We just purchased the 04 Cayenne S with under 60k miles, got the extended warranty...after less than a month owning it the rear axle had to be replaced at a cost of $1400.00. 2 weeks later in the hot sun the check coolant light went on, car was in the shop for a week to replace the coolant tubes had to replaced with the aluminum tubes, a Porsche defect that they are currently avoiding, at a cost of $3200.00, exactly 1 week later while I was backing my car into the garage the steering wheel started doing what it wanted and the light came on MOVE STEERING WHEEL there was a loud noise click click click and the car died. Will not start, go into gear, NOTHING. Had to be towed back to the dealer.
I saw a beautiful 2004s on a lot and decided to take it for a spin. This is not a fake Porsche but the real deal! I drove it home a week later. A huge pleasure to drive! One worry was mpg but to my surprise it really gets 21 mpg on the highway at 65 ans cruising. Yes there are some bugs like the radio that doesn`t always work but overall I got a $70,000 car for well under 20 grand. One piece of adviceis to verify how the car was maintained and by who.
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.
This SUV is awesome. I have had every other high end SUV, but none give you the thrill of driving as the Cayenne does. With this package you get the best of both worlds. It handles like a sports car and you can still pull your boat to the lake on the weekend. I have had mine for over 3 years now and still love to see what it can do. There is nothing that sounds better than the sound of a Porsche when you put your foot into it with psm off.
I bought mines used 45,000 which is actually good. Had it 3 yrs and everything at once started to go and man was it costley. Over 10,000 grand in 2 months. The passenger brake goes constantly and the radio everyone I spoke to says they have issues with it. If I had to do it over I WOULD NOT GET THIS. Looks are good but so not worth the money. I could have bought a new car for 10 grand. The headlights are like 1,000 just to replace no spare tire. Batteries are like $500 Very costly to say the least.
The Cayenne's drivetrain (as with most of the vehicle) is not about subtlety. Flooring it from a dead stop results in about a half seocnd of casual progress beore the entire vehicle hunkers down and hurtles itself forward. The wall of power and torque comes down like a hammer and rockets the vehicle ahead with positive upshifts ocurring precisely at redline (6,400 rpm). At 6,500 rpm the rev limiter hits almost as hard as that initial surge of power, but when left in "manual" mode the Tiptronic will not upshift until you tell it to (which is how it should be). Power-braking the Cayenne to about 2,000 rpm at the starting line shaved a few tenths off of its times, but not as much as we expected for a turbo vehicle. Still, a 5.95-second zero-to-60 time ain't slow, especially for a 5,200-pound vehicle.
Like its acceleration numbers, the Cayenne's stopping power was more on par with your typical supercar, not a two-and-one-half-ton SUV. Any vehicle, with the possible exception of Dodge's latest Viper, would be thrilled with a 116-foot distance when stopping from 60 mph. The fact that all three of the Cayenne's panic stops were under 120 feet (proving fade was barely an issue) is proof that the Porsche didn't skip in the binder department. We did note that the pedal tended to sink toward the floor before pushing back against our right foot under maximum braking. ABS noise and vibration through the pedal was about typical for a modern vehicle. This is about as close to breaking Newton's laws as you can get.
Porsche has effectively masked the Cayenne's weight. Steering feel and feedback is excellent, and in "Sport" mode the vehicle barely wavers as it threads between the cones. Only the touchy throttle, which makes accelerating in mid-slalom tricky, mars an otherwise capable machine. This factor made things tricky because too much throttle, followed by quickly lifting off of the throttle, did indeed reveal all 5,200 pounds of Cayenne as the SUV started into a rotation that was hard to counteract (looks like some of Porsche's original soul remained intact in the Cayenne after all). Still, it is likely the best handling SUV on the planet (yeah, yeah, the FX is very good, too). Karl Brauer