2005 Porsche Cayenne S V8 from North America
Porsche; there may be a substitute
First problem I encountered was at the dealer. I have never seen salesmen that act like they don't need to sell cars. At first, I thought it was me, but my friend had trouble purchasing a 911 turbo, and had to threaten to have his attorney get involved with the transaction. They then started acting like they had some sense.
The one thing the dealers never inform the buyers of, is the horrible gas mileage. You will need to change brakes every 12000 miles, and tires every 10000 miles, and that's pushing it. You need to understand that this is a very heavy SUV.
The SUV ran fine until 34000 miles. I didn't have stereo problems because I changed my system for a Alpine DVD/nav system.
My power steering pump went out not once but twice, and the dealer wanted to put me in a Toyota Corolla for a loaner. I said, "no thanks, I'll drive my Bimmer".
The ignition coil went out twice; once at 35000 miles, and then at 70000 miles. Finally, one day the transmission started shifting rough out of 1st gear; that's when I thought hauling my boat around with this SUV had caught up with me. This was a easy fix; just replace the gear oil.
This is a very fast SUV, the ride is comfortable, and the Porsche still gets respect for a 7 year old vehicle. Handling is good, and great for long trips pulling a trailer. The truck has never left me stranded, and when 22 inches of snow hit my area, the Porsche drove like it was on dry land.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2012
Sorry to hear your Porsche was unreliable for you... I guess I'll just keep driving my Toyota Corolla! 70,000 miles and no issues!
What a pain that you had to change the brake pads every 12,000 miles... my Corolla has the original pads and rotors at 70,000 miles, and they still have another 35,000 miles left!
Tires every 10,000 miles? Gosh... my first set of tires lasted 57,000 miles.
But you must be right, a Corolla is a terrible car, so I guess I'll trade it in on a BMW... HA!