For Sale: Would you take a gamble with a $7,000 Porsche Cayenne?

The Porsche Cayenne is an interesting machine. When it arrived, Porsche purists cried out that the brand had lost its way. What they didn’t realize at the time though, is that the Cayenne was a money-printing machine for the brand. And so to unto that notion is the Macan today. These Porsche SUVs have only gotten faster and more expensive since the first one landed in 2003. It’s funny to think that the one you see posted here originally had a base MSRP of around $56,000. Today, a Cayenne S starts at just over $90,000. But the 2004 Porsche Cayenne S listed for sale on Craigslist sits with an asking price of $7,000.

These older Cayenne S models feature a 4.5-liter V8 engine under the hood. When new, these were good for 340 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque. If you had enough room, the top speed on one of these is 150 miles per hour.

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I’m not saying you want to do that in an older one with 168,514 miles on the clock. But theoretically, you could. Which makes the $7,000 price of entry a way to relatively cheap speed.

Were it my truck though, I’d mod it for the trails. I’d fit the smallest wheels I could to clear the brakes and then some nice knobby tires. After that, I’d look into suspension options and then head to my local trails to put some stripes on the paint.

Of course, all of that is a gamble on a car like this. Is it worth the $7,000 price to join the upsized Porsche party?

8 Comments

  1. Yup, off-road beastie is the way to go with this. A 3″ lift kit will run anywhere from $700-$1200. Safari light bars. Some generic style gold Campagnolo’s (I think you’re still stuck with nothing smaller than 18″) with Falken Wildpeak M/Ts, and just go pound it. Hmmm, “only” $7k……

  2. A neighbor got rid of his VW Touareg (same platform with better looks, but a significantly smaller turbo diesel) because it was, in his words, “expensive to own” . I can only imagine his comment on owning the same thing from (and serviced by) Porsche… otoh there are significant spare part supplies at the car breaker’s, so DIY might be an option.

    1. About a year ago I saw a circa-2005 Cayenne in a self-serve wrecking yard. The place only pays a couple hundred bucks for inventory, and the body was pretty un-dented, so I suppose the prior owner had some mechanical difficulties that became unaffordable, and caused him to junk it.

      A member of my lunch bunch has one that’s about 8 years old, and I think it’s been reasonably reliable, although maintenance costs are high, and if you don’t have Porsche-branded sun deflectors and car covers and T-shirts and driving gloves, then the other club members call you a loser.

  3. Owner of an ’11 RHD Touareg here. Maintenance costs can be fairly high, but there is a lot of DIY advice available (on the Touareg forums at least). I’ve done some minor fixes on mine for myself. Mines a V6 TDi which are supposed to be the most reliable of the engines. A lot of parts are interchangeable too. For example the seat controllers on mine are Audi units. Another part – I forget what it was – but it was stamped with the Skoda symbol. A lot of Touareg owners have upgraded to Porsche suspension, sway bars and also auto transmission mapping. Apart from the engines, everything pretty much goes together like lego.
    If it’s got the air suspension it should be great off-road, but the issues you could have are usually with the air hose connections and valving units. I haven’t heard of many problems with the air shocks though. You might want to think about fuel costs off-road though – it only wants Premium petrol. The 6sp auto should be good, I’m pretty sure they all had low-range and possibly diff locks.
    Again not sure about the Porsche, but you can get 17″ wheels over the brakes in the Touareg – just. I’m told that my 17″ wheels were off a Crafter or Caravelle? I got them second-hand from another Touareg owner so I’m not 100% certain.

    1. Good to hear that it is indeed possible to keep these on the road, and even improving them to “upper factory specs”!

      1. They are impressive. Heaps of torque with reasonable mileage, comfortable, fun to drive when you get the chance to play a bit, relaxed when you can’t, and tows our 2t camper easily.
        But they are probably an enthusiast car, like Alfa’s, Jeeps or Ducati’s. If you don’t ‘get it’, there are vehicles available that are less likely to break your heart or bank account.

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