2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 4dr SUV AWD (4.5L 8cyl Turbo 6A)
The biggest thing to owning a used Porsche, either be a mechanic so you can perform your own repairs, or find a good non-dealer shop to perform your maintenance. Also, knowing where to buy parts (other than from a dealer) is also a big plus. Two good ones are Pelican and ECS Tuning. Another reviewer stated headlight bulbs couldn't be changed, this is untrue for all headlight types and the dealer stuck it to him. Even xenon bulbs in top of the line models can be replaced. For power, few cars available even today can compare to a 2006 Cayenne Turbo S. You can tow with the best of them and the adjustable suspension is great. The interior is a great place to be and surrounds you in comfort. The only things lacking are current tech thought these did have the 30pin ipod adapters that you can now buy adapters for android and iPhone for. You can also buy a new entertainment head unit (around $750) that corrects most tech deficiencies. The onluy thing i miss in my TTS after driving newer vehicls is adaptive cruise control but every time i drive it, it puts a smile on my face anyway.
Overall appearance and inside design are great! However, repair costs are astronomical/not designed for easy repair access and lots of plastic housings that break easily.---example: cannot just replace headlight bulb (which in itself -$150), need to replace entire headlight assy system unit ($1300). Fixed one side, week later the other side is gone -- condensation, etc. Drive shaft shot at 65k miles and oil change at $350! Although i bought (2nd owner) w/50k miles, and the car ran perfectly for 1st year, been constant repairs since then===$9k.
Yes, the Cayenne S has performance, it is downhill from there. I have had the car for 11 years, currently at 135K miles. But the repairs and regular upkeep drives me nuts. You need a new set of tires every 15,000 mils ($1500). You need new brakes every 25,000 miles ($2500), replacing the battery will cost you $1000 because the stupid battery is located under the driver seat. Here is a partial list of things that went wrong - power steering fluid leaked (bad seal), turn light bulbs in the headlight assembly would blow up every 5,000 miles - stopped replacing . The fancy terrain following headlamps don't work too well, power train shaft had to be replaced, engine vacuum problem, all eight ignition coils had to be replaced ($800), gas tank fuel pump plastic flanges cracked ($1500), even the washer fluid container cracked.
At age 52 - I am thrilled to buy this Porsche SUV. After years of owning cars for the sake of saving money - I decided to change things up, at this juncture in life. As a result, this go-anywhere, do-it-all, rocket-sled brick has unleashed hidden Adrenaline I have pent-up inside, for decades. Every drive now brings a huge, LOL smile to my face. Suddenly, spending money on something THIS FUN is now totally worth it. I plan on driving this over-the-top beast to the ground. I can now leave this Earth knowing I drove the fastest, man-made, land object I could afford. My perspective on life is now enhanced. Read all the reviews, watch all the YouTube video on this remarkable machine. There truly is NO substitute...