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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

    £51,950 £51,950

    Variant name:Estate GTS ,Derivative:GTS ,Variant: GTS 5dr Tiptronic S Porsche Cayenne GTS 5dr Tiptronic S

    • Year: -1
    • Mileage: 32528 mi
    • Engine size: 4.8
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  • Porsche Cayenne ON SALE NOW

    £31,995 £31,995

    ONE owner Porsche Cayenne V6D presented in Dark Blue Metallic comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; black leather, electric seats, multi-function heated steering wheel, dual zone climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM3) with navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, park assist with reverse camera, automatic lights with rain sensor, panoramic glass roof, privacy glass and 18" alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: SUV Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 50,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2013 (13) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: Dark Blue Metallic

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 50000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne 3.0 diesel tip

    £50,000 £50,000

    (15 - 2015) 260bhp 22,000 miles Meteor grey with sand leather 3.0 litre diesel 4 wheel drive 8 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bluetooth & Aux & Usb DAB & Jukebox Electric heated seats Sports chrono & Cruise control Multifunction steering wheel Electric Folding Mirrors Panoramic roof Power tailgate & Reversing camera Front and rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 21 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne S Diesel

    £72,995 £72,995

    2015/15; Meteor Grey Metallic/Black Smooth Leather Interior; Telephone Module; PCM; TV Tuner; Panoramic Roof System; Front & Rear Heated Seats; Air Suspension with Self-Level; Ceramic Brakes; Running Boards; Soft Close Doors; Bi-xenon Lighting System; Porsche Entry & Drive; Tinted LED Taillights; Power Steering Plus; Wheel Arch Extensions; Front & Rear Stainless Steel Aprons; Reversing Camera including Park Distance; Heated Windscreen; 21” Cayenne SportEdition Wheels; High Quality Roof Rails in Aluminium; Heated Steering Wheel; ISOFIX; Driver Memory Package; White Reverse Dials; Sport Chrono Package; White Compass Dial/Sport Chrono; Illuminated Door Sill Guards in Stainless Steel; Auto Dimming Interior & Exterior Lighting; UK Car; VAT Qualifying. List Price 91,579 GBP. Pls call with your enquiries & to make an appointment to view - 020 8418 9191 or 07836 522234

    • Year: 2015
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  • Porsche Cayenne S 4.2 Diesel

    £57,500 £57,500

    2015/15; Jet Black Metallic/Full Smooth Black Leather; Telephone Module; Porsche Communication Management; Bose Surround Sound; Power Steering Plus; Heated Front Seats; Reverse Camera; Air Suspension with Self Level; Panoramic Roof System; Heated Windscreen; Reverse Camera inc Park Distance; 21” 911 Turbo Design Alloy Wheels; UK Car; Just Serviced @ Porsche East London; 9,937mls only.

    • Year: 2015
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £51,995 £51,995

    Variant name:SUV 4wd ,Derivative:S ,Variant: Cayenne 4.2 V8 D S Tiptronic S 2015 '15' re with 21,500 miles. Jet Black with Black Leather, 21" Turbo Alloy Wheels with Wheel Arch Extensions, Air Suspension with PASM, PCM with Navigation Module, Mobile Phone Preparation, Panoramic Roof System, Bose Surround Sound, DAD Digital Radio, Sports Chrono Package, Roof Rails in Aluminium, Heated Windscreen, Privacy Glass, Garnet Red Seat Belts, Heated Front Seats, Rear Side Airbags, Porsche Crested Head Rests and Wheel Centres, Monochrome Black Interior Trim in High Gloss. Full Porsche Service History and Lovely Condition.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 21500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Cayman S

    £42,995 £42,995

    Basalt Black Black Leather Seats 3.4 Litre Flat Six Direct Fuel Injection Engine (320 bhp) 19" Cayman S Wheels LED Daytime Running Lights Full Leather Interior Heated, Sport Seats 7-Speed PDK Gearbox Touchscreen Satellite Navigation Bluetooth Phone Preparation Cruise Control Onboard Computer PSM Bi-Xenon Headlights Automatic Lights Stop/Start Function Embossed Crested Headrests Sport Design Steering Wheel with Paddleshift Front & Rear Parking Sensors BOSE Sound System DAB Digital Radio 39,935 miles 2013 (63) Porsche Cayman S (981) for sale This Cayman S (981) has the 7-speed PDK gearbox and is presented in Basalt Black with black leather seats. The 3.4 litre flat six direct fuel injection engine develops 320 bhp, and standard features include air conditioning, a stop/start function, Porsche Stability Management, an onboard computer, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and 19" Cayman 'S' wheels. The extensive list of factory-fitted options include the 7-speed PDK gearbox, Sport Design steering wheel with paddle shift, a full leather interior that extends to the dashboard and door panels, touchscreen satellite navigation with Bluetooth phone preparation, heated sport sea

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 39935 mi
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  • 981 Cayman S PDK

    £42,900 £42,900

    Features 981 Cayman S With Transferable Porsche Warranty Until 22/11/2017 Originally Supplied By Porsche Centre Hatfield 1 Owner From New Guards Red Black Leather Full Official Porsche Service History By Supplying Dealer PSE Porsche Sports Exhaust System 14 Way Electric Sports Seats PCM3 Navigation Module PCM3 Telephone Module (Bluetooth Connectivity) Heated Seats Xenon Plus Dynamic Cornering Lights Auto Dimming Interior & Exterior Mirrors DAB Digital Radio Bose Digital Sound System Cruise Control Electrically Retractable Exterior Mirrors with Memory Air Conditioning Interior Light Package 20" Carrera S Alloy Wheels Multi-Function Steering Wheel in Smooth Leather Park Assistance Front & Rear PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) PDK Transmission Rain Sensor Top Tinted Windscreen Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Universal Multimedia Interface Wheel Centres With Porsche Coloured Crests. Registered: 2013 (63) Owners: 1 Miles: 11,200 Colour: Guards Red Interior: Black Leather BHP: 325 Print Details Enquire Part Exchange

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  • PORSCHE CAYENNE 4.8 TURBO TIPTRONIC 2010

    £32,995 £32,995

    Sunroof Electric (Glass Tilt/Slide), Satellite Navigation, Air-Conditioning (Automatic), Alarm, Computer, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Tyre Pressure Control, Alloy Wheels (21in), Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Upholstery Leather, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Heated seats, Satellite navigation, Parking aid, Sport mode, 71K miles

    • Year: 2010
    For sale
  • 2010 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 5dr Tiptronic S, Fantasic Spec, Air Suspension, 21 Inch 911 Turbo II Alloys, Wheel Arch Extensions, Pan Roof, Sat Nav, PDCC, Adaptive Cruise, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Burmester Surround Sound, Full Porsche History

    £37,900 £37,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautiful High Spec Porsche Cayenne V8 Turbo. Presented in the best colour combination on the market today of Basalt Black Metallic with complimenting Extended Black Sports Leather Upholstery With Embossed Porsche Crests, Black Alcantara Headlining, Brushed Aluminium Interior inlays and finished with a Monochrome Black Exterior Package. This truly stunning example has an amazing specification to include, Air Suspension, Miltek Sports Exhaust, PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, 21” 911 Turbo II Alloy Wheels with Wheel Arch Extentions, (PDCC)Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Assist, Glass Panoramic Roof, Blind Spot Monitor, (PTV Plus) Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, Burmester High-End Surround Sound System, Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Heated Multi-Function Leather Steering Wheel, Heated Windscreen, Dual Zone Climate Control, Radio with iPod Connection, 14 Way Adaptive Heated Seats, Privacy Glass, Rear Side Airbags, Electric Folding Mirrors, Power Tailgate, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Comfort Lighting Package, Servotronic St

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 59699 mi
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  • PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO 2005

    £15,495 £15,495

    62,00mls , Stunning unmarked Basalt black with unmarked black perforated leather interior / black alcantara roof lining , Full length glass panoramic roof , 2 owners from new , Full Porsche main dealer service history 6 service stamps ( last serviced by Porsche Aberdeen August 2016 ) , 20” unmarked Cayenne GTS alloy wheels with new Pirelli Scorpion tyres , Factory privacy glass , Roof Rails , Bose premium multi speaker sound system with sub-woofer / multi CD player , Telephone preparation , command system with satellite navigation , Heated driver and passenger memory seats with bolster , Heated rear seats , Comfort pack , Exterior satin chrome pack / interior satin chrome pack , Dual zone air con climate control , Tyre pressure monitoring system , Front and rear park distance control , Cruise Control , Adjustable air suspension , Adjustable ride setting comfort / normal / sport , Triptronic multi function steering wheel , Automatic adaptive Bi-xenon headlights , Rain sensitive wipers , Tracker fitted ( 3 modules ) , Porsche over mats , 2 x keys / all manuals and service books present , This Cayenne Turbo is in outstanding condition throughout , Practicality and luxury matched with breathtaking performance , Any inspection welcome will be supplied with 12 months Mot and 12 months premium National parts and labour warranty , Competitive finance available on this vehicle .

    • Mileage: 62000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.511
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo Tiptronic S

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    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

    £84,995 £84,995

    Variant: DIESEL 3.0 In stock this 2016 Porsche Cayenne 3.0D. Specificatyion includes the following. METEOR GREY METALLIC PAINT. ESPRESSO/COGNAC 2 TONE LEATHER INTERIOR. BI XENON LIGHTING WITH PORSCHE DYNAMIC LIGHT SYSTEM(PDLS). PARK ASSIST FRONT AND REAR WITH REVERSE CAMERA. PANORAMIC ROOF SYSTEM. PRIVACY GLAZING. HEATED WINDSCREEN. ELECTRIC TOWBAR SYSTEM. ROOF RAILS IN BLACK. BLACK EXTERIOR PACKAGE. EXTERIOR MIRRORS BODY COLOURED. ROOF SPOILER EDGE PAINTED IN BODY COLOUR. POWER STEERING PLUS. AIR SUSPENSION WITH PORSCHE ACTIVE SUSPENSION MANAGEMENT (PASM). SPORTS TAILPIPES IN BLACK. 21 INCH TURBO DESIGN WHEELS. 18 INCH COLLAPSIBLE SPARE WHEEL. COMFORT LIGHTING PACKAGE LED. HOME LINK ELECTRIC GATE OPENER. ADAPTIVE SPORTS SEATS 18 WAY MOVEMENT WITH MEMORY PASSENGER AND DRIVER. SEAT HEATING FRONT. HEATED MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL. PORSCHE EMBOSSED HEADRESTS FRONT. PORSCHE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT INCLUDING NAVIGATION MODULE. MOBILE PHONE PREPARATION. BOSE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM. ONLINE SERVICES. 2 YEAR PORSCHE WARRANTY WITH ASSISTANCE. Porsche Centre Dublin 01 2353375. Afterhours contact Mark Kelly 087 7747871.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 44986 mi
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayenne

    £45,993 £45,993

    Variant name:D V8 S TIPTRONIC S ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: 4.1 D V8 S TIPTRONIC S Huge Spec, Air Suspension, 21 Inch Alloys, Panoramic Sunroof, Reverse Camera, BOSE And More Due in stock we have a outstanding Porsche Cayenne 4.1 V8 S Tiptronic. The standard specification on this car is extensive but it is the factory ordered optional extras that really stand this car apart. Over £15700 of factory ordered optional extras include but are not limited to 21 inch turbo 11 alloys with wheel arch extensions £3687, Air suspension with Porsche active suspension management £2380, Porsche communication management with navigation module £2137, Panoramic roof system £1291, Extended monochrome Black exterior package high gloss £1124, Reversing camera with front and rear park assist £1044, BOSE surround sound system £899, Heated 3 spoke multi function steering wheel £538, Automatic tailgate £445, Type pressure monitoring £437, Mobile phone preparation £436, Privacy glass £320, Heated front seats £295, Outer door sill guards in stainless steel with model logo £170, Comfort lighting package £161, Porsche crest embossed on head restraints £138, Monochrome black exterior package high gloss £122, Wheel centre with full Porsche colour crest £109. An incredible specification and kerb appeal. Only 27430 miles and benefiting from a Porsche main agent service record including recent in November 2016 at 24000 miles. Please register early interest such examples are very rare to the market.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 27430 mi
    • Engine size: 4.1
    For sale
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