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Hi all, I've been reading these forums and I thought it was time to add a post of my own. After months and months of research, and having driven a Toyota Tundra for over 13 years, I purchase my first Porsche on Friday (3 days ago)! I'm very excited!

I made an appointment last week, and going into the appointment, my goal was to test drive 4 vehicles:

1. The Macan Base model
2. The Macan S
3. The Cheyenne
4. The Panamera

I had watched all YouTube videos I could find. I read Car and Driver and Edmunds a million times and I had read any article I could search and find, finally - I was ready to go and test drive. What was so critical for me was size inside. I'd be coming from a full sized truck and I was always told that Luxury cars wouldn't have enough room for me (I'm 6'4" 225lbs), so sitting in the vehicle...playing with the seat settings, viewing visibility, and actually driving the vehicle was key for me. I went to the dealership with some 'wants' for options and for 'must have' for options. The first vehicle I drove was a base. Not a ton of power, but more than I was used to in my Truck. The Porsche dealership had a structured test drive path (getting onto street, hitting the on ramp to an interstate, getting off of interstate, driving through some very curvy neighborhoods complete with tight turns and pot holes). It was clear that they wanted the test drive to be as genuine as possible. The base felt good but not extremely powerful. I had plenty of room. In fact, the seat wasn't even 100% back, though i Could do that if I wanted too. I also had about 3" above my head and in between the sun roof.

Next was the Macan S (I insisted on this order because I didn't want to test drive the most powerful first and then use that as the standard for my test drives). The S had more power, but honestly...other than on the on ramp to the interstate, and once I hit 75mph on that on ramp, I never got to feel the power again. I mean...test drive conditions were in standard traffic. The traffic I drive in everyday. Although I could feel the power on the on ramp, for a few seconds, I got out of the S (the model I 'knew' was the 'one') with a realization that it's awesome but I'd rarely get to use that power where I live.

I drove the Cheyenne next. Although it's only slightly bigger (the interior is literally 1.5" wider) I felt that it was underpowered and that I was driving a much bigger vehicle. It didn't move. After driving the Macan and the Macan S, I knew not only was the Cheyenne out of the equation due to drivability, but it was more expensive than both Macan's that I enjoyed more. It was 100% out of the equation.

Last I drove the Panamera. I literally told the salesman that it doesn't feel as powerful as the Macan S. He said "it's not. it's a few HP less actually." He asked me if I thought the price justified $30,000 more for the Panamera (based on both test drive vehicles). I said no. In fact, the Macan S was faster and more usable for me (I have a newborn).

So we finished the test drives and I was aware then that the Macan Base would be fine for my needs. Although I'd like to have the S for some fun, I'd rarely get to use that power where I live (Tampa Area). So we sat down and looked at the inventory (they literally only had 3 Porsche Macan Base vehicles in stock, and 2 Porsche Macan S vehicles in stock). The idea was that If I didn't want one of the 5 available, I could order whatever I wanted and wait 3 months...or, buy a loaner vehicle with 4000 miles (or more. there were several to choose from) on it. While I didn't immediately say no to the loaners, due to their extended CPO warranty's, it didn't make sense to me to take a loaner with a few thousand miles vs the slight savings. I left the dealership after 4 hours (worth noting, no other buyers entered within that time and I'm told that's not unusual for a Porsche dealership). I needed to breathe and I'm glad I did. The idea was that once a particular loaner was returned the next day, I'd look at it. But I had my eye on the show room Macan Base vehicle. The salesman texted me the next day that the loaner had been returned and I could come check it out. I told him "let's make a deal on the show room model." I went to the dealership and was only there maybe 2 hours tops.

Unfortunately I had to drive 'her' home in a thunderstorm and now it's dirty. But I'm returning to the dealership this week to have front windows tinted and have the center caps replaced with colored Porsche caps (both part of the deal). Hopefully they're wash it for me and it'll look nice again. I've been reading the manual and watching YouTube Videos to learn all the features (I got the Premium Plus package) and it's like a space shuttle to me (my old truck didn't even have cruise control). But I'm extremely happy with it so far. It has a nice little pick up (nothing crazy) and it's been quite a bit of fun to drive so far. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks for the Base Macan for me.

Here's a couple questions I had if you know the answer:
1. Is it worth it to have the 'software' update done to the base model to achieve 50 more hp? (salesman said it was possible)
2. I got the wheel and tire protection plan (to me, worth it). Did you get the prepaid maintenance plan and if so, is it worth it?
3. Overall, how satisfied are you with you Macan?
4. The all electric Macan is supposed to come out next year. Do you think it'll be a lot more expensive?
5. I notice that Macan inventory is extremely limited on the lots due to Covid-19. How much (if any) of a percentage did you get off of MSRP? I got 'some' off but not as much as I did with my Toyota 13 years ago. I was told that a deep discount isn't likely with a Porsche and covid-19 slow down.
6. What type of gas do you put in your Macan? I was under the impression that they require premium. At the dealership they topped mine of with 88 octane (I asked and they said their pump was 88 octane). I was confused and was told that it's the gas they used for all their new porsche vehicles. Do I need 93 or is 88 sufficient? I haven't noticed any pings, but only 70 miles on it so far.

Anyways, I'm happy to be here and look forward to seeing everyone's Macans.
 

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Congrats, it’s a great feeling and you’ll love walking out to see it each day. I still smile every time I see that profile. Get used to random people coming up to say nice car or telling you about their Porsche. I had a gal make a beeline across a parking lot in a remote coastal town (a little uncomfortable in these times) to tell me about her ordered mamba green Macan.

Now, I’m afraid we are going to have to demand some pics!
 

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Congrats, it’s a great feeling and you’ll love walking out to see it each day. I still smile every time I see that profile. Get used to random people coming up to say nice car or telling you about their Porsche. I had a gal make a beeline across a parking lot in a remote coastal town (a little uncomfortable in these times) to tell me about her ordered mamba green Macan.

Now, I’m afraid we are going to have to demand some pics!
:) today was the first time I parked it in public parking lot. I was stressed the entire time. Kept wondering if I'd get envy scratches or a hit and run. Didnt have to deal with that feeling last week and my 2008 Tundra :p Here's some pics. I took like 50 at the dealership and don't care what they thought :p
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Congrats. 👏

I am on record as being very happy with my Base model.

I drive it in sport mode on twisty rolling country roads all the time and I have almost zero desire for more power.

I have run both Shell regular (which Shell claims has sufficient RON) and V Power Nitro. I run the V Power Nitro most of the time.

Premium Plus and my favorite wheels and I am a very happy camper.

I will second the need for photos! 📷
 

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Congratulations and welcome! Your Macan is a beauty! Nice pics!
 
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:) today was the first time I parked it in public parking lot. I was stressed the entire time. Kept wondering if I'd get envy scratches or a hit and run. Didnt have to deal with that feeling last week and my 2008 Tundra :p Here's some pics. I took like 50 at the dealership and don't care what they thought :p View attachment 240071 View attachment 240072 View attachment 240073 View attachment 240074 View attachment 240075 View attachment 240076 View attachment 240077 View attachment 240071 View attachment 240072 View attachment 240073 View attachment 240074 View attachment 240075 View attachment 240076 View attachment 240077
Yessir, you are all set. (y)
 

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Congrats. 👏

I am on record as being very happy with my Base model.

I drive it in sport mode on twisty rolling country roads all the time and I have almost zero desire for more power.

I have run both Shell regular (which Shell claims has sufficient RON) and V Power Nitro. I run the V Power Nitro most of the time.

Premium Plus and my favorite wheels and I am a very happy camper.

I will second the need for photos! 📷
Pics above ^. When running regular shell, notice any difference? I do not see an octane rating in the manual, but there's a sticker of 93 inside the gas cap door. But the dealer is only using 88 and at least on first tank haven't noticed any rough riding.
 

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One more question: Does the auto stop/start actually save gas?
Maybe but you bought a Porsche so make sure you disable that button. Mine was turned off 5 years ago and never touched again.
 

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🙂 that's a valid point! 👏
Also for gas, my S only knows Costco Premium 92gas. It works like a charm. I would not go anything less than premium. Actually, I think it says that in the fuel cap.
 
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Here's a couple questions I had if you know the answer:
1. Is it worth it to have the 'software' update done to the base model to achieve 50 more hp? (salesman said it was possible) - Are you talking about Cobb? There are tons of threads here about it and it is worth it. You might want to wait until your car breaks in which is around 2k miles. Also, read about managing that with taking car to dealer for warranty services.

2. I got the wheel and tire protection plan (to me, worth it). Did you get the prepaid maintenance plan and if so, is it worth it? - I did not get either and did not miss it

3. Overall, how satisfied are you with you Macan? - 100%

4. The all electric Macan is supposed to come out next year. Do you think it'll be a lot more expensive? - Probably yes. It is what you should expect from Porsche

5. I notice that Macan inventory is extremely limited on the lots due to Covid-19. How much (if any) of a percentage did you get off of MSRP? I got 'some' off but not as much as I did with my Toyota 13 years ago. I was told that a deep discount isn't likely with a Porsche and covid-19 slow down. - Lots of threads here. I got 0% since mine was one of the first ones back in 2015. It all depends on supply/demand, how much the dealer wants to sell that specific car, etc..

6. What type of gas do you put in your Macan? I was under the impression that they require premium. At the dealership they topped mine of with 88 octane (I asked and they said their pump was 88 octane). I was confused and was told that it's the gas they used for all their new porsche vehicles. Do I need 93 or is 88 sufficient? I haven't noticed any pings, but only 70 miles on it so far. - Costco Kirkland 92 Premium. I happen to live less than a mile from a Costco so it is a nobrainer.
 
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I got my first Porsche last July, a CPO 2017 base model. Before I test drove it I had my doubts that the four banger would satisfy me, but I gave it a shot and was quickly impressed by how 'zippy' it really is. I know the V-6 models are more powerful, but the base has enough for my real-world needs. Plus, the handling is superb, especially for the type of vehicle it is. I've been 110% happy, no, elated with my choice since getting it, and remain so to this day.

I run premium (93 octane) in mine. I've tried the auto stop just to say I gave it a chance, but I don't like it. To me, it's too 'aggressive' as it shuts down the engine as soon as I stop, like RIGHT NOW. I haven't used it enough to test if there's any gas savings. I AM glad that once it's turned off it stays off, unlike some cars where you have to turn it off manually every time you start the car.
 

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Pics above ^. When running regular shell, notice any difference? I do not see an octane rating in the manual, but there's a sticker of 93 inside the gas cap door. But the dealer is only using 88 and at least on first tank haven't noticed any rough riding.
The difference I notice is that it seems to run better/easier around town in regular drive mode. I think my dealer was probably putting regular in their cars, too.

It did seem to get better mileage on regular.

In Sport mode, it is a toss up.

Prices just went up 20 cents a gallon, though. Maybe I'll go back to regular?

In theory, the car should only NEED higher octane when producing the kind of heat generated by laps on a track. The Car will electronically adjust timing if octane is not sufficient to prevent knock/detonation.

That said, I use Shell as exclusively as I can. Shell regular is rated 95 RON which, no matter what the gas pump says, is sufficient.
 

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Auto Stop and the Lane Keep buzzer were the first two things I turned off.

LCA on the door next to the mirror is on.
 

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Congratulations! You will love the Macan. My first Porsche was a 2018 base and I loved it. Here’s my advice: start the car and put it sport mode automatically. I drove mine in sport mode 100% of the time. Much more fun that way. “Drive it like you stole it!” Enjoy.
 

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Sport and Sport Plus modes are great and change the character of the car. But I recommend waiting until the engine oil temp is at its operating temperature before putting the car into either sporty mode or revviing it to high rpm.

I have Auto Stop/Start off when driving alone. But I do sometimes turn it on and the exhaust off when my wife is on board, just to make the GTS seem quieter than it actually is.

When driving long distances on highways, I tend to turn on Auto Stop/Start function to allow the car to coast.
Coasting only functions when you turn this function on. It will work both in automatic and manual shifting modes. You can also force it to coast by pulling the shift up paddle and it will disengange the transmission from the engine. Works well when going downhill.
 

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Congrats on your new Macan! Its a great feeling to own such an incredible car. The base Macan really does do the trick for everything you need. And congrats on the newborn too. This will make a great family car until you get 3 or more kids. I've made the move from a base to an S but honestly I still feel like the base is an incredible car. I use nothing but premium gas, usually Shell 92 octane. I anticipate you will soon be very interested in detailing products and gear. Enjoy your new Macan.
 
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