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Cayenne Towing?

Hello,

Considering a Cayenne to replace my truck (tired of daily driver with sloppy handling etc...) but I wonder if any of you out there use your Cayenne for towing. According to the specs the 4.5V8 can tow my travel trailer but I wanted to hear of your experiences.
I also have plans for a 22-26' ski boat within a few years...


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There have been a number of people that have had issues with the trailer lighting. Do a search over on Rennlist's Cayenne forum, lots of good info.
http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/forumdisplay.php?f=77

I was planning on getting one to tow with, but decided to get a purpose built vehicle for towing: '07 Ford F250 Diesel.
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Thanks for the link.

I have an '06 Ram 3500 Cummins that does the towing job with ease...its just no fun to drive around town etc...which is realistically 80% of my driving.

My concern with the Cayenne is how it handles with 7000lbs of trailer weight behind it, I have no concerns about its power or torque. I have a smaller (26') toy hauler that carries my HD Road King....so the weight ads up.
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I understand. The 250 is not a daily driver for me.
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Got a 04 CS for the wife to drive every day and to use for my DE towing duties 10x a year or so. I used to use a 2004 Silverado 2500 Crew but got sick of paying for it to sit in the yard unused 90% of the time as the drive to work every day sucked not to mention the higher gas bills getting 11 mpg on the highway. I have to say I used the CS on my last DE in the Poconos which has some steep long inlclines and the CS performed beautifully. I barely felt the trailer behind the truck. And stopping was just as easy with the huge brakes Its a steel trailer loaded with tools and the car, approx 6k lbs. The only drawback is the lack of room in the rear of the CS for track equipment. Friend had used his CS to pull an enclosed trailer with a track car with no problems whatsoever. Just my .02 fwiw
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Great point about the brakes Scott. Not only is the acceleration a rush the braking power must be imense!

Do you run with a stock hitch from dealer or is it aftermarket? I was reading on Rennlist about $1800 hitch installed from dealer? Ouch? I think most of the cost was install - removing bumper panels and such to install. I assume the stock hitch is rated for the 600lb tongue, 7700lb max loads.

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I posted on rennlist about the $1800 raping at the dealer. I got the factory hitch for $700 from Suburban Porsche (great guys) on Ebay and a friend (Porsche Tech) installed it for me in about 3 hours. The book is 4 hours on the install so I guess the $1800 is for retail price of around $1400 for the hitch and $400 labor for the install. And the dealers wonder why nobody comes back to them for anything but warranty work!!!
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I tow a lot with my 2004 turbo. I knew I wanted to use it to tow and only looked for ones with the factory tow package. Most had it and they did not cost any more than those without it (used). The electrical was easy. Just bought the connector from the dealer for under $20(unlike many that try to make their own). The side mirrors are quite large and work well for towing. The brakes are great and can easily handle the extra weight. I only tow about 3500-4000 lbs, but tow over a lot of mountains.. and it does it effortlessly. Here is my rig towing locally arond town. I back the car on the trailer for better weight/balance if towing at highway speeds.
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We bought a '05 turbo for towing our enclosed race trailer (3,000 lbs) and various cars (2200-2800 lbs)and furniture from the S.F. Bay Area to Santa Fe N.M. One of the reasons I went with a turbo was because there wouldn't be any power loss at higher elevations. Made 3 round trips with no problems. Plenty of power through the mountains cruising at 70-75.
The problems folks were having with the lighting was with trailers with led lights, we had the same problems, errors messages, the trailer lights would flicker, etc. I found an adapter plug for $30.00 that fixed all that. I posted the link on the Rennlist site.
We found an '05 that had the towing package. We looked at a few without the towing and the prices were all over the place. Be sure to get the extended warranty.
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go with a diesel vw instead

I was going to buy the cayenne turbo but was more impressed with the torque and fuel mileage of the Touareg v10 diesel. It will cruise all day at 100-140mph.

The power band of the diesel is much more suited for towing and the engine is much less stressed than the porsche v8. You can even pump up the torque into the 700ft-lb range with minor mods.

Plus the interior is much better than the more pimpy interiors of the cayenne.
Baseball mitt leather and wood accents looks much more sophisticated.

I tow with it too. That is my old Dodge diesel on the trailer in 6-8 inches of snow towed 150 miles with no problems. Load with trailer in the 10,500+ range.

I do prefer to use my new Dodge 4 door longbox to haul because of the added room in the box but it isn't as much fun to drive around town. It's turning radius is much wider than the shortbox diesel was.



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i guess a ton and a half over towing capacity wouldnt hurt in a pinch?
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..Tons over capacity, nahhh.

See the following, people have done much-much more with this animal (the T V10):

YouTube - VW Touareg towing a Boeing 747 - Fifth Gear

I tow often with a CS (06 Tit. ed.) over 6'000 (a 23'), between SFO and Newport Beach and it is pretty much a piece of cake.

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