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2006 Porsche Cayenne repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 115 repairs.
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2006 Porsche Cayenne repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (45%)

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Chart based on 99 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 Porsche Cayenne

Engine not specified

Porsche Cayenne in Philippines
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

24800 mi

Broken transmission cable 

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2006 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV

turbocharged 520hp 4.5L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Porsche Cayenne in Colorado, United States
May 2013 - Oct 2013
Jul 2013

70300 mi

US $1800
Coolant pipes failed at 70,000 miles. Spent two weekends replacing pipes myself. Huge pain to perform, would have been over $1000 in labor alone at shop or dealer. If you're buying a Cayenne, ensure this is already done. 
Porsche Cayenne in Florida, United States
- Sep 2011
Sep 2011 Sagging struts replaced under warranty 
Porsche Cayenne in Texas, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

94000 mi

US $2400
replace cracked plastic coolant tubes with metal ones. Also replaced vacuum lines at rear of motor. 
Dec 2016

112000 mi
warning message on dash: brake booster faulty. Awaiting a new part... the vacuum pump replacement. 
May 2017

118000 mi
passing gear selection is banging with erratic shifting and loss of power. Awaiting a new solenoid pack. 
Sep 2017

121000 mi
Broken carrier bearing on driveshaft. Replace driveshaft 
Apr 2018

126000 mi
Cracked vacuum line on booster pump 
Jun 2018

126000 mi
fuel leak around the pump shroud. Parts ordered under safety recall AH10 and repair done Terrible hard shifts up and down, especially passing gear. Unusable. Replaced valve body with RevMax unit. 

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2006 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV

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

Porsche Cayenne in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

92000 mi

US $1500
replace front control arms 
Porsche Cayenne in California, United States
Oct 2016 - Jan 2020
Nov 2016

93000 mi
Driver's seatback rear panel broken. Used glue gun to repair. Weather stripping from driver's door jamb was rattling loose. Applied Silicone cement to secure. P0441 code. Replaced gas cap with OEM, at 92,720 miles. Added one quart of Castol Edge Platinum 0W-40 1) Replaced cornering lamps w/ Philips H3 2) Replaced left headlamp running lamp, repaired melted housing cavity 3) Replaced low beam bulbs w/ OSRAM Nightbreaker Ultimate D1S Excessive oil consumption and warm-start smoking, possibly due to deteriorating oil fill. Scheduled oil service. 
Dec 2016

95000 mi

US $26
Passenger wiper was not operable, due to stripped cone washer and lacking additional hardware. Replaced cone washer and associated grommets. Filled 9 quarts of Castrol Edge 0W-40. Reset OCI indicator lamp, at 93,305 miles. Rear center armrest leather was torn apart, by seatbelt receiver/latch. Upholstery shop recovered material, using OEM perforated leather. Panoramic moonroof was not calibrated/reset and moving very slowly through openings and closings. Reset using factory procedure and lubricated rails, using Heavy Duty Silicone lubricant. Driver left CV axle outer boot torn. Replaced with new NAPA MaxDrive CV axle. OEM Stabilus hatch struts failing. Replaced with new OEM Stabilus units. Replaced original Varta 740CCA battery, with Duralast Platinum(West Penn DEKA) H8 battery, at 94,460 miles. Rear center seatbelt guide trim broken. Replaced with compatible VW parts #7L6.885.657/658.B71N Added 2.5 quarts of Castrol Edge 0W-40 oil. Oil light came on, at 94,848 miles. Still monitoring consumption. 
Jan 2017

95000 mi

US $20
Replaced aging headlamp rubber seals. Cleaned harness terminals with electrical contact cleaner. Added one quart Mobil 1 5W-40 Turbo Diesel Truck oil and 6oz of Gumout Regane PEA formula to fuel, at 95,247 miles. Replaced parking brake gas strut. 
Feb 2017

97000 mi

US $44
Replaced PCV Valve, at 95,927 miles. Added one quart Mobil 1 0W-40 FS oil. Added 2 Quarts of Mobil 1 05W-40 Turbo Truck Formula Synthetic oil and 8oz of Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer, at 96,669 miles. The sealer swelled the rear main seal back to normal tolerances again, no longer leaking. 
Jul 2017

102987 mi

US $230
Replaced torn Air-Oil-Separator diaphragm membrane. Added 1/2 quart Mobil 1 0w-40. Full oil change and filter service, w/ Mobil 1 0w-40 FS, replaced Intercooler charge pipe o-rings 2x, repaired PCV breather hose. 
Aug 2017

104447 mi

US $230
Repaired broken PCV breather hose. Oil Cooler failure. Leaking coolant externally and oil mixing with coolant. Drained cooling system and oil. Replaced oil cooler with Nissens 90375 Oil Cooler. Oil sample sent for analysis. Refilled with G12 coolant and Mobil1 0W-40. 
Sep 2017

106060 mi

US $1600
Loose water pump bolts resulted in serpentine belt destruction. Damage included: PCV breather hose, turbo wastegate control line and turbo vent line. PCV check valve replaced, due to oil saturation and high oil consumption. 
Dec 2017

109303 mi

US $160
Replaced 2 downstream oxygen sensors (Bank 1/2 - OEM Bosch). 
Mar 2018

113740 mi

US $45
Getting constant "Brake Booster Faulty" dash warning. Found split hose connection from vacuum pump. Wrapped damaged hose with self-fusing silicone flexible tape and secured with Zip Ties. Replaced OEM 710A Diverter Valves with updated 710N DV. Resolved P0299 turbo underboost condition. Replaced stretched Left Intercooler boost hose 0-ring. Mileage: 113,740 miles. 
May 2018

115292 mi
Leaking fuel filter flange replaced under Goodwill Repair program. Dealer paid 100% of costs. 
Jun 2018

116643 mi

US $70
Replaced torn Air Oil Separator(AOS). Cleaned and tested PCV check valve, including cleaning of PCV breather system, at 116,643 miles. 
Sep 2018

120794 mi

US $190
Replaced worn hatch and glass struts, with OEM Stabilus gas units, at 120,949 miles. 
Dec 2018

126000 mi

US $1000
Replaced both front lower control arms, with OES Karlyn units. Replaced rough left rear wheel bearing with salvage part(74,000/mi). Adjust parking brake shoes and cable. 
Mar 2019

128000 mi

US $294
Replaced all BERU coils with OEM, including all NGK Spark Plugs replaced, at 128,272 miles. Plugs 1/2/3 oil fouled. 
Porsche Cayenne in Alabama, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2015
Jun 2014

131000 mi

US $740
Cardan shaft R&R--rear main driveshaft on Cayenne - middle support bearing failed...serious vibration under power. Throw-away part:whole shaft thrown away for a failure of just the support bearing - only be replaced as unit - no core value. 
Porsche Cayenne in Arizona, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2013

58500 mi
Fuel tank seal leak. 
Jan 2015

62000 mi
Air suspension shock failed Speaker failed 
Aug 2016

73700 mi

US $200
Replaced fuel evap canister purge valve. 
Feb 2017

86000 mi

US $30
Replaced hood lift cylinder 
Jun 2017

82000 mi

US $475
Replace brake booster vaccum line. 
Feb 2018

90000 mi

US $300
Replaced left headlamp assembly with used unit after internal contacts were burned by arcing. Swapped xenon bulb and ballast to replacement unit. 
Porsche Cayenne in Texas, United States
- Mar 2010
Apr 2009

33000 mi
Fixed rear wiper cap under warranty. Replaced 12V outlet cap under warranty. 
Dec 2009

42100 mi
Replaced coolant pipes and crankcase breather hoses under warranty. 
Mar 2010

46000 mi

US $550
(1) Cracked Brake Booster hose (done under warranty) (2) Replaced spark plugs, cornering lights and checked drive belts $549.57 
Porsche Cayenne in Michigan, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

144000 mi

US $1400
Stalling at idle when hot. Replaced throttle body 
Nov 2015

150700 mi

US $250
Battery at least 9 years old. getting weak. 
Jul 2016

155800 mi

US $150
Replaced battery 
Sep 2017

178000 mi

US $300
CEL. diagnostic and reset. was only the startup air pump. Runs fine so left it alone. 

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2006 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV

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

Porsche Cayenne in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Dec 2017

132060 mi

C $1200
Replaced the drive shaft 
Porsche Cayenne in Wisconsin, United States
- Feb 2010
Jun 2009

27000 mi
Rear window microswitch cover fell off. Glued on by dealer 
Oct 2009

29000 mi
Ignition coils replaced 
Nov 2009

30000 mi
Xenon bulb replaced 
Feb 2010

33000 mi
Engine block replaced; nine week service visit Headlight leveling sensor replaced Seat heater repaired; loose connection 
Porsche Cayenne in Virginia, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2018
Jan 2016

199000 mi

US $3200
Seized wheel bearing necessitated replacement of left rear axle Replaced ignition coils,  rear main seal, torque converter seal 
Jun 2017

230000 mi

US $1000
Engine misfire and intermittent CEL. No codes were present at time of dropoff. Electronic diagnosis was not successful. Intake was smoked, two cracked vacuum lines were replaced and induction service was performed. Problem solved. 
May 2018

246000 mi

US $550
Replaced all pads, rotors and sensors 
Porsche Cayenne in California, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2014
May 2009

26953 mi
Airbag Replaced Door Latch adjusted Anti-theft/keyless remote battery replaced 
Aug 2009

28396 mi
Cup Holder Replaced 
Jun 2011

41045 mi
Rack and Pinion Replaced Started Replaced 
Oct 2011

43300 mi

US $170
A/C Clicking sound Replaced Blower Motor Removed and re-installed Air Jets (Center and Sides) Pollen Filter Removed and Re-installed Cleaned out fan, removed jets and cleaned out vents Check operation Center Cluster not displaying correctly Replaced Instrument Cluster (and re-programed) E-Brake warning light staying on. Replaced E-Brake shock, Damper and Strut Rear Tailgate does not stay up Replaced Deck Lid Struts and gas pressure springs Right side headliner near air pulling away Roof trim re-installed Removed liner and assembly, repositioned and fitted. Installed pillar cover and inspected purchased turn signal lights (front) 
Jan 2014

US $500
Coolant hose leaked 
May 2014

68404 mi

US $771
Left fuel cap cracked, replaced left fuel cap Left fuel cap cracked, replaced left fuel cap 
Porsche Cayenne in New Jersey, United States
May 2011 - Feb 2016
May 2011

57000 mi
Fixed rough start condition, new fuel filter/check-valve. All covered under CPO warranty. 
Jan 2012

70700 mi
Dealer replaced power steering pump to try to cure shudder going lock to lock when car isn't moving. No luck - still there. Next they're doing the steering rack. All covered under CPO. Horn died after going through a large puddle. Common problem on Cayenne. Covered under CPO warranty. 
Nov 2012

76000 mi
Had the rear hatch struts replaced. They were becoming weak. Center overhead console light switch was repaired (Porsche has a kit for it so this isn't uncommon.) 
Dec 2012

78000 mi
Found source of coolant smell, leak on crossover pipe at rear of cylinder heads. Fixed under CPO. No cost to me at all. 
May 2013

78500 mi

US $500
Drivers side rear caliper was dragging. Replaced with new one off Ebay ($200 - a deal!).. did complete brake fluid flush at the same time. 
Aug 2014

83000 mi

US $800
Usual Cayenne "cardan" shaft bearing mount failure. Rebuilt driveshaft installed. 
Oct 2014

83500 mi

US $700
Rear hatch strut came unfastened. Since it had been replaced under warranty dealer fixed it gratis. Replaced the usual "Cardan" shaft. Rebuilt shaft was installed by independent mechanic. 
Porsche Cayenne in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2016
Jul 2014

80200 mi

US $1200
Cardan Shaft 
Porsche Cayenne in Colorado, United States
Nov 2013 - Jul 2017
Dec 2013

75000 mi

US $1200
new struts 
Porsche Cayenne in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2017
Oct 2014

95700 mi

US $2300
Replace starter which was damaged by leaking cooling tubes 
Mar 2015

99000 mi

US $2200
Cracked drivetrain bearing. Replaced with new Porsche parts. 
Oct 2015

101200 mi

US $200
Replaced seals on headlamp covers 
Mar 2016

102000 mi

US $113
Passenger side outside mirror glass fell off. 
May 2016

104000 mi

US $6000
ABS system failure 
Sep 2017

110000 mi

US $1200
Failure of 4 wheel drive control module. Module replaced. 
Porsche Cayenne in Florida, United States
Oct 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2014

77000 mi
Hi. 5. 
Sep 2014

80000 mi
Sunroof Gauge cluster 
Sep 2015

91000 mi
Spark plug coils 
Mar 2017

110000 mi

US $300
Valve cover gaskets 
Aug 2017

120000 mi

US $1100
Wiring insulation in headlight was cracked. Had to replace entire headlamp assembly and the wiring harness to each light. 

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2006 Porsche Cayenne 4dr SUV

247-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range

Porsche Cayenne in Wisconsin, United States
May 2013 - Nov 2016
Nov 2013

60100 mi

US $1800
leak in thermostat housing 
Feb 2014

61600 mi

US $400
Replace dead battery 
Porsche Cayenne in New Jersey, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2013
Jun 2010

78000 mi

US $999
Drive shaft failed and replaced 
Aug 2010

80000 mi

US $2600
Transmission shift solenoids failed. Had to replace solenoids and shifter valve body 
Jul 2013

141000 mi

US $475
Drive shaft failure at 142,000 miles - Right on schedule for every 70k miles 

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