DIY Maintenance and Modification

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BigPhil
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Re: DIY Maintenance and Modification

Post by BigPhil » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:17 pm

The OPC's aren't perfect.

They charged me £60 to replace the puncture repair gunk can at the 20k service until I reminded them I didn't have one as I'd specced the spacesaver spare. They were a little embarrassed to say the least.

Makes me wonder what what else they charged me for but didn't change though.......

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Guy
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Re: DIY Maintenance and Modification

Post by Guy » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:44 pm

BigPhil wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:17 pm
The OPC's aren't perfect.

They charged me £60 to replace the puncture repair gunk can at the 20k service until I reminded them I didn't have one as I'd specced the spacesaver spare. They were a little embarrassed to say the least.

Makes me wonder what what else they charged me for but didn't change though.......

BigPhil

Gosh that's a little concerning. You just made me revisit my first service bill and do a bit of Google translation from Romanian! :?
Macan S Diesel collected 2 Sep 15 from Porsche Mayfair (UK spec, right hand drive)


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Re: DIY Maintenance and Modification

Post by Bigboyrolo » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:00 am

Guy wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:34 am
Having spent a bit of time on the US Macan forum recently, I notice that a significant proportion of their forum members seem far more prepared to carry out DIY maintenance and modification than us Brits. They have entire threads/topics devoted to both modification and maintenance.

Given that the Macan was only released in 2014, the majority of subject Macans must be under warranty, but those in the US seem to be much more prepared to do work themselves, often will the full knowledge of their OPC. US forum members have purchased spares and occasionally even sought advice from Porsche dealers/technicians.

Some of the US forum stuff that I have seen discussed from a DIY perspective include:

- Engine performance upgrades (far beyond the ‘power chips’ that are occasionally mentioned here!)
- Suspension modifications.
- New sound systems – complete new systems of amps, speakers and subs
- PCM modifications including CarPlay retrofit and screen mirroring through ‘video in’ adaptors
- Retrofit of Porsche options such as smokers pack, tow-bar or comfort/LED lighting
- Hardwired dashcams
- Hardwired radar detectors (allegedly ;) )
- Routine maintenance from oil/filter changes through to brake pads

I am looking forward to carrying out some of the less ambitious non-safety-related work or repairs, but probably only once my car is out of warranty. Guides are available (YouTube, the US Forum etc) for most things, and there is only a limited requirement for specialist tools or test gear/diagnostics.

Are most members (like me) worried about warranty implications, or simply happy to pay ‘through the nose’ for routine maintenance for the short period of their ownership, leaving DIY to the second and subsequent owners. Thoughts?
You probably mean upgrades like Cobb tuning etc. This video https://youtu.be/EV8KNAPcl44 is a great endorsement for a tuned Macan S, even an after market exhaust and Michelin Alpins. As you say US OPC’s don’t appear to have a problem with this type of work. I would certainly do mantenance and servicing if I had to, but with 2yr intervals and a reasonable cost I won’t bother. As you can see I had my calipers hand painted, a huge improvement in looks behind my VG Wheels imo. Only positive comments so far, even from an OPC, so no big deal but if and when I sell, I’ll have them put back to standad silver.

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"Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time" courtesy Pink Floyd.
VG/Luxor S, March 2017 - http://www.porsche-code.com/PHBYR1K2.
SD sold @ 1 yr old/16k miles Jan 17


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