Common 2011-2020 Porsche Cayenne Problems

Some of the worst issues 2nd generation Cayenne owners have to deal with.

  1. Porsche Coolant Leaks

    Owners have noticed coolant leaking from the thermostat housing, intake manifold, water pump, and busted coolant pipes. After being sued 8 times Porsche, reluctantly, agreed to a settlement for some owners.

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks the Most

Years to Avoid

2nd Generation (2011–2020) Cayenne Key Numbers

  1. 6 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 31 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to

  3. 12th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 13 eligible generations.

Recent Lawsuits for 2nd Generation Cayenne Owners

  • Dismissed

    Padilla and Shames, et al., v. Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

    1. Dismissed

      In dismissing the lawsuit one last time, the judge ruled the plaintiffs do not allege any precise statements, documents or misrepresentations made by Porsche or how such statements misled the plaintiffs.

    2. Case Filed

      Porsche Cayenne and Panamera coolant pipes and leaks have caused a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges the epoxy adhesive falls apart and fails, causing the coolant pipes to separate from the thermostat housings.

    Porsche Coolant Leaks
    Class Vehicles
    • 2010-2016 Porsche Panamera (V8)
    • 2011-2019 Porsche Cayenne (V8)

Recent 2nd Generation (2011–2020) Cayenne News

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What Cayenne Owners Say About This Generation

The car is black with the standard beige interior. When I drove the car for the first time I was shocked to discover the total blinding reflection of the dashboard in the windshield. I find this to be completely distracting and unsafe. After almost two weeks, and not hearing from them, I called and spoke to a Customer Commitment Associate.

The dashboard’s image gets reflected on to the interior of windshield, thereby blinding the driver. Recently there while I was driving the vehicle and was behind a Bus, the sun rays were falling on the dash board and the effect was so bad that I just could not drive the vehicle further as nothing was visible through the wind shield.

[A service manager] then asked , 'Well didn't you test drive the car?' I explained that my husband had and the test car had a black interior. He said we could put a mat on the dashboard, and get a pair of sunglasses. He then said that 'Porsche will NOT do anything.'