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Porsche Cayenne

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  • I have owned the Cay S since july 2003. I have not had any problem regarding alignment etc. Only issue I had was relating to PCM (Porsche communication management) and a bad display cluster in the center console. PCM was taken care of via a software upgrade and the bad display was changed outright.

    In terms of driving, Cay S has been a rock solid vehicle. I will give a whole hearted recommendation to go for it.

    Sanjay
  • clpurnellclpurnell Posts: 1,087
    want reliability and performance. Look at the FX. Don't mean to crash your party Highender :) But if you are used to the lexus treatment, service costs etc you may be happier in the FX.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    no problem, cl...

    the truth must be dealt with....

    and while some drivers have had problems, it seems like not all have had problems...many, like me, have had nothhing but good times in the cayenne....
  • From the Porsche web site,

    05 Cay Turbo is 109K w/500HP,
    All Cay versions have panaroma roof as option
    More on Porsche web site.
  • Thanks to scottphillip, svinaik, clpurnell, and highender. Your thoughts and opinions have been thoroughly helpful!
  • The Cayenne is not perfect. But when compared to all other SUV's it is head and shoulders above the rest. I am totally impressed with the structural rigidity and the driver feedback that this vehicle exhibits. It is a joy to drive. It is an up high sports car that has the performance times to back it up.
  • My dealer in Montreal (Lauzon) organized a
    precision driving school at the Mont-Tremblant
    circuit (30ft wide track with elevation and blind
    turns, real nice track. They run Grand American
    series there). So I signed up and brought my
    Cayenne S. I did not regret going. I was still
    grinning the next day.

    In the morning, there was an hour class then
    we went for drills: Emergency stops, slalom
    course and more braking drills. The last one
    was useful only for the cars as they practiced
    heel and toe technique.

    In the afternoon there was another short class
    and then we were off on the track. We had 2
    sessions on the short track and one on the long
    track. For each sessions, we had an instructor
    in each vehicule to help us around the track
    and to give pointers and also correct our
    mistakes. The only drawback was that there
    was a *pseudo* speed limit as some drivers
    were more agressive than others (guilty as charged!)

    As for the the Cayenne, it showed that it had
    awsome brakes. In the slalom, it took some hard
    cornening to make it go off the line. I did
    leave the PSM on but did not find it intrusive at
    all (actually never felt it coming on). I was
    able to push hard thru some sweepers and I could
    feel all 4 tires working hard but the Cay was
    real stable.

    If was fun having the instructor call on the
    walkie-talkie for permission to pass some boxsters and 911s. But I wish I had a TT as there were two
    at the school but not in my group so I couldn't
    compare against them.

    If you ever get the chance, do attend one,
    it's a hoot and you get to know what the Cayenne
    is capable of in a safe setting.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    wow...sounds like a real adventure and great experience....wish my dealer could get together with others and put one on at Buttonwillow or Laguna Seca ....

    were there any vibrations at high speed ?

    how was the steering feel ?

    wish we could have a Cayenne Road Tour, or Rally.....it would be fun...
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    yes, thanks for informing us about the 2005 changes. I think there are other subtle corrections to previous small problems also.

    Now I think that our engines are also capable of increased horsepower...just by modifying the chip and perhaps increasing the exhaust bore and releasing backpressure during full throttle with a bypass gate/pipe.

    powerchip company offered to 'chip' my TT to 487 hp...but I can not get 93 octane, so cannot get the 495 hp chip upgrade....

    do you know how Porsche is upping the hp on all 3 models ?
  • Power upgrade is only on Turbo model.

    Also, I forgot to mention, 04 models Turbo can also get the Tequiment upgrade (500hp) for $18,500. Not cheap but will get the Cay TT 0-60 under 5 secs (4.9sec vs 5.2 sec).

    Please don't use the dollar to sub seconds ROI calculation. Instead use the the ROFF (Return on Fun factor) calculation and buy only if extra dollars are in the bank. :-)

    From the Porsche web page:
    Porsche adds more spice to its Cayenne Turbo by introducing a new model tuned through the company's Tequipment program. The already potent Cayenne Turbo – the world's most powerful production sport-utility vehicle rated at 450 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque – gets a boost to 500 horsepower. At the same time, torque – what drivers really feel in the seat of their pants during acceleration – increases to 515 pounds-feet. The extra ponies allow the Cayenne Turbo to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and achieve a top test track speed of 167 mph (compared to 5.2 seconds and 165 mph for the standard Cayenne Turbo). The Tequipment-tuned Cayenne Turbo also gets upgraded brakes and suspension to ensure stopping and handling precisely matches its increased power.

    Also available in December 2004, the Cayenne Turbo with the Tequipment upgrade will have a U.S. MSRP of $109,200 (compared to $89,300 for the standard Cayenne Turbo). For those who already own a Cayenne Turbo and desire these upgrades, Tequipment will offer a retrofit package for a U.S. price of $18,500.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    yes...that was nice info...thanks

    but $18000 and change... seems like the Powerchip and some aftermarket parts may be a cheaper way to go....

    but it may invalidate the warranty....which is one reason I did not go for it...

    overall, I think the engine is the same 4.5 liter with twin turbos, right ?

    I agree, use the ROFF method for the tequipment upgrade.

    I heard the S model and the V6 both get improvements in HP....good but it does not decrease the fun factor not one bit, for the 2003 and 2004 models, in my opinion.

    I just bought the some upgrades from CEC in LA....20 " wheels and tires... :)

    what does your cayenne have ?

    IN life, I use both, depending on the circumstances... :)
  • we weren't allowed to go too fast so I can't say anything about vibrations.

    Steering was pretty good, it handled well in the slalom course.

    now, I'd like my dealer get us into an off-road course :)
  • To Gardencar:

    My 2004 RX-330 was a 4WDR, with no nav or upgraded stereo. It did have the premium package. I got $32,500 for it with 15K miles.

    I have had my Cay S for a month, now. Could not be happier with the car, I love driving it. I, like many people on this forum, had the vibration issue. My dealer put 4 new tires on the car and that took care of the issue. While the Lexus got better mileage and was a bit quieter on the road, it does not compare in acceleration, handling and overall fun. Good luck with your purchase, you should be able to negotiate a pretty good deal as the '05's are arriving now.
  • Dear Everyone:

    Any advice for tire recommendations? On a Cayenne S, the four originals are 10 spoke 19 inch Porsche wheels with 275/45/19 Pirelli PZero Rosso tires. Yet, the spare is a 5 spoke 18 inch, 8 inches wide, Porsche wheel with a 255/55/18 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tire. Hence, the spare is lower in height and also has a different width. Would like to obtain a new tire with the appropriate size so that spare will be same size as others. What tire size and tire brand do you suggest? Thanks.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    While you're waiting for a reply here you might also try Tires, tires, tires or Ask Connor at The Tire Rack.

    tidester, host
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    i recently was there...and seems Connor was rather knowledgeable with correct tire sizes and maybe he can suggest one for the 18" rims..

    but I think the different unsprung weight of the 18" wheel and tire combo may confuse the computer , traction control, and all wheel drive system....

    maybe use it as an emergency wheel only will be OK, but I would ask Porsche directly....
  • jfk663jfk663 Posts: 18
    I just bought the exact same tire & rim set up so I wouldn't have to worry about a different tire size. Since there is no place to put this massive spare and still have room in the rear, I just take it with me on long trips and when off roading as well as for peace of mind. I'm not about to buy the OEM rear mount for a full size spare, for me, it takes away from the overall good looks of the spicy little rocket ship. DO not pay full price if you get a full size spare to match, look for take off's.
  • I have a Cayenne, and unfortunately ordered it WITHOUT PCM (figured it was a waste of $$$$ considering it's usefulness), and now that's it's the "second generation" and DVD-based, I figured I'd give it a try.

    I'd like to know how much $$$$ is necessary to take my Cayenne to a Porsche dealership to have PCM installed as Tequipment? Right now (duh) I have just the standard radio and that open space on the bottom.

    Do you guys think now's a good time? (probably...)

    Thanks!.
  • jburschjbursch Posts: 11
    I have seen postings which indicate that one could get larger discounts for 05's ($6-$8K off sticker) for cars ordered to spec vs. purchasing off lot? Looking to purchase a v6 or S soon in the Los Angeles area. Thanks in advance.
  • highenderhighender Posts: 1,362
    certain aspects of the PCM requires it to be factory installed, as it is pretty complicated, ( from what the dealer told me). keyless entry if one example. IT must be factory ordered.

    but I think they must have the car pre-wired , so if one upgrades, all one has to do is pull out the faceplate , connect the wires, and install the PCM in. I spoke to my dealer, and he said they were willing to give certain discounts, especially if you bought the cayenne from them.
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