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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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  • 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo


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    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 55000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £55,900 £55,900

    Variant name:Diesel Estate ,Variant: Diesel 5dr Tiptronic S 21 inch Diamond Faced Alloys Panoramic Roof Satellite Navigation Bluetooth DAB Radio Heated Electric Front Seats Stunning Example Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this Stunning Porsche Cayenne Diesel 5dr Tiptronic S. Finished in Basalt Black with Black Leather Upholstery and Piano Black Interior Inlays. This beautiful example comes with a fantastic specification to include, 21" Diamond Faced Alloy Wheels, Glass Panoramic Roof, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, DAB Radio with ipod Connection, Dual Climate Control, Heated Electric Front Seats with Drivers Memory, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Servotronic, Electric Folding Mirrors, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights and Tracker. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 10384 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Cayman

    £19,995 £19,995

    Arctic Silver Ocean Blue Leather Seats 2.7 Litre Flat Six Engine (245 bhp) 18" Cayman S' Wheels Air Conditioning Porsche Stability Management Porsche CDR-24 CD Player Sports Steering Wheel CD Autochanger Rear Park Assist Onboard Computer 32,489 miles 2007 (07) Porsche Cayman (987) for sale This Cayman 2.7 has the 5-speed manual gearbox and is presented in Arctic Silver with Ocean Blue leather seats. The 2.7 litre flat six engine develops 245 bhp and standard features include air conditioning, Porsche Stability Management, an onboard computer and a Porsche CDR-24 CD player. Factory-fitted options include 18" Cayman S wheels, a CD autochanger, a sports steering wheel and rear parking sensors. We know this Cayman really well here at Paragon as we have taken care of it for the last six years. It has driven just 32,489 miles from new in 2007. Enquire Remember... Every Porsche supplied by Paragon is fully inspected by our qualified technicians, and includes a full service, a new MOT and our comprehensive 12 months/12,000 miles parts and labour warranty. Print Finance Options Our Warranty Our Comprehensive Warranty Our years of experience and the meticulous care we take sourcing and prepa

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 32489 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne TURBO

    £71,995 £71,995

    CAYENNE TURBO, 12 K MILES. SIDE STEPS, PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF, BOSE SOUND, 21" GLOSS BLACK ALLOY WHEELS, REVERSE CAMERA, RED BRAKE CALIPERS, SPORTS CHRONO PACKAGE, LED DAY TIME RUNNING LIGHTS, BLACK ROOF RAILS/MIRRORS, BLACK WHEEL ARCH EXTENSIONS, POSTCODE NAVIGATION/BLUETOOTH AUDIO, CRESTED SEATS, MULTI ADJUSTABLE SPORTS SEATS, MEMORY SEATS, CRESTED SEATS, HEATED REAR SEATS, POWER BOOT, PARKING SENSORS, SPORT PLUS BUTTON. A range of finance options are available for this motorcar. Please contact us for further details. **VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** Video channel WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1MARLOWCARS Follow us WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.TWITTER.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARLOWCARS Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy of the above information, some inaccuracies may occur. It is important that you do not rely on this information but check with Marlow Cars limited about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. These figures relate to a typical example of this model when new. They will vary according to the age, condition, fitted equipment and mileage of the vehicle. Bluetooth phone compatibility will vary from vehicle model year, ma

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 11800 mi
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    £16,999 £16,999

    PORSCHE CAYENNE 3.0 TDI V6 TIPTRONIC S AWD 5dr SUV. Diesel. 2009 (09 reg) DRIVE AWAY TODAY. GBP 9K+ OF EXTRAS. 83,871 miles;NO PAYMENTS FOR 2 MONTHS., Upgrades - 20in Cayenne Sport Techno Alloy Wheels P Finish, BOSE Surround System, PCM with Satellite Navigation, Bi-Xenon Lighting with DCSCL, Heated F and R Seats with Heated Steering Wheel, Heated Front Seats with Heated Steering Wheel, PCM Telephone Module with Handset, ParkAssist at Front and Rear, Cruise Control, Privacy Glass, Headlamp Cleaning System, Next MOT due 05/04/2018, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Black Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Four wheel-drive, Standard Features - Air-Conditioning, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Seats Electric (Driver/Passenger), Computer, Alarm, Upholstery Leather, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Body Coloured Bumpers, Folding rear seats. 5 seats, Grey, Free Oil Service and Pre-Sale Inspection. HPi And National Mileage Certificate. Finance Available. Credit and debit cards accepted. BUY WITH PEACE OF MIND. WE HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR OVER 23 YEARS, DELIVERIES ARRANGED. GBP 16,999

    • Mileage: 83871 mi
    • Engine size: 2.967
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £44,990 £44,990

    Variant name:Estate Special Editions Platinum Edition ,Derivative:Platinum Edition ,Variant: Platinum Edition Diesel 5dr Tiptronic S, 1 Owner, Full Porsche Service History, Sports Design Package, Air Suspensio, Pan Roof, 21inch Wheels, Seat Centres Interior Package, Adaptive Sports Seats, Sports Chrono Package, PCM Navigation John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer this stunning 1 Owner Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition Finished in White with Black and Luxor Beige two tone Interior and Black Trim Finish. This car has a huge level of specification which includes Sports Design Package, Air Suspension with Self-Level, Panoramic Roof, 21inch Cayenne Sport Edition Wheels, Seat Centres Interior Package, Adaptive Sports Seats, Sports Chrono Package, PCM Navigation, Telephone Module Bluetooth for PCM, 4 Zone Air Conditioning, Front and Rear Heated Seats, Power Tailgate, Sports Tailpipes, Heated Screen, Reversing Camera including Park Assist, BOSE Surround Sound, DAB, Universal Audio Interface, AUX and USB, VTS tracker, Roof Rails and much more. It was also serviced exclusively by the supplying dealer Porsche Leeds on 15/12/15 at 10910. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland Sales has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 16759 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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    £41,995 £41,995

    2013. 63 Plate. Metallic Meteor Grey, This value for money Porsche is offered with just 2 owners from new, and comes complete with a full Porsche supplying main agent service history, with 2 stamps and Last service at 19000 miles 20ins turbo alloys, with full black leather electric heated seats, with twin electric lumbar support, pcm satellite navigation system, fitted electric sunroof , blue tooth, universal audio interface, front and rear park distance, dual zone climate controlled air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, automatic lights, 100 litre fuel tank, 18 inch callapsible spare wheel, electric windows/mirrors, ABS, remote central locking, alarm, immobilizer, Air Bags, this is a VAT/ Q car.

    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.967
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  • Porsche Cayenne GTS

    £19,950 £19,950

    A fabulous Porsche Cayenne GTS in gorgeous GTS exclusive Carmine Red. Very well maintained and kept by Porsche Club GB member. All documents & manuals, including Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Two keys. New Pirelli PZero rear tyres. Last Full Service cycle including eight new plugs, filters and fluid changes - good for next 20,000 miles or to July 2018. MOT ped with no advisories - next due July 2017. Six speed tiptronic, electric tailgate (with split screen - very handy), leather and alcantara interior with red belts, 6-CD changer, 3-user memory front seats, Park Assist sensors front and back, Bi-Xenon Lighting System, Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, BOSE Surround Sound System, Light Comfort Package, Sun Blinds on Rear Side Windows, 3-Homelink buttons for electric gates/garage door etc, Privacy gl, Sports exhaust is a delight. GTS reg plate included. Really, quite an awesome Porsche and Wants for Nothing. Please feel free to ask any questions or seek more photos. £19,950

    • Mileage: 68600 mi
    • Engine size: 4806
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  • Porsche Cayenne 2005

    £1 £1

    Porsche Cayenne v6 triptronic Navigation systemElectric windowsElectric wind mirrors4 wheel driveLeather seatsTilt steering wheel Tinted windowsAir conditioning 3.2ltrElectric sun roofRight hand drivePetrol5doorSilverAutomatic98701 miles05 plate with private number plates 6months mot CD player fits 6 inElectric seatsHeated seats and steering wheelParking sensors Power steering Full black leather interior Cruise controlAir suspension Triptronic steering wheelTitanium Grey MetallicBig boot space In general a great eye-catching car, don't want to sell but need something smaller.Its 2005, so expect some imperfections. There are a few scches round the car but nothing major. Which is expected for its age. It is due a service hence price. Feel free to come and have a look or ask any questions. Please only serious buyers as I have a lot of time wasters. I'm still using the car until the car sells so I'm not in a major rush to sell. More pictures at request. I live in hailsham East Sussex.07539253795natasha.wall88@yahoo.com £5,999

    • Mileage: 98701 mi
    • Engine size: 3189
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £39,995 £39,995

    Satellite Navigation, 21-inch Sport Edition Alloys in Black, Wheelarch Extensions , Air Suspension with Active Suspension Management, Extended Monochrome Black Exterior Package, Parking Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors , Privacy Glass, Heated Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Remote Electric Tail Gate, Automatic Headlights, Automatic Climate Control Dual Zone, Heated Front Screen , Cruise Control, Electric Folding Mirrors, CD Player, Jukebox , DAB digital radio, Aux Port, USB, iPod Connectivity, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, Bose Audio, Touch Screen, Paddle Shift, Hill Descent Control, Start Stop, Lumbar Adjustment, Traction Control, Computer, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Sport Mode , Isofix, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking, Folding Rear Seats, £15106 Factory Options Fitted, 18-inch Collapsible Spare Wheel, 4x4, Full service history

    • Mileage: 32000 mi
    • Engine size: 4134
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £6,995 £6,995

    Air Conditioning, Full Leather, Satellite Navigation, Parking Sensors, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Full service history + admin fee of £99 (inc VAT)

    • Mileage: 130000 mi
    • Engine size: 3189
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne 4.5 Turbo Black SUV 5DR Petrol Triptronic S AWD 4WD 450BHP-MINT

    £13,495 £13,495

    Porsche Cayenne 4.5 Turbo Black SUV 5DR Petrol Triptronic S AWD 4WD 450BHP  As above my beloved Porsche is up for sale. You will struggle to find another one in this condition with this mileage.  Am not going to try and sell you this because if you’re looking you know what they are.  Important parts.  Full Service History (File full of service history)  MOT DEC 2017  Mileage - 84,700 Genuine Mileage will increase slightly as in daily use.  Aluminium radiator pipe upgraded 8 months ago.  Gearbox transmission fluid change 6 months ago.  New brake pads all round 3 Month ago.  Oil Service and All New filters done at 80,000  Front Lambda sensor needs replacing, have the new one just needs fitting, been quoted £60 from Porsche euro car specialists can have this done before the sale or you can get it replaced yourself and will knock of the £60 fitting cost.  Cheaper tax as on O5 plate just before tax change £295  Tyres in good condition, 2 New front Tyres November. Back tyres good  Basalt Black Metallic in excellent condition, No dents or scrapes.  Full black leather, with all the extra's. Electric retractable tow bar, Heated Seats, Full Bose sound system etc. Professional valet every month.  More photos available on request. Any inspection welcome. Viewing available in Leeds.  Please no dreamers or boy racers I have a busy schedule and don't have time to waste.  If there is anything you would like to ask me, please feel free and i will do my best to answer you.  Payment to be cash on collection or money transferred straight into my bank and car will not be realised until money has cleared.  Private plate on car is not for sale and is going through the process of been removed.  Thanks for looking.

    • Mileage: 84700 mi
    • Engine size: 4511
    For sale
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