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2,000 Miles In, Porsche Offered Generous Compensation for My New Taycan, But I Need Advice

Porsche did right to this Taycan owner, but some owners consider alternatives like the Tesla Model S or Lucid Air.

I recently read about a Porsche Taycan owner who faced some issues with their 2023 Taycan base. After just 2,000 miles, they had to replace the full battery, which took two months. Porsche offered them a generous compensation package due to these troubles.

The owner posted:

"Since I got my car back with a brand new battery, it's been fine except for occasional PCM glitches which I assume I will have even with a new Taycan. The car only has 8k miles. However, I am not happy with the vinyl wrap as it scratches so easily from rock chips and normal wear and tear and constantly looks dirty...I am thinking of taking the compensation and using that money to remove the wrap and wrapping it with a color PPF..."

The owner also mentioned Porsche's offer to buy back the car after an inspection but expressed concern about the custom wrap affecting the value.

Porsche Taycan Ownership Troubles - FAQs & Forum DiscussionsCommunity's Resonating Input

Fellow Taycan owners were quick to respond, offering valuable insights and advice. Some forum members expressed caution about accepting compensation before exploring Lemon Law rights. Others shared similar experiences with their Taycans, highlighting issues like frequent breakdowns and lengthy repair times.

The Taycan's Troubles: More Than Meets the Eye

The discussion sheds light on several recurring problems that have plagued some Taycan owners:

  • Overheating and failure of the Porsche Mobile Charger Connect (PMCC): This limits charging speed and extends charging times.
  • Frequent breakdowns and lengthy repair times: Some owners have reported spending months without their cars due to repairs.
  • Heating system failures: These require significant repairs and have resulted in minimal compensation from Porsche.

Porsche's Response: Room for Improvement

While Porsche's compensation offer in this particular case seems generous, it's clear from other discussions that their overall response to these issues has been inconsistent. Owners have cited lengthy repair times, inadequate compensation, and a lack of proactive communication from the company. Some have even considered pursuing Lemon Law claims.

Porsche Taycan Ownership Troubles - FAQs & Forum DiscussionsMy Take

This situation highlights the double-edged sword of owning cutting-edge technology. The Taycan is undoubtedly a remarkable machine, but early adopters often bear the brunt of teething problems. Porsche deserves credit for taking action in this situation. However, it's important to ensure that they are addressing the underlying causes of these issues to prevent them from happening again in future models.

As a journalist, I'd advise potential Taycan buyers to thoroughly research these issues and factor them into their decision-making process. While the allure of Porsche's electric performance is undeniable, it's crucial to be aware of the potential challenges that might come with early adoption.

Teething Problems: Not Unique to Porsche

It's important to remember that the Taycan, like any cutting-edge EV, is still relatively new technology. Teething problems are not uncommon in the early stages of a model's lifecycle. Other electric vehicles, including Tesla's Model S and Lucid's Air, have also experienced their fair share of issues. It's the nature of the beast when technology is rapidly evolving.

Porsche Taycan Ownership Troubles - FAQs & Forum DiscussionsAlternatives for the Wary

If you're feeling apprehensive about trying out the new Taycan, you might find the Tesla Model S to be a compelling alternative. The Model S has a long production history spanning over a decade, which means its idiosyncrasies and potential issues are well-documented. Additionally, Tesla boasts a larger network of repair centers and service locations, providing added convenience for owners.

Alternatively, you may want to consider the Lucid Air. Although it's a new entrant in the market, the Lucid Air features state-of-the-art technology and luxurious amenities. Lucid is dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction and is renowned for its exceptional customer service, often going above and beyond to address customer concerns. Furthermore, if you reside near the Lucid factory in California, obtaining support and service for your Lucid Air could be even more convenient.

Porsche's Commitment to Resolution

While the Taycan's issues can't be ignored, it's worth noting that Porsche, as a legacy automaker, has a well-structured system for dealing with such problems. Their dedicated high-voltage battery repair facility in Freiberg am Neckar, Germany, demonstrates a commitment to addressing technical issues and ensuring customer satisfaction. With a focus on continuous improvement, Porsche is actively working to resolve the issues that have plagued some early Taycan owners.

Ultimately, the decision to purchase a Taycan comes down to individual priorities and risk tolerance. While the allure of Porsche's performance and technology is undeniable, potential buyers should weigh the risks and consider alternatives if they're uncomfortable with the uncertainties associated with a new EV.

Disclaimer: This article is based on anecdotal evidence from online forums and should not be taken as the sole basis for making a purchasing decision. It's always advisable to conduct thorough research and consult with multiple sources before investing in a new vehicle.

Image Source: Porsche Newsroom

Author Bio

Bhavik Sreenath is an automotive expert, writer, and founder of Motolog Studio. With a Master's in Automotive Journalism and experience in publications like Bodyshop Magazine, he delivers compelling stories about the cars we love. From designing magazine layouts to reporting on eco-conscious practices, he brings a multifaceted perspective to automotive writing. His experience in Automotive Journalism makes him a vocal voice for car enthusiasts and industry insiders. Follow Bhavik on XLinkedInInstagram, and Facebook, to stay in touch and up-to-date with the latest EV and battery development news.