At NINEAUTO we use both OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and genuine Porsche parts. A part can be described as genuine if it is supplied directly through the Porsche network. Genuine Porsche parts will always come in Porsche packaging and be labelled with the relevant Porsche part number. Normally these parts will be identical to the ones supplied when your Porsche was built, however sometimes Porsche do choose to supersede a part but these updated versions are all rigorously tested and fit for purpose… often it’s simply a colour or material change to help Porsche consolidate their parts portfolio.
It may surprise many people that most Porsche parts are not manufactured directly by Porsche and are instead contracted out to specialist suppliers. These third-party parts manufacturers supply Porsche, who then use these parts in vehicle assembly and vehicle servicing. Many of these parts are also available direct from the ‘Original Equipment Manufacturer’ and are often referred to in the trade as OEM parts. For example, Porsche use brakes supplied by Pagid making them the OEM supplier of the part. So in this instance you could choose to purchase brakes directly from a Pagid supplier or go through the Porsche network. Whilst OEM parts don’t have Porsche packaging and don’t always display Porsche part numbers they are often mechanically the same and therefore a savvy choice. (However, there are some parts that are exclusively supplied by Porsche and there isn’t any OEM equivalent available.)
For Porsche Cayenne, the part we most frequently replace (excluding the oil filter) would be brake pads. Given the Cayenne is a relatively heavy vehicle, designed to be driven ‘passionately’, it’s not unusual to chew threw brake pads and or brake rotors every three years or so. For many Cayenne models, especially the older ones, OEM parts can be a much cheaper option to genuine Porsche parts.
The following prices (as of May 2019) give you an idea of the savings that are possible if you choose OEM rather than purchasing through the Porsche network.
Cayenne S 2004-2008
Front Brake Pads Set OEM $175 versus Porsche Genuine Set $525. Rear OEM Brake Discs $110 each versus Porsche Genuine $235 each.
Choosing an Independent Porsche Workshop that offers OEM parts where available and appropriate can be a smart choice that can deliver significant cost savings.