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.
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?