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My 2015 Macan S with only 45,000 KM is starting to hurt me in the pocket book, and it literally all started right after my warranty expired. I just recovered from paying 10% of the total cost of a transfer case replacement because I was 7 months past warranty (Porsche Good Faith). So, maybe 2 months later I start hearing that dreaded creaking sound coming from the front bonnet. Hoping that it was the known issue of pieces rubbing, I applied friction tape and used heavy duty grease like there was no tomorrow...to no avail. Brought it in to my local dealership and after spending 1 hour labour to assess, they almost immediately came back with my needing to replace the upper and lower control arms for both left and right because the bushings were dried and cracked....and it will cost me $1000 CDN.

Has anyone out there have a similar issue and replacement, and did it fix the problem? Was there a recall out there that I can call out? Is it me or does a car (any car, not just Porsche which I expected to be of high quality) with only 45,000 KM (@28,000 miles) over 4 years of ownership should require the control arms and bushings to be replaced? I have never had to change these in any car I had owned, which included Audis. I am considering selling it and getting something more reliable from another brand as it is just one thing after another. The dealer told me that soon I would need to replace all discs and brakes (2000$ CDN)!

Any guidance on this would be appreciated.
 

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All cars break, and all cars require new control arms sooner or later - go get quotes from some indy shops and fix it for less.
Same with discs and brakes - get quotes from indy shops, and I am sure you can get aftermarket parts that are better than OEM and less brake dust, etc...
 

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That is very early for control arm bushings to go bad. I will second the recommendation to get another opinion from an independent shop. If they concur, you should contact Porsche NA and see if there is any chance of further good will.

As far as the brake job, it's highly unlikely the rotors are below minimum thickness, so push for pads and sensors only if that's the case. Best to get a quote from an independent shop while you're at it.

Best of luck getting it all sorted.
 
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Don't feel like you are alone, I had mine checked just today (at 46k) and they're going to need replacement soon. That also means tacking on an alignment. I just laughed about it. My SA said he's going to see what they can do - which means to me, he personally thinks they should not be going out at this milage.

I have rear brakes I probably will have to replace before 2021. So this year, I'm already expecting to drop at least 3k into this thing.

Neither one of my Caymans were near this demanding and I put 100k+ miles on both of them (one I tracked some). . I want to like the Macan, but in just 5 months of "ownership" I'm having reservations.

So far I've been in four times since January for:
Window switch
Recall
Front brakes
Oil change

Pending:
Rear brakes
Bushings
(insert unknown here)
 

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Bushings dried and cracked at that mileage seems way too early. I would definitely get a second opinion/climb under and have a good look and poke with a screwdriver and if it concurs then approach Porsche as IMO more likely a manufacturing fault at that mileage. Surface crazing only is no big issue as that is pretty normal for rubber products after such time, but the rubber should be securely bonded to the metal and not have any cracking that extends into the actual bush or excessive movement that you can detect.
 

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My SA told me this morning there is a process to appeal this to Porsche. He started this on my behalf.

Does anyone know why this would be a $2,000 job (at the dealer)?
 

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It's probably more than $2000, my PET is not up to date but if they replace all 4 arms on both sides is round 1500 in parts alone, add at least 4 hours of labor, maybe more plus alignment.
You can get the Melle arms, they are not factory but they will last the same or more than your factory arms and will cost way less
The MEYLE kit includes everything also ball joints and sway bar links and retails 750.
Also TRW sells parts for this cars, TRW is what Porsche install at the factory and you can get them way cheaper if you source outside the dealer.
If Porsche does not cover anything, get it inspected at an independent specialist, sometimes the ball joints get dry because the rubber boots crack and make a loud squeaking noise.
Never happened to me on a Macan but the Panamera is something common to replace the sway bar bushings because of that.
 

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It's probably more than $2000, my PET is not up to date but if they replace all 4 arms on both sides is round 1500 in parts alone, add at least 4 hours of labor, maybe more plus alignment.
You can get the Melle arms, they are not factory but they will last the same or more than your factory arms and will cost way less
The MEYLE kit includes everything also ball joints and sway bar links and retails 750.
Also TRW sells parts for this cars, TRW is what Porsche install at the factory and you can get them way cheaper if you source outside the dealer.
If Porsche does not cover anything, get it inspected at an independent specialist, sometimes the ball joints get dry because the rubber boots crack and make a loud squeaking noise.
Never happened to me on a Macan but the Panamera is something common to replace the sway bar bushings because of that.

They told me these were really Audi parts. Anyway, I'm going to wait and see if Porshe will cover this. I might end up getting after market ones installed instead from an Indy.
 

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I bought my S with 65k miles. When I did a PPI, it was pointed out to me the bushings are worn and dried and need replaced. Took it to the dealer and they said since my car was lowered, that's what caused them to fail and as a result, it would be $4000 to replace all 4 control arms with bushings.

I have yet to take it to another dealer for another opinion but I've been driving it all the same. Doesn't seem to be affecting anything.
 

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Are you getting labor + parts breakdowns? I noticed a bushing on control arm in the front has gone bad and it looks like I can get a new Lemforder arm for $70 online, which appears to be the OE manufacturer. But the whole front end kit (4 control arms, 2 ball joints, and all hardware) is just $600.

For stuff like this it can really pay off to find a good indy shop.
 

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For stuff like this it can really pay off to find a good indy shop.
Absolutely. If there is anything I have learned about Porsche, it is to stay as far away from the dealer as possible except for warranty repairs. Your local PCA chapter can be a good source for finding independent specialists.
 

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Hi all,

My 2015 Macan S with only 45,000 KM is starting to hurt me in the pocket book, and it literally all started right after my warranty expired. I just recovered from paying 10% of the total cost of a transfer case replacement because I was 7 months past warranty (Porsche Good Faith). So, maybe 2 months later I start hearing that dreaded creaking sound coming from the front bonnet. Hoping that it was the known issue of pieces rubbing, I applied friction tape and used heavy duty grease like there was no tomorrow...to no avail. Brought it in to my local dealership and after spending 1 hour labour to assess, they almost immediately came back with my needing to replace the upper and lower control arms for both left and right because the bushings were dried and cracked....and it will cost me $1000 CDN.

Has anyone out there have a similar issue and replacement, and did it fix the problem? Was there a recall out there that I can call out? Is it me or does a car (any car, not just Porsche which I expected to be of high quality) with only 45,000 KM (@28,000 miles) over 4 years of ownership should require the control arms and bushings to be replaced? I have never had to change these in any car I had owned, which included Audis. I am considering selling it and getting something more reliable from another brand as it is just one thing after another. The dealer told me that soon I would need to replace all discs and brakes (2000$ CDN)!

Any guidance on this would be appreciated.
 

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I stumbled upon this thread because I was also having issues with a loud, creaky exterior noise that was clearly related to suspension issues. It was only noticeable at slow speeds going over bumps, so I didn't think much of it. I have driven the car for at least 12 months tolerating the noise putting on about 8,000 miles, and never closely inspected or considered that anything could be wrong. The car has also been at the Porche dealer in the past where a full inspection was performed. They clearly missed the broken brushing, too.

This morning I decided to check the wheel/suspension under the car, and I could immediately see a loose control arm on the strut mount bushing. See attached pictures which also included the right rear wheel that is properly attached.

The CPO warranty expired in June (less than a month ago), and the car has only 38,000 miles on it. A local indy shop advised that the part is the same on the Q5, and he was going to try and replace it without replacing the entire suspension. The dealer wanted to replace the entire rear suspension with has the Air Suspension with PASM. They also claimed they had never seen that before.
 

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The same thing happened to me. I think it failed at like 2,000 miles. I thought it was the hood making the noise. Obviously I got mine covered under warranty. Perhaps this is a lesson learned to not ignore or live with any unwanted creaks or rattles!
 

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The same thing happened to me. I think it failed at like 2,000 miles. I thought it was the hood making the noise. Obviously I got mine covered under warranty. Perhaps this is a lesson learned to not ignore or live with any unwanted creaks or rattles!
Did they replace just the bushing or replace the entire air suspension system?
 
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