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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


    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    • Engine size: 4134
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £47,993 £47,993

    Variant name:D V6 TIPTRONIC S ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: 3.0D V6 260 TIPTRONIC S Huge Spec Inc Air Suspension, Panoramic Roof, PCM, BOSE Due in stock we have a beautiful Porsche Cayenne 3.0 V6 D 260 Tiptronic S. Offered in Palladium Metallic with Sand leather this car benefits from a host of desirable factory ordered optional extras including but not limited to Air suspension with Porsche active suspension management PASM £2349, Porsche communication management PCM with navigation module £2307, Panoramic roof system £1368, Park assist front and rear with surround view £947, BOSE surround sound system £918, Tow bar system with electrically deployable tow bar £825, Lane change assist £446, Mobile phone preparation £446, Heated windscreen £324, Servotronic £194, Monochrome Black interior package high gloss. Huge kerb appeal stunning colour combination. One private owner from new and only 14000 miles.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 14243 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • 2005 Porsche Cayenne S


    Philip Raby Porsche Porsche Sales and Service Here’s a rare thing; this 2005 Porsche Cayenne S has covered just 31,600 miles from new, with three owners. And, as such, it is in superb condition, inside and out. What’s more, it comes with the rare and desirable full Panoramic sunroof. The Cayenne is finished in classy Titanium Metallic Grey, with 20-inch SportTechno alloy wheels. The huge Panoramic roof is a thing of joy; at a touch of a button, you can open or close a full-length sunblind, and tilt or slide open the front or rear glass sections to give as much or as little open-air motoring as you desire. Even when closed, the Panoramic roof transforms the Cayenne’s interior buy making it feel so much more light and airy. The interior is fully trimmed in black leather; including the dashboard and door, and boasts fully electric Sports seats with memory, an electrically adjustable steering column, Bose Sound Package, PCM (Porsche Communication System) with sat-nav, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, a chilled glovebox, retractable dog guard, and rear side window sunblinds. The Porsche was last serviced in August 2016 and has covered just 600 miles since; we shall, neverth

    • Year: 2005
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  • Porsche Cayenne 4.2D V8 S TIPTRONIC

    £47,950 £47,950

    Black leather trim, Extended Leather with Individual Yellow Stitching, Driver Memory Package, 14 Way Electric Memory Sports seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, Panoramic electric glass sunroof, electric retractable sunblind, automatic climate control, 21in Turbo Design alloys, Yellow Brake Callipers, GTS Style Rear Roof Spoiler, PCM 3 satellite navigation system, Bluetooth Telephone module, DAB Digital radio/CD, Bose Surround Sound system, Universal audio interface, Voice Control, Online Services, Compass on Dashboard, PASM (Active Suspension Management), Comfort Normal and Sport modes, 8 speed Tiptronic auto gearbox, steering wheel gear-shift controls, Keyless Entry, Auto Stop/Start function, Automatic Tailgate, Park Assist front and rear, Reversing Camera, PSM and traction control, electric windows front and rear, electric heated folding mirrors, auto-dim interior mirror, remote central locking and alarm, ABS, front and side airbags, Carbon sport multi-function steering wheel, heated steering wheel, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, Porsche Dynamic Light System, High Beam Assist, Xenon headlamps, headlamp wash, auto-headlamp function, LED Daytime Running Lights, Lane Depa

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £28,990 £28,990

    Panoramic Glass Roof, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable And Heated Seats, CD Player, Bluetooth, Electric Boot Operation, Heated Steering Wheel, Powered Folding Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Front And Rear PDC, Paddle Shift, 4x4 Two Owners From New. Low Mileage With A Full Porsche Service History. Very High Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Full Grey Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable And Heated Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Radio CD, Media Input, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Heated Steering Wheel, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Piano Black Interior Trim, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Electric Boot Operation, Comfort Lighting Package, Rear Side Airbags, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 5 seats, Dark Blue Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Showroom Is Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open 9.00-5.30 Monday To Saturday, Sundays And Out Of Hours By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 48000 mi
    • Engine size: 2967
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  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo Tiptronic S


    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
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  • Porsche Cayenne 4.8 GTS


    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

    £30,990 £30,990

    Variant name:D V6 TIPTRONIC ,Derivative:958 (E2) ,Variant: 2012 12 Porsche Cayenne 3.0 D V6 Tiptronic A fantastic opportunity to own and cherish this stunning example 12 reg Porsche Cayenne 3.0 D V6 Tip tronic S Auto 5 Door 245 BHP 4 Wheel Drive which is finished in Jet Black Metallic Paint with matching black leather upholstery which is the perfect colour combination. No expense spared on the optional extra spec which includes 21" Cayenne Sport Edition Alloys, Wheel Arch Extensions, BOSE Surround Sound System, Air Suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with Sat Nav, Automatic Tailgate, Mobile Phone Prep, 3 Spoke Multifunctional Steering Wheel, Privacy Glass , Cost of Optional Extras was £13136, Also includes elec Seats, Air Con, Touch Screen Media System, Tip tronic Controls, Cruise Control and much more. Viewing is essential as we are confident there is no better example on the market so call now for more information and to avoid disappointment !

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 44746 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche Cayenne D V6 TIPTRONIC S

    £43,950 £43,950

    Body: Estate Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 35,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2015 (65) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: MOOINLIGHT BLUE WITH GREY LEATHER INTERIOR Lumbar support seats Park distance front and rear. Cruise Control Heated Seats

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 35000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayenne

    £41,900 £41,900

    Variant name:Diesel Estate ,Variant: Diesel 5dr Tiptronic S, 20 Inch RS Spyder Design Alloy Wheels, Air Suspension, PASM, Glass Panoramic Roof, Comfort Memory Package, Electric Heated Front Seats, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Park Assist, DAB Radio, BOSE, 1 Owner, Full Porsche History Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this beautifully presented One Owner Porsche Cayenne 3.0 Turbo Diesel. Finished in the best colour combination on the market today of Jet Black Metallic Complimented with Full Luxor Beige and Black Duo Tone Leather Upholstery with Porsche Crest Embossed Headrests and finished with Piano Black Interior Inlays. This Stunning example is without question the biggest specification we have seen on a Porsche Cayenne at John Holland which includes 20” RS Spyder Design Alloy Wheels, Air Suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Sliding Glass Panoramic Roof, Comfort Memory Package consisting of Electric Front Seats with Driver and Passenger Memory, Electric Folding Door Mirrors, Heated Front Seats, Reversing Camera, Front and Rear Park Assist, Touch Screen PCM Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth with Audio Streaming, Multi-Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Dual Zone Climate Control, DAB Radio with iPod Connection, BOSE Surround Sound, Privacy Glass, Roof Rails In Black, Tow bar, Monochrome Black Exterior Package in High Gloss, Comfort Lighting Package, Tinted LED Taillights with adaptive brake lights, Power Tailgate, Stainless Steel Kick Plates, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights plus much more. Also Benefiting from a Full Porsche Service history completed by Porsche Centre Exeter on 08/06/16 at 20079 Miles and again on 02/05/17 at 40059 Miles. 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.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 45221 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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