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2004 Porsche Cayenne Problems and Repair Histories

52 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Porsche Cayenne. 20 of these members (38.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 89 repairs to 2004 Porsche Cayennes--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 Porsche Cayenne problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 Porsche Cayenne problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 Porsche Cayenne problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2004 Porsche Cayenne repairs by problem area

31% of the 2004 Porsche Cayenne repairs were to the engine, 19% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 11% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 89 repairs.

2004 Porsche Cayenne repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Porsche Cayenne repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 33% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 30% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2004 Porsche Cayenne

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Porsche Cayenne in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2011 126000    
127000 1100 Passenger side Air Suspension Strut air bag blew. Dealer wanted to replace both, I refused, told them to rebuild the strut, and they did. 

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2004 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV

turbocharged 450hp 4.5L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Porsche Cayenne in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 right headlight malfunction warranty repair 
Porsche Cayenne in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
2200 replaced all engine coolant tubes 
1000 replaced driveshaft 
180 replaced all 8 pencil ignition coils myself. No labor cost, just parts. All 8 were cracked. 
96000 125 CEL on for small vacuum leak (P0456) in emissions system. Replaced gas cap.  Glove box won't open. Latch is broken. A plastic pin snaps off, causing the latch to stop working. 
102000 300 lubed gas cap and CEL stayed off since July. 
111700 650 center console upper lid won't open. Latch assy was dislodged. Entire console assy had to be replaced. 
115000 385 fuel tank purge valve and oil mist separator had vacuum leaks 
119000 965 large vacuum leak causing CEL to stay on. Gas mileage dropped from 18 mpg to 14 mpg. Replaced the gas tank vent (purge) valve assembly on the front of the engine. Main battery (under driver's seat) tested bad with various electrical problems like radio changing stations by itself. Replaced main battery. 
122000 625 Brake booster faulty. The vacuum line on the brake booster was repaired but the trouble light is still on. Power steering pump losing fluid. Inspected again by a Porsche factory mechanic but no solution was found other than to refill the pump with PS fluid.  
127000 150 trouble code for faulty air quality sensor. Replaced sensor. 
131000 100 seal below driver's door fell off. Had to order 8 clips and install them to re-fit the seal. hood strut failed to support open hood. Replaced strut. 
132000 3000 replaced air suspension compressor replaced water pump and 2 radiator hoses. Cost $800 
133000 225 replaced check valve on evap emission system 
135000 799 replaced vacuum booster and related vacuum lines Control arms and tie-rod ends. 
140000 60 Smoke test to detect multiple leaks in brake booster vacuum lines. second driveshaft center support bearing to fail. This one lasted 70,000 miles and 4 years. Will replace with aftermarket EPS support collar this time. Driveshaft is a $1200 job. 
147000 235 Lack of proper heat shielding caused vacuum line assy to crack at multiple points and leak vacuum. Huge loss in gas mileage and failure of brake boost pressure. Foil-backed fiberglass sheet to better protect new line still on order when car totaled. 
 

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2004 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV

340-horsepower 4.5L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Porsche Cayenne in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 104000    
105000 2300 Original equipment plastic crossover coolant pipes cracked. Replaced with aluminum pipes. Also, ignition coils all replaced. 
114000  
Porsche Cayenne in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 55000    
56000 0 Replaced drive shaft due to vibration. Would not have lasted more than a few more weeks. 
60000 0 Replaced leaking water pump because adding coolant weekly. Also replaced coolant tubes as preventive maintenance. Rough engine when accelerating, cleaned injectors. Replaced rear hatch switch for cosmetic reasons. 
66000 1500 Seal failed causing loss of transmission fluid. 
77000  
Porsche Cayenne in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 49000    
51300 100 Cardan shaft, known issue. 
82000 662 catastrophic engine failure, cracked cylinder (#3) piston seized, connecting rod smashed piston into valves, connecting rod continued to smash piston into pieces. Vehicle not repaired yet, Porsche NA contacted for engine replacement... 
82000  
Porsche Cayenne in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 98000    
99000 475 Replaced torn Front Lower Control Arms/Bushing Left and Right 
101000 242 Growling noise from front differential. Changed front and rear differential fluids along with transfer case ATF. Significantly reduced noise level. Growling noise coming from front axle. Determined Front Differential Gear oil needed to be replaced due to excessive break down. 
102000  
Porsche Cayenne in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 44640    
45260 100 Bought car with engine noise, diagnosed as scuffed cylinder, also have engine coils misfiring and engine oil leak diagnosed as coming from valve cover. Have cost estimate for reman engine at $16,000 and not sure if I will proceed. 
48980 0 Engine has scuffed cylinder and cracked coil packs. Estimated cost to replace engine now $27,000, so car has been sold as is. 
Porsche Cayenne in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 79000    
87000 1384 The primary fuel pump was replaced because the car was losing power and not running properly Water pump replaced due to excessive noise - dealer felt that failure was impending 
122000 255 Engine torque arm replaced due to split busing noticed by dealer during 120,000 mile routine maintenance. 
123000  
Porsche Cayenne in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 66000    
66000 600 cardan shaft replaced 
68000 0 water accumulating inside body cavity (not cabin interior) Dealer at no charge removed a rubber plug under the car to drain 
68300 0 RR door lock not working, will repair later Door lock restored after lubrication of actuator 
71700 700 Cooling tubes leaking/replaced Water pump failed/replaced 
79000 325 Key replaced after new batteries didn't fix it. It was not communicating to the lock/security system so when I used the manual key inserted into the door handle to open the door the alarm system went off with no way to stop it!  
 

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