2015 Porsche Macan: Electronic Glitch
October 15, 2014
San Bernardino, California has three claims to fame. One: It is the location of the very first McDonald's. Two: It is the location of the very first Taco Bell. And three: It is my wife's hometown.
San Berdoo was also my destination as I jumped in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S last Thursday morning. I had already punched my destination into the crossover's navigation system and had hit the freeway for what I hoped would be an uneventful 72-mile drive due east.
The Porsche had other ideas.
Within a few miles Howard Stern was rudely interrupted as the Macan's infotainment system seemed to reboot itself. As it restarted, it displayed the storied Porsche crest on its 7-inch screen (I quickly reached for my camera). And when it returned to life it defaulted back to the radio station I had been listening to the night before. Hmmmm.
Not a big deal. I retuned the station on Howard 100, drove for a few miles and then it happened again.
When it restarted, it again defaulted to the station I had been listening to the night before. Weird. This time I also noticed the nav system had purged my destination and was not interested in accepting a new address. Hmmmm.
Back to Howard 100.
A few miles later it happened again.
Now, stuck in some stop-and-go traffic I took the opportunity to throw the transmission into Park and cycle the key.
No luck. A few miles later it happened again. And again. And again. And again. It happened fourteen times during the first 60 miles of the trip. Then it miraculously stopped. Still, the nav system remained frozen.
Whatever. I used my new iPhone 6 to find my destination. Two hours later I returned to the Macan hoping it had healed itself. It had, mostly.
Howard went uninterrupted the entire drive home, and the nav system functioned normally, although its screen remained half black (second photo) regardless of what I asked it to display.
Later that day, I drove the car again. It was fine. Everything functioned perfectly and none of the bugs I experienced have happened since.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 6,434 miles