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Porsche Cayenne Mk1: Buying guide and review (2002-2010)

Porsche Cayenne Mk1: Buying guide and review (2002-2010) Classic and Performance Car
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With Porsche having introduced some controversial but necessary company-saving changes to its line-up in the form of the Boxster and water-cooled 996 during the late ‘90s, its core followers were perhaps understandably shaken when in 2002 the Cayenne SUV arrived on the scene. Listening to the critics’ early views, one would think the automotive world was coming to an end. Once the dust had settled though, it was clear that the first generation Cayenne was still pure Porsche underneath – and it was to become the company’s biggest selling model ever. Performance, handling and off-road ability were all at or near the best in class.  Looks may be subjective but there is no denying that this new Porsche SUV, especially in V8 guise was as close to a sports car as the laws of physics would allow.
 
The first gen cars can offer some serious value to those looking for a Porsche clothed in a family friendly body style. From the efficient diesels to the stonking Turbo V8s there is wide range to choose from, so read on to see what to look for when buying used.
 

Which Porsche Cayenne to buy?

 
The first cars in the UK were the 335bhp 4.5-litre V8s. While powerful some did have engine bore issues, so approach with caution. The turbocharged versions followed soon after, providing 165mph performance from a class leading 450bhp. The base 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 was introduced to round off the range (285bhp 3.6l from 2007-on) and Porsche’s customers were treated to another first as they released their first ever diesel offering in 2007. Both petrol and diesel V6 models provide adequate performance and are relatively fuel efficient (especially the diesel) but for those who want to get their kids to school first, only the Turbo models will do. Starting off with 450bhp with the first 4.5-litre cars, the final Turbo S had 550bhp and acceleration to match all but the fastest 911s. 
 
2007 saw the majority of the range receiving upgraded engines as well as interior and exterior trim. We would recommend this year as a starting point if your budget allows it. The sporty GTS released in 2008 fills in the middle ground, fitted with the upgraded 4.8-litre V8 pumped up to produce 399bhp and possibly the best exhaust note of the entire Cayenne range. The Tiptronic gearbox works well and the majority of Cayennes are fitted with it. Six-speed manuals were available on the non-Turbo cars, but finding one will be tough. Specification levels are high throughout although try to avoid large diameter aftermarket rims as they can spoil the ride quality, and are sometimes weaker than the original. 
 
In the looks department the Cayenne is definitely an acquired taste, the mid-life facelift helped matters somewhat and it looks its best in GTS spec. Aftermarket body kits from specialists such as Techart can really transform the look of the Cayenne but may not be too all tastes, second hand values can also suffer as a result. For serious performance with serious running costs the Turbo models are still breathtakingly capable, while the naturally aspirated V8s provide a decent slug of power and retain that Porsche feel that the smaller V6 models perhaps lack. 
 

Performance and specs

 
Porsche Cayenne S 
Engine 4511cc, 32 valve DOHC V8 
Power 335bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 310lb ft @ 2500-5500rpm
Top speed 150mph 
0-62mph 7.2sec 
Fuel consumption 19mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed Tiptronic
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2855mm
Length 4782mm
Width 1928mm
Height 1699mm
Kerb weight 2320kg
 

Common problems

 
• 4.8-litre V8s, Turbos and V6 models tend to generally be trouble free although some owners have experienced individual coil pack failures. The early 4.5-litre V8s in the Cayenne S can be a bit more problematic, the Lokasil coating on the cylinder walls can fail leading to a destroyed engine, heavy oil consumption and engine knocking are the early warning signs.

• The majority of cars will have been optioned with the six-speed auto-boxes and these are generally reliable units, one thing to watch out for is intermittent loss of power under acceleration which could indicate a blocked valve in the transmission.

• These cars weigh well over two tonnes, and thanks to the performance at hand, the suspension bushes, brakes and tyres can take a real pounding. Budget for replacing tyres and brakes at least every 15,000 miles. Air suspension systems can develop leaks and pumps tend to get weaker over time. 

• At this stage rust should not be an issue; if any bubbling or peeling is evident it may be a sign of a botched repair job – or a badly fitted bodykit.

• Check for blocked drainage holes as overflowing water can damage the fuse box ECU and ABS controller unit which can lead to extremely costly electrical issues.
 

Model history

 
2002: 335bhp 4.5 V8 Porsche Cayenne S launched in UK. Cayenne Turbo introduced with 443bhp
2003: 250bhp 3.2 V6 Cayenne introduced
2006: Cayenne Turbo S with 521bhp becomes available
2007: Cayenne S gets new 4.8 V8 now with 379bhp. Cayenne engine upgraded to 285bhp 3.6 V6 and Cayenne Diesel introduced with 240bhp – the first diesel Porsche ever
2008: Turbo S receives 4.8 V8, with power up to 550bhp. Cayenne GTS introduced with Turbo style body kit and 399bhp 
2009: 399bhp 4.8l V8 Transsyberia limited edition model built – 600 units worldwide
2010: GTS Design Edition 3 built – 1000 units worldwide. First generation Cayenne production comes to an end shortly after
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.porscheclubgb.com – UK Porsche owners club
• www.cayenneforums.com – Cayenne forum site
 

Summary and prices

 
Starting at £4500, the early V6s offer the best value. While the first V8s may be similarly priced, avoid the S models unless they have had replacement engines (with the upgraded bore lining). Turbos start at £9000 for the early cars right up to £45,000 for run out models. Well maintained, they can be a real performance bargain. For a great all-rounder look to the GTS models, low mileage 2009 models can be found for £25,000 and earlier higher mileage ones are as low as £15,000. Super rare manual versions could be a bit of fun too. 
 
Running costs are predictably high thanks to heavy fuel consumption and pricey parts so don’t forget to budget for this. Choose wisely though and a first generation Cayenne can be a great family friendly Porsche with a well balanced mix of performance and practicality.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 26th Sep 2016
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £29,950 £29,950

    Variant name:D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Variant: Diesel [245] 5dr Tiptronic S

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 49761 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Cayenne "GTS" 4.8 tip

    £23,000 £23,000

    (59 - 2009) 408bhp 78,000 miles Meteor grey with black leather 4.8 litre v8 engine 4 wheel drive 6 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) PDCC (dynamic chassis control) Ride height control Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bose & Bluetooth & Ipod & Aux & Usb Cruise control Multifunction steering wheel Heated memory seats Panoramic roof Porsche Sports Exhaust (PSE) Front and rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 21 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £53,993 £53,993

    Variant name:D V8 S TIPTRONIC S ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: 4.1 D V8 S TIPTRONIC S Please Read Our Comments, This Spec Is Huge Due in stock we have a stunning Porsche Cayenne 4.1 V8 380 S Tiptronic S. Offered in Carrera White with Black leather this car benefits from a host of factory ordered optional extras including but not limited to 21 inch 911 Turbo design alloys with wheel arch extensions £3444, Porsche communication management PCM with navigation module £2307, Porsche active suspension management PASM £1052, Tow bar system with electrically deployable tow bar £825, Porsche entry and drive £744, Metallic paint £720, Roof rails drip rails in Black finish £591 Front and rear heated seats £591 , Sports Chrono £518, Reversing camera including park assist front and rear £446, Digital radio £324, Privacy glass £320, Garnet Red seat belts £315, Porsche embossed head resta front and rear £275, Comfort lighting package £210, servotronic £194, 18 inch collapsible spare wheel £122, Monochrome Black exterior package, Wheel centre with Full Colour Porsche crest. Beautiful one owner example with only 13800 miles. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 13884 mi
    • Engine size: 4.1
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £45,993 £45,993

    Variant name:D V8 S TIPTRONIC S ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: 4.1 D V8 S TIPTRONIC S Please Read Our Comments, This Spec Is Huge Due in stock we have a outstanding Porsche Cayenne 4.1 V8 Tiptronic S. A example with a huge specification level comprising of a host of desirable factory ordered optional extras including but not limited to 21 inch Cayenne Sport Edition alloys in Black with wheel arch extensions £3941, Air suspension with porsche active suspension management PASM £2380, Porsche communication management with navigation module £2137, Adfaptive cruise control £1384, Extended monochrome Black exterior package £1124, Reversing camera with park assist front and rear £1044, BOSE surround sound system £899, Metallic paint £697, Telephone module £523, Automatic tail gate £445, Privacy glass £320, Heated seats £295, Automatically dimming exterior and interior mirrors £243, Servotronic £178, Outer door sill guards in Stainless Steel with model logo £170, Comfort lighting package £161, Wheel centres with full Porsche colour crest. £16172 of factory options. One owner from new only 21000 miles with a Porsche main agent service record. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 21000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.1
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  • Porsche Cayenne 4.2 "S" diesel tip

    £55,000 £55,000

    (15 - 2015) 377bhp 5,000 miles White with black leather 4.2 litre V8 engine 4 wheel drive 8 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) Ride height control Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bluetooth & Aux & Usb Bose & Jukebox & DAB Cruise control Multifunction wheel with paddles Heated memory seats Heated rear seats Panoramic roof & Power tailgate Front and rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 21 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 5000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne 3.0 diesel tip

    £31,000 £31,000

    (61 - 2011) 245bhp 35,000 miles Meteor grey with black leather 3.0 litre diesel 4 wheel drive 8 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bluetooth Aux & Usb Sound plus Cruise control Multifunction steering wheel Heated seats Electric memory seats Electric folding mirrors Panoramic roof Front and rear parking sensors Xenon headlights 20 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 35000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £39,750 £39,750

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Panoramic Sunroof, Satellite Navigation, Central Locking, Privacy Glass, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Sunroof, Power Tailgate, Full Service History, 4x4

    • Mileage: 21000 mi
    • Engine size: 2967
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  • Porsche Cayenne 4.2 D V8 S Tiptronic S

    £50,995 £50,995

    Tiptronic S 8 Speed Automatic Gearbox Jet Black Full Black Leather PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management With Air Suspension And Adjustable Ride Height Sport Chrono Package Plus Sport Design Exterior Body Styling Package 21 Inch Cayanne Sport Edition Alloys With Colour Crested Centres Finished In Matt Silk Platinum PDLS Bi Xenon Lights With Cornering Function And Wash Panoramic Glass Roof With Tilt And Slide Porsche PCM 3.0 Touch Screen Satellite Navigation Telephone Module For PCM Universal Audio Interface Heated Front And Rear Seats Heated Windscreen Reversing Camera Heated 3 Spoke Multifunction Steering Wheel In Carbon And Smooth Leather Carbon Interior Package Guards Red Seatbelts Monochrome Black Gloss Interior And Exterior Package Automatic Tailgate Privacy Glass Quad Tip Exhaust Tailpipes Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Cruise Control Rain Sensing Wipers Auto Lights HiFi Package Plus Auto Start/Stop Electrically Retractable Wing Mirrors Sport Function PSM Porsche Stability Management Hill Descent Control Onboard Computer 8 way Electric Seats Full Porsche Main Agent Service History Supplied with a Independent mechanical multipoint check & 1 years comprehensive

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 29900 mi
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  • Independent Porsche specialists for over 30 years

    £45,995 £45,995

    A great spec one owner Cayenne in Meteor grey, trimmed with black leather. Options include PCM satellite navigation, 20" RS Spyder alloys, panoramic glass sunroof with blind, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), BOSE sound system, 14 way electric memory seats, heated seats, folding mirrors, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Aux/USB, rain sensitive wipers, power lift tailgate, cruise control, front and rear park assist, rear sun protection glass, dual zone automatic air conditioning/climate control and trip computer. Cridfords Ltd Independent Porsche Specialists since 1987, full service history and 12 months warranty. Ask us about the Cridfords Care package including an additional 12 months warranty and Williams F1 ceramic coating paint protection for only £995.00. Finance available and part exchange welcome.

    • Mileage: 21714 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £64,995 £64,995

    Variant name:V6 GTS TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: V6 GTS TIPTRONIC A stunning looking Porsche Cayenne GTS finished in Jet Black Metallic with Leather & Suedecloth sports seats. This particular car has comes with a whole host of additional specification which includes 21" Black Cayenne Sport Edition Alloy Wheels, Black package - including interior, Auto dimming exterior mirrors, BOSE surround sound system with DAB Radio, Heated front & rear seats, Heated Windscreen , Panoramic Roof, Porsche Communications Management (PCM) with Navigation, Power Steering Plus, Bluetooth, Privacy Glass, Reverse Camera inc Park Assist, Speed Limit Recognition, Sports Chrono Package Plus, Heated Steering Wheel. The Options alone on this total almost £10,000 !! Part exchange Welcome and finance available subject to status.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 18320 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • Porsche CAYENNE

    £33,989 £33,989

    Panoramic Glass Roof, PCM 3, Touch Screen Sat Nav, Phone Module, Climate Control, Electric Heated Memory Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Universal Audio Interface, Bose Sound, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with PDLS Porsche Dynamic Light System, Park Distance Control, Sports Tailpipes, Power Tailgate, PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, Secrecy Glass, Colour Coded Arches, Monochrome Exterior Pack, Heated Multi Function Steering Wheel, Tyre Pressure Monitor and 21" 911 Turbo II Alloys. Full Service History. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Jim 07811 208138 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 45000 mi
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  • Porsche CAYENNE

    £43,989 £43,989

    One Owner. Panoramic Glass Roof, PCM 3, Touch Screen Sat Nav, Rear View Camera, Bluetooth Phone Prep, Climate Control, Electric Heated Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Crested Headrests, Garnet Red Seatbelts, DAB Radio, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with PDLS Porsche Dynamic Light System, Monochrome Black Interior and Exterior Packs, Secrecy Glass, Power Tailgate, Black Roof Rails, Aluminium Sill Plates, Servotronic, Garnet Red Dials, Heated Multi Function Steering Wheel and 21" Cayenne Sport Edition Alloys. Balance of Manufacturers Warranty. Due In Soon. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 27000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo Tiptronic S

    POA POA

    NEW PRICE REDUCTION Full Black Hide Black Ash Wood Electric Memory Heated Adaptive Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Sunroof Porsche Communication Module (Navigation) DAB Radio CD with USB & Aux In BOSE Sound Bluetooth Telephone Air Suspension Side Steps Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Reversing Camera Power Open/Close Boot 20″ Alloy Wheels Full Porsche Service History

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 37000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne 4.8 GTS

    POA POA

    2009 Model Year Full Black Hide with Alcantara Electric Memory Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Radio CD Multiplay with Aux In, Ipod & USB BOSE Surround Sound Porsche Communication Module (Touchscreen Navigation) Bluetooth Telephone Air Suspension with Self-Leveling De-Chromed Exterior Roof Rails Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Electric Heated Wing Mirrors Electric Steering Column Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) Power Open/Close Boot 21″ Black Alloy Wheels Spare wheel Electric glass sunroof Full Porsche Service History Porsche warranty has been maintained throughout the cars life . Will come with Porsche 2 year service Superb condition throughout

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 72300 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £44,900 £44,900

    4x4 FINANCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE- We offer this Porsche Cayenne GTS in Fantastic Condition throughout and with Full Service history. Best Colour Scheme and over £17,000 Worth of extras! Cost £84,500 when New! Here at Auto-Sportiva we are an AA Approved Garage so Buy with Confidence. Ask about our Extendable AA Warranties. Spec Includes- Full Black Leather Interior, Porsche Com. Manag. (PCM) incl. Navigation Module, Alloy Wheels - 21-inch Cayenne SportEdition Paint, Panoramic Roof System, BOSE Surround Sound System, Sports Exhaust System, Telephone Module, Roof Transport System incl. Black Roof Rails/Drip, Reversing Camera incl. ParkAssist Front and Rear, Electric Memory Seats, Tiptronic Gearshift, Porsche Entry and Drive, Auto Headlights, Xenons, Brushed Aluminium Interior Package, Electric Tailgate, Heated Windscreen, Privacy Glass, Rooflining In Alcantara, Porsche Crest Embossed on Head Restraints, Front, Automatically Dimming Int. and Ext. Mirrors, Servotronic, Wheel Hub Cover w. Full-Colour Porsche Crest, Power Folding Mirrors, Cruise Control, Stop/Start, Digital Radio (DAB/DAB+/DMB), Metallic Paint, Next MOT due 18/06/2018, Standard Features - 7in Colour Touchscreen, CDR Audio System, CD Radio,m Speed-Sensitive Volume Control. Metallic Jet, DISAPPOINTMENT IF SOLD - FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT - www.auto-sportiva.com. Vehicles Supplied fully inspected, Valeted and with a Comprehensive Warranty and Clear HPI report so Buy with Confidence. Extendable AA Warranties are

    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
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