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Porsche Cayenne, SUV
Nov 13, 2004 (6:44 am)
I took delivery of my Cayenne S on October 2nd. I special ordered it exactly as I wanted and they gave me $6000 off of MSRP. I ordered it June 25th. I got $14,600 worth of options including the sport exhaust pipes which really look awesome. Additionally I bought an extra set of wheels on ebay so I will have 18" Turbo wheels for "winter tires" and 19" Cayenne design for summer tires. Dont be fooled the all season continental tires aren't real good in real snow (TIRE RACK REVIEWS) and body repair is expensive. Oh well you only live once! Anyway I haven't had any problems yet, and the new DVD navigation system is far superior to the original CD one. Much faster and everything is on one disc that stays in the DVD unit under the pasenger seat.
Oh and gas mileage, I dont know if they did anything about the engine/transmission programming, but I am getting close to between 17 & 18 MPG on the highway right off the dealer showroom. Naturally I am not driving it hard yet and I do notice if you get into it a little the MPG drops quickly, but thats why you bought it, not for good MPG's but for seat of the pants fun, right! Otherwise you dont need the V8.
I have to say this is one sweet performance SUV. I have had many cars and SUV's including the LEXUS 470, and the Cayenne is way beyond anything I have ever owned.
Truely incredible, quality you can see and feel, the execution is flawless. I recommend the smooth leather interior option and I believv it looks a lot more luxurious than the embossed standard leather. Thats just me though, the look and feel in the cockpit is a big deal to me.
I considered the Turbo, but I did not want the maintence issues that go with turbos, and I felt the 340 HP performance was enough to satisify my desire to wear out tires prematurely. Tires are a big deal on this car, high performance tires are expensive to replace and are designed to pefrorm and by virtue of that design criteria they can't wear as long as the standard tire on the everyday Ford or Chevy. Silica tread compounds are used in many new high performance tires and while they enhance handling, these compounds wear out fastrer. The 19" Pirelli PZero Rosso tires cost around $ 1100 a set from the tire rack once you get them installed.
I know I am rambling, but do your homework before you order one, and if you really want a Porsche, dont buy a Lexus or Infinity, in my book there is really no comparison. The Cayenne is KING in my book.
#1270 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [dennis721]
Nov 13, 2004 (8:05 am)
Congrats Dennis! Sounds like a sweet S. Cant wait for mine, any day now. You got an 04? Glad to hear you havent had any problems, that was my biggest concern. Does the sport exhaust make the car any noiser at idle or highway speeds?
#1271 of 2037 Re: Yippee! [madlaw]
Nov 13, 2004 (1:10 pm)
hope you have lots of fun....and let me know how you like the sport exhaust..I am thinking about changing mine too...
#1272 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [dennis721]
Nov 13, 2004 (1:20 pm)
congrats to you too, dennis721.. !!
seems like they upgraded the navigation unit...I think that it is great they did. I still have the CD based one,so it is a pain to have to pop it in once in a while....
I also got the titanium grey color, and like it alot. But my two kid/sons both just saw the Cayenne video...( they sent this out in 2003 , before they released the car) , and in it they had the black cayenne, so both seemed to prefer the black.
they were both amazed that the car could ford small streams....and I let them know that the car doors have special seals that prevent water from entering....but also that one should not ford a stream of unknown depth.
Anyways, they liked the duality of the cayenne...
I would say it is three faced:
1- true offroader...you can go 4 wheeling, in snow and mud and have the utility of a truck.
2- true sports car...you can go with the best of cars, even sports cars, on the roadways
3- luxury car...you can drive it up to a hotel or opera, and the valet will smile....
#1273 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [highender]
Nov 14, 2004 (7:42 am)
Thanks to all you guys too, this forum is really valuable. I been reading it for sometime and found it invaluable before I ordered my Cayenne.
Also I sure do agree with you about the multi faceted character of the vehicle. Indeed it does all those things very well.
I did depart a bit from the norm on color, I like red and so I got the red metalic with havana/sand beige interior.
Also in response to your question on the sport exhaust, I can't say for sure, but I believe it does change the exhaust note more like the standard turbo four flute sound.I bought the option more for the look though, pictures dont do them justice.
I got the winter wheels and tires on mine now with the Dunlop Grantreck WT M2 and they really add to an agressive look. I read a lot of reviews on the tire rack about the M2 and they say these really will get you thru deep snow and they are not noisy at all.
thanks again to you highender and all for the valuable info that gets posted on here.
#1274 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [dennis721]
Nov 15, 2004 (4:31 pm)
your welcome dennis...
I will look into the Dunlop M2s also....since the 'Continentals are very good all weather, but probably do poorly in snow heavy situations....
I have a set of spare 18 " wheels that have the continentals.., but they are nearly worn...
thanks to you also, dennis....
#1275 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [dennis721]
Nov 16, 2004 (2:38 pm)
Dennis, Glad to hear that you are enjoying your CS. I am still waiting for my C, with manual trans. I ordered it in early June.. ;-((
Can you tell me your Porsche ref # (i.e 214xxxx), just out of curiosity, I want to try and figure out why mine is still on a boat ! Thanks.
#1276 of 2037 Re: Cayenne Issues Resolved? [jimvee]
Nov 16, 2004 (3:24 pm)
It is easy to fix the condensation problem. New dehydration bags in the light do the trick. Now lets see if it stays fixed. The sunglass holder requires a new part but really doesn't work click that well.
#1277 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [geohound]
Nov 16, 2004 (4:20 pm)
I ordered on June 25th it was built on Sept 2nd, and delivered Oct 2nd.
2146288. I suspect the manual transmission is delaying yours.
#1278 of 2037 Re: Cayenne S 2005 [dennis721]
Nov 16, 2004 (4:46 pm)
Your ref. number is about 600 higher than mine... at least I know my order went in before yours did. That helps. You are probably right, about the manual tranny.. Thanks for the info. I can't wait to get it !