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Greetings porschers..

Since I will get my first porsche car very soon...i wanted to know your advice on how to keep your 981 for 4years without any major repairs and hassles..People have always warned me about how costly and frequent the repairs and major breakdowns are when it comes to porsches cars....so i want to be hassle-free for the next 4-5 years and without spending lots of money and time in workshops



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The "people" you referenced must have been talking about Ferrari. Do some light reading around here, and you'll find that these cars are as about as bulletproof as Fort Knox. No more problems than you'd expect from an upscale German mfr, such as Audi, BMW, MB. In 18 months, I've had two trips to the service dept; both were for oil changes, and each cost about $260. The second one was the "10K mile" service.
 

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First, you need to be lucky and not get a car that has issues from the beginning. It's bad news when there are problems early on, and often it's not because of the problem itself, but because it's not repaired properly, or other damage is caused during repairs.

So, one piece of advice is that if your car has a problem, do your research carefully and try to bring it to the best service department in your area. Also, be very involved in the process.

If no problems show up early on, then chances are that you'll be ok for the 4-5 years that you're talking about. Just stay away from bad mechanics when you take the car for regular service. Incompetent mechanics are the biggest cause of trouble...
 

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The "people" you referenced must have been talking about Ferrari. Do some light reading around here, and you'll find that these cars are as about as bulletproof as Fort Knox. No more problems than you'd expect from an upscale German mfr, such as Audi, BMW, MB. In 18 months, I've had two trips to the service dept; both were for oil changes, and each cost about $260. The second one was the "10K mile" service.
I wouldn't call it bulletproof based on my personal experience, based on reading the problems forum, based on conversations with my indy Porsche mechanic about his experience, and based on Porsche's well-known track record with some nasty issues... Not saying the 981 is bad (I think this one is decent unless you get unlucky), and I don't know how it compares to other German cars (my Audis have been great, but had bad experience with BMW.)
 

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I had a heated discussion about this with my friend lately in fact.

Porsches are reliable, but they are by no means entirely high or low maintenance. Porsches rarely randomly breakdown. Take aside the IMS issue, which doesn't even exist in your car, Porsche cars generally run pretty well. You can pretty much count on the car starting up everyday for you when you need to go to work -- that's what I call reliability.

How durable are they? The car sits kinda low. So it's inevitable some people could break a bumper here and there, but it's not common. My fuel tank had a crack when I ran through a weird pothole -- I've asked around many Porsche specialists, and they've never heard of this before. It's a sportscar, and chances are people drive it faster and the lower stance would be more prone to paint chips etc. This doesn't make the car fragile does it. Of course it's far from being a hummer. But compared to the Hondas, BMW/Mini, Mercedes, and a Lexus ... I don't find the Porsche anymore fragile to be fair other than a few minor things like cupholders dying. Rattle is actually worse on the BMWs and the Mini.

Now, lets turn to the next page. If is cheap to maintain? Not exactly. You probably won't be putting tires with tread rating of 500, and things are generally a little more highly strung together than a Honda Civic for example. The bushings in your control arms are stiffer, your brakes have more stopping power, the engine has more power than a Civic. So no, the car's not cheap to maintain as bushings, clutch, tires, etc tend to wear out faster than a regular family car. And if you smash your headlights? They aren't exactly cheap.

Then we move a step forward again. How much is a clutch on a Porsche? In where I live, dealer charges around 2400 USD for a clutch change, while the Ferrari dealer charges about 8000 USD to change a clutch on his F430. So, is the Porsche crazy expensive to repair? Neither the case.

Reliable? - hell ya
Durable? - pretty durable for what it is
Cheap to upkeep? - hell no
crazy expensive to upkeep? - cheaper than a Ferrari, more expensive than a Civic, but not exactly off compared to a higher powered BMW

It's far from being a flawless car. The car does have quirky issues here and there. In the grand scheme of things though, it's not worse than any mass produced car that my family and myself has owned.

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4 oil changes, 2 brake fluid flushes, 2 cabin filters, 2 air filters. At 5 years do the battery and the spark plugs and coils.
 
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This is my 6 month old Cayman 2.7.... It went into "limp" mode today driving to the coffee shop. Could not have been going more than 30 mph. Waiting to hear from the dealer.

 

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Porsches break. Porsches are relatively expensive to get serviced. However, Porsches do not fit into the category of cars that should come with a warning. I have had four Porsches over the last 20 years. Two had minor problems that were fixed under warranty but all four of those cars rewarded me with a great deal of pleasure and excitement. In my book the fun to fix ratio is pretty high in favor of the Porsche.
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Porsche reliability is among the top in the industry. Perform the regularly scheduled maintenance and you should be fine.

Check out the 981 Problems and Complaints forum...it's actually pretty dead. It's a good indication that people aren't having major issues.
 

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I've driven 100K total miles on a 986, a 987 and now a 981 without one failed component--not one. Not one trip to the dealer for a problem.

I've followed the break in period for each, changed the oil regularly at 6k miles and followed the other maintenance items per the schedule, which is not cheap.
All of these cars were tracked or auto-crossed on a regular basis.

In your operating environment, I'd pay attention to oil and air filter changes and do them more frequently than normal.

One more thing--are these cars have evolved they have gotten more reliable especially the drive-trains; I would suggest that the 987.2 and 981 are extremely reliable cars which should hit your benchmarks for trouble-free motoring.
 

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4 oil changes, 2 brake fluid flushes, 2 cabin filters, 2 air filters. At 5 years do the battery (4 yrs aka Porsche) and the spark plugs and coils.
To OP in AbuDhabi,

Roger this with one comment.

Porsche says to change plugs at 4 yrs/40K as part of MAJOR maintenance. As to what might be needed to keep the car in tip top form mechanically (the gospel according to Porsche anyway) suggest you see following as to the entire Porsche Schedule of Maintenance.

http://www.planet-9.com/981-cayman-...81-maintenance-schedule-do-items-summary.html
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This is my 6 month old Cayman 2.7.... It went into "limp" mode today driving to the coffee shop. Could not have been going more than 30 mph. Waiting to hear from the dealer.

Gotta admit that it looks pretty awesome sitting on the truck! Good luck with the repair. Wheels look nice with SS.
 

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I drove my 08 CS for 28,000 miles as a DD in Birmingham Alabama stop and go heat for three years. I had oil and filter change, cabin filter change, one set of rear tires and a battery. That is it. I did oil and filter every 4,000+ miles and many will tell you that is borderline paranoia. It probably is not that important.....I expect that if you do the regular service you will have no substantive issue. I drove a Cayman R for over a year in the same exact traffic. I am now in my second year with my 981 Cayman, driving in the south Florida weather, following the same routines with only oil and filter service in that 13,000 miles that have been covered. So, for what it is worth, I am on my 3rd Porsche with no substantive issues whatsoever. Oh, and my 981 was a Launch Car meaning it was a very early 981 C build (delivered April 2013).
 

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Warm it up, then drive it like you stole it right from the dealers lot. Those are very reliable sports cars designed to be driven fast.

Greetings porschers..

Since I will get my first porsche car very soon...i wanted to know your advice on how to keep your 981 for 4years without any major repairs and hassles..People have always warned me about how costly and frequent the repairs and major breakdowns are when it comes to porsches cars....so i want to be hassle-free for the next 4-5 years and without spending lots of money and time in workshops



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Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations, but I expect my Porsche to last 200k miles. My Lexus is at 135k miles with only minor scheduled maintenance, tires, battery etc. One major issue that cost $2200 bucks.

Why would a Porsche that is not track driven be any different?
 

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Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations, but I expect my Porsche to last 200k miles. My Lexus is at 135k miles with only minor scheduled maintenance, tires, battery etc. One major issue that cost $2200 bucks.

Why would a Porsche that is not track driven be any different?
Porsche designs their sports cars with handling, performance, and an engaging driving experience as the top goals, not serviceability, reliability, or worry-free high mileage (most of them aren't driven all that much...) Their current sports cars are difficult to work on because they are mid or rear engine, and other design aspects which sacrifice serviceability and reliability to achieve other goals. The Japanese cars that you mention, on the other hand, are designed with a strong emphasis on ease of repair and reliability. A lot of work that mechanics can relatively easily handle on a Lexus or Infiniti is a lot more challenging on a 981 or 991. Completely different design emphasis...
 

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cross your fingers OP!

just kiddin..

I had my last car lemoned. i had to replace my coilpacks on my S4 - but it was a known issue from the CP manufacturer.

I am assuming it is a new car so you will be covered for the first part of its life.
 

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What is your definition of hassle free? You are buying a Porsche! are you doing your maintain yourself or are you having it serviced at the dealer? If you are getting your service done at the dealer purchase the prepaid maintenance. I also recommend getting the wheel and tire insurance. I went through 6 tires last year due to nails, tires are sticky and not only grab the road but everything else on it as well. Drive your car everyday because these cars are meant to be driven not garage queens and things should be fine. If something breaks that is what you have a warranty for. Good luck with your purchase you will have a lot of fun.
 

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Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations, but I expect my Porsche to last 200k miles. My Lexus is at 135k miles with only minor scheduled maintenance, tires, battery etc. One major issue that cost $2200 bucks.

Why would a Porsche that is not track driven be any different?

Are you planning to drive your Porsche in the same manner as the Lexus?
 
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