A Cayenne “Pepper” that is. For months now John has been threatening to replace our “dog hauler” (my well used 2004 Toyota 4Runner Sport) with a new Porsche Cayenne. Well, last week he made good on his threat. It seems like a week in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo (a press car supplied by PCNA that we’ll be writing about shortly) was just too much for him to handle. On what seemed like the same day that Porsche picked up their press car, Porsche of Hilton Head was delivering our new 2009 Porsche Cayenne (that’s it below).
I know a lot of you might wonder why we chose to get the older generation Cayenne when the new one was just introduced and delivery is right around the corner. The answer is quite simple. You see, we use our truck to haul our two large and hairy dogs all around the country. We didn’t feel it made sense to buy a brand new truck (that’s only going to “dogged out”) when a slightly used one could be had at a very substantial discount.
FlatSixes.com’s Long-Term Review Cayenne
Our “new to us” 2009 Porsche Cayenne was a pretty good deal in my mind and will serve a dual role. Not only do we have a new “dog hauler” but we have FlatSixes.com’s first true long-term review and project vehicle. My plan is to write a monthly update on all our expense and experiences with the Cayenne over the long-term. This way we can detail modification(s), costs, expenses, warranty issues, etc. My hope is that those of you considering a Cayenne purchase (or those of you that already have one) will be able to use use my experience(s) to help make your decision or compare with your results.
As this is truly MY first Porsche (John says the 911 and 993 are really his) I’ll be making the decisions on what to do for mods, upgrades, etc. In fact, it was my decision to get the base Cayenne vs. the Cayenne S or Turbo. I know a lot of you would opt for the 8 cylinder or 500 horses of the Turbo, but I simply couldn’t justify it. We already have other Porsche sports cars and I was looking at the Cayenne as a true utility vehicle (albeit one that looks just at home at the valet stand of a nice hotel as it does in the back woods of Maine) vs. a “go fast” toy that drinks gas at an alarming rate of up to a gallon every 13 miles (at least that was our experience in the Turbo).
More on our 2009 Porsche Cayenne
Our Cayenne came covered in a Green Olive Metallic with the interior dressed in Havanna/Sand Beige Leather Interior. This color combination, at least in my mind, is quite striking. Besides the basics, like a 290HP V6, AWD, PTM and Tiptronic S, the Cayenne is very nicely equipped with the following options:
- Soft Look Leather
- Bi-Xenon Headlight w/Washers
- PCM with Navigation Module
- Driver Seat Memory
- Dark Wood Package w/Lever
- Front Seat Heater inc Str Wheel
- Light Comfort Package/Memory
- Preferred Package
- XM Satellite Radio
- Universal Audio Interface
- Front & Rear Mats Int Clr
- Trailer Hitch w/o Hitch Ball
- Wheel Hub Covers Colored Crest
- Automatic Climate Control
- Bose Surround Sound System
- Bluetooth Phone interface
- Seat belts in Sand Beige (an Exlcusive Option)
- Porsche Crest in Headrest
Quite an impressive list. All in all, our Base Cayenne Tiptronic (suggested price of $47,600) originally stickered out at $64,435 (including a $975 destination charge). We purchased our gently used Cayenne from Porsche of Hilton Head with the remainder of the factory warranty (good through November 2012 or 50k miles) and Porsche CPO for $45,700.
As you may know, Porsche of Hilton Head is one of our site sponsors and they treated us like gold. Not only did they deliver the Cayenne to us in Florida at no charge, they agreed on a price for our 2004 Toyota truck – based on a description and pictures – and delivered a check to us (for the price of the Toyota) along with our new Cayenne. If you’re in the market for a new or used Porsche (regardless of your geographic location) you might want to give them a quick call and see what kind of deal they can give you (ask for Wally and let them know we sent you.) 🙂
Modification for the Porsche Cayenne
The second the Cayenne arrived, John started talking about a secondary cat bypass, opening up the intake, sport springs, larger wheels, etc., etc. After reminding him that this was in fact my truck, we agreed that our first set of mods would be along the lines of better equipping the Cayenne for our comfort and the dogs. With that said, I ordered the following equipment and expect for it to arrive sometime this week.
- You may have noticed that my new Cayenne does not have the Porsche Roof Rail System installed. This was intentional. While the factory system has a more aesthetic look to it than an aftermarket one, it does have some draw backs. The width of the support/cross bars require adapters for most Thule and Yakima racks (other than those sold directly by Porsche) and I’ve heard and read anecdotal evidence that the factory cross bars are not necessarily as strong as some of the aftermarket ones like this Thule 430r Rapid Track Mounted Complete Car Roof Rack System I purchased. In addition to the rack, I purchased 4 Thule Locks (keyed the same as the cargo box below) to make sure the rack stays securely affixed to the Cayenne. If you’re going to purchase one of these racks, be sure to check the fit for your model year. The 2009 Cayenne required the Thule TK1 fit kit (included in the cost of the package). Total cost of the rack and locks (including freight) was $340.80
- The reason for the roof rack is to install a Cargo Box. While the Cayenne offers north of 60 cubic feet of cargo space (with the rear seats folded flat) most of that is taken up by our two large dogs. In order to give them room and keep our luggage dog hair free, I opted to install a Thule 689USXT Spirit 1600 Rooftop Cargo Box in silver. This box is probably one of the largest that will fit reasonably on the Cayenne and provides an extra 16 Cubic feet of space to haul our luggage and other accessories any time the dogs are accompanying us. Cost of the Cargo box $584.50
- In an attempt to keep the back of the Cayenne reasonably clean and the dogs comfortable I searched long and hard for some type of canine specific cargo liner. My original research sent me to Orvis for their custom fitted Canine Cover. Unfortunately, the price was a bit distracting at $449 + freight. With a little help from Google, I was able to find the exact same product (same manufacturer, etc.) from AutoAnything for only $322.99 less a 10% discount and free shipping. I was quite happy. With the extra savings I purchased the WeatherTech cargo mat below.
- Because we truly do use our trucks as “utility” vehicles, the Cayenne will be hauling more than just dogs. We routinely move large amount of firewood, landscaping material and other items. In order to protect the flooring without sacrificing looks, I purchased this washable and durable WeatherTech 41244 Tan Rear Cargo Liner custom fit to my 2009 Porsche Cayenne. Cost of the WeatherTech mat $147.99 (including freight)
Total cost of all accessories = $1363.91
That’s it for now. Everything I ordered should be arriving in the next week or so. As soon as it comes in I’ll start installing it and take a few pictures along the way to show you how things turn out. Next on the list is to research, purchase and install some type of invisible front shield system like the the 3M Invisbra to protect the front bumpers, lights and side view mirrors on our long road trips between Maine and Florida. I’m sure once all that’s done John will start pushing for his performance upgrades. As I learned from watching him with the 993, once you start down the modification slope, it can get quite slippery, quite fast!