are usually angry at me for going slow and shifting low. There are penalties for that from time to time.

The other times it stinks are... parking in general and backing into my garage. Iíve learned to treat it like a standard and then everythingís fine.


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+1 including the backing into the garage. Overall, in my opinion, it's a perfect fit for this vehicle. Hopefully the PDK is retained in the next model.

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The PDK on my Macan S shifts just fine with my Cobb Stage 1 software. No complaints at all. Fantastic how it shifts!
My Macan Turbo shifts well with the Cobb software.

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