Originally Posted by Westfalia
Sorry Tom, not the same Aircooled. My nickname on both sides comes from my old 77 Westfalia Camper that I still have. I also still dabble in Touaregs, owning a 2006 V8 and a 2006 V10 TDI.
Welcome to the forums!
Thanx for the welcome.
I've actually been here for a couple of years since 2012 - signing in under the account I set-up for my wife on "HER" trailer
, but got tired of tracking replies to my posts over to her email, & it wouldn't let me change or add a 2nd email to that account.
This is us....
The other "aircooled" guy on 914world also has a 77-78 Westy Bus, so I thought it might be the same one, but he hasn't posted over there lately.
I'm leaning towards the early Cayenne S for the better suspension/handling & brakes, & bigger V8 with more HP & TQ, than in the 4.2L VW-TR/Audi Q7 V8 in `03-`10 - & their prices are on all 3 is close for similar mi & cond. So why not a well cared for low mile Porsche at $10-20k +/- for `03-06 & high teens to $30+k for `08-10!?
I see drawbacks to the BMW X5 & MBZ M450/550 V8s, & no real long term cost advantage to their oil burners - & the Cayenne Diesel is 2013-14, so still high priced (I can buy a lot of premium gas for the $20-40k price difference). Likewise, IMHO the 2000-10 Toyota Gland Bruisers & 4Runner V8's & Lexis twins are overpriced at more than a Cayenne S, & are usually at 2-3x the mileage. Also the Cayennes have a better chance of being lightly used, well cared for - or pampered - & in better used condition than some of the other makes.
The V10 TDI Cayenne is an interesting beast, but apparently higher service costs & fuel mileage not much better than the V8s & V6s gas. I want to stay away from extra complications of turbos & probably the diesels in general, for both fuel & maintenance costs. While some good friends have `13 Cayenne Diesel & love it, I see our local diesel prices at +10 cents over Premium around here, plus high maintenance costs discussed in forums on here & vortex & elsewhere.
I'm both a PCA & BMW-CCA member, so no maker bias & either Cayenne or X5 would offer club activities' use on either, but the Porsche seems to be a better SUV for the money if well cared for & low miles - & if the key factory upgrades & services were done timely (coolant pipe upgrade, ignition coils upgrade, upper ball joint replacement @ +/-40k mi, Kardan/drive shaft & bearing replacement if needed, timing belt/tensioners/water pump, regular fluids changed + trans/xfer/diffs per factory schedule or sooner - per my research with owners & tech sources).
Those are my thought so far, but....
I'd appreciate any input from early 2003-10 series 1 & 1.5 (2) Cayenne S owners who've towed a TT in the 3000-6000# range. Hopefully Jscheck will chime in here too, as I sent him a PM or email under the wife's account a few days back.
Finding no Cayenne specific topics/threads on here after a search, I figured that this is the closest thread to get PO input.