2015 Porsche Macan: Low Oil and Service Due
May 26, 2015
On a recent road trip, Dan Edmunds cycled our 2015 Porsche Macan S past the 20,000-mile mark. When he handed the keys over, he warned me about the service indicator, but I was surprised to see a low-oil warning just a minute or so from my house.
According to the in-car gauge, the oil level was fine, but it was right on the line where something like temperature or even angle of the vehicle might trigger the warning. Instead of reaching for the bottle in the trunk (in its nice leather case), I called the Porsche service center four miles from my house and told them I had a Macan with 20,000 miles on the clock that I'd drop off in the morning.
"For the 20,000-mile service?" the service rep asked. I confirmed. "Okay, that'll be $1,050," he said.
"Dollars?" I asked.
"Okay, I need you to itemize every part and minute of labor for this to make anything like sense," I said.
After a few quiet minutes, he apologized. "Sorry sir, I quoted you for the two-year service, not the 20,000-mile service. This one's $750."
That's still a high number for an oil change and a several inspection checks, but it's in line with what we've observed from other Porsche services. Gotta pay to play.
We dropped the car off, received notice that it was subject to five TSBs, one of which involved the alarm system we had fixed back in November. Because of the additional services, we had to leave it overnight. They offered a free rental, but we declined.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 20,442 miles