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post #91 of 129

Just wanted to bump this thread and hear from any Cayenne owners.

 

I am in the market for buying my first car. Just for the record i'm very late to the game and not a teen :) as I have lived in big cities with great public transport my whole life and never needed a car, but I now have a 10 month old baby and have moved to a smaller city which makes driving a necessity. Anyway.... a 2nd hand Cayenne looks perfect to me. I have a budget of around $12k as I want to pay in cash and not go down the credit route.

 

So a few questions about the car (and buying a car in general).

 

- Is there anything potentially troublesome I should be looking out for specifically when looked at used Cayennes?
- Should I rule out any with excessively high mileage? How high should I max out for a car that is 9-10 years old?

- Are those yearly maintenance costs still about right?
- Should I look at an BMW X5 (or any other luxury SUVs) instead? (i mean for VFM and ongoing costs)

 

If there are any Cayenne owners on here (especially those with 2004-2006) i'd love to hear your thoughts on the car, both positive and negative!

post #92 of 129
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Originally Posted by FUMAO View Post
 

Just wanted to bump this thread and hear from any Cayenne owners.

 

I am in the market for buying my first car. Just for the record i'm very late to the game and not a teen :) as I have lived in big cities with great public transport my whole life and never needed a car, but I now have a 10 month old baby and have moved to a smaller city which makes driving a necessity. Anyway.... a 2nd hand Cayenne looks perfect to me. I have a budget of around $12k as I want to pay in cash and not go down the credit route.

 

So a few questions about the car (and buying a car in general).

 

- Is there anything potentially troublesome I should be looking out for specifically when looked at used Cayennes?
- Should I rule out any with excessively high mileage? How high should I max out for a car that is 9-10 years old?

- Are those yearly maintenance costs still about right?
- Should I look at an BMW X5 (or any other luxury SUVs) instead? (i mean for VFM and ongoing costs)

 

If there are any Cayenne owners on here (especially those with 2004-2006) i'd love to hear your thoughts on the car, both positive and negative!

 

If I could have afforded it, I would hold out and buy a Macan.

post #93 of 129
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Originally Posted by FUMAO View Post
 

Just wanted to bump this thread and hear from any Cayenne owners.

 

I am in the market for buying my first car. Just for the record i'm very late to the game and not a teen :) as I have lived in big cities with great public transport my whole life and never needed a car, but I now have a 10 month old baby and have moved to a smaller city which makes driving a necessity. Anyway.... a 2nd hand Cayenne looks perfect to me. I have a budget of around $12k as I want to pay in cash and not go down the credit route.

 

So a few questions about the car (and buying a car in general).

 

- Is there anything potentially troublesome I should be looking out for specifically when looked at used Cayennes?
- Should I rule out any with excessively high mileage? How high should I max out for a car that is 9-10 years old?

- Are those yearly maintenance costs still about right?
- Should I look at an BMW X5 (or any other luxury SUVs) instead? (i mean for VFM and ongoing costs)

 

If there are any Cayenne owners on here (especially those with 2004-2006) i'd love to hear your thoughts on the car, both positive and negative!

 

I'd be very careful buying a Cayenne in that price range. It will be very hard to get a good Cayenne in your price range in Canada, especially at this time of year. The compromises you'd need to make could mean the car will turn into a money pit. One thing people tend to forget when shopping for used cars is that the repair costs and parts tend to be commensurate  to the original MSRP, meaning that while you're only paying a fraction of the new cost now, the brakes, servicing, windshields, etc all still cost like they're on a $80k SUV. 

 

If you insist on a Cayenne, make sure it comes with a stack of records and get it inspected before you buy. 

 

I would recommend something Japanese and more modest for now, keep your ownership costs low and think about moving into a Cayenne in a few more years. 

post #94 of 129

Hi All, I love this thread.  I'm considering buying a used 911 in the foreseeable future.  I'm attracted to the 996, but have heard horrible things.  Soooo, what's real?  Is it actually the ticking time bomb they say?

post #95 of 129
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Originally Posted by FUMAO View Post

Just wanted to bump this thread and hear from any Cayenne owners.

I am in the market for buying my first car. Just for the record i'm very late to the game and not a teen smile.gif as I have lived in big cities with great public transport my whole life and never needed a car, but I now have a 10 month old baby and have moved to a smaller city which makes driving a necessity. Anyway.... a 2nd hand Cayenne looks perfect to me. I have a budget of around $12k as I want to pay in cash and not go down the credit route.

So a few questions about the car (and buying a car in general).

- Is there anything potentially troublesome I should be looking out for specifically when looked at used Cayennes?

- Should I rule out any with excessively high mileage? How high should I max out for a car that is 9-10 years old?
- Are those yearly maintenance costs still about right?

- Should I look at an BMW X5 (or any other luxury SUVs) instead? (i mean for VFM and ongoing costs)

If there are any Cayenne owners on here (especially those with 2004-2006) i'd love to hear your thoughts on the car, both positive and negative!

Please for the love of god don't buy a used cayenne with a budget of $12K.

Do you really have to have a porsche?
post #96 of 129
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Originally Posted by ArnimFritsch View Post

Hi All, I love this thread.  I'm considering buying a used 911 in the foreseeable future.  I'm attracted to the 996, but have heard horrible things.  Soooo, what's real?  Is it actually the ticking time bomb they say?
The 996 is the most reviled 911 in history (I would say worst, but that introduces an element of subjectivity). I don't know if it's objectively less reliable, but it definitely has the worst residual value of any 911
post #97 of 129

Macan is not an option right now, I just want to pay cash and $12k is going to be my max as I will really only be using the car for short trips for groceries and the occasional trip back to Toronto (about 90 mins away) within the next year or so.

 

Couple of things I should point out too,

 

- I am not in Canada anymore, I moved to the US.

- I know Japanese/Korean cars are more more reliable and cheaper to run etc but i'm European and want a European car

- I also know that the cost of maintaining a Porsche is comparatively high, but I can afford those costs - I just can't afford to spend an extra $10k on a newer version right now and don't want to wait a year before I buy something I actually want.

 

I am going back and forth as to what is best out of the following (with Cayenne still being preferred).

 

2003-2005
Porsche Cayenne

BMW X5 or X3

 

2006

BMW 3 Series
VW Touareg

post #98 of 129
I'd check out the 2003-2005 Porsche Cayenne consumer reviews on Edmunds if I were you. Some scary stuff in there.

Same with the X5.

I think you'd get a lot more value with less maintenance headache from a 3 series or perhaps a Lexus RX if you're set on a SUV.
post #99 of 129
If you can't afford the $10k now what if you get problems totaling $3-5k first year on car? Does that mean you sell? Doesn't make sense if budget is so limited.

I didn't end up getting a Cayenne as driving one to work would have been inappropriate, kinda happy I didn't though the money sunk into a e31 wasn't much better

X5 has ridiculous problems too, relative had rear windows stop working and dealer said he didn't use rear windows enough so it's his fault lol8[1].gif

3 series might be best best but still at $12k budget I don't see the value or it
post #100 of 129

Who said I can't afford the $10k now. As I said have budgeted $12k just for the purchase of a car - maintenance and insurance I have budgeted separately from that.

Seeing as everyone is trying to make me steer clear of an early Cayenne, what other European cars would people recommend in this price range?

 

What about a 2004 BMW 7 series? Other than not a great MPG, the reliability seems good?

 

http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Reliability.aspx?year=2004&make=BMW&model=7-Series&trimid=98520#VIP_TAB

post #101 of 129
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Originally Posted by FUMAO View Post

Who said I can't afford the $10k now. As I said have budgeted $12k just for the purchase of a car - maintenance and insurance I have budgeted separately from that.


Seeing as everyone is trying to make me steer clear of an early Cayenne, what other European cars would people recommend in this price range?

What about a 2004 BMW 7 series? Other than not a great MPG, the reliability seems good?

http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Reliability.aspx?year=2004&make=BMW&model=7-Series&trimid=98520#VIP_TAB
2003 and 2004 were the worst years for BMW 7 series reliability. Numerous horror stories.
post #102 of 129
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Originally Posted by FUMAO View Post

Who said I can't afford the $10k now. As I said have budgeted $12k just for the purchase of a car - maintenance and insurance I have budgeted separately from that.


Seeing as everyone is trying to make me steer clear of an early Cayenne, what other European cars would people recommend in this price range?

What about a 2004 BMW 7 series? Other than not a great MPG, the reliability seems good?

http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Reliability.aspx?year=2004&make=BMW&model=7-Series&trimid=98520#VIP_TAB

Why are you trying to buy an extremely used luxury car for 10k? You realize the 2004 is freakin 10 years ago? And luxury car maintenance is a bitch?
post #103 of 129
Do people actually read? My budget is $12k, not $10k.

Anyway... I've lowered my expectations. The Porsche can wait for now smile.gif

Looking at a 2006 or 07 3 series or possibly a 2009 VW CC. Plenty more choice (at least with the Beamer) and can get a fully loaded one with decent mileage for between $10-11k. Shame the cc isn't more widely available too as they seem like very good vfm, especially for the engine and quality of finish.
post #104 of 129
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Originally Posted by FUMAO View Post

Do people actually read? My budget is $12k, not $10k.

Anyway... I've lowered my expectations. The Porsche can wait for now smile.gif

Looking at a 2006 or 07 3 series or possibly a 2009 VW CC. Plenty more choice (at least with the Beamer) and can get a fully loaded one with decent mileage for between $10-11k. Shame the cc isn't more widely available too as they seem like very good vfm, especially for the engine and quality of finish.

I've drive the first gen CC and found it rather noisy and a bit unrefined. If I were you I'd look at something more like the Acura TSX. If you MUST stay German then I prefer the Passat to the CC.
post #105 of 129
lol...the advice you're getting won't change with another $2k.

regarding bmw's, I much prefer the e46 generation to the e90/92. better looking, better to drive. they are also very reliable by European car standards - which btw is not the same thing as inexpensive to maintain
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