June 12, 2015
In May, our 2015 Porsche Macan S improved its average mpg slightly, and now stands at 17.3 mpg. That's up marginally over April's 17.1 mpg average. The real-world Macan falls short of the official EPA rating of 19 mpg combined, however. We racked up another 2,200 miles in May and passed the 20K milestone. And you know what that means - our baby SUV is going to a new family very soon.
June 2, 2015
A recent business trip required my presence in Flagstaff, Arizona. It's a destination that's within easy reach by car and the decision gets really easy when you consider the scenery along the way. But I'd be covering a lot of miles and there was high potential for dirt-road side trips, so I drafted our 2015 Porsche Macan.
I hate driving an out-and-back trip along the same route, so I hatched a plan to take a longer northerly route for the outbound leg. I figured I could make it in time for my 6:00 pm dinner meeting if I got started before sun-up.
The end result was a complete lap around the Grand Canyon, a landmark I would never quite see during the entire trip. But that didn't matter. The entire area is a road-tripper's paradise.
May 27, 2015
The other day I mentioned we dropped our 2015 Porsche Macan S at Beverly Hills Porsche for its scheduled 20,000-mile service and an assortment of TSBs.
It's back. Here's what got fixed and, more importantly, how much it cost.
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.
May 20, 2015
It was pushing 11:30 on Saturday night as I filled up our 2015 Porsche Macan near the end of a long road trip you'll read about later. A black, last-generation Toyota Camry sat quietly across the island as its driver walked back from the mini-mart after paying the clerk.
Soon after I heard a series of clicks, followed immediately by a muttered curse and a female voice imploring, "Sir, can you help me?"
I was more than a little road weary and just wanted to get home. But there was no one else around and, unlike me, she had jumper cables at the ready. "Sure," I said, figuring this shouldn't take long.
February 20, 2015
Our Macan's TPMS measures the psi as the vehicle is moving. But unlike our long-term Mini Cooper it performs this action very quickly. It's complete by the time I get out of our parking garage. And if I leave the display on the instrument panel, it keeps adjusting on the fly.
February 17, 2015
When I got into our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S in the morning, the TPMS went off immediately. It said the right rear tire was down 7 psi. I got out to look it over and found a large nail embedded in it.
December 29, 2014
As we mentioned in a previous post, our 2015 Porsche Macan S just hit 10,000 miles. That meant it was time to bring it to our local Porsche dealership for its first service. We also needed to exorcise the demons in the infotainment system and a parking sensor malfunction that Mike Magrath reported the day before we were set to take the car in. The sonar-based sensor, which sounds when the Macan approaches a mass at low speed, was triggering while passing slower vehicles on the freeway. We made an appointment for a Thursday at Beverly Hills Porsche and readied our wallet.
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.
September 5, 2014
More and more cars are dumping the tried-and-true dipstick, and our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S is one of them.
As is the case with all modern Porsches, there's no need to open the hood of a Macan to check its engine oil level. Instead, you just flick a few buttons from the driver seat and read the colorful graphic on the crossover's instrument cluster.
August 14, 2014
I had a friend that got rid of his Audi A4 because he hated having to top it off with oil.
"I shouldn't have to add oil to a new car!" he said.
I explained that this was normal consumption for the engine, but he wasn't having it. Perhaps he equated it with having an old car with a constant leak.
According to the owner's manual, the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine in our long-term 2015 Porsche Macan S also requires an occasional oil top off.
Our Macan didn't need any oil at the time of this writing, but I wanted to point out the handy oil bottle holster in the cargo area.
July 09, 2014
Remember our 2013 Porsche 911? Sure you do. It was silver, a convertible and the tire pressures were always out of whack. We've only had it a few days, but I'm thinking our 2015 Porsche Macan S is going to be the same way...