2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: 20,000-Mile Service
December 11, 2013
We're coming up on a year in our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, and we ticked over the 20,000-mile mark recently. That meant it was time for the 20,000-mile "Intermediate" maintenance visit. I took the car to the Newport Beach dealership from whence we bought it. Now, after Beverly Hills, Newport Beach is renowned for its pricey ways, but here's why I decided to go there.
There are three Porsche dealerships within a 20-mile radius of where I live. The closest is very small, and while the service team is great, you need to schedule your maintenance and repair visits well in advance. Loaner cars are nearly impossible to get there. Another store has a bigger service department, but in this case, the dealer couldn't supply a loaner car. So Newport Beach Auto Center it was. The service department is huge, and Rick, the excellent service advisor, said a loaner would be no problem.
This might be an intermediate service, but the price estimate was advanced: $874. In addition to an oil change and the usual system checks, this service also calls for a new air filter ($23) and cabin air filter ($90). If you're going to buy a Porsche, don't forget to budget for upkeep.
Luckily, there's a 2009 Porsche 911 residing in my garage at home, also purchased from the dealership, and we found a recent dealership coupon that our 911 didn't need. It offered some significant savings, and although it was a few days past its expiration date, the dealership honored it, which was great.
The loaner turned out to be a damned nice Audi A6. I had no complaints about that. Though, as Rick noted, it can't beat a 911 for fun.
Just about five hours after I dropped the car off, Rick called to say it was ready to roll. Post-couponing, labor cost $385 and parts were $291.
Total Cost (after applying $200 in coupon savings, plus tax): $696.21
Total Time: 4hr45
Days Out of Service: 0
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 20,795 miles