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#1539 of 2038 Re: Blackout exterior package for Cayenne [bocabrian]
Jun 22, 2005 (10:19 am)
Just picked up my Cayenne from the dealer yesterday. The blackout trim looks great, especially on my black exterior. It did take some doing though, the dealer sent it out to the body shop down the street that they use for repair on Porsches.
Apparantley its pretty straight forward except the far back windows behind the passenger doors. They have to take out those windows because the trim is part of the windows. The blackout trim replaced every silver exterior piece except the door handles. Like I said, it looks great. My dealer where I bought the Cayenne and have it serviced is Hendrick Porsche in Charlotte. The head of the service department had offered to replace the silver trim with silver trim (which would of gone thru the same process of switching out that the black trim did), but when I asked if the blackout trim could be done instead, he spoke with the district Porsche guy who said yes. When the head of service ordered the parts, he said that even though it is a $320 option on 2005"s, the blackout trim parts were the same price as the silver trim parts except for about $30. All work and parts were covered under warranty. BTW, I had the wood shifter added to replace the stock shifter and it goes great with my wood interior. So in conclusion, not an easy replacement but the final result does look much better and hopefully no discoloration.
#1540 of 2038 Re: Blackout exterior package for Cayenne [jimscays]
Jun 22, 2005 (1:51 pm)
Looking for some additional input:
I am scheduled to pick up a new 2005 Cayenne (V6) this Friday, but I am getting a case of pre-buyers remorse. Can someone provide input to the following:
1) How long do the tires REALLY last? Should I expect to pay $2k for new tires in less than 20,000 miles?
2) How has reliability been on the 05 models? Due to the relative newness of the 05's, It sounds like most of the input is on older models, and
3) Do you guys recommend a Cay, X5 or MDX?
Thanks in advance for your input...
#1542 of 2038 Re: Blackout exterior package for Cayenne [2cayornot2cay]
Jun 23, 2005 (6:23 am)
For Cay or not to Cay,
Go for it!! I do not think you will be anything but glad you did. I have a 2004 Cayenne S with 20,000 miles on it and the only problem I have had was a faulty drivers window switch and the aforementioned exterior discoloring of the silver trim, both replaced to my satisfaction by my porsche dealer under warranty.
The only difference I see between the Cayenne and the Cayenne S basically is the engine. The looks and options are the same. I would think you should have a little better tire wear with the 6 cyl model. My tires lasted about 15,000 miles, granted thats not alot but if you look on tirerack.com you will see several tires for the Cayenne that start at $99.
I replaced my stock Continetal tires with Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus ($175) and they ride smoother and are lasting longer than the Conti's.
As far as the "newness" of an 05, the Cayenne came out in 2003. The 6 cylinder model did come out as an 05 model but other than the engine, black rings around the gauges, and a different stock radio there are no other differences. If anything an 05 model should hold up better than an 04 or 03 due to improvements that cars go thru as they progress thru their lifecycle.
I guess if aliens invaded the earth and took all the Cayennes with them ( which I'm sure would be their vehicle of choice), I would be forced to drive an BMW X5, but I would always long for my Cayenne. I especially love the luxurious and comfortable interior, the sharp looking exterior, and the ride. Get the Cay and don't look back.
#1543 of 2038 Re: Also picking up on Friday! [2cayornot2cay]
Jun 23, 2005 (8:10 am)
I too am scheduled to pick up a new 2005 Cayenne S on Friday (Maryland)! I haven't slept for 2 nights...and buyers remorse has also set in--big time! Unfortunately, I had to drop the Air Susp. option that I wanted--and I keep second guessing my decision. I'm sure the remorse will go away as soon as I finish my drive home from the dealer (an hour of driving the Cay should solve that issue!). The other thing I'm really worried about is the shimmy/vibration at high speeds...already e-mailed the dealer to make sure it's perfect or I'm walking (thanks to the posters on the roadfly site). Best wishes with your Cayenne! What color comb. did you get?
#1544 of 2038 Re: Blackout exterior package for Cayenne [jimscays]
Jun 23, 2005 (8:22 am)
Thanks for the pep talk! I'm also picking my 05 CayS up on Friday and I've been a nervous wreck! Interesting about the discoloration of the silver--I almost bought one of the three cars my dealer had with the blackout pkg--but went with the silver instead (had more interior options). We'll see how the silver holds up!
#1545 of 2038 Re: Blackout exterior package for Cayenne [mandyr1050]
Jun 23, 2005 (8:43 am)
Thanks for the posts. I wanted the responses to be positive, so my decision has already been completely biased. I will pick up the car tomorrow and I look forward to additional posts in the future.
One more thing: Does anyone have the bluetooth option installed by the dealer?
As for the color selection, I went with black on beige.
#1546 of 2038 Re: Blackout exterior package for Cayenne [2cayornot2cay]
Jun 23, 2005 (1:02 pm)
Black with Beige was my first pick...but unfortunately it couldn't be found! You made a beautiful choice! I ended up with Titanium with Black interior...my second choice...can't complain! May you have many, many hours of enjoyment!
#1547 of 2038 pre-buyer's remorse--NO
Jun 23, 2005 (11:33 pm)
No. You should not expect to pay $2,000 for new tires. $1,800 will cover the bill…
Purchased in August 2003, my Cayenne S now has about 15K miles. My original Pirelli PZeros will last probably another couple thousand miles. Hence, your estimate of a 20K mile tire lifespan seems reasonable.
Regarding reliability, my Cayenne does not have any serious problems. Admittedly, the weak A/C in the second row, the heavy you-must-slam-it trunk, the squeaky brakes, the rattle noise from the dashboard area, and the expensive maintenance ($200 oil changes) can be discouraging. Warranty repairs included an airbag sensor light and a jolt/jerk in the transmission upon 12 mph. Manufacturer’s recalls included rear seatbelt, rear window switch, condensation buildup inside headlights, parking brake wiring harness, and transfer case housing (oil pump). The dealer performed all warranty and recall work at no cost to me.
Yet, the Cayenne has never failed me nor left me stranded anywhere. The V8 engine is generous with both horsepower and torque, the small turning radius is always nimble, the luxurious interior is superbly elegant (quiet too), the Navi unit is clearly worthwhile, the dashboard and console layout is very organized, the Tiptronic offers the best of both manual and automatic, the Xenon is extremely illuminating (including an extra cornering light), and the Entry-and-Drive function is super convenient. I have yet to hear anyone criticize the Cayenne’s drive, brakes, or performance.
The X5 may have similar driving characteristics, but its interior is not nearly as nice nor photogenic. More importantly, the X5 has older technology. Only the new BMW 7, 5 and 3 series have real navigation, surround sound stereo, adaptive Xenon, push button start… The MDX is a different species altogether. If the Acura interior has fake wood trim, what else in it could be fake? Nobody would classify the Acura as a sports car.
My sister was driving the Cayenne recently (she normally drives her BMW 528i to work). At her office, the CEO jumped in front of her cubicle and dangled the keys of his Mercedes S class. He wanted to swap his S class for the Cayenne to conduct an overnight test drive. Do you think the CEO would have wanted to swap for an MDX?
Good luck, and please share your post-sale experiences.