The Porsche Cayenne is a popular luxury sports utility vehicle mostly seen driven by famous sports stars, celebrities, and the elite. Aside from its engine designed by Volkswagen, its frame and doors were also based from the Volkswagen Touareg. The Porsche Cayenne has made great impressions through the years. However, consumers will still have to watch out for the common problems that may arise when driving a Porsche Cayenne.
The most common problem that car owners have encountered with the Porsche Cayenne is the loose headlights. A recall was issued by Porsche for the 2011 and 2012 models of the Porsche Cayenne including the base Cayenne and the models from the S, S Hybrid, and Turbo lines. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that the problem was the car's headlights being loose and easily detached from the fender while driving. This problem can cause serious impairment on the vehicle's visibility at night and increase the risk of an accident. According to the NHTSA, the problem lies within the headlamp locking assembly. This flaw was found in all Porsche Cayenne variants, from the base model right up to the high-performance Cayenne Turbo manufactured between March 8, 2010 and January 31, 2012. That sums up to a total of 20,278 Cayennes affected by the recall.
Consumers have also found problems in the Porsche Cayenne's turbine wheel. Porsche has recalled 270 vehicles for a faulty turbine wheel including the 2012 Cayenne Turbo SUVs. The problem is in the wheels having the tendency to fracture due to a casting defect. Aside from an expensive repair, this problem may also cause oil to be drawn into the exhaust system and increase the risk of a fire when left unresolved. This recall has also affected the Panamera Turbo sedan models.
Another problem encountered by car owners with the Porsche Cayenne is the seatbelts not being properly secured. Consumers with a 2004 Porsche Cayenne S noticed that the seat belt retractors deactivate the Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) mode with certain child restraints. According to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208, all three rear seat positions in a car including the front passenger position should be equipped with seat belt retractors that have a locking feature. This problem may increase the risk of injury as the child restraints are not properly secured.