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So I’ve had the car for almost a full week, the dealership in Roseville performed an oil change (it was a BMW dealership), and I think they may have overfilled. I figure I could drive since the light said it was okay. I may have put 500 miles already on the car, and I would have thought it would gone down by now.

But I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I went to Porsche in Stevens Creek and have an appointment for an oil change this Friday. Oh and the cost was a whopping $510. Luckily I’m not paying that haha.
 

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You think $51 is a whopping price for an oil change? Even if it's oil only that's dirt cheap. I do all my own and with a filter and no labor charge it might be a tad higher than $51. They used to grab my friends older mom for $295 per oil change and that was like 2002 Cayman in 2002! (in that age area).

It's not good to drive any car above oil max because it's hard on the seals. A lot of us here underfill and top off after a change because of the gauge and the fact not all the oil may flow out especially if the car isn't level on the jacks. I doubt this hurt the car but get it corrected Friday like you plan on doing. I like to run one bar lower than all the bars, it also keeps the muffler spiting of oil down.
 

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You think $51 is a whopping price for an oil change? Even if it's oil only that's dirt cheap. I do all my own and with a filter and no labor charge it might be a tad higher than $51. They used to grab my friends older mom for $295 per oil change and that was like 2002 Cayman in 2002! (in that age area).

It's not good to drive any car above oil max because it's hard on the seals. A lot of us here underfill and top off after a change because of the gauge and the fact not all the oil may flow out especially if the car isn't level on the jacks. I doubt this hurt the car but get it corrected Friday like you plan on doing. I like to run one bar lower than all the bars, it also keeps the muffler spiting of oil down.
Lol it was a typo. It should be $510. I changed it in the OP. I understand cost of ownership is more expensive that most cars, and know I’ll likely be paying $300-350 for an oil change. But $510 seemed crazy lol.
 

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$510 needs to be reported to the rape crisis center. Find a good indy wrench when the coverage expires. Better yet if you are so inclined and a hobbyist? Learn to do it. When I sell mine the carfax is going to look like I didn't take care of her at all but I have two shoeboxes of receipts that say otherwise.
 

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$510 needs to be reported to the rape crisis center. Find a good indy wrench when the coverage expires. Better yet if you are so inclined and a hobbyist? Learn to do it. When I sell mine the carfax is going to look like I didn't take care of her at all but I have two shoeboxes of receipts that say otherwise.
i plan to learn once I buy my house next year. Currently living downtown and parking in a secured garage.
 

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"...underfill and top off after a change..."

+1 I always do this as well, and leave it on the second-to-highest mark when the oil is hot on my '12 CS. Dealerships I have used also do the same. One has replaced a couple of engines in new 911's because the owners put in too much oil -- or took it to a "quick lube" place that clearly didn't know what they were doing.
 

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Most Indy shops charge around 200-225. I have no problem paying that once a year on both cars. I’ve done more oil changes than I care to think about… but, 510.00 they should be hung from an oak tree…
Oil changes, it’s not worth my time, not anymore
Yeah I plan on going to an Indy. But since my car is still covered under the 90 day warranty with the dealer, I went to Porsche to do it.
 

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Hello Possible - I own a 2012 Cayman R. In Spring 2020 my Porsche Indy specialist overfilled my oil by 1/2 quart. It was reading the bar above full. My P-car Indy specialist said to drive the car and not to worry about it. Well, I did drive it, and during the 1,000 miles I drove it, I informed the specialist that the reading remains above full several times. Finally, they told me to bring it in and they confirmed the oil level meter was correct and it was overfilled by 1/2 quart. Now, I never received any warning lights all last year, and when I brought the car in for its Spring 2021 oil change this year they said they ran a diagnostic to look for any hidden warning codes. They claim there were none. I was concerned about the oil/air separator. They said, no problem. There have not been any problems or warning signs or indications of engine damage to this day. I drive the car normally and the overfill event is something that now resides in the past in my mind. This has been my experience. Good luck with your car.
 

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So I don’t know what happened to my reply that did earlier, but I did go get my oil changed today, along with the leakage tank module recall.

The service technician was fantastic. But I will never go get my car serviced at that particular Porsche dealer again. The service advisor that helped me seemed to be annoyed with any questions that I asked him. Rolling eyes and condescending tone. All the other staff were wonderful. However that bad Apple left a bad taste in my mouth. My autonation dealer cut a check to them, due to being under warranty, and maybe he was annoyed because I wasn’t paying it myself, but regardless, it got paid.
 

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So I don’t know what happened to my reply that did earlier, but I did go get my oil changed today, along with the leakage tank module recall.

The service technician was fantastic. But I will never go get my car serviced at that particular Porsche dealer again. The service advisor that helped me seemed to be annoyed with any questions that I asked him. Rolling eyes and condescending tone. All the other staff were wonderful. However that bad Apple left a bad taste in my mouth. My autonation dealer cut a check to them, due to being under warranty, and maybe he was annoyed because I wasn’t paying it myself, but regardless, it got paid.
That’s because he knows everything and hates repeating himself…
 

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So I’ve had the car for almost a full week, the dealership in Roseville performed an oil change (it was a BMW dealership), and I think they may have overfilled. I figure I could drive since the light said it was okay. I may have put 500 miles already on the car, and I would have thought it would gone down by now.
I drive mine 2 marks down from full. I had to drain some this last change as it first checked OK, then went over the top mark.
 

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I haven't tried this myself, but I've read that you can just unscrew the oil filter canister and dump out the oil that's in it. Then reinstall. That will drop the level approximately one bar. It's a messy job, but maybe a local shop can do it for you cheaply? (or make Porsche do this for you)
 

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I haven't tried this myself, but I've read that you can just unscrew the oil filter canister and dump out the oil that's in it. Then reinstall. That will drop the level approximately one bar.
yeah, that could work. I just worked the drain plug
 

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So I’ve had the car for almost a full week, the dealership in Roseville performed an oil change (it was a BMW dealership), and I think they may have overfilled. I figure I could drive since the light said it was okay. I may have put 500 miles already on the car, and I would have thought it would gone down by now.

But I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I went to Porsche in Stevens Creek and have an appointment for an oil change this Friday. Oh and the cost was a whopping $510. Luckily I’m not paying that haha.
Hello, I use BTM, Bascom Av, Campbell. They charge about$200 for an oil change, they’ve done good work for me.
 

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Possible, when you get your house and are ready to DIY, this may be helpful:

2016 (981) CAYMAN GTS OIL & FILTER CHANGE

Time Required: 30-90 min.

Tools/Parts Required:
  • Oil Filter with O-Ring - Part #: Porsche 9A1.107.244.00 / Mahle OX366D
  • Crush Washer for Drain Plug - 18 X 24 mm - Part # 900.123.106.30
  • 8 Quarts of 0W-40 Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil - manual calls for 1.98 gal
  • 8mm Hex Socket Wrench
  • Oil Filter Cap Wrench 74 mm 14 flute
  • Torque Wrench 10 - 50 ft-lbs
  • Oil Catch Pan/Container (for drained oil - at least 10 quart capacity)
  • Puppy/incontinence pad or large diaper
  • Dirty Rags
  • Car Ramps & Chock Blocks (X2), QuickJack or similar

Step 1: Warm your car up. I just took mine for a 10-minute drive to get the oil warm so that it would flow out of the oil pan better (and quicker).

Step 2: Back your car up onto ramps. Find an incline where the car will be as level as possible once on the ramps. The slope on my driveway was perfect. Or use some other safe method to elevate the car so that it is level and you can get under it.

Step 3: Put chock blocks under the wheels if on a ramp.

Step 4: Take the Oil Filler Cap off (located in the right cap under your rear trunk hatch (to ventilate for draining).

Step 5: Put the puppy/incontinence pad under the oil fill area to protect the carpet from any drips or spills.

Step 6: Go under the car from the rear. Use a 8mm hex wrench to take the Oil Drain plug out (make sure the oil catch container is below the oil pan). Oil will begin to pour out rapidly. Have a rag under your elbow.

Step 7: Use a filter wrench (74mm 14 flutes filter cap wrench) to take the filter off. Drop the black plastic filter shell down and place it upside down on your oil container. Pull the old filter out and discard it.

Step 8: Wait 30-60 minutes for all of the oil to drain out. This is where you want the car to be level so that it will drain thoroughly.
-As an alternative to setting the ramps on an incline, I think someone suggested backing the car onto ramps, taking out the drain plug, then elevating the front with a pair of floor jacks to get it level while the oil drains out of the engine. They didn’t suggest, and I wouldn’t work under the car while it is up on floor jacks. After the oil drains for at least 30 minutes, lower the front of the car off the floor jacks and continue working on the car.

Step 9: Remove the old O-Ring from the black plastic oil filter housing and replace with a new one. Insert your new filter into the filter hole and then screw the black plastic oil filter housing on over top of it (19 ft-lbs).

Step 10: Put the Oil Drain Plug back in with a new crush washer (37 ft-lbs).

Step 11: Fill the car with 8 quarts of oil. (My manual says 7.5 Liters or 1.98 gal. for an oil change with oil and filter changed). Warm up the engine, check the oil level. As an alternative, you can fill with 7.5 quarts of oil, check the oil level, and add 8 oz at a time to get the level up to 4 segments (just below the max arrow). My manual states that each segment is approximately 400 ml (13.5 oz).

Overall, it was very easy. It took me a little longer than usual because I had never changed the oil on a Cayman before. Highly recommended. The trickiest part is getting the back of the car elevated and level with the front so that oil will drain thoroughly

Additional notes:
The “Cayman” plate on the door sill is level with the car.
It is really no more difficult than an oil change on a Ford or Chevy. The difference is that you are dealing with metal alloys and precise specifications. That is why I specify use of 8 mm hex socket, and torque wrench.
 
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