The Porsche Panamera is Porsche’s first 4 door sedan model in it’s 70-year long history. First introduced in 2009, it has had one major refresh in 2013 and a complete redesign in 2017. It has garnered praise from journalists and owners worldwide for it’s combination of sporting dynamics and practicality among the Porsche line-up. The Porsche Panamera Service Guide will be a guidebook on how to maintain your Panamera as per the factory specifications.
The Panamera is a stark contrast to the rest of the Porsche family. As it was with the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera upset many ‘Porsche Purists” for having a different ethos to the sports-car heavy lineup. It is considered a full-size luxury sedan that weighs in excess of 4000 pounds. However, it has proven to be a sales success, as Porsche has sold over 60,000 units in the U.S alone. The Porsche Panamera Service guide will focus on the first generation of vehicles up to the 2017 model year
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
The Porsche Panamera can be equipped with a myriad of engine choices available. The first generation of vehicles share the same engines with the 2013 facelifted ones, with the exception of the “S” models. However, the 2013 facelift brought a slight power advantage in each engine choice. The non-S versions make do with a naturally aspirated 3.6L V6, while the “S” versions are equipped with a naturally aspirated 4.8L V8, with the facelift receiving a 3.0L twin turbo V6. The 4.8L V8 can also be found in the GTS models. Finally, there is the “Turbo” variation, with a twin-turbo variant of the 4.8L V8 under the hood. All variations use the same 7-speed PDK double-clutch automatic transmissions, with slight software adaptations to the various engines.
The Porsche Panamera Service Guide recommends this maintenance interval schedule
|Engine Oil||Every 10,000 miles or 1 year|
|Spark Plugs (Turbo Models)||Every 30,000 miles or 3 years|
|Spark Plugs (V-6 / V-8 / GTS Models)||Every 40,000 miles or 4 years|
|Pollen Filter and Air Filter||Every 40,000 miles or 4 years|
|Coolant||Every 40,000 miles or 4 years|
|Brake Fluid||Every 20,000 miles or 2 years|
All variations follow the same maintenance interval schedule, with the exception of the Turbo models requiring to change the spark plugs every 30,000 miles rather than every 40,000 miles for the rest of the range. Porsche is famous for their reliability and their relatively light maintenance schedules. This is a real benefit from an owner’s standpoint.
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
Porsche has some of the best braking systems in the business. The Panamera is no exception to this rule. As it is a relatively heavy, yet fast automobile, the Porsche Panamera comes equipped with some serious stopping power. Both the standard and the “S” versions get 360 mm discs up front and 330 mm in the rear. The GTS and the Turbo model receive bigger 390 mm in the front and 350 mm in the rear. PCCB Carbon Ceramic discs are an upgrade and are monstrous at 410 mm in the front and 350 mm in the rear.
Brake wear varies from vehicle to vehicle, driver to driver. There are many factors that contribute to brake wear, and therefore they must be inspected at least at every service interval to ensure the safety of the occupants. Brake fluid must be changed every 2 years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Tires, Suspension & Alignment
Tires are also wearable items that need to be checked at every service interval. Unfortunately, many owners tend to ignore their tires. As they are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they affect handling, acceleration, braking, and crucially, safety. Wear will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and whether or not the vehicle is all-wheel drive or not.
The Porsche Panamera comes with these OEM tire sizes:
FRONT TIRES: P245/50/R18
REAR TIRES: P275/45/R19
FRONT TIRES: P255/45/R19
REAR TIRES: P295/35/R20
GI Automotive carries a wide selection of Porsche Panamera tires on stock and available to order. A consultation is available to determine which tire is best for your individual driving needs.
Alignment can seriously affect both tire wear as well as the handling characteristics of a car. Therefore, it is imperative that the alignment is checked on a regular basis. The Porsche Panamera Guide recommends checking camber, castor, and toe for tolerances within factory specification, or a custom specification if deemed necessary.
The suspension’s job is to not only keep a comfortable ride; it is also to provide optimal handling characteristics. Properly functioning suspension will keep alignment within specification in a straight line as well as in the corners. Moreover, this keeps the tires from wearing unevenly. At each service interval, it is recommended to check the suspension components for any squeaks, rattles, leakage, or play.