Service intervals - impact of low mileage

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robbie321alan
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Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by robbie321alan » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:39 pm

Being retired/motorhomers my new 2.0L Macan has only done 2,800m since new (28 Dec 18). Looking at the service info in the car it is currently asking for an Oil service next Apr 2020, an interim service in Nov 2020 followed by a service in Nov 2022. I was initially told by my SE that the new Macan would only need it's first service after 20,000miles or 2yrs whichever came first. Currently this is putting two oil changes within 7 months of each other?

Apart from ignoring the oil service message, which would then maybe have an impact with the 3yr warranty on the car, any thoughts on how to avoid having two services so close together? Thought I would seek comments on this forum first before raising with my local OPC

Are other low mileage Macan2 owners seeing the same?
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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by VanB » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:47 pm

Check with your OPC as this seems strange to me. Sometimes condition based parameters require an earlier oil change but never heard of one being scheduled 7 months after a service particularly before you've even had the service. Others may correct me, of course.
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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by Ferrat » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:31 pm

A late reply from the South of France. I also encountered the same issue with my 2 litre Macan - at about 4500 km. Have been told by my dealer in Monaco that this is based on oil condition monitoring, but no satisfactory explanation as to how this is carried out. I was quoted 460 Euros for an oil change, which I considered outrageous, so did the oil and filter change myself for less than 100 Euros. Will continue to do this since it is not difficult, but a hassle.


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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by Ferrat » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:32 pm

A late reply from the South of France. I also encountered the same issue with my 2 litre Macan - at about 4500 km. Have been told by my dealer in Monaco that this is based on oil condition monitoring, but no satisfactory explanation as to how this is carried out. I was quoted 460 Euros for an oil change, which I considered outrageous, so did the oil and filter change myself for less than 100 Euros. Will continue to do this since it is not difficult, but a hassle.


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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by Wing Commander » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:08 pm

Nov 20 and Nov 22 would be your standard 2 year and 4 year services. Some models seem to be affected by condition-based oil change suggestions, including the Macan and Panamera. My own 2017 Panamera asked for an oil change at 10k miles and was expecting another at 20k miles. I drove 17k miles in it in its first year.

If you have an oil change in April, the car may not need another oil change at its Nov 20 service. 🤔
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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by mjrennie » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:32 am

I had this only recently. I argued that I was told it was a 2 year service interval, mileage permitting, only to have to do an oil change after 12 months. They said an oil change was not a service. I beg to differ.


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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by On-Track » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:09 am

From my own experience, I know that it is not only Porsche who fit cars with a system that monitors oil condition. All my Mercedes did as well.

With my Cayenne diesel, I had a similar situation to that of the original OP. In my case the gap between oil change and service was only three months so I just had the service done early.

Oil holds its condition better if the car is mainly used for long motorway journeys: 2800 miles in just under two years implies short journeys (particularly if most long journeys are in the motorhome) which is why the oil condition monitor is predicting the need for an oil change early.
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Re: Service intervals - impact of low mileage

Post by robbie321alan » Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:23 pm

Thank you all for your feedback to-date, the car is just over '10' months old as I write.
Peter, concur with your thoughts, a few weeks back the oil service was predicted for 02/2020 but after a couple of recent longer motorway trips to Cardiff & Heathrow this moved back to 04/2020, now back to short journeys it has slipped back a month to 03/2020. Unless I undertake some longer trips, which we tend to do in our motorhome, I'm unlikely to get it back to 11/2020 which is when the first interim service is due.
Think this just highlights the fact the engine oil deteriorates a lot quicker if the car is mainly used for shorter journeys. So be aware when being told the service intervals are 20,000 miles or 2yrs, whichever comes first, the engine monitoring system may decide otherwise!! :?: :(
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