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Old 11-18-2012, 07:23 PM
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Porsche Cayenne

TTers. Question you you all. I'm in sales and I'm in my car everyday going from hospital to hospital but good thing everything is fairly close meaning no hotel stays. Anyways I currently have a E350 4matic Benz and I do love it but I would like to have more room. I'm 6'2 about 220 and I was thinking of a used Cayenne or BMW X5. I won't pull the boat with it b/c the wife has a Tahoe and it pulls perfect. I'm just looking for advice or experience any of you might have with the Cayenne or X5! Good and bad. Reliability etc..... Nice thing is I don't pay for gas either company does! .
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:08 PM
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If you buy either one, try the diesel version.

Consider test driving the Lexus RX350 and the Benz ML Class, Audi Q7 and Acura/Honda MDX .... That would give you a good sense. But if you're looking for German specific, the ML and Q7 are worthy of a test drive. If you're looking for V8 power, the diesel will surprise you...but if you want the exhaust sound and a grin on your face in the corners, just buy the Cayenne or the X5M...

All of the German makes will be close in costs to maintain -- however -- some of the above include maintenance packages that include brake pads, oil etc... If you're going used, there is great information on Edmonds.com and in some cases other user forums specific to the vehicle.

Finally, you'll get better trade value at the Benz dealers for your current car, but don't settle based on a few grand. Get the one that makes you happy.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:16 PM
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TTers. Question you you all. I'm in sales and I'm in my car everyday going from hospital to hospital but good thing everything is fairly close meaning no hotel stays. Anyways I currently have a E350 4matic Benz and I do love it but I would like to have more room. I'm 6'2 about 220 and I was thinking of a used Cayenne or BMW X5. I won't pull the boat with it b/c the wife has a Tahoe and it pulls perfect. I'm just looking for advice or experience any of you might have with the Cayenne or X5! Good and bad. Reliability etc..... Nice thing is I don't pay for gas either company does! .
I understand the cayenne has crappy reviews I'd check with edmunds. I've a few friends who consider the purchase a mistake and that Porsche failed with their only SUV.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:20 PM
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My mom went from an X5 3.0 XDrive to a Porsche Cayenne GTS, and she HATED it. the X5 was way more comfortable. the GTS had 405 horses, so i liked it. had the air suspension that could raise and lower it, it was AWESOME! but it rode rough for a 70k dollar car. id recommend the X5 over the cayenne for daily driving for sure.

You also have to take the cayenne to the dealer every time for the oil changes.. they dont release their oil filters. (as i was told by a local service station) and the oil change was a cool $300 bucks.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:21 PM
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I understand the cayenne has crappy reviews I'd check with edmunds. I've a few friends who consider the purchase a mistake and that Porsche failed with their only SUV.
The cayenne is still the best selling car in the porsche current line up, according to the dealer when I was last there. Could have switched to the Panamera thought.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:45 PM
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I understand the cayenne has crappy reviews I'd check with edmunds. I've a few friends who consider the purchase a mistake and that Porsche failed with their only SUV.
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The cayenne is still the best selling car in the porsche current line up, according to the dealer when I was last there. Could have switched to the Panamera thought.
Just passing on buzz I've heard. I have no experience but I do love the panamera
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:12 PM
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My mom went from an X5 3.0 XDrive to a Porsche Cayenne GTS, and she HATED it. the X5 was way more comfortable. the GTS had 405 horses, so i liked it. had the air suspension that could raise and lower it, it was AWESOME! but it rode rough for a 70k dollar car. id recommend the X5 over the cayenne for daily driving for sure.

You also have to take the cayenne to the dealer every time for the oil changes.. they dont release their oil filters. (as i was told by a local service station) and the oil change was a cool $300 bucks.
The GTS has the firm sport suspension so yes it will be firm. The Cayenne S or the turbo will have a nicer suspension. It will also be better towing your boat then the X5 or the Tahoe.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:26 PM
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I cannot comment on the X5, but we have a 2012 X3 35i with Xdrive and it's been great! What a fun car to drive, super quick and well balanced handling. Very much improved over the first generation X3 and more spacious. 33K miles so far and all maintenance and repairs are covered by BMW. (tires are $350 each however, but any of these cars will have expensive tires on them)

If the X5 is more your style/size I say go for that.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:52 PM
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The cayenne is still the best selling car in the porsche current line up, according to the dealer when I was last there. Could have switched to the Panamera thought.
I think it's the cheapest too. Friends of ours had the Cayenne and went to the diesel X5 and never regretted it a second. If it was me I'd go with a Grand Cherokee Overland Edition with the 5.7 Hemi.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:42 AM
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It will also be better towing your boat then the X5 or the Tahoe.
Better towing than a Tahoe? .... lmao
I generally hate Chev's, but even the standard engine Tahoe has a LOT more torque than the Porche, and the Tahoe weighs over a thousand lbs more, and it's factory max tow rating is more than a thousand lbs. higher.

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