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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 2011 Auto 34100 Petrol Black V8 TURBO TIPTRONIC S

    £39,950 £39,950


    • Mileage: 34100 mi
    • Engine size: 4.806
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    SG Group and Sons Ltd
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    £14,750 £14,750

    Fantastic specification porsche cayenne with over GBP 10,000 extras fitted in Black with black leather heated electric seats,Other Upgrades - 21inch cayenne sport wheels, PCM Navigation with off road navigation, Bose Surround Sound Audio System, Stainless front and rear protection, Heated front seats,Metallic Paint, Fully Colour Coded Body kit,ParkAssist at Front and Rear, PCM Telephone module, Privacy Glass, Front and rear mats, Black Full leather interior, Four wheel-drive,Air-Conditioning, Alarm, Computer, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Upholstery Leather. 5 seats, Metallic Black with full service history.;;PURCHASE FROM HOME, COLLECT FROM US: Receive a guaranteed part exchange valuation subject to seeing your car,plus a finance pre-approval if required,as we go all the way to get you the best deal with over 40 finance companies that we talk to on your behalf.Then arrange a viewing and test drive by calling us,and once your happy,The car is yours.Also for your peace of mind, please ask about our full cover warranties we can offer you for any car from three months to three years with a total cover,plus our pre delivery inspection checks we do before the car is ready for you to collect,and our after sales,MOTs,and Servicing to keep you on the road.We are always here to help. Thank you;;Available now at Foxearth Sports, Prestige and 4x4 ,Please call us today to either book an appointment,or come a long and see all our invividual motor cars we have for sale.Our company is one of the fastest growing specialized dealerships in the country and have been working in the motor industry for over 40 years,at Foxearth you can always find a variety of manufactures to suit your budget, and if you can`t see what you are looking for, please don't be disappointed,please call and ask us, as we probably have the vehicle your looking for in stock and going under preparation before being offered for sale,or coming in,We always recommend booking in advance to see the vehicle of your choise so we can ensure this vehicle and others are available for you to see due to our vast stock turn over to avoid any disappointments to you.

    • Mileage: 91512 mi
    • Engine size: 2.967
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    £17,995 £17,995

    Essex Prestige are delighted to be offering this beautiful one of a kind Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.8 Gemballa 550, which is a great mixture of Luxury and Performance. This 4X4 is fully loaded with everything expected from Navigation System, Bose Sound System, Park Assist with Camera, Voice control, Music Interface for Smartphone, Sports seats, Heated Seats Front and Rear, Electric Seats with Memory, Suede roof lining, Heated Steering Wheel, Multi Functioning Leather steering Wheel, Roll-Up Blind for Luggage, Door Mirror Electric, Sport Auto Transmission, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Bi-Xenon, and the list goes on.;This beautiful car has a very sought after colour combo Diamond White metallic finished exterior, Camel colour leather with Brushed Aluminum Trim and 22" Alloys really set this car off, viewing highly recommended. This car was category D in 2014 due to a minor crack panel following a road incident as Insurance failed to find a Gemballa part, this was professionally repaired, don't let this put you off this is a one of a kind Porsche drives and looks amazing.;The car comes with full Porsche and Porsche Specialist service History, It truly is a head turner and must be viewed.;All of our cars come with a warranty and have been thoroughly inspected however we welcome any inspection.;FINANCE AVAILABLE, Delivery available, 5 DAYS INSURANCE SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS (CHARGES APPLY). PX, Warranties, Finance, Credit and Debit cards accepted, CALL ON 07494452085 OR ON 07786789786;

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.806
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £37,990 £37,990

    Variant name:Diesel Estate ,Variant: Diesel 5dr Tiptronic S Porsche Centre Cardiff are pleased to offer this well specified example of a November 2014 registered Cayenne Diesel. Presented in a beautiful colour combination of gleaming white paintwork and the contrasting full leather interior in black and garnet red. During the ownership of its one and only keeper the car has covered 40364 miles and had benefitted from being fully maintained by us here at Porsche Centre Cardiff. With its powerful 3 litre Diesel power plant the performance of this Cayenne will not disappoint. The car benefits from having a long list of factory options improving both appearance and comfort. Externally sporty and internally luxurious. The car sits on 21” 911 Turbo Design alloy wheels and the privacy glazing gives a lovely monochrome effect against the white paintwork. A perfect ride is guaranteed with the height adjustable air suspension and Active Suspension Management whilst the Bi-Xenon headlights give perfect vision at night. The Porsche Communication Management system enables the occupants to navigate around Europe with full 3D mapping whilst being able to stay in contact with the outside world via the bluetooth phone system. In car entertainment is provided by the BOSE surround sound system. All Porsche Approved vehicles come with a minimum of 2 years Porsche warranty and road side assistance along with the piece of mind that our cars have all been prepared to the highest standards. Please see the full specification listed and don’t hesitate to contact us on the number provided. We would also be more than happy to provide you with a personalised video presentation of this fabulous vehicle if requested.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 40364 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • 2004 Porsche Cayenne S tip Tronic

    £4,200 £4,200

     Porsche Cheyenne S 54 Reg 119,000 miles gunmetal Porsche Cheyenne 3.2 patrol 5 months MOT full service history online all receipts in all parts. ESP ABS RemoteCentre looking Electrical windows Electric heated folding mirrors electric or sunroof paddle shift gearbox tip Tronic current conditioning climate control Satnav CD player DVD player and on-board computer Hand set freeBluetooth private cl four-wheel-drive FULL black leather interior LED light Front and rear armrest 9x airbags Silver trim 20’ ALLOY WHEELS.   ONO

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    • Engine size: 3189
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    Variant name:V8 TURBO TIPTRONIC S ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: 4.8 V8 500 TURBO TIPTRONIC S - Panoramic Sunroof, 21 Inch Alloys, Heated and Cooled Seats, Huge Spec Please Read Our Comments New arrival in stock we have a very rare and high specification Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the standard specification on this model is comprehensive but it is the factory ordered optional extras that really stand this car apart. Factory options include but are not limited to 21-inch Cayenne Sport Edition wheel painted black with wheel arch extensions, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Panoramic roof system, Extended monochrome black exterior package high-gloss, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Roof rails/drip rails in black finish, Tow bar system with electrically deployable tow ball, Air cooled seat ventilation, Porsche Entry & Drive, Stainless steel skid plates front and rear, Automatic tailgate, Reversing camera with Park Assist front and rear, Heated 3-spoke multi function steering wheel, Privacy glass, Porsche logo and model designation painted, Side airbags (rear), Servotronic, Monochrome black exterior package high-gloss, Universal audio interface, Brushed aluminium interior package, Non-smoker package, One owner from new, Over one hundred thousand pounds new with this specification. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 36704 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £64,990 £64,990

    Variant name:Estate S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: Turbo S 5dr Tiptronic S Porsche Centre Cardiff are proud to present this quite incredible and rarely available Porsche Cayenne Turbo S finished in Jet Black Metallic paint and complimented by the Black Smooth Finish Full Leather Interior. These models are not readily available and to have one as nice as this is an unusual occurrence. The Turbo S is a very well equipped car in standard form and comes with the fabulous 550hp V8 engine that is simply ‘stunning’. It does have a few optional extras making it even more attractive and unique which include; the all-important Panoramic Roof, a Heated Multi-function Steering wheel, Privacy Glass, a Heated Windscreen, a Digital TV Tuner, a Reversing Camera with Parking Sensors front and rear, Bi Xenon Lighting System in Black including PDLS (Porsche Dynamic Lighting System) and Seat Ventilation (front). The vehicle has been put together with a lot of thought as it comes with a Sport Design Package including Side Skirts and an Exterior Package in Black along with Black Roof rails and mouldings to enhance its looks still further. All Porsche Approved used cars are prepared to the highest level by our Porsche trained technicians and receive a 2 year Porsche Extended Warranty alongside Porsche Roadside assistance for complete peace of mind. Here at Porsche Centre Cardiff we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers ensuring that needs and requirements are fulfilled to the highest standard and this is reflected in our glowing customer feedback. We have a dedicated used car buyer at Porsche Cardiff who actively sources the best examples of used Porsche in the UK. All of our vehicles are HPI Clear and are prepared to the highest standards by our fully Porsche trained technicians. To arrange a viewing, test drive or if you would like more information about this Porsche Cayenne Turbo S please call us today on 02920 350 911. If requested we would also be delighted to send you a personalised Video Presentation of this fabulous vehicle.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 26681 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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