2005 Porsche Cayenne Review

Pros & Cons

  • Sports car performance, available adjustable ride height and suspension damping control, solid off-road capability and towing capacity, slightly more cargo room than a Range Rover.
  • Can't match the Rover in the dirt, annoying turbo lag on top end model, you have to pay a little extra for the name.
List Price Estimate
$2,088 - $3,483

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Awkward-looking but thrilling behind the wheel, the Cayenne is a thoroughly capable vehicle that makes good on its Porsche nameplate.

2005 Highlights

The base Cayenne receives a six-speed manual transmission and Porsche's Drive-Off Assistant System, otherwise known as a "hill-holder" clutch. All Cayenne models now feature a power rear tailgate and body-colored side sills and fascias. An optional panoramic power sunroof debuts this year, along with an available rearview camera system. A comprehensive performance upgrade package is available on the Turbo model through Porsche's Tequipment program. Highlights include a horsepower increase to 500 and upgraded brakes.

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Loved this car for 4 years and then...
roy_taylor,01/23/2012
S AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl 6A)
I absolutely loved everything about my Cayenne GTS and have been thrilled with it, until this weekend. On a ski trip to Mammoth from LA the transmission has gotten stuck in low range. It wont move up to give me a limited differential and it wont move down to road mode. If I try the 307 mile journey home I have to do it at 50mph. I googled the issue and now find that its a common problem. Porsche roadside assistance is coming tomorrow to get it but wont tow it back to LA only to Fresno. Porsche have totally let ,me down.
The Ultimate SUV
Ethan,06/23/2006
Turbo AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl Turbo 6A)
I purchased a used but untitled Porsche Cayenne Turbo about 8 months ago. I have put approximately 10,000 miles on it (it previously had 5,000). It has had absolutely no problems. Its acceleration and handling are on par with most sport cars. Its off-road handling is also excellent. The adjustable ride height is a must if you plan to do any significant off-road driving. However, this option also improves daily driving, allowing you to set a fairly low, more car-like ride height.
2005 Porsche Cayenne 6 Cyl. Review
Greg Wolfner,12/12/2004
Tiptronic AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
My Porsche Cayenns is an awesome SUV, I have the 6 cylinder model and would love to try the turbo. Make sure your Cayenne has the best headlights made. I'm very disappointed in the standard headlights. This is not a very large SUV, the interior room is only fair. Keep in mind if you look to go off road that the stock tires are not designed for it. My final conclusion is that this is a 911 with a SUV Body. It is a lot of fun to drive!
Porche Cayenne-Great vehicle
Mike Bement,04/13/2005
Turbo AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl Turbo 6A)
This is the perfect vehicle for me. I love the speed of a sports car. I love the head room and storage room of an SUV. The Turbo Cayenne does it all. It is absolutely beautiful. Mike Bement

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Used 2005 Porsche Cayenne Overview

The Used 2005 Porsche Cayenne is offered in the following submodels: Cayenne SUV. Available styles include S AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl 6A), AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6M), Tiptronic AWD 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A), and Turbo AWD 4dr SUV (4.5L 8cyl Turbo 6A). Pre-owned Porsche Cayenne models are available with a 4.5 L-liter gas engine or a 3.2 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 340 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2005 Porsche Cayenne comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 6-speed manual. The Used 2005 Porsche Cayenne comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Porsche Cayenne?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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