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My one year of ownership review
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By aorobert
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2004 Porsche Cayenne S AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl 6A)


Review

LOOKS: It's a beauty. No it is not a VW. FEEL: I have never driven such a tight vehicle. I traded in a Mercedes ML430 for this and never looked back. GAS: Lousy gas mileage, more like 12/15. But for some reason when I get it above 80 my mileage improves to about 18. Too bad I can't stay at those speeds for very long.


Best Features

Wiper speed changes based on amount of rain. Tiptronic transmission. Plenty of room for my 6'4" frame. Radio volume goes to 11. It's LOUD! Love watching friends try to find where the ignition key goes.


Worst Features

Wish the trunk was just a little bit longer. Steering wheel buttons scratch easy. Why hide the 12v power so far under the dash?


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Engine Failure
16 of 90,449 people found this review helpful
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By biodev
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Vehicle

2004 Porsche Cayenne S AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl 6A)


Review

I am / was the original owner of a 2004 Cayenne S. I carefully maintained the car with oil changes every 7 to 10K miles, transmission fluid at 80K and the car was not driven hard. Overall the Cayenne was great to drive but extremely expensive to maintain, numerous brake jobs and sets of tires. The real disappointment was this past week after 9 years and 121K miles the engine failed. The issue was a cylinder scoring leading to failure of cylinder one. The Cayenne engine can not be rebuilt and a replacement engine is about $22K installed, used engines are about $8k installed. Upon searching the web the engine failure is not unique and it seems like it is a major issue with old Cayennes.


Worst Features

Dramatically improve reliability, cost of maintenance and make an engine that lasts.


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Poor Reliability
1 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By Dan
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2004 Porsche Cayenne S AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl 6A)


Review

Parking Brake broke after a few tries. Replaced transmission drive at 40K miles and gear shift really poorly. Climate Control awful making so much noise. LED dashboard was so bad that needed to replace as warranty item. Sun Glasses box broke and cost $250. Oil change or minor maint. is very expensive. I wouldn't buy it if given second chance. Stylist and good performance but reliability is not in the design process. Beside the design for perf. must take reliability and cost-efficient sustainability seriously. Good name Porsche is tainted.


Best Features

Stylist and Performance


Worst Features

Parking Brake. Transmission drive. Climate Controls. Quality LED dashboard. Solid Sun Glasses box. Oil change or minor maint. Reliability and Parts Quality!


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Boxster S Replacement-Almost as Much Fun
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Dr. Warren Bruhl
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2004 Porsche Cayenne S AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl 6A)


Review

I have owned my 2004 Porsche Cayenne S with 20 inch wheels for 7 months and it has been a great SUV with awesome power and handling. Although, the ride is a bit stiff, I have become accustomed to the ride now. I previously owned a 2001 Boxster S and love it. I sold it last year and have enjoyed driving my Cayenne.


Best Features

Strong V8 Power, Acceleration, Handling, 20 Inch Wheels, Color of interior and exterior


Worst Features

Give standard feature of optional driver softening of ride. Better travel of drivers seat back for comfort.


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What else can go wrong
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Beach boy
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2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl Turbo 6A)


Review

Not long after owning this vehicle there was a recall for the transmission. It was replaced. Another warranty issue was the radio/cd player rear seat belts and hinge replacement on the tailgate. Since the warranty ran out at(80,000 Kms) all hell broke loose. The driveshaft flex joint went the heater blower, plastic cooling tubes,(now metal), water pump, brake switch(can start without having to apply brake), warning buzzer for lights left on etc., heated seat module, rust under rubber on door window frame, seat belt springs have weakened,(they jam in door), tailgate barely closes, repairs to the tune of approx. $8000.00. What a $140,000 money pit. Don't buy one.


Best Features

Great vehicle when working. I only wish Porsche would step up to the plate and repair obvious design flaws. Instead of using the consumer as guinea pigs. Shame on Porsche. How much money per unit do they need to make?


Worst Features

When knowing an inferior part has been used, usually by how many the dealerships are ordering from Atlanta, admit to their mistakes, bit the bullet and replace under a recall. I only wish they would get off their wallets.


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