2018 Porsche Macan Reliability - Consumer Reports
When Porsche launched their first SUV back in 2004, brand loyalists howled. The idea that a carmaker rooted in building finely crafted, uncompromising sports cars would dilute the brand DNA with something so suburban and mainstream was simply too much for Porsche purists to bear.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Macan will be more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2020 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2018 Porsche Macan has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Porsche Macan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Warranty repaired oil leak by replacing entire fuel line as well as master cylinder. This is because Porsche could not figure out the source of the brake fluid leak. They had the car for 7 business days to do repairs and provided us with a loaner vehicle."

Sheldon S., CO (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Leaking brake fluid. Porsche unable to detect source so replaced master cylinder and brake lines under warrantee."

Anonymous, (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Squeaking

"Breaks squeak when car is warmed up and the squeaking is when I slow down at stop lights etc...…….."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Porsche Macan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaking started when the car was new. Dealer mechanic drove it - breaked many times quickly and hard and it seemed to go away. Only once in a while now will the brakes squeak when I stop. Still annoying that this expensive a vehicle has this problem,"

Anonymous, (2018 Porsche Macan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"They couldn't stop my breaks from squeaking. They said it was normal."

Anonymous, (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"It is hard to insert the gas pump filler into the tank and sometimes turns off prematurely."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Porsche Macan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"When purchased my car had 10,000 miles. When I took it in for its first oil change I found out that it had both oil sweat and a brake fluid leak. They did not fix or do anything to help the oil sweat problem. They replaced the braking system."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Porsche Macan S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Porsche could not find source of oil leak. To our dismay, they then reclassified it as “oil sweat” (their term) and said it needs only careful checks. They invited us to bring it in for that at a time when it would not otherwise be due for any service needs. We have written a letter of concern to Porsche about both an oil leak and brake system leak at only 20,000 miles with an equivocal response from them."

Sheldon S., CO (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Porsche found oil leak at 18,000 miles and repaired under warrantee."

Anonymous, (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"WiFi will not work reliably with iPhone. Hot Spot vs. Wi Fi conflicts. Poor connections and understanding of how the system works. Non-existent information in car info booklet."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"I cannot play some apps at all. GPS does not always connect. Podcasts intermittently won't play. Screen goes black. it's a safety distraction."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Porsche Macan)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Cannot play Pandora or Spotify. Just won't play, although the app is on the screen."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Porsche Macan)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Body sensors go off for no reason indication the vehicle is too close to something. The alarm system also goes into rear camera mode when alarm sensors activate. Vehicle is NOT close to anything that causes sensors to activate."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Porsche Macan)

"All the front and rear sensors go off at random times indicating I am too close to another vehicle, which I am not."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Porsche Macan Base Unsure)
Body control module

"Body sensors go off randomly without reason. The car has been returned at least 6 times to the dealer without any resolution."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Porsche Macan Base Unsure)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Slams on brakes on highway with no one in front of me"

Anonymous, MO (2018 Porsche Macan Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When stops you from backing up due to detecting hazard rolled forward"

Anonymous, MO (2018 Porsche Macan Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"The steering wheel would creak/groan in slow maneuvers such as backing out of a parking space. This was repaired by Porsche under warranty at no cost to us."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Porsche Macan Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rattle was caused by loosening bolts. Once identified and tightened the problem was resolved."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Porsche Macan S Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

"Caused shuddering when starting from stopped position. Repaired/replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

"Transmission/transfer case started making a weird noise. They said it's a very common problem so they just replace the transfer case. They have been built an updated transfer case for this model so they replace it with another standard transfer case."

Anonymous, (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The car rolls and is not stable on wet or dry"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Porsche Macan Base 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Wheel balance

"I rebalanced it from the Porsche dealership and it seats and rocks from side to side"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Porsche Macan Base 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Exterior door handles cracked on all four doors"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The door handle pain cracked on all four doors"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Porsche Macan S 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
Mar 03, 2021
The air bag will not deploy during a crash if a front passenger is undetected, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Macan, Macan Turbo Kits, Macan GTS, 2015-2018 Macan S, and Macan Turbo vehicles. The front passenger seat occupancy sensor mat may degrade and fail to detect a passenger in the front seat.
What should you do:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the sensor mat and seat cushion, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed October 25, 2021. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AMA2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V131000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 39547
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Feb 12, 2020
Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Macan vehicles. The fuel pump service cover may contact the flow nozzle on the filter flange of the fuel pump, potentially causing cracks and a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Porsche will rework or replace and apply a protective film to the fuel pump flange. in addition, the fuel pump flange will be inspected and replaced if cracks are present. The recall began April 10, 2020. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is ALA2.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V077000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 70117
EQUIPMENT
Nov 28, 2018
If the ski bag detaches during a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 2017 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Plug-in Hybrid, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Plug-in Hybrid Platinum Edition, Macan Turbo and Macan GTS vehicles, 2017-2018 Cayenne S, Macan, Cayenne Platinum Edition and Macan S vehicles and 2018 Cayenne vehicles equipped with the optional ski bag. The ski bag fastening strap may have been sewn with incorrect thread, possibly resulting in the strap seams tearing and the ski bag being unsecured in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ski bags, free of charge. The recall began January 10, 2019. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AJ12.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V844000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 142
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
May 16, 2018
Failure of the control unit may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 2018 Porsche Macan S and Macan vehicles. These vehicles have a control unit that may fail and prevent safety-related functions such as driver display alerts and possibly impair drivability and post-crash functions.
What should you do:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected control unit, free of charge. The recall began July 27, 2018. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AJ05.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V318000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3
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