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I am close to the lock date and got a final list of options I feel I'll be happy with, and can somehow afford by stretching my budget. Since I like to believe I'm a sensible person, I want to ensure I don't spend "too much" on options to regret it after a few months of ownership. I am curious if there's a "golden rule" for Porsche buyers regarding the "right" percent of options out of the total purchase price? Right now my options are 22% of the total purchase price (base car + options), or 28% of the base car price.
 

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I am close to the lock date and got a final list of options I feel I'll be happy with, and can somehow afford by stretching my budget. Since I like to believe I'm a sensible person, I want to ensure I don't spend "too much" on options to regret it after a few months of ownership. I am curious if there's a "golden rule" for Porsche buyers regarding the "right" percent of options out of the total purchase price? Right now my options are 22% of the total purchase price (base car + options), or 28% of the base car price.

Search first. 20 - 30% was the norm.

 

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On every model and trim Porsche puts out a MRM number . Its a price point for lease parameters. Most here (especially me) buy the car rather than lease . However when dealerships used to spec cars for the lot they stuck to those numbers . This way it gave a walk in shopper a choice , A car much higher than an MRM number had payments skyrocket so it was to a disadvantage to over option a lot car.

In terms of resale we are in different times now but the old method was high option cars sank in resale . I remember when a 122K Macan Turbo sold for 67K about a year later with a CPO . The higher the trim and spec the greater the fall .

I have secede most of my cars within parameters but my most recent Macan Turbo isa above it and so will my 911 GTS be above . I haven't followed Macan numbers but on a 911 MRM is in the low to mid 150's and I am in the 170's . I am going in expecting to feel that impact unless;ess thus current market madness of car pricing continues upward .
 

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On every model and trim Porsche puts out a MRM number . Its a price point for lease parameters. Most here (especially me) buy the car rather than lease . However when dealerships used to spec cars for the lot they stuck to those numbers . This way it gave a walk in shopper a choice , A car much higher than an MRM number had payments skyrocket so it was to a disadvantage to over option a lot car.

In terms of resale we are in different times now but the old method was high option cars sank in resale . I remember when a 122K Macan Turbo sold for 67K about a year later with a CPO . The higher the trim and spec the greater the fall .

I have secede most of my cars within parameters but my most recent Macan Turbo isa above it and so will my 911 GTS be above . I haven't followed Macan numbers but on a 911 MRM is in the low to mid 150's and I am in the 170's . I am going in expecting to feel that impact unless;ess thus current market madness of car pricing continues upward .
Thank you, this is very useful. Yea, I realize on some of my options I won't get anything at resale, but I hope that others (20" wheels, PASM and sport tailpipes) may help my Base stand out from other base Macans. Regardless, I am specking the car I'll be happy with and it seems I am not way off from most buyers so that helps.
 

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I notice this gets raised often here with regards to budget and many choose to go without certain desired options to stick to their budget number which often sounds a self imposed number.
For me a Porsche is a luxury purchase and there are many cheaper options that would fulfil the duties a P car does so the whole point of the purchase is the experience of the ownership
Unless a particular option is ridiculous money I am happy to consider it as I figure there is no point spending 90% of the price of the vehicle that you really want to be driving around with regrets of what you didn’t get. The price is soon forgotten but the experience is the life of the vehicle ownership.

Unlike going on a vacation or to an expensive restaurant where you have nothing to show for it other than the experience, there is some residual resale value from your Porsche experience.

Choose the options that make you happy.
 

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It wont help, worthless options for resale. look it up 2021 base car the only options worth anything are ACC and surround view. However heated and cooled seats and pano are expected.

So..if you approach the level of the next car up…quit messing and get the one up…😂
Yea, I’ve considered it and I am convinced not to do it. The argument for is that I’ve specked close to $6K of the S model standard options into my base config. The argument against is that unless I give up some options I’m not willing to, I’ll have to spend $6K extra for an engine I wont be able to tap into in my stop and go driving, and may actually make driving less enjoyable for me.
 

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So..if you approach the level of the next car up…quit messing and get the one up…😂
Not always . Different variants may have similar appearances but are completely different cars . For example when my 911 GTS approached base Turbo pricing I did consider it but it quickly evaporated . The Turbo is an AWD. car and more luxury focused . The GTS is a RWD car and more driver engaged focused . A person can even get sport bucket seats and a manual on a GTS but not on a Turbo . Now the Turbo does get a 3.8 engine and all the comforts so it could be a daily driver . If I didn't already have a Turbo the decision. may have been harder but I still would have chosen a GTS .

The Gt3 and Turbo S can be near equal in price . They are such different cars that one cant just let price push the decision .

With the Macan Porsche did simplify it in the 22 model with only 3 variants vs 4 . However for about 5 years on this forum the debate of GTS Vs Turbo was heated and price can be close enough to fuel the rivalry in the decision .
 

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So..if you approach the level of the next car up…quit messing and get the one up…😂
Exactly my thought as I read the OP's query.
Yea, I’ve considered it and I am convinced not to do it. The argument for is that I’ve specked close to $6K of the S model standard options into my base config. The argument against is that unless I give up some options I’m not willing to, I’ll have to spend $6K extra for an engine I wont be able to tap into in my stop and go driving, and may actually make driving less enjoyable for me.
That may be the first time I've heard someone say a bigger engine can detract from the driving experience. Are you saying you will feel the extra weight over the front wheels in stop and go? Is that truly the only driving you do?

Also, someone commented it's not a luxury car. Not sure what "luxury" means anymore but with the quality of the leather/alcantara, with the hushed interior, very low levels of NVH, I consider the Macan a luxury car. There is nothing that says a luxury car can't also be sporty.

Not always . Different variants may have similar appearances but are completely different cars . For example when my 911 GTS approached base Turbo pricing I did consider it but it quickly evaporated . The Turbo is an AWD. car and more luxury focused . The GTS is a RWD car and more driver engaged focused . A person can even get sport bucket seats and a manual on a GTS but not on a Turbo . Now the Turbo does get a 3.8 engine and all the comforts so it could be a daily driver . If I didn't already have a Turbo the decision. may have been harder but I still would have chosen a GTS .

The Gt3 and Turbo S can be near equal in price . They are such different cars that one cant just let price push the decision .

With the Macan Porsche did simplify it in the 22 model with only 3 variants vs 4 . However for about 5 years on this forum the debate of GTS Vs Turbo was heated and price can be close enough to fuel the rivalry in the decision .
Exactly, there is no comparing a Gt3 and a Turbo S. Two completely different looks (not counting the Touring) and experiences.

What "comforts" are on a Turbo that are not available on the GTS?
 

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There are some basic things one would expect on a Porsche. I think the minimum is a Premium package. Anything else will be for you to enjoy but not for resale value. Also, it depends where you live. Ordering any car without heated seats and heated steering wheel in MN is suicidal. Nobody will want your car when you decide to sell it. Got a brand new Base as a loaner this week. Car had Premium package, 14 way seats, heated steering wheel. That is apparently the sweet spot for the Base.
 

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Exactly my thought as I read the OP's query.


That may be the first time I've heard someone say a bigger engine can detract from the driving experience. Are you saying you will feel the extra weight over the front wheels in stop and go? Is that truly the only driving you do?
Sadly yea, I live in a densely populated urban setting so stop ‘n go is 95% of my driving. I didn’t think about the extra weight but for short sprints, I’ve always preferred turbo fours over larger displacement engines as they shift faster and work harder. So I’m getting a base with PASM which is all the performance I need, and spending the rest on a nice list of luxury, technology and appearance options.
 

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I should know this but is the base DCT? Is SC available on the base? Cause if it’s fast shifting and an engine that revs you are after be sure to get SC and DCT.
 

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Exactly, there is no comparing a Gt3 and a Turbo S. Two completely different looks (not counting the Touring) and experiences.

What "comforts" are on a Turbo that are not available on the GTS?
I don't want to pull this thread too off topic but will address your question It could actually be a stand alone thread . The 911 Turbo even in its base form is more geared towards luxury . Now its true that a GTS can still be optioned with luxury items like truffle leather and a glass roof but its like Robin Williams dressing up like Mrs Doubtfire . Underneath that luxury lies totally different driving car.

The Turbo has a proper turbo throttle . That means its less seamless and more like a sledgehammer . That lack of precision has been so highly criticized as "boring" that Porsche decided to address it in the 992 by sending the car to Flacht (The Weissach division ) in its newest Turbo . The AWD is a heavy component over the front axle which tis great for putting that extra power down on all 4 wheels but lacks the agility and nimble feel of the RWD cars .

In contrast the RWD GTS has a more seamless feel . Porsche tried to get thee variants closer to an NA engine . What they ended up with was actually neither a typical turbo nor an NA feel. In fact I think its even better for the street . Torque comes one sooner and is still linear . This unlike an NA one doesn't have to get to the high revs to experience the car . That makes it ideal for the street yet its track times are near the Gt3 . The Gt3 still wins though significantly.
Its just a more fun car to drive .

There is nothing wring with a base Turbo . Its just a different car than the GTS . You might ask what of the 4GTS . After all it does have AWD . The person buying it may simply want the styling cues or the manual gearbox . Although it has an AWD it still cuts into a different car experience than a proper Turbo .

The original poster liked the idea of a slower car that can be pushed and enjoyed . I gave up debating him on why a base Macan isn't really the car to do it with . The 911 GTS is the car to do it with and its still rocket fast in nearly every category . In. my opinion its not the best at any one thing but its the best at everything combined .
 

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The 2019 I bought off the showroom floor is a great car, I would not have chosen Carrara white or the Macan Turbo wheels. Those two things I see every time I approach the car. This is one reason I just put in an order for an allocation for what I want - a unique color (papaya) with wheels I like plus interior and performance add ons that keep me happy while driving one of these awesome cars.

By the way, I am spending more than planned and speccing up an S instead of waiting who knows how long for a GTS.
 

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but I am curious what other owners did
I wanted a Base and ordered every option I wanted. I am thrilled with it. Often entertain teh "maybe I'll get a ___ (insert the model of your choice)" to replace it and then I go drive and am thrilled.

Choose the options that make you happy.
Precisely. If you are buying a car for an "investment" you have a crummy investment advisor.

Stocks are investments . . . . cars, guitars and airplanes are toys. Buy investments that make you money, toys that make you happy.

Are you saying you will feel the extra weight over the front wheels in stop and go?
Someone once did a fairly in depth account of driving a loaner Macan Base and reporting on how light and nimble the front end felt and how responsive it was with the diminished weight. I have no basis of comparison but love the way my Macan Base handles.

In the end . . . the Macan is not an expensive car in the scheme of things . . . but once I start buying a $65K SUV I am not likely to pass on an option I would enjoy just because it's $620.

Opinions vary. . . . some folks end up with chipping away with the "I need more" and end up with a $800K Brabus G wagon or a Urus. . . . .which I have tagged as the best sounding car currently made.

:)
 
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