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    Beta: 04 Cayenne S (03/03 build) Lapis Blue
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    07 A4 S-Line Titanium Pkg

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  1. Yes starter problems are typical after coolant pipe failure. Why? Because the starter is underneath them. Starter under water = not good.
  2. #1 and #3 sould like a failing battery. I think #2 is normal; perhaps you never noticed it before? An 04 on an original battery is pretty old. Sounds like you have an aux battery as well which would explain why it does start fine. I believe the primary key uses the aux battery to start (could be wrong). The owners manual is very well detailed in how to replace the battery if you were going to tackle it yourself. I've done it, very simply DIY.
  3. Great, thanks! I ended up going with Dension due to cost and features. Any issues tapping one of the 12v plugs under the passenger footwell? Ignition vs. constant power. Not sure about Denison, but the mObridge requires constant power. I believe the 12v plugs are ignition (i.e. they work only with the key turned on). What features does Denison offer over mObridge? I don't remember any added benefits.
  4. http://www.cartronic...ortmanuals.html Then go to Porsche installation tips - page 13. I think it says/was red/yellow. Brown is ground I remember that much. FWIW, Highly recommend mobridge (also sold as iTronics) and cartronics.com.
  5. Newest model you can afford. Shy away from earlier years and those without warranties.
  6. Tap power from back of radio. I thought mudman had a pic otherwise go to the mObridge USA website or cartronics (who sells it as iTronics) - they both have picture instructions on tapping the power. I would assume Denison is the same and very surprised if the unit did not come with excellent instructions. In fact, I wouldn't buy it if detailed instructions were not available. In that case go mObridge; same capabilities and very good directions.
  7. Not familiar with Denison, but on mObridge, they recommend constant power from the radio. The mObridge install directions were good and show this. I believe mudman2 has a picture forum showing this. I am sure you'd tap power the same way on a Denison (i.e. it uses constant not ignition as the unit sleeps when the vehicle is off - important - check the install directions so you don't ruin your battery and leave yourself stranded). Again, not sure about Denison, but with mObridge you do not need to install anything on the cdc changer if you have one. Have your dealer code the CDC changer off (PCM doesn't understand two CDC changers and will get confused). Otherwise, you'll simply get an error everytime the PCM comes on that you can just click 'okay'. Shouldn't be anything you need to do with phone if your PCM has telephone functionality. Good luck.
  8. There are a number of options to link in an audio device such as mObridge, Denison, and even an OEM techquipment (fancy FM modulator). Some of these only come with an "iPod" style connector. I have the mObridge iPod / Bluetooth unit and it works great. It does have an aux connection as well where I could have plugged a 3.5 type jack with a simple connector from radio shack (I actually did do this but to plug in an aftermarket sat radio). Good luck.
  9. CPO is way to go (aftermarket warranty second). Many available - search autotrader or Porsche website. The issues you will have with an 06 are coolant pipes and coils (unless already replaced). Driveshafts not an issue on 06. Many other 'potential' problems but most are easily fixed. A Cayenne without a warranty could be very expensive. Other things to consider: - Maintenance costs are expensive - dealer oil change ~$250 for example. DIY for much less - Are you going to tow? Get one with a trailer hitch not the other way around. - Many Cayenne's have larger wheels that typically have "summer" tires (like the one in the post above). Unless you live somewhere warm, factor in replacement tires - obviously you wouldn't want your wife driving around with these tires in winter. Happy hunting...
  10. I couldn't agree more. Highly unreliable vehicle after owning two. With that said, I have no intent to get rid of mine and didn't buy it for it's reliability. Although, I haven't seen mine in almost two months (still at dealer)...
  11. I would respectfully disagree with you as I was just trying to get through moguls on parking lot in St Moritz. the only way to move was to put in low and lock Really doesn't make sense...but whatever. In fact, I believe the traction control becomes disabled when the system is locked (it's been a while so not 100% sure)...Which only further confuses me as to why this would be a good idea. I tried this a couple years ago on roads covered with a foot and a half of snow and trust me, doesn't help. Perhaps in your situation it worked b/c the traction control was sensing no traction and left you dead; thus by engaging the system it turned the trac off and allowed the wheels to spin making you feel like it worked. Again, if you think about snow driving, it doesn't make sense that you'd want to be in an even lower (i.e. reduced) gear. Now...if you were going to climb up a solid snow mountain (i.e. snowbank packed tightly)...
  12. That does absolutely nothing to help in snow. To be honest, engaging the low range and locking the differential might even be harmful since you're on the road and its not really designed to be used at speed.
  13. Haven't heard much about 2nd gen, but all 1st gen Cayenne's 2003-2006 are plagued with this problem. Not a matter of if, its a matter of when they will fail. My 06 CS had them replaced at 27k and when I checked one it had the same part # (ending in 00) as my 04CS that was built in 03. There are updated coils used now for replacement but it is questionable if they are any better.
  14. As Loren suggested, PIWIS or PST2. Without a correct code, doubt you'll get much help via Internet.
  15. True but if it is a MY08, its most likely under warranty and a trip to the dealer with the proper diagnostic equipment and replacement parts should fix the problem.
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