2004 Porsche Cayenne Consumer Review: Fun SUV, but lots of bugs

2004 Porsche Cayenne - Consumer Review

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Tiptronic 4dr SUV (3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Fun SUV, but lots of bugs
By mts on


2004 Porsche Cayenne Tiptronic AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)


This SUV drives more like a sports sedan than an SUV. It is an absolute blast to drive on a daily basis. I also use it to tow my racecar to the track and with its 7,700 towing capacity there are very few if any competing vehicles that has both of these qualities. It has excellent brakes and the V6, thought not a speed demond like the S and turbo models, does quite well and will be more than adequate for most owners. The downside to this vehicle is it comes stuffed with plenty of build quality bugs. Most are only annoyances, but they are still completely unacceptable for a premium brand like Porsche. If you can overlook these small problems it may be for you. Otherwise look elsewhere.

Favorite Features

The brakes are great, the "fun to drive factor" is very high for a vehicle like this. Excellent towing capacity and stability. The tiptronic is fun and easy to use. Porsche got the exhuast note on the V6 just perfect!

Suggested Improvements

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. Porsche can do better than this. It's not even in the same league as Lexus or Infiniti on quality control. The doors are too long making it difficult to get in/out in tight parking. The stability management transmission shift points are inadequate for the V6 version of the SUV.
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