Porsche now offers a range of vehicles from the all-electric Taycan, to the all-conquering Cayenne. And, what do these cars have in common other than the Porsche namesake? If you guessed that each of these models require different kinds of maintenance at different intervals—ding-ding-ding! You’re on the money! If you are lucky enough to own one of these exotic super-cars, you’d be smart to stay on top of a regular Porsche maintenance schedule.
Perhaps something else you may have not considered? Not all drivers are the same. Some owners might drive their Porsche every day; some might race theirs, and others may treat them as the garage queens they most certainly are.
Look, what we’re trying to say here is, no matter which Porsche model you drive or how you drive it, Porsche has a recommended service schedule for your vehicle. Lucky for you, the Porsche enthusiasts, owners, and experts behind Porsche Hangout are here to break it down!
Included First Service
Every Porsche with an internal combustion engine that’s passed through the assembly line since 2018 automatically includes a complimentary first service after the first year of ownership—or 10,000 miles; whichever comes first.
Keep in mind that this is a general rule for all new Porsche models, but diesel vehicles may differ. It’s always better to check your owner’s manual for the exact information on when your first Porsche maintenance should be conducted.
Porsche Scheduled Maintenance Plans
Porsche dependability is at an all-time high, and following the guidelines set out by Porsche in their scheduled maintenance plans are the best way to ensure your Porsche receives service when it’s needed.
Porsche Maintenance for Internal Combustion Engines
For internal combustion engines, Porsche recommends your car be serviced every 10,000 miles, or annually depending on your driving habits.
A major service is recommended every 40,000 miles or every four years. Every six years, Porsche recommends a few other additional maintenance checks.
What does that include, you ask?
- An inspection of the airbag system
- Mounts for assemblies and running gear
- Installing new batteries to the tire pressure monitoring system
- Replacement of the tire sealant
And what about electric Porsche models? What does that service schedule look like?
Porsche Maintenance for Electric Porsche Vehicles
Electric vehicles undergo the same additional maintenance checks but have the advantage of not requiring a scheduled major service. Rather, Porsche’s electric vehicles are recommended to be serviced every two years or 20,000 miles.
Air-cooled Porsches Recommended Service Schedule
Air-cooled Porsches are notorious for being easy to maintain. While Porsche still offers a wide range of support for older models with their Classic Parts Catalog, there is still some debate on how often an air-cooled Porsche should be serviced.
Porsche recommends that air-cooled models be serviced every 10,000 miles, or annually for naturally aspirated models.
Turbocharged models should be serviced after 8,000 miles and have their oil levels checked and topped off every 1,000 miles. Because, as we’re sure you know, this is because turbo engines tend to consume more oil.
During service, a Porsche-certified mechanic will inspect the engine cooling fins and fan for any damage. Additionally, you want to change the oil and filter. If you’re someone who takes their retro Porsche to the racetrack on the weekends, Porsche recommends that the service be done every 5,000 miles, or that you replace the oil after every time you take your car on the track.
Choosing A Service Center to Service Your Porsche
Your initial service visit is usually performed by the dealer you purchased your car from. And, while using a Porsche dealership to maintain your vehicle is the obvious solution, many other Porsche-certified service centers can perform maintenance on your vehicle without voiding the manufacturer’s vehicle.
Remember to do your due diligence when choosing a Porsche service center. And listen to this because it’s important, always make sure they are Porsche certified. Every certified Porsche auto repair and maintenance center will be able to service your vehicle if you added an additional service plan with the purchase of your vehicle.
Certified mechanics will also ensure your Porsche always receives the best in OEM parts and that any repair work done will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Finally, setting up a relationship with a Porsche-certified service center will make owning and maintaining your Porsche far easier once it’s no longer privy to the manufacturer warranty since they are experienced in all of the nuances of common Porsche maintenance issues that come with owning an aging car.
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Well, that’s it! There you have it, folks. That’s the skinny on the recommended Porsche maintenance and service schedules. For more Porsche related discussions, news, information, and entertainment, you can find all that and more on Porsche Hangout! You can also join the Porsche Hangout Facebook community to be part of the discussions and make new friends with like-minded Porsche enthusiasts. What’s not to love about that?
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