Porsche Taycan Powertrain/Shifting Problems

Class Action Investigation

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints regarding powertrain issues in the 2022 Porsche Taycan. Vehicle owners are reporting the vehicle unexpectedly shifts into park or neutral while driving. 

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Is there a problem with the transmission in the 2022 Porsche Taycan?

Yes, there is a dozen complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Vehicle owners state that while driving, the vehicle switches into park or neutral without the driver moving the shifting lever.

Porsche issued a technical service bulletin on April 13, 2022 (TSB #2209/NHTSA ID Number: 10210797) detailed the issue. The TSB states that the two conditions the issue occurs:

  • “Vehicle comes to a complete stop at 0 mph; transmission engaged in Drive or Reverse; vehicle shifts to Park without operator moving the transmission lever. (D/R -> P)”
  • “As vehicle slows down to speeds between 0 – 5 km/h (3.1 mph); transmission engaged in Drive or Reverse; vehicle shifts to Neutral (N) without operator moving the transmission lever. (D/R -> N)”

Furthermore, the TSB instructs dealer service departments to not attempt to diagnose or reproduce the issue and provide the customer with a loaner vehicle.

What Shifting Problems are 2022 Porsche Taycan Owners Experiencing?

Most of the complaints mirror what is detailed in the TSB; unexpected shifting into Park (P) or Neutral (N) while driving at low speeds. Some of the owner complaints reveal that the issue occurred while driving at higher speeds.

Here are some examples of what NHTSA complaints say.

An owner from New Jersey states:

“Car would go in to P or N during slow moving situations. Could of been rear ended or stuck in the middle of a intersection. Many Taycan owners have had the same issue. First time I was in stop and go traffic, as I let off the brake the car went into N. Second time after a few lights, car was in hold. Noticed the car did not go when light turned green when giving power. It was at P.”

Higher Speed Example:

An owner from Chicago stated:

“Drive mode for my 2022 Porsche Taycan 4S has been abruptly changing from Drive to either Neutral or Park on its own. Noticed within first week or so of ownership. Primarily has occurred during low to no speed situations (e.g., turning into a parking spot and car switches to Neutral abruptly or stopped at a red light and switches to Park). However, there has been one instance where drive mode switched to Neutral while I was going through an intersection resulting in a near crash with the vehicle in front as brakes were unresponsive while in Neutral.

Had I not been able to react in time the safety of the passengers in the vehicle in front as well as my wife and I would have been severely compromised. Each of these occurrences were without warning messages (despite the car having a host of other false alarms around collisions, e-sound issues, etc. that occur regularly).

The issue was reported to the dealer on multiple occasions. During the first inspection they told me that there were numerous error logs that had been cleared out and that it should be fine. The issue did not resurface for another couple weeks after which I brought car back in and no error logs were found (and for some reason error logs from prior inspection were not kept for records). They took car in for extended test drive and was unable to replicate issue and said Porsche NA did not acknowledge the issue.

So nothing to be done unless I could record the issue as it happens (i.e., trying to record my drive mode selector while driving). However upon reiterating the risk to safety and numerous reports of identical issues raised by other drivers, they reached back out to Porsche and eventually found that Porsche now acknowledges the issue but does not know when it will be addressed. Even after their second inspection, the issue has still continued.”

Other owners have similar complaints:

“Car went from drive to neutral without any input from the driver. Occurred at a stop light when the car was static.”

“Came to a stop in traffic and vehicle switched from Drive to Neutral. Power steering also lost. Was able to switch back to drive and proceed without incident. This has occurred twice in the 2547 miles I have driven the car since new.”

“The contact owns a 2022 Porsche Taycan. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 , the vehicle shifted into neutral independently, and the vehicle came to a complete stop in the road. There were no warning lights illuminated. The contact also stated the electrical functions on MPH the console was inoperable. .. contact was unable to shift the vehicle into gear. The contact stated that during the failure there was a message which stated to turn off and restart the vehicle, while the vehicle was still being driven. … contact drove the vehicle home safely and then had the vehicle towed to a local dealer. The vehicle was not yet diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,500.”

What should you do if your Porsche Taycan is experiencing shifting issues?

It is possible that your Porsche Taycan is a lemon. Allow our experts to work on your lemon case at no cost to you. The law requires Porsche, the manufacturer of the Taycan, to pay the legal fees for your claim.

If your Porsche Taycan is shifting randomly into park or neutral and you are interested in becoming a class action plaintiff, complete our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443

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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