2020 Porsche Taycan Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine & Electrical issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

When it comes to luxury cars, few are as recognizable as the 2020 Porsche Taycan. The automaker’s tagline is “there is no substitute,” but customers have been actively searching for one. With the defective electrical system, malfunctioning engine configuration and disastrous service brakes, this expensive EV is a dud.

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2020 Porsche Taycan Electrical System Problems

As an electric vehicle, it’s a given that the electrical system in the Taycan would be top-notch, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

One Edmunds review states, “Be wise!!! Make sure you speak with actual Taycan owners before you buy. This is the inaugural year and there’s been nothing but problems. My car has been in the service garage almost 1/2 of the time I’ve owned it. SOFTWARE issues is all I hear when I inquire as I continue to make my monthly payments without having my car. My brakes failed because of a software issue, my charger overheated because of the ‘major’ software issue and my car slammed I’m the brakes on its own because the sensor ‘thought’ it saw on oncoming vehicle. This has been a resentful and extremely disappointing purchase. If you’ve ever had your car broken into, you’ll understand the feeling on complete violation of personal property and space! This is exactly how I feel about this vehicle even if they ‘fix’ it and return it to me. Porsche has responded to me with ‘we’re looking into this matter and will reach out shortly’… as I am without a $175,000.00 Taycan Turbo which I just bought 5 months ago and is sitting at the dealership.”

Looking at a few of the recalls, it’s evident that the Taycan hasn’t been built to customer standards. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V794000 shows that the pre-collision automatic hazard lights might not activate properly. This defect can be confusing for other people on the road, leading to a higher chance of an accident. Additionally, the EV just wasn’t built up to Porsche standards. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V911000 shows that both the front and rear upper control arm screw connections could be loose on the rear axle. If this fails, the stability of the vehicle decreases, leading to another chance of an accident. With all the expertise in building vehicles, it’s clear that the engineers were on break when the Taycan was planned out.

2020 Porsche Taycan Engine Problems

While the 2020 Taycan doesn’t contain a gas engine, one must still look at the configuration to see how the electric motor and charging system stack up. Sadly, it’s not what most people expect.

Just look at this Edmunds user complaint. “The overall mileage that you get is AWFUL! Only 210 miles before recharging? If I drove to visit friends North of me or East of me, I would have to recharge before we could even drive out to get lunch or dinner! Needs to have a range of at least 400 miles before I could consider it.”

Again, there is a recall dealing with some major issues. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V486000 shows that the software installed to monitor a fault in the powertrain isn’t working right. Without the appropriate amount of motive power, the chance of an accident is increased. This heightened accident risk appears to be something related to the Taycan in general. All that’s needed now is for the brakes to fail.

2020 Porsche Taycan Brake Problems

Oh, look at this! There’s a problem with the brakes with the Taycan lineup – surprise, surprise!

Here’s one more Edmunds customer complaint to read. “Acceleration on this vehicle is absolutely phenomenal but you must have the carbon ceramic brakes and the rear wheel steering. Unfortunately mine did not and the brakes did not function properly like another reviewer’s vehicle and it crashed and was totaled. When going into a turn the vehicle tried to do all the braking using the regenerative braking feature and never engage the mechanical disk brakes.”

Even Porsche recognizes brake problems with NHTSA Campaign Number 21V697000. This recall points out that a pressure input rod connection on the brake booster can detach because it is loose. Guess what? If this happens, the chance of an accident is increased. Hopefully, everyone inside the car is secure during this accident. Although, that’s probably not the case when looking at NHTSA Campaign Number 22V100000. The Taycan appears to have a center seat belt buckle wiring harness with the optional rear center seat that obstructs access to the child seat anchors, so the seat can’t be secured correctly. Therefore, the child will not be safe during an accident. It appears the 2020 Taycan might just be a death trap with a pretty exterior to it.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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