Every now and then, I get a hankering to sell every car I own bar the 911 and look at buying a used Porsche Cayenne. Yes, I know hardly a classic and to some people not even a Porsche, but I like the cut of the Cayenne’s jib (edit: I now own one and here is my proper Porsche Cayenne buyers’ guide).
Admittedly there are many reasons NOT to buy a Cayenne. Maybe not enough ‘many’s there.
- It’s not the prettiest thing in the world
- Only the Space Shuttle has worse mpg
- Colours available mostly more boring than housepaint
- Eats tyres like a thirsty, boring-coloured, tyre-eating thing
- Volkswagen V6 or cylinder-scoring V8
- Manual transmission is only available with the VW engine
- Precious little space for LPG, especially in the Turbo and even on gas only 15mpg (albeit at a lower fuel price)
On the plus side:
- Sexy V8 noise
- Deserves its Porsche badge
- Decent 4×4 system, not joke setup
- Air suspension rocks
- Replaces everything I own except the 911
So, if it has rubbish MPG and is either slow-ish and not that great on MPG compared to the faster one (V6) or prone to chucking pistons through the cylinder walls (V8), why the desire to own one? I don’t know – it’s a regular thing with me. If I could find a nice non-silver/black colour, circa 55-plate with under 90k miles for £10K*, I think I might pull the trigger. That despite the fact that it would probably be an exceptionally bad idea turning up at home with a ten grand Cayenne, when I already have five cars and am in the middle of building a cash-sapping house extension. Not that that ever stopped me…
The plan would be to sell the other cars, though. Newly-restored E36 M3 saloon, classic Landcruiser 80 series, Subaru Outback on new LPG kit and Mk 2 Golf GTi would all go, replaced by just one Cayenne S. Alternatively, can you say “V6 diesel conversion”? Aaargh, that is full-on man maths talking: *la la la I’m not listening*
Cayenne drivers – share your experiences!