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I bought a Porsche Cayenne S

by | Jul 4, 2013 | Project Cars, Porsche Cayenne

I’ve just bought a 2004 Porsche Cayenne S to add to the Ferdinand fleet. In Basalt Black with black leather and 117,000 miles on the clock, it’s a nice example with plenty of life left in it.

I’ve had the Cayenne itch for a while. Part of me thinks Ferdinand Magazine and my little social media agency should run a Porsche day-to-day and, with building in full swing at home so plenty of big stuff to move around, school runs to do and my insistence on four-wheel-drive on a daily driver, it was really the only choice from the Porsche lineup.

What Cayenne to buy was pretty easy – something under £8k was the first deciding factor. Respect to my Cayenne brothers running the V6, but I didn’t want a six-pot. Kudos to Turbo owners, but Cayenne Turbos are still pricey and not my bag either. Liner problems aside, the V8 is pretty reliable once the coolant pipes are sorted. The previous owner has done the aluminium coolant pipe upgrade on this car, and it’s got new-ish tyres, recent brakes and drives a treat. No sunroof and no heated seats a minor downer, but it rides on steel springs, which I was also pretty keen on.

Of course there are a few snags on my list – most of it trim wear and tear – but that’s to be expected for the price. Having good Porsche independents as clients will make sorting out the trim and other small issues easy to do.

So far I’ve done just over a hundred miles and all good. The fourteen year-old wants to take her driving test in it and Mrs Glynn won’t give back the keys. A good start – we’ll see how long the honeymoon lasts.


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  1. Tony

    Good to see this John!
    Now on our 2nd since 2005 (with only a G wagen between – but that’s another story).
    Not to be compared with other 4×4.
    Only thing I would disagree with is the steel springs – air suspension is excellent, trouble free and helps the loading in of arthritic Labradors!

    Ps thanks for the valuation!

    • John

      Thanks Tony! Your positive experiences were part of my decision – so far, so good.

  2. Les

    Why not keen on the air suspension John?

    • John

      More weight and more of everything to go wrong mate, plus it doesn’t add much to my planned use. Seen loads with air warning lights flashing. That said, I know people who have opwned Cayennes since new with no air problems. Loads out there with and without so it’s really whatever floats your boat.


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