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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.
Wow. Thank you for taking the time to answer those questions. Noted about taking a look at previous threads. Regarding the "cobb", not 100% sure. He, the salesman, said that it could be tuned to apx 50 hp more but would also require a software update which the s would already have.
 

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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.
I have a shell next to my neighborhood. I think I'll try the regular shell first (bare in mind that 88 octane is what's in my current/new/full tank from the dealership) and if I notice any performance issues, I'll switch to higher grade. From reading Edmunds.com octane reviews, it is funny that lower octane (at times) are producing more MPGs. Maybe this is normal (I'm not a engine expert) but to me you'd expect that better engine performance means better fuel efficiency. But let's see. Glad to hear that Shell gas is solid. Since it's my closest option station.
 

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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.
Yes, I tested the sports mode in all models I test drove. Could definitely immediately feel it on the handling of the base model. But not so much exhaust/sound. Mine does not have a performance exhaust system. Wondering if eventually it would be worth it to splurge on the exhaust for sportiness. Just to hear some extra 'pop' from the back. Then again, I suppose if that was truly my goal - I'd have splurged on the 6 cylinder S. I noticed that the 4 and 6 immediately sounded a bit different at idle.
 

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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.
Oh yeah, I've already started buying detailing gear because I'm currently afraid of bringing to a car wash :p . The first thing I purchased the moment I got home from Porsche, was Weathertech floor mats (had with my Tundra for years and they really protected my interior to the point where the truck looked 3 years old vs 13 when I sold it), I purchased a cargo mat from Weathertech, a steering wheel cover, and a 'Baby on Board" tag from Porsche that reads "BABY NOT BORED :D ". Now I'm buying car wash items.

Have you/anyone used any type of paint clear protective coating/ceramic finish to protect the paint? On the show room floor I noticed a 'scratchiness" internal to the paint (not on the surface) and was told that's because black paint reveals all. I do not have the metallic black, just standard black. Not due to choice, but again - only 3 new Macan's to pick from on the lot due to Covid-19 and I couldn't wait 3 months to order :) .
 

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[QUOTE="frankfurtnyc, post: 2632912, member: 153392]

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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Wait...it does what now? I didnt know this! Its why I value my membership here and its members for all the knowledge sharing! I did RTFM but I forget more than i know these days. Unfortunately comes with age but ymmv.

How does one know the Macan coasting is engaged as described? Are there any indicators on multidisplay stating such feature is active?
 
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[QUOTE="frankfurtnyc, post: 2632912, member: 153392]

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.

Wait...it does what now? I didnt know this! Its why I value my membership here and its members for all the knowledge sharing! I did RTFM but I forget more than i know these days. Unfortunately comes with age but ymmv.

How does one know the Macan coasting is engaged as described? Are there any indicators on multidisplay stating such feature is active?
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Yes I just read this in the owners manual yesterday too. Apparently, I believe... you'd get the same green light on your dash that indicates auto start and stop (green A with a circle around it). I thought it would be handy for long drives when in cruise control.
 

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I bought my first Porsche in October 2020. I traded in a Audi S5 which has the same hp as a Macan S, and bought the base model. I love it. Drive it a lot in sport mode after the car is warmed up and could not be happier, you will love it! You have a beautiful car. For gas I put Shell 93 octane.
 

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I bought my first Porsche in October 2020. I traded in a Audi S5 which has the same hp as a Macan S, and bought the base model. I love it. Drive it a lot in sport mode after the car is warmed up and could not be happier, you will love it! You have a beautiful car. For gas I put Shell 93 octane.
I get excited on my daily errands the last few days (first few days) :)
 

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Have you/anyone used any type of paint clear protective coating/ceramic finish to protect the paint? On the show room floor I noticed a 'scratchiness" internal to the paint (not on the surface) and was told that's because black paint reveals all. I do not have the metallic black, just standard black. Not due to choice, but again - only 3 new Macan's to pick from on the lot due to Covid-19 and I couldn't wait 3 months to order :) .
I did add paint protection film to my Macan. It covers the front facing surfaces, down by the wheels, mirrors, and near door handles. I think its pretty common here in Colorado. As I recall cost was about $1400 or so. If you look for it you can see the line where the PPF stops but we get so many rocks and crap kicked up at the car its totally worth it. In fact my windshield was cracked by a rock only 3 weeks after I bought my Macan S.

I saw you also asking about how to know when coasting is engaged with the auto start/stop. You will see your rpms drop all the way down to idle while cruising down a hill on the highway and also the traction distribution display on the right display panel will show 0 power going to all of the wheels. But being in Florida I'm not sure you'll ever see the coast function kick in. I think the car has to be going down enough of a hill to keep its speed. Not sure if it kicks in just to coast to a stop. I never use auto start/stop anyway. But if you are conscience about your gas mileage I think the auto start/stop will help at stop lights, etc. The base Macan really does get great gas mileage.
 

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I have a shell next to my neighborhood. I think I'll try the regular shell first (bare in mind that 88 octane is what's in my current/new/full tank from the dealership) and if I notice any performance issues, I'll switch to higher grade. From reading Edmunds.com octane reviews, it is funny that lower octane (at times) are producing more MPGs. Maybe this is normal (I'm not a engine expert) but to me you'd expect that better engine performance means better fuel efficiency. But let's see. Glad to hear that Shell gas is solid. Since it's my closest option station.
Octane is a detonation inhibitor. Higher octane allows the car to be tuned to more extreme degrees without detonation (which will damage your motor). Porsche recommends premium gas but does not require it. The Macan will adjust combustion timing if it detects any detonation, so you will not damage your motor, but you may experience slightly lower performance.

Many street cars will actually run better on regular gas because they are not tuned to a high enough degree to require premium.

As I mentioned, Shell regular gas claims to have a higher octane rating than what is displayed on the gas pump.

Most of these cars recommend 93 octane due to the heat produced by turbocharging. If you are just running around town, the turbo won't be causing much excess heat. If you are running hard and spinning up the RPMs, you might want to use 93. Even in Sport mode, I short shift most of the time and keep the RMPs between 2,000 and 4,000.
 

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I did add paint protection film to my Macan. It covers the front facing surfaces, down by the wheels, mirrors, and near door handles. I think its pretty common here in Colorado. As I recall cost was about $1400 or so. If you look for it you can see the line where the PPF stops but we get so many rocks and crap kicked up at the car its totally worth it. In fact my windshield was cracked by a rock only 3 weeks after I bought my Macan S.

I saw you also asking about how to know when coasting is engaged with the auto start/stop. You will see your rpms drop all the way down to idle while cruising down a hill on the highway and also the traction distribution display on the right display panel will show 0 power going to all of the wheels. But being in Florida I'm not sure you'll ever see the coast function kick in. I think the car has to be going down enough of a hill to keep its speed. Not sure if it kicks in just to coast to a stop. I never use auto start/stop anyway. But if you are conscience about your gas mileage I think the auto start/stop will help at stop lights, etc. The base Macan really does get great gas mileage.
Thanks. Right after I wrote this question this AM, I drove to run an errand and they were drilling into the cement at a nearby road construction project. I had no choice but to drive through the dust cloud. I nearly had a heart attack. But then again, I have friend who don't drive their sports cars. Why own them? This is my daily driver and things WILL occur. I might as well get used to it. For that reason, I'm seriously going to consider a protective film like yours. Thanks for auto start/stop info too. I've decided that for the rest of this full tank (I've only used 1/8) I'm going to leave it on auto start/stop. Then fill out. Next tag shut it off (some driving on that tank/local) and compare to see if it truly makes a difference. If not, I'll kill the auto start/stop feature.

Octane is a detonation inhibitor. Higher octane allows the car to be tuned to more extreme degrees without detonation (which will damage your motor). Porsche recommends premium gas but does not require it. The Macan will adjust combustion timing if it detects any detonation, so you will not damage your motor, but you may experience slightly lower performance.

Many street cars will actually run better on regular gas because they are not tuned to a high enough degree to require premium.

As I mentioned, Shell regular gas claims to have a higher octane rating than what is displayed on the gas pump.

Most of these cars recommend 93 octane due to the heat produced by turbocharging. If you are just running around town, the turbo won't be causing much excess heat. If you are running hard and spinning up the RPMs, you might want to use 93. Even in Sport mode, I short shift most of the time and keep the RMPs between 2,000 and 4,000.
Very useful info^. I actually called the dealership today and I ask point blank "why do you put 88 octane in the engine when it has a 93 octane sticker on the gas cap door"? Answer: We only put 88 in for that first tank. It will not have an impact from one tank either way. If you're going to keep your vehicle only a few years, using less than premium shouldn't have a negative effect. But if you're a long term owner (like I tend to be), then consider using premium or if you're using regular, consider that there may be a carbon build up on the intakes and you should probably do a cleaning for that upon your standard maintenance to avoid a carbon build up. <-- That was the response. And I think it's a fair one.

I've decided that since on this first tank, I've not noticed anything "bad" and it has 88 in it, to empty the tank. On my next fill up, I'm going to try 93, and see if I notice a difference. If not, due to simply doing around town errands, I'll likely stick with regular and clean the injectors of carbon upon standard maintenance. Think it matters the gas stations you use too, of course, even with regular in my old truck, sometimes I'd feel like I got some 'bad gas' while on road trips in the middle of no where. Perhaps placebo from the locations appearance though.

Purchased from a great dealership...REEVES...know that Porsche tractor from anywhere...lol
:) Who did you deal with when you got your Porsche? May be a life customer. They seem great. Limited inventory during Covid-19 is something everyone is dealing with I believe.
 

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Thanks. Right after I wrote this question this AM, I drove to run an errand and they were drilling into the cement at a nearby road construction project. I had no choice but to drive through the dust cloud. I nearly had a heart attack. But then again, I have friend who don't drive their sports cars. Why own them? This is my daily driver and things WILL occur. I might as well get used to it. For that reason, I'm seriously going to consider a protective film like yours. Thanks for auto start/stop info too. I've decided that for the rest of this full tank (I've only used 1/8) I'm going to leave it on auto start/stop. Then fill out. Next tag shut it off (some driving on that tank/local) and compare to see if it truly makes a difference. If not, I'll kill the auto start/stop feature.



Very useful info^. I actually called the dealership today and I ask point blank "why do you put 88 octane in the engine when it has a 93 octane sticker on the gas cap door"? Answer: We only put 88 in for that first tank. It will not have an impact from one tank either way. If you're going to keep your vehicle only a few years, using less than premium shouldn't have a negative effect. But if you're a long term owner (like I tend to be), then consider using premium or if you're using regular, consider that there may be a carbon build up on the intakes and you should probably do a cleaning for that upon your standard maintenance to avoid a carbon build up. <-- That was the response. And I think it's a fair one.

I've decided that since on this first tank, I've not noticed anything "bad" and it has 88 in it, to empty the tank. On my next fill up, I'm going to try 93, and see if I notice a difference. If not, due to simply doing around town errands, I'll likely stick with regular and clean the injectors of carbon upon standard maintenance. Think it matters the gas stations you use too, of course, even with regular in my old truck, sometimes I'd feel like I got some 'bad gas' while on road trips in the middle of no where. Perhaps placebo from the locations appearance though.



:) Who did you deal with when you got your Porsche? May be a life customer. They seem great. Limited inventory during Covid-19 is something everyone is dealing with I believe.
What the auto stop feature kills is the battery. When you look at the replacement expense of the battery including registering it you will conclude the cost isn't worth it, at least I did.
 

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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
Love the interior color!
 

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Congrats. Love the hat. Enjoy.
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Thanks man. I bought it on Amazon before going car shopping "in case " I purchased one, I wanted to have it for the picture. But let's real honest, I bought it weeks before to ensure I followed through and bought a Porsche:)

What the auto stop feature kills is the battery. When you look at the replacement expense of the battery including registering it you will conclude the cost isn't worth it, at least I did.
Great point. Didn't know you'd have to register everything, but I suppose warranty wise they lock you up?

Love the interior color!
Appreciate it. I was a bit concerned with black, because I live in FL heat. But like that black interior is forgiving with a little one at home too.
 
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