Gi Automotive Group has been providing Beverly Hills Porsche Service, Repair & Maintenance for over 15 years as we absolutely love everything Porsche, especially older raw and naturally aspirated Porsche 911’s.
When Porsche made the decision to enter the SUV market with the Cayenne back in 2002, long time fans of the brand called sacrilege over what they thought would be the spiritual death of the sports car maker.
Though they could have not been more wrong, as the Cayenne quickly became the best selling vehicle in their line up. Since then, the Cayenne has undergone two generational evolutions and continues to be one of the most capable sports SUVs on the market.
Currently in it’s third generation, each Porsche Cayenne platform spawns many variants. Trim levels include Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo & Turbo S, Cayenne Diesel, and Cayenne S Hybrid. Each variant of the Cayenne comes with a different powertrain and chassis options.
This Porsche Cayenne Service Guide will act as a great reference for owners looking to properly maintain their vehicle, and also for future owners to understand what and how often are recommended service intervals. This will be focused on the first and second generation models.
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
Throughout its production span, the Porsche Cayenne has had at least five engine options available in the lineup. Each trim level gained a step in performance, with the top Turbo S moniker taking it’s name from the Porsche 911 Turbo S sports car.
The Porsche Cayenne Service Guide recommends this maintenance interval schedule:
Porsche Cayenne Service Guide – Minor Annual Maintenance
10,000-miles (or annually)
- Oil change and filter replacement
- Tire rotation
20,000-miles (or every 2 years)
- Usually covers all 10,000-mile services and
- Brake pads and rotor change
- New Tires if required
30,000-miles (or every 3 years)
- Often requires a thorough safety inspection, plus:
- Replace Spark Plugs (Turbo Models)
- Brake fluid change – possible brake pad/rotor replacement
- Engine coolant change
- Transmission fluid change
40,000-miles (or every 4 years)
- Replace Spark Plugs V6 / V8 / GTS
- Pollen/Cabin Filter & Engine Air Filter
- Replace Coolant
Porsche Cayenne Service Guide – Major Maintenance
Major Maintenance Service Intervals: 40k/80k/120k/160k Miles
Note: If the mileage for scheduled maintenance is not reach, intermediate maintenance must be performed no later than after 2, 6, 10 years.
Diagnosis system: Read out fault memory; reset maintenance interval
Windshield and wiper/washer system, headlight washer: Check function and nozzle adjustment
Horn: Check operation
Tires: Check tire pressure
Batteries and ventilation hoses: Check condition
Electrical equipment as well as indicator and warning lights: Check operation
Panorama roof: Adapt control module
Inside of Vehicle
Seat belts: Check operation and condition
Pollen filter: Replace filter element
Outside of Vehicle
Check wiper blades
External spare tire: check condition and tire pressure
Vehicle lighting: Check operation
All headlights: Check adjustment
Radiators and air intakes: Visual inspection for exterior debris and blockage
Lubricate door latch and fastening bolts
Under The Vehicle
Drain engine oil and change oil filter (Every 10,000 miles)
Tires: Check tire pressure
Brake system: Visual inspection of the brake pads and brake discs for signs of wear (without removing wheels)
Brake hoses and lines: Visual inspection for damage, routing and corrosion
Brake fluid: Check level
Axle shafts: visual inspection of the dust boots for leaks & signs of damage
Drive shafts/Cardan shaft: visual inspection the rubber bellows for leaks and signs of damage
Steering gear: Visual inspection of the dust boots for signs of damage
Exhaust system: Visual inspection for leaks and signs of damage; check mounts
Fill engine oil
Visual inspection for leaks (oils and fluids)
Check drive belt
Fuel system lines and connections: Visual inspection
Coolant and hoses: Check level and antifreeze, check condition of hoses
Windshield wiper/washer system, headlight washer: Check fluid and antifreeze protection level
PDCC: check fluid level
Power steering: check fluid level
Check firewall body drains for debris
Additional Maintenance For Spark Plugs
Replace spark plugs: Cayenne S Hybrid, S/GTS, & V6 every 40,000 miles or every 4 years
Replace spark plugs: Cayenne Turbo every 30,000 miles or 4 years
Additional Maintenance Every 60,000 Miles Or Every 6 Years
Replace PDCC reservoir
Replace supercharger drive belt: Cayenne S Hybrid
Additional Maintenance Every 80,000 Miles Or Every 4 Years
Air filters: Replace elements
Additional Maintenance Every 160,000 Miles Or Every 16 Years
Change front differential oil
Change rear differential oil
Change transfer case oil: (Cayenne V6, Diesel, S Hybrid)
Change manual transmission oil
Change Tiptronic transmission oil and ATF filter
Road Test Check
Remote control, front seats, foot brake and parking brake (also operating travel), engine, clutch, steering, transmission, ParkAssist, automatic speed control, PSM switch, PASM switch, Sport switch, heater, air-conditioning system and instruments: Check operation
Oils, fluids: Visual inspection for leaks
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
The Porsche Cayenne is a big, heavy vehicle. It needs large brakes to bring it to a stop, especially in racy AMG trim. Thankfully, Porsche engineers are some of the finest out there and have thought of this. As with the engines, brake sizes differ on trim variant. The base comes with 330 mm diameter rotors on all four corners while the Turbo S comes with 419 mm diameters in the front, with every other trim falling in between. GI Automotive can identify which brakes your Cayenne has and determine how much useful life is left from them.
Brake wear varies from vehicle to vehicle, driver to driver. There are many factors that contribute to brake wear, and therefore they must be inspected at least at every service interval to ensure the safety of the occupants. Brake fluid must be changed every 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Tires, Suspension & Alignment
Tires are also wearable items that need to be checked at every service interval. Unfortunately, many owners tend to ignore their tires. As they are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they affect handling, acceleration, braking, and crucially, safety. Wear will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and whether or not the vehicle is all-wheel drive or not.
As with the engines and brakes, tire size will be determined by trim level. The base Cayenne has significantly narrower tires than the Turbo or GTS trims.
GI Automotive carries a wide selection of Porsche Cayenne tires on stock and available to order. A consultation is available to determine which tire is best for your individual driving needs.
Alignment can seriously affect both tire wear as well as the handling characteristics of a car. Therefore, it is imperative that the alignment is checked on a regular basis. The Porsche Cayenne Service Guide recommends checking camber, castor, and toe for tolerances within factory specification, or a custom specification if deemed necessary.
The suspension’s job is to not only keep a comfortable ride; it is also to provide optimal handling characteristics. Properly functioning suspension will keep alignment within specification in a straight line as well as in the corners. Moreover, this keeps the tires from wearing unevenly. At each service interval, it is recommended to check the suspension components for any squeaks, rattles, leakage, or play.