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Paul, thank you for writing such a down to earth and eloquent letter to all of us sitting for hours in front of the computer trying to decide what we need on our newest toys. Your letter and all the responses gave me the warm fuzzies. It is very easy to get sucked in to all the goodies and what other people think. I came to this forum a month after ordering my GTS. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted, so I came here last month to see what others were thinking about all the choices. It was amazingly helpful! I changed my build three times. I am not new to Porsche, this will be "our" third. What I am new to is choosing one for myself, a special order just for me. We have always bought ours cars off the lot. It was hard to decide what I needed vs. wanted. My current daily driver has many more options than I was able to choose on my Macan. But as @ghstudio points out, how many of those options do I actually use and how many times have I used them since I bought it. Most of the buttons I turn off because they are annoying! I don't need a big flashing light on the windshield and loud startling alarms when a car stops in front of me. I have eyes, I can see that. I love the adaptive cruise, but I've used it less than 5 times. I did go way over budget to the tune of $82,585. But we can afford it and I am happy. Today it fixed and is headed into production soon. See you in April!
 

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Kudos to @Aprilia850 for his post which I nominate for MF thread of the year :nerd: #toty
 

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It's simply because they can since people will buy the cars regardless. If I have read correctly in the past, there was an article that mentioned Porsche as one of the most profitable automotive brands in terms of margin.
 

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Great post @Aprilia850, bang on. I was lucky enough to forego the Macan Owner Initiation process and get my car off the lot. It's pretty well optioned and there isn't anything that I would prefer to have/not have, so lucky in that respect. I found the forum most useful for informing me - in much more detail than the Porsche website or any online review - about all aspects of the car. This means, as a new owner I can hit the ground running and do away with that learning curve. So, once again, kudos to the forum!

On the other hand, I do miss the days when the only important options were:

Colour, LSD, 5 speed, seat heating, sunroof, rear wiper - and the last three were negotiable.

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I like the Op's post but I could not wait months for a car unless every detailed option desired was on that car.
If budget was the primary focus I'd pick a lot car and skip the entire waiting -ordering process.
I do agree that one can buy a car missing items and still end up loving the car.
 

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Excellent and very insightful and down to earth post, thank you!! Totally agree to all that has been mentioned.

I find it SO amusing to be part of this great forum with a lot of fun and smart people. Having different opinion on options and their pros and cons that are discussed back and forth is entertaining to say the least. Should this impact on your final order decision? Only YOU know and can decide. What is a very good benefit though is that YOU will take the decision based on some good insights and will minimize the surprises upon delivery. At the end of the road a bare naked car would put more smiles on ones face than many other cars out there. You buy the ticket to the world of Porsche and all that is associated and connected to that experience. Gotta love it!

Sometime opinions can sound a bit harsh and pronounced with big words like it is the end of the world if a certain option is not selected or if a certain combination of interior, exterior color and wheels is selected. At the end of the day it is just minor details within a much bigger scope of owning a model created by one of the most desirable brands in the car business. We're all happy campers that can be on this road!

Keep up the great work guys and thank you all for all excellent insights and making it such a enjoyable time logging in to this forum :). Logging in here on a daily basis has turned out to be as important as my morning coffee :D

Cheers!
 

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On the other hand, I do miss the days when the only important options were:

Colour, LSD, 5 speed, seat heating, sunroof, rear wiper - and the last three were negotiable.

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LSD was an option? :eek: In the 60's, maybe?


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The forum rocks! There's no other way to say it. I valued everyone's opinion when deciding on my GTS build. There were lots of things that I hadn't considered or wasn't knowledgeable about and the people here really made the difference. If it weren't for this forum I'd regret some of my earlier decisions.

I think what swayed me with some of the big ticket items like AS, PTV, ACC, SC, etc, was not whether I could do without them (of course we call can), but six months down the track after I'd driven the car a few thousand kilometres, and some of the new car excitement had subsided, whether I'd be looking for something more from the car. Some extra dimensions (let's call them deselected configuration items or blank buttons) that I wish the car had.

There's nothing worse than post Porsche Macan purchase dissonance. :)

Back to the OP (great post by the way), I think the thing that has really gotten me with the Macan (this is my first Porsche) is that I feel like I'm about to join a brotherhood/sisterhood that, up until a few years ago, I thought was just for rich toffs. I've since learnt that Porsche's aren't driven by toffs - they are driven by people who really appreciate their cars and love to drive (it's easy to be a tall poppy). So with that in mind, who really cares about who got what overpriced option, when we're all in the enviable position to be part of this exclusive club, and enjoy the whole experience of owning (or about to own) these fantastic cars.

So awesome.
 

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OK so most of you guys are in the States but there is a big wide world out there and in each country there are market specifics.

You USA guys get preferential treatment by Porsche in short delivery times, we have S petrol at 12m, S diesel are 7 months, Turbo 9 months and GTS well anything from 9-18 months.

USA has lot cars, which are specified to include a certain number of extras, in the UK we have showroom cars and demonstrators, the showroom car is there for six months and has plenty of extras fitted the demonstrators are mixed budget and more well specified.

In the UK second owners want certain extras fitted hence first buyers need to include enough extras to maintain residuals when they come to trade in or sell on.

Essential extras in the UK are as a minimum:- PASM, Pano sun roof, partial leather, PS+, SatNav, xenon, and 20 inch wheels.
 

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Man, I was exactly in the same position.

So, I ordered everything I wanted because I didn't want to regret missing out those "nice-to-have" features. :D

And I know I can't literally be "happier" because there really isn't anything else more to add to make me.
 

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@grim you never know what is going on behind the Jones's closed doors :)

Really glad to see the response to the post, this really is an exceptional forum.
Thank you all!
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... OK so most of you guys are in the States but there is a big wide world out there and in each country there are market specifics ... You USA guys get preferential treatment by Porsche in short delivery times ... USA has lot cars ...
What you state for the UK appears to be true for the rest of Europe, to include Porsche's home.
Americans are not only specially treated by short delivery times, but also: check their price list!
European dealers are happy to get 6 GTS, for the entire 2016 year. 2 of them have given options and need to stay inside the showroom for 6 months. Usually, they stand there with a tag saying "sold".
I ain't jealous. This policy makes my shares rise :D:D:D
Bye y'all
 

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The forum rocks! There's no other way to say it. I valued everyone's opinion when deciding on my GTS build. There were lots of things that I hadn't considered or wasn't knowledgeable about and the people here really made the difference. If it weren't for this forum I'd regret some of my earlier decisions.

I think what swayed me with some of the big ticket items like AS, PTV, ACC, SC, etc, was not whether I could do without them (of course we call can), but six months down the track after I'd driven the car a few thousand kilometres, and some of the new car excitement had subsided, whether I'd be looking for something more from the car. Some extra dimensions (let's call them deselected configuration items or blank buttons) that I wish the car had.

There's nothing worse than post Porsche Macan purchase dissonance. :)

Back to the OP (great post by the way), I think the thing that has really gotten me with the Macan (this is my first Porsche) is that I feel like I'm about to join a brotherhood/sisterhood that, up until a few years ago, I thought was just for rich toffs. I've since learnt that Porsche's aren't driven by toffs - they are driven by people who really appreciate their cars and love to drive (it's easy to be a tall poppy). So with that in mind, who really cares about who got what overpriced option, when we're all in the enviable position to be part of this exclusive club, and enjoy the whole experience of owning (or about to own) these fantastic cars.

So awesome.
Agreed on this being a great post and a great Forum. Thanks again to the OP who started this thing off.

I used to think the same that Porsches were only available to the chosen few with wallets big enough to accommodate them. It's simply not true. What I've found is a great section of people from all walks of life with the love of a great car and some wherewithal to purchase and maintain them.

In terms of budgets? I'm hitting 60 this year (which is simply un-freakin' believable) and maybe my body isn't the lean machine it used to be so I find budgets, like tight clothes, are uncomfortable and I avoid them. So my latest GTS build has some extras like the GTS interior with 18-way seats and against recommendations, PTV to make it a great driving machine. This all being said I love my S and am having withdrawal symptoms as we speak.

To the OP, thanks again. For what it's worth, I do find the stock suspension a bit too floppy. You can always lower yours with some H&R springs after you receive it. In the meantime we wait, and post here on this Forum.

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To regret or not to regret, that is the question!!

For some, the configurator is their best friend, and for others, their worst enemy!!

Piling on all those options (like I did) kinda reminds me of the packrat... storing up stuff in the attic, things that he's never used, just in case he may need them ten years down the road...

So, I piled on those options, with no regrets, just in case...

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To regret or not to regret, that is the question!!

For some, the configurator is their best friend, and for others, their worst enemy!!

Piling on all those options (like I did) kinda reminds me of the packrat... storing up stuff in the attic, things that he's never used, just in case he may need them ten years down the road...

So, I piled on those options, with no regrets, just in case...

:D
If your attic had wheels and a porsche badge.... >:D
 

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@NETX @MDJAK @Aprilia850 Please do me a favor and use the proper @RJMcInnis for me instead of "RJ". That way I can quickly see in the Notifications tab if I am mentioned in a thread and need to go read it. That is a powerful feature in the Forum. Thanks in advance.

@ejvette It isn't necessarily a matter of "deep pockets". I have said more than once that I am likely on the lower end of the income spectrum of Porsche owners. But for me, I optioned out mine to make sure I wouldn't have regrets later. I didn't "overspend" what I could afford, but I did start out looking at an S and ended up with a Turbo. Because with the options I knew mattered to me, the cost to benefit ratio made sense.


And even that didn't work out perfect, because Surround Camera finally came out about 3 months after mine locked (I waited 3 extra months but it hadn't started, so I told my SA to submit). And I REALLY wanted Apple Carplay, but there was no announcement back then for me to even consider. So now I want that.
 

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@NETX @MDJAK @Aprilia850 Please do me a favor and use the proper @RJMcInnis for me instead of "RJ". That way I can quickly see in the Notifications tab if I am mentioned in a thread and need to go read it. That is a powerful feature in the Forum. Thanks in advance.

@ejvette It isn't necessarily a matter of "deep pockets". I have said more than once that I am likely on the lower end of the income spectrum of Porsche owners. But for me, I optioned out mine to make sure I wouldn't have regrets later. I didn't "overspend" what I could afford, but I did start out looking at an S and ended up with a Turbo. Because with the options I knew mattered to me, the cost to benefit ratio made sense.


And even that didn't work out perfect, because Surround Camera finally came out about 3 months after mine locked (I waited 3 extra months but it hadn't started, so I told my SA to submit). And I REALLY wanted Apple Carplay, but there was no announcement back then for me to even consider. So now I want that.
@RJMcInnis Have you come across any aftermarket options for Apple Car Play?


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