2015 Porsche Macan: Security System False Alarm
August 21, 2014
The above photo does not represent the actual incident. It is a clever recreation of events made possible by an advanced forensic technique that involved switching on our 2015 Porsche Macan's parking lights.
Now imagine them flashing. Imagine a piercing high-pitch alarm oscillating up and down. And then imagine yourself sprawled out on the couch watching a fairly loud action movie on TV at 8:30 p.m.
"Yes, it is. Where are the keys?"
No one had touched the vehicle. No one was anywhere in sight, in fact. A heavy truck utterly failed to drive by. The neighbor's dog hadn't so much as wee'd on a tire. And the key was on a nearby table. This was no butt-dial incident.
After this apparent false alarm I moved the Macan from the curb to the driveway. That obviously didn't make any difference because it happened once more at 11:30 p.m. But this time I had to run through the house from the back bedroom.
As I write this I'm told it happened once more to Cameron last night. I'd reported this to Mike Schmidt the morning after it happened, but since no one else had experienced it we decided to wait and see if it wasn't some sort of fluke. Cameron's neighbors can tell you it wasn't.
So we took it to the dealer this morning. They were not surprised. Apparently it's a known Porsche Macan issue that has to do with a flawed motion sensor.
At the moment there is no fix, but a remedy is in the works and they expect updated parts within a month.
Until that time there is a workaround in the form of a trick, a secret handshake. When we exit we're supposed to press the lock button on the fob twice instead of once. This action sets the alarm but disables the motion sensor.
Not quite sure why that function would be there, but we can make some guesses. Have you ever been to the Long Beach Grand Prix and heard the car alarms go off every lap as the racecars come past the parking garage adjacent to the back straightaway? It's pretty hilarious. Or maybe you park next to something less exotic but no less vibratory, like train tracks.
We'll post another update when the parts arrive and the permanent fix is made.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,562 miles