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New Porsche Cayenne 2020 recalled: Second leak risk in a week involves nearly 200 SUVs
Porsche Australia has recalled the Cayenne large SUV for the second time in a week, with a leak risk once again behind the move
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RECALL: Hundreds of Porsche Cayenne SUVs could catch fire, prompting call to park safely
Porsche Australia has recalled 244 examples of the Cayenne large SUV that pose a fire risk
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Used Porsche Cayenne review: 2003-2016

Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2016 Porsche Cayenne as a used buy.

When sportscar maker Porsche entered the SUV market with the big Cayenne SUV in June 2003 many thought it would ruin the company's image. How wrong they were, the SUVs (there's also the smaller Porsche Macan) saved the German marque's bacon financially, outselling the pure sports models and permitting added R&D money to be poured into the sports models. Not to forget the Le Mans race cars.

In the design of the Cayenne, Porsche collaborated with Volkswagen and Audi, (think Touareg and Q7) to trim costs. Unlike the others, that aimed for quality on-road cruisers with reasonable off-road ability, Porsche concentrated on building a sports wagon.

Having said that, the original Cayenne has a two-speed transfer case to provide low range for extreme off-road driving. Can't say we've ever come across one way out in the bush during any of our 4WD travels there...

Porsche initially gave the Cayenne a family resemblance to the 911, coming up with something that looked like a 911 on steroids. The Series 2 Cayenne, launched here in July 2010, still has a bit of 911 in is theme, but is more SUV than before. Which makes sense as SUVs were becoming acceptable family wagons by that time.

The Series 2 Cayenne is larger than the original, this particularly shows up in the back seat area. Usefulness was further enhanced by the fitment of a sliding back seat to allow you to juggle passenger and cargo carrying capacity. Additionally, the rear-seat backrest can be adjusted for rake to further let you tailor your space.

The S Series 2 did away with the two-speed transfer case from the first model. That, and others changes have resulted in a weight reduction of about 12 per cent. This not only makes it slightly nimbler, but also lowers fuel consumption and emissions.

Cayenne was launched in Australia with a 4.5-litre petrol V8 in either naturally aspirated or turbocharged format. Even more power, 383 instead of 331kW, arrived in the Cayenne Turbo S in February 2006.

New designs of V8s with a capacity of 4.8 litres were introduced in April 2007, again as turbo and non-turbo engines. A 3.6-litre petrol V6 became optional at the same time, while it doesn't provide the exhilaration of the V8s it does have enough performance to suit some owners.

A V6 turbo-diesel displacing 3.0 litres joined the range in April 2009. With up to 550 Nm of torque, it performs well and turbo lag isn't too bad. Naturally fuel consumption is lower than on the the petrol V8s.

An interesting hybrid option is offered in the Series 2 Cayenne S. This uses a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine teamed with an electric motor. However, it costs significantly more than the equivalent Cayenne S in petrol format – and uses more fuel than the turbo-diesel. Though displaying Porsche's immense engineering ability the Cayenne hybrid didn't sell well in Australia.

The great majority of Australian imports have a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, though a few six-speed manuals were brought in.

Porsche has had a presence in Australia for many decades and runs an efficient dealer network. These focus on major population centres so if you have any problems out back o'Bourke you might have to get the Cayenne trailered back to the big smoke. Not a cheap exercise.

Many Cayennes will have been serviced only by Porsche dealers. You will probably be asked to pay more, but it's money well spent. Follow this up by keeping to the same servicing routine and you will benefit at trade-up time.

Insurance charges are higher than average, but not outrageously so considering the type of buyers attracted to Porsche Cayennes. You will find quite a difference on quotes so it's worth shopping around. As always make sure you do accurate comparisons between companies.

Be sure to get a quote on even apparently insignificant problems as Porsche repairs can be pretty expensive.

Check the interior for signs of rough usage, particularly in the back where bored kids may have kicked it about.

Make sure the engine starts easily and settles into a steady idle almost immediately. The diesel isn't quite as good as the petrol, but isn't far behind them.

The Porsche Cayenne has more off-road ability than you would expect, but very few will have been bush bashing. If you do come across one that's looks as though it's been off-road it's probably best to pass it up unless it's price is lower than average.

Not many Cayennes are used as heavy-duty towing vehicles, but if you inspect one for sale at a horse riding school, or similar, it might pay to ask a few questions.

Cayennes with V6 engines were recalled in 2008 because of a possible fuel line problem that could lead to a fire. Check the problem has been rectified speaking to a Porsche dealer.

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Aurion to replace my Maxima?

Thanks for the email. Hopefully I can keep this simple. 

I would strongly recommend a Toyota Aurion V6 $30,990 drive away or the Toyota Camry $28,990 drive away (pricing current September 2015). 

Unless you want the acceleration of the V6 I would opt for the four cylinder Camry, which is spritely enough and will also deliver good open road fuel economy. 

For the type of driving you're doing you do not need the hybrid Camry. 

Also, the base model Camry on the smaller wheels and Michelin tyres will be much more comfortable and a touch quieter than the dearer Camry models that come with sports tyres. 

In both the Aurion and Camry you will be protected by seven airbags and a five star safety rating. A rear camera is standard on both models too. 

The servicing costs are among the cheapest in the business. 

Furthermore the intervals are longer than other Toyotas (15,000km rather than 10,000km) and the capped pricing lasts four years or 75,000, whichever comes first (other Toyotas are three years, 60,000km). 

This was done to help Aurion and Camry appeal to fleets. 

However, your warranty is the same as other Toyotas at three years/100,000km. 

Dealership extended warranties are generally not worth the paper they are printed on, so save your money if you're offered an extension. 

Please check you're comfortable when driving the Aurion and Camry. They have ample room inside and a lot of travel in the front seat rails. 

Meanwhile, you're right in your assumption that Toyotas are regarded as a premium over Holden and Ford. The price is cheap because Toyota is trying to keep the factory running until 2017. It is in effect making a loss with each Camry it sells. 

Toyota also has a vast rural dealer network so hopefully you're never far away from help should you need it. 

Lastly, the Camry was at $26,990 drive away for much of last year and the price may limbo to that level again in the lead up to the end of the year or early next, to clear 2015 stock. This is not an inside tip, merely an educated guess on my part.

Good luck and let me know if I can help any further. I hope I'm still driving big distances in my 80s. 

Used Porsche Cayenne review: 2003-2012

When famed sportscar maker Porsche entered the SUV market with the Cayenne in 2003 many thought it could be the end of the marque. Doubters said Porsche 911 was the purest model in the German marque’s range and that diluting it could ruin the Porsche image. Yet, in many countries the Porsche Cayenne outsells the 911 and the pure sportscar’s sales certainly haven’t suffered.

Porsche deliberately gave the Cayenne a family resemblance to the 911. Some have described it as looking like a 911 on steroids, saying the stylists have simply added 250 millimetres to the underfloor of a 911. We have to say that the design of the original Cayenne isn’t one of our favourites and it’s interesting to see the Series 2, launched in Australia in July 2010, has taken a different direction in style.

The Cayenne Series 2 is larger than the original model, particularly in the back seat which provides comfortable space for two adults. The backrest can be adjusted for rake to further let you tailor your space. Luggage space is slightly more voluminous than before and can be significantly increased by sliding the back seat forwards to create extra length. Up to 160 mm of seat travel is available.

Rather than pour huge amounts of money into the all-new Cayenne, Porsche collaborated with Volkswagen and Audi, so the Cayenne, Touareg and Q7 share some out-of-sight components. Unlike the other members of the team, who aimed for quality on-road cruisers with some off-road ability, Porsche leaned very much in the sports wagon direction. This big Porsche SUV has on-road dynamics that defy the bulk of this large wagon.

The Porsche Cayenne S Series 2 no longer tries to be a full-on off-road vehicle; it doesn't have a two-speed transfer case to provide low range for extreme driving. That, and others changes have resulted in a mass reduction of about 12 per cent which not only makes it slightly nimbler, but also lowers fuel consumption and emissions.

Cayenne was launched in Australia in June 2003 with a 4.5-litre petrol V8 in either naturally aspirated or turbocharged format. Even more power, 383 instead of 331 kW, arrived in a special version of this engine, called the Turbo S, in February 2006.

New designs of V8s with a capacity of 4.8 litres were introduced in April 2007, again as turbo and non-turbo engines. A 3.6-litre petrol V6 became optional at the same time, though it doesn’t provide the exhilaration of the V8s it does have enough performance to suit some owners.

A V6 turbo-diesel displacing 3.0 litres joined the range in April 2009. With plenty of torque, up to 550 Nm, it performs well and turbo lag isn’t too bad. Naturally fuel consumption is lower than on the the petrol V8s.

An interesting hybrid option is offered in the Series 2 Cayenne S. This uses a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine and an electric motor. However, the Cayenne S hybrid costs significantly more than the equivalent Cayenne S in petrol format – and uses more fuel than the Cayenne turbo-diesel.

The great majority of Australian imports have a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. Some six-speed manuals were brought in, but these haven’t been big sellers and may prove unpopular when you come to trade up.

Porsche has had a presence in Australia for many decades and runs an efficient dealer network. These focus on major population centres so if you have any problems out back o’ Bourke you might have to get the Cayenne trailered back to the big smoke. Not a cheap exercise.

Many Cayennes will have been serviced by these Porsche dealers strictly by the book. We recommend these as used vehicles; you will probably be asked to pay more, but it’s money well spent. Follow this up by keeping to the same servicing routine and you will benefit at trade-up time.

Insurance charges are higher than average, but not outrageously so considering the type of buyers attracted to Porsche Cayennes. You will find quite a difference on quotes so it’s worth shopping around. As always make sure you do accurate comparisons between companies.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Check the interior for signs of rough usage, particularly in the back where bored kids can do a lot of damage. Make sure the engine starts easily and settles into a steady idle almost immediately.  The diesel isn’t quite as good as the petrol unit, but isn’t far behind them.

The Porsche Cayenne has more off-road ability than you would expect, but few will have been bush bashing. If you do come across a used Porsche Cayenne that’s been on more than dirt roads it’s probably best to pass it up.

Few Cayennes are used as heavy-duty towing vehicles, but if you inspect one for sale at a horse riding school, or similar, it might pay to ask a few questions.

Cayennes with V6 engines were recalled in 2008 because of a possible fuel line problem that could lead to a fire. Check the problem has been rectified by talking to the seller. Or click on www.porschecars.com.au.

Repairs can be expensive so make sure to get a quote on even apparently insignificant problems.

CAR BUYING TIP

Sporting SUVs are likely to be driven harder than those bought as kid carters and probably have greatly accelerated wear rates as a result.
 

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