The midsized Cayenne is one of the most agile SUVs on the market. It packs genuine Porsche DNA into its driving characteristics with communicative steering and responsive brakes that feel direct and precise. Even when it's asked to carve its way around a racetrack, the Cayenne remains in its element. And yet, it's also a luxurious and functional SUV with ample passenger and cargo room.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Drive System
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Climate System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Porsche Cayenne owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Covered under discussion of transfer case replacement."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Differential

"The transfer case had to be replaced due to hard shifts. This is supposedly a common problem for the 2016 Cayenne"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Transfer case

"choppy acceleration and loud clicking noises when turning at low speeds"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Rough and missed shifts that got progressively worse over the course of a few months. The dealer inevitably said that they were unable to duplicate the problem even though I was at the dealer multiple times with other issues and complained about the rough shifts every time. They finally agreed that there was an issue and performed the repairs."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Noisy and Jerky under accelaeration at about 30,00 miles. Dealer replaced under warranty at no cost, supplied loaner car. No problems since. I consider this part of AWD system."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Transfer case had to be replaced due to unusual vibration in the front end when turning."

Jim E., OK (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Car was clearly slipping on acceleration. Power transfer was very poor. The transfer case had to be replaced. The dealer commented that this has been a common problem with this car. No problems since the replacement."

Curtis R., UT (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"It started jerking. I took it in and they replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS 3.6-L V6)

"Full transfer case failure at 16,000 miles. It had to be replaced and was out of service for almost 10 days"

Curtis R., UT (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Transfer case gears were "slipping", especially when turning sharp corners or when traveling at freeway speeds. Dealer and indicated it would take about 6 weeks to get a new transfer case from Germany. Porsche overnighted it and the dealer had the car back on the road in less than 30 hours"

Edward T., WA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"this is an obvious problem with this car..They did not have it in this country and had to get it from Germany..really when I know others now who had the same problem..they should have a stock in the usa...It took 3 weeks and only because I made them fed ex it and that took a week..really a 2016 Porsche!!!"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"needed transfer box replacement."

Robert V., NY (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

"Erratic and slipping shifts."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo 4.8-L V8 turbo)
Transmission computer

"Apparently Porsche has programmed in a hesitation in the transmission that they refuse to fix. There are times when you press the accelerator and nothing happens until the transmission kicks in, then the vehicle lunges forward. Its both annoying and unsafe!"

Jim E., OK (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Cruise control only worked on flat land. It would not adjust for hills and other minor terrain. Lost 25 mph+ on interstate highways before I disconnected for safety reasons. Numerous repair attempts left it better but still with variations of 10+ mph. Very poor dealer interaction."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Porsche Cayenne S 3.6-L V6 turbo)
Headlights

"Occasional fault indicated with headlight adjustment"

Michael O., RI (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"The vehicle had multiple faults indicated on the dash over the course of months which got progressively worse. As usual the dealer said they could not duplicate the issue. However the car then failed completely. The dealer then replaced the main module, which did not fix all fo the issues. The then replaced both front modules as well as other modules and sensors that I don't recall the names of. The problem was resolved after months of living with it and the dealer saying there was no problem."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Was a gasket and fixed under warranty"

Martin E., VA (2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"cap over key lock on door handle posed off"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Besides being cumbersome to use, the softwsare has not been updated in 7-10 years so does not include roads built in Central Florida within that time-frame. This is very poor for a company like Porsche, who tries to be futuristic and quality oriented."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"rear hatch wouldnt close right. took 2 trips to dealership to finally get it fixed"

Robert V., NY (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"it was not overheating it would not get to operating temperature, it was a cooling control module issue"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge suddenly said I was low on gas and idiot light illuminated. This last a week or so and then corrected itself and has not recurred. I haven't had this repaired or worked on. No problem in months now."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Porsche Cayenne Base 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Crack in the turbo tube let to engine not functioning at full power"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Porsche Cayenne GTS 3.6-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Mar 23 2016
If the brake pedal dislodges, the driver may not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2011-2016 Cayenne vehicles manufactured April 28, 2010, to January 11, 2016. The brake pedal pivot pin may be missing a circlip, allowing the pivot pin to move and the brake pedal to dislodge.
What should you do:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake pedal assembly circlip, installing any missing circlips, free of charge. The recall began on July 8, 2016. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AG02.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V169000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88300
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