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Old 01-08-2018, 08:36 AM
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Hi All,

I'm about to purchase a Panamera 4S 2011 in Hong Kong (drives on the right hand side). There have been no recalls related to the Aluminium bolts broken in the camshaft.

I just heard about this and worried about this issue. Any input is appreciated


I have a few questions that I hope you fellow Panamera owners can help me answer that could lead me to a purchase:
1. I will get an inspection done, if the bolts are aluminium should I be staying away from this car? Or should I get it replaced with steel right away and make the purchase?
2. There seems to be no recalls related to this, shouldn't Porsche fix this for free, if not what are the costs to fix it so the engine doesn't blow up?
3. Is this a concern at all or am I over-worried?
4. Any other important info to share, it can help a lot of potential/current Panamera owners
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:26 AM
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Buy a car with a warranty or buy an extended warranty from the dealer when you purchase. You do not want to own one of these cars without that protection. They are well made, but a small problem will cost hundreds and a large problem will cost thousands to fix.
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Buy a car with a warranty or buy an extended warranty from the dealer when you purchase. You do not want to own one of these cars without that protection. They are well made, but a small problem will cost hundreds and a large problem will cost thousands to fix.
I'm planning to fund fixes myself as there's many independent shops here that specializes in Germans, I am just worried about the:
1. front end noise
2. Camshaft bolts

I'm planning to get these two things fix out of pocket (especially the camshaft bolts since it'll be much cheaper if it haven't caused damage yet), then fund things myself along the way, besides these two things the rest should seem expensive as there seems to be many good reliability comments about the Panamera, what do you think?
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Old 01-08-2018, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Panamerabuyer View Post
I'm planning to fund fixes myself as there's many independent shops here that specializes in Germans, I am just worried about the:
1. front end noise
2. Camshaft bolts

I'm planning to get these two things fix out of pocket (especially the camshaft bolts since it'll be much cheaper if it haven't caused damage yet), then fund things myself along the way, besides these two things the rest should seem expensive as there seems to be many good reliability comments about the Panamera, what do you think?
There is a recall for these camshaft bolts, AH08, parts are presumed available in the US in January. My understanding of the situation is that there have not been many failures.
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Buy a car with a warranty or buy an extended warranty from the dealer when you purchase. You do not want to own one of these cars without that protection. They are well made, but a small problem will cost hundreds and a large problem will cost thousands to fix.
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There is a recall for these camshaft bolts, AH08, parts are presumed available in the US in January. My understanding of the situation is that there have not been many failures.
I hope not many failures too. But I guess I should replace my bolts to steel if the inspection checks that they are aluminium for safety measures?

Does 2011s have more aluminium steel bolts than the 2012s?
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I believe the replacement bolts are titanium and currently not readily available.
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