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2004 Porsche Cayenne repairs by problem area

Chart based on 113 repairs.

2004 Porsche Cayenne repair cost distribution

Chart based on 35 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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2004 Porsche Cayenne

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Porsche Cayenne in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Aug 2011

127000 mi

US $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
Feb 2008 - Aug 2008
Aug 2008

78000 mi
right headlight malfunction warranty repair 
Porsche Cayenne in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2014
Apr 2009

56400 mi

US $2200
replaced all engine coolant tubes 
May 2009

58000 mi

US $1000
replaced driveshaft 
Aug 2009

60400 mi

US $180
replaced all 8 pencil ignition coils myself. No labor cost, just parts. All 8 were cracked. 
Apr 2011

96000 mi

US $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. 
Jul 2011

102000 mi

US $300
lubed gas cap and CEL stayed off since July. 
Jan 2012

111700 mi

US $650
center console upper lid won't open. Latch assy was dislodged. Entire console assy had to be replaced. 
Apr 2012

115000 mi

US $385
fuel tank purge valve and oil mist separator had vacuum leaks 
Jun 2012

119000 mi

US $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. 
Sep 2012

122000 mi

US $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.  
Nov 2012

127000 mi

US $150
trouble code for faulty air quality sensor. Replaced sensor. 
Jan 2013

131000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2013

132000 mi

US $3000
replaced air suspension compressor replaced water pump and 2 radiator hoses. Cost $800 
Mar 2013

133000 mi

US $225
replaced check valve on evap emission system 
May 2013

135000 mi

US $799
replaced vacuum booster and related vacuum lines Control arms and tie-rod ends. 
Nov 2013

140000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2014

147000 mi

US $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
Feb 2011 - Jul 2011
Mar 2011

105000 mi

US $2300
Original equipment plastic crossover coolant pipes cracked. Replaced with aluminum pipes. Also, ignition coils all replaced. 
Porsche Cayenne in Virginia, United States
Feb 2011 - May 2014
Mar 2011

56000 mi
Replaced drive shaft due to vibration. Would not have lasted more than a few more weeks. 
Aug 2011

60000 mi
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. 
May 2012

66000 mi

US $1500
Seal failed causing loss of transmission fluid. 
May 2014

77000 mi
The starter on this Cayenne made a kazoo noise, only when the engine was cold. It did this from the first day of ownership until sold, 4.5 years later. Never had a problem starting the engine, it was sold as is. 
Porsche Cayenne in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2014
Jul 2011

51300 mi

US $100
Cardan shaft, known issue. 
Sep 2013

82000 mi

US $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... 
Porsche Cayenne in North Carolina, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2011
Jun 2011

99830 mi

US $475
Replaced torn Front Lower Control Arms/Bushing Left and Right 
Aug 2011

101000 mi

US $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. 
Porsche Cayenne in Saskatchewan, Canada
Feb 2011 - Aug 2011
Mar 2011

45260 mi

C $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. 
Aug 2011

48980 mi
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
Mar 2011 - Aug 2014
Jul 2011

87000 mi

US $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 
Jun 2013

122000 mi

US $255
Engine torque arm replaced due to split busing noticed by dealer during 120,000 mile routine maintenance. 
Aug 2013

124500 mi

US $1227
Replacement of cardan shaft due to vibration 
Feb 2014

135300 mi

US $675
Driver's side front door latch replaced because interior lights and fuel pump priming didn't work when driver's door opened. 
Porsche Cayenne in Tennessee, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2014
Mar 2011

66000 mi

US $600
cardan shaft replaced 
Sep 2011

68000 mi
water accumulating inside body cavity (not cabin interior) Dealer at no charge removed a rubber plug under the car to drain 
Oct 2011

68300 mi
RR door lock not working, will repair later Door lock restored after lubrication of actuator 
Apr 2012

71700 mi

US $700
Cooling tubes leaking/replaced Water pump failed/replaced 
Mar 2013

79000 mi

US $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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2004 Porsche Cayenne Repair Histories

62 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Porsche Cayenne. 26 of these members (41.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 113 repairs to 2004 Porsche Cayennes--an average of 1.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

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