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I'm in the process of refining a Macan S order. My SA advised me that the 2019-2020 PASM is mechanically different from the 2014-2018 versions in that the 2019-2020 uses magnetorheological dampers and the earlier Macans use hydraulic ones with hydraulic pumps. Is he correct? if so, are there any disadvantages in terms of reliability?

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....My SA advised me that the 2019-2020 PASM is mechanically different from the 2014-2018 versions in that the 2019-2020 uses magnetorheological dampers and the earlier Macans use hydraulic ones with hydraulic pumps. Is he correct?....
I have not heard anything about this change. If so, it should have been mentioned in one of the video or online reviews.

I see the configurator says that PASM is electronically controlled, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's been converted from hydraulic to magnetic. I took a quick look at the new Macan brochure, and didn't see any mention of it.

Normally, you don't expect significant changes like this on a facelift update, so I would be skeptical until someone can confirm the information from a reliable source.
Let's see if anyone else has some feedback on this.
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Things said with confidence are more likely to be believed. My SA has oodles of confidence, perhaps gifted by Porsche. IN spite of that, and in recognition of the fact that I've not yet been able to find anything online about such a change, I'v very curious about this.

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Curious if PASM is worth it/needed with 21" wheels. Have until 8/20 to change my order.
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Curious if PASM is worth it/needed with 21" wheels. Have until 8/20 to change my order.
Worth it? Absolutely! Needed? No, but I am not sure if you'll enjoy the ride. Test drive if you can find such a car.
IMHO, to realize the full potential of Macan on 21" get PASM+AS.
Driving in low mode and PASM in Sport mode all the time.
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No experience with PASM on the Macan but PASM in my 2008 Cayman S definitely made for a smoother ride on the rough roads of NYC. I'm sure with over 10 yrs of further development the system is even better now.

Back then the consensus was that if you went with the 18" or 19" wheels (remember this is 2008), PASM was almost required with the 19's and a toss up with 18's.

The larger the wheel, the more benefit you'll feel due to less impact absorption from the thinner sidewalls of the tire.
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