Porsche Cayenne Reliability


Asked by Jan 25, 2016 at 06:51 AM about the 2004 Porsche Cayenne S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am looking to buy a 2004-2009 Porsche Cayenne as a daily driver.  I understand the 911s have a range up to maybe 300,000 miles assuming proper maintenance has been performed.  The newer Cayennes are out of my price range, but some in the years 2004-2009 with under 100,000 miles seem to be reasonably priced.  Is there anything special to look for when looking to purchase.   Also, which is the better power train, the V-6, V-8 or V-8 Turbo.  Also, 2WD or 4WD?  Thanks everyone.

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For a commuter car I would buy the most economical and cheapest model which would mean the V6. 4WD is a choice that you have to make but if you live in snow country I would pick the 4WD. You do know that it will cost you an arm and a leg to repair and maintain?

Andrew Dickens

There is no 2WD Cayenne, they are full time variable ratio 4WD only. I would go for the V8 Cayenne S or Turbo as the V6 is very sluggish. Good ones of both can be found for well under $20k. 2 big things to check are the kardan shaft bearing (middle of the drive shaft leading to the rear diff and that the coolant tubes have been updated, as there was a common problem on both of these. Another issue you may see are bad coil packs, there are several revisions, but these are cheap and easy to change.

Stephen Smith

Don't forget, the Cayenne is basically a VW Toureg, so expect VW reliability, which is not good. I've driven the V6 and the V8 in a Porsche sponsored auto cross as an instructor and both are very capable in accelerating, and especially the handling for such a big car. Also the V6 is easier to service, the V8, like the 928 is a tight fit in the engine bay. The V6 with maintenance records and pre- purchase inspection at a Porsche speed shop is a good choice. Avoid dealerships like the plague. Good luck!

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Michael Kane

I love Porsches,, however I would go with a Mercedes or Audi SUV versus the the Porsche / VW variant. If you do decide to go the Porsche route do you research through Edmunds as the Cayenne had many gremlins. I personally believe the Porsche Macan is the better of the two SUVs. Good luck with your purchase.

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