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  • From
    Boerne, Texas, USA
  • Porsche Club
  • Present cars
    '63 356 project, '80 911, '11 Cayenne, '08 GTI, '97 Expedition
  • Former cars
    too many to mention
  1. This may not be the place, but I'm starting here. Our 2011 Cayenne with V6 and manual 6speed had been a joy from day one. The only items to be replaced under warranty were the right and then the left outer tailsight assemblies. Recently, the dash information system has informed us that the the PSM, ABS and parking brake was not functioning properly. Well, the parking brake works fine, the ABS and PSM are possibly off line but its really no big deal, except that drive by wire handling has gone away. And, the cruse control no longer controls anything. The local Porsche dealer wants $195 up front to even attach their diagnostics to the vehicles computer. I've read about the low battery syndrone and must report that the battery voltage is within specs and the alternator is doing its job. I'm not a EE but I can learn almost anything, with reasonable support. If there is a resolution to these type issues, aside from opening my wallet to the dealer, I'm here to learn. Thanks for considering this malaise. We also maintain an '80 911, an '08 GTI, a '97 Expedition, and there is a '63 356 on its way back from abandonment.
  2. Sorry, but there is not magical "reset" button on the vehicle, you need a Porsche specific scan tool (PIWIS, Durametric) to analyze and reset certain error codes like PSM or ABS on these cars. Most newer cars are this way, requiring a specialized tool to reset certain "restricted" code areas. That said, sudden multiple MIL lights are often the sign of an electrical issue, usually low voltage. I would have the battery and charging system load tested by any credible shop to make sure both the battery and alternator are working correctly. Interesting take on the possible source of these allerts. I also appreciate your references to diagnostic equipment that may be of some assistance. For those who would prefer to engage some hands on learning, its always best to begin with reading the manuals, if there were only factory or service manuals to read. As always, pulling together in the same direction usually proves useful in weeding out the gremlins that have a way of interupting and changing the course of ones preferred chores for the day. Soooooo, you find time to engage the faithful with your insight, must be a daunting task. Have a good one.
  3. Our 2011 Cayenne has recently displayed its dash warning symbols for the subject systems. However, all systems seem to be working properly. That is, the parking brake sets normally, the brakes work fine, and the driving/handling is still exceptional. What has actually ceased functioning is the cruse control, and there was no notice of its failure to operate properly. I suspect there is a reset function somewhere but a stop at closest Porsche dealer (90 miles round trip) proved a bad idea. The service rep took to Cayenne into the shop, monitored the systems, came back and described how it would cost me $197 to run a diagnostic on the system. Not being from this new world of making a buck before performing a service was an adventure I was unwilling to take. This is our Cayenne, no longer the dealers as the warranty plan ended last January. Some things are simple, some are hard. How hard can it be to press a reset button or change our a sensor? If no reset button, well, what is the world of Porsche coming to? As there is obviously something amis, I prefer to be the one making things all better. If this is truly a technical support forum, please, someone of substance, show me your grit.
  4. Our 2011 Cayenne has three pedals on the floor. The low range used in the first generation Cayenne are now part of the Mark's design history. The current system is full time rear wheel drive and no longer has the dual range system used in earlier models. Even with the manual transmission, engagement of all wheel drive is made electronically by a switch on the console. Yes, I ordered the locking rear axle, a must if you want to get where you intended going. That said, four wheel drive is still what it has always been, a way to find yourself stuck in deeper snow. Know your limitations and go forth and explore till your hearts content. What I have found is that by using the sport sunction on the console, I really have no need to routinely engage first gear, except for pulling a hill or a stump. First gear is now like the old grandma gear, and everything above that is normal gearing for handling the chores of your preferred driving habits. At first I was miffed that there was no longer the old low range gears. After all these years, I don't know what I was concerned about. It was a change for which Porsche never announced the details about before hand, ownership was the way the word was made known. Soooooo, look for pre-2011 Cayenne's if your set on having lower gears throughout the shifting zones. For my money, the improvements found in 2011 and later years was the right decision.
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