I was wondering how others felt about using an independent service place vs. the official Porsche dealer. Upon reading this thread, sounds like some of you are in agreement with me. I own the car outright and plan to keep it for a long time, so service is important to me.
I ordered my 2018 718 new and bought it via a dealer here in NJ (but collected it at PEC/Atlanta). I ordered mine in Summer 2017 and picked it up in late November of that year. They did the first oil change and related checkups for "free
" when the car was one year old (and in my case, with about 5000 miles). I also had the stupid "cigar grill" recall done at the same time.
So when I'd had it for two years, the dash reminder told me to get to the dealer for the next
The next service, as many of you know, is mostly another oil change plus a series of "checks". Interestingly, when I had the first service done, they told me that the second service would require a brake fluid flush. But when the second service was due and I asked for a price quote and listing of the work to be done, the brake flush was not mentioned. In my experience, brake fluid in a modern car should be good for at least five years.
What did catch my attention was the price
of the second service. $675!
So I checked with my new friends at my local NNJR-PCA and they gave me several independent shop names. I found one 15 minutes from my house. Also, he's a racer (like me) which I saw as a plus. Anyway, he charged me about $250 for the oil change plus a list of checks he provided (plus we talked about car racing....for no charge!)
I will keep all receipts in case there is any future warrantee issues with the car.
I do all my work on my other cars (all classic Brits, which are admittedly much simpler). I rebuild the engine in one of my other cars a few weeks ago. And I rebuilt the gearbox for that car in December. So I can easily manage doing my own oil changes in the 718. But paying just $250 to have that work done by a respected local service shop frees me up to work on my hobby cars. Worth it to me.