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  1. OK, here's the rundown: The idle RPM stumble issue still isn't fixed - bad as ever. The explanation that we have come up with: Engine is fine. Transmission is fine. Driveshaft is semi-fine. But: The combination of engine mounts AND drive shaft may cause my issues. When I take my foot off the gas, the engine goes from load mode into follow mode - causing the engine to 'wiggle' a little in the engine mounts. That wiggle then translates onto the driveshaft, which, in turn, also wiggles a little. By the time both wiggling has caught up with the new load circumstances, it comes as a jolt on the idling engine, which causes the engine to spool up slightly to account for the perceived drop in RPM - sending another jolt through the accumulating wiggle rooms. That way, this stumbling can travel back and forth along the engine mounts and drive shaft several times before it stabilizes. This is frustrating, because to fix this would cost thousands. Anyways, I have learnt my lesson. Porsche's are one-way cars. Drive it for three years - then toss 'em. Or, if you plan on keeping your Porsche: Make it a decorative objective in the living room, and de-dust it every once in a while. That's about it. I have had Mercedes, BMW, even Audi's with VERY high mileage - and never had any issue that would not have been fixed within a thousand dollars or two. But tens of thousands for a simple clunk? Thank you.
  2. Sad, sad update. I'm sitting here with a new invoice on my desk - $1407 to have all 8 coils replaced by my local Porsche dealer. I could've changed them myself for less than $400, but I figured if they finally found the issue - let them have the business. Remember, by now I'm almost $7k into fixing a simple idle stumble issue!!! WTF??? As I went to pick up the P!G today, even as the car was handed over to me, it was still idling rough!!! How phucking arrogant is that? Charging me $1400 and then handing me over the defective car, probably hoping I won't notice? I'm done with this. I left the P!G at the dealer and told them I won't pick it up until it's fixed for good. Where the phuck are we? If I operated like that on patients, I would get my *** handed to me on a platter. I am beyond annoyed, and I'm starting to believe that no one can fix my idle stumbling issue. And yes - if it's not fixed by the end of the month, I'll post the name of the dealership also. I'm soooooo over with this.
  3. Good idea - I have checked the fuse for the #2 bank, which is fuse 8 in the engine fuse box compartment - for loose or corroded contacts. Everything seemed very clear, the contacts were tight, no corrosion - I replaced both the #7 and #8 fuse, just to be on the safe side. That really leaves me down to a fuel line problem, a camshaft position sensor problem - but as the problem occurred ONCE for a matter of seconds over the last 5.000 miles, testing WILL be difficult. I may just have to wait until a completely failed CPS leaves me and the pig stranded on a steep mountain road, past midnight, in a freezing snowstorm. :cursing:
  4. Thank - really good step-by-step guide - yet, I think, the reason we haven't been able to put our fingers on it. In the P0300 code workup, the diagnostics stop at step 12 - as the suggestion is to proceed to step 12, effectively looping itself back to 12 gain. Does not make sense! But I guess the answer to my problem is: It was an intermittent problem, and until it rears it's ugly head again - no way of finding out what it was. Again, I'm very shocked at Porsche quality with apparently numerous single points of failure that not only leave you with a rough idle or a check engine light - but stalling engines, misfiring engines, and not starting engines at all. I'm seriously approaching Porsche's very cautiously know. I'm friends with a former chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche in Stuttgart, and for a fact I know that when the team first wanted to presented the Cayenne prototype to the board, the electronics had drained the battery overnight so that when the chairman sat in, it wouldn't even start! That apparently gave the Cayenne the dual battery layout down the road... I'm just p'd off right now. Porsche'd off. I'll drive my Benz more I guess. Thanks for all the help, though! You guys rock.
  5. We checked it today with ye olde Bosch KTS650 - P300, P305, 306, 307, 308 - all at the same time, starting with 800 RPM. Position sensors checked out fine, too. Oxygen Sensors fine. But: Everything else is fine, and the codes are gone. In short: I still don't know what was going on. I don't think it would be the coils as we changed all 8 of them to the latest '9' series, plus there is no way on earth ALL four coils on bank #2 would fail at the very same second? Am I wrong? Our best guess would be either some weird ground issue on bank 2 or something with the camshaft position sensor; but again, we simply don't know. This is what's frustrating: I've had Mercedes, BMW - in the dozens - and only two Porsches. I've never had ANY engine trouble - but I have CONSISTENT engine and transmission trouble with my Porsches that no one seems to be able to fix.
  6. I did. P300 and P305-P308 were the only codes stored. No further codes. This thing really drives me insane...
  7. OK, this just keeps getting better. After having very odd rpm spooldown roughness issues that remain unaddressed, the car jerked on me shortly after a cold start like never before - even with the flashing CEL - that went away shortly after. The codes were P300; P305, P306, P307, and P308. Now, all codes were clear before, and we only recently replaced all plugs and coils. What's odd here is: 1) CEL went away after a few seconds 2) idle RPM went up the high 800s after this episode 3) ALL misfires occured simultaenously on the same bank, leading me to think it can't be the coils or plugs. What on earth could that be? It's obviously not the bank's fuse, either, as it corrected itself. The reason I'm so excited about this is that for the first time with my rough idle issues, the car has thrown some error codes. Any thoughts? What could simultaneously "out" an entire cylinder bank? I'm really thinking I might just drop it by the dealership and get it fixed for twice of what it's worth... Thanks!
  8. OK, A little update on my issues: Changed both fuel pumps - IDLE DIP ISSUE GONE!!! :-)) All the other issues, most remarkably the stumbling as RPM spools down - are still there :-( Azelaya, good thought on the vacuum leaks - even though someone apparently checked for leaks, it sounds like it would make sense to change the tubes - what symptoms were you having before you changed your tubes? The stumbling or the idle dip? The trottle body would have been my first guess, so we cleaned that early on and reset the adaption twice. There are still no error codes. Before I get one of those new valve bodies, I guess my next step would be to change these vacuum hoses and pipes. It is really frustrating to STILL have not been able to have figured out whether the stumbling is caused by the tranny or some engine problem...
  9. We did clean the throttle body; didn't change anything. We didn't think that the torque converter seal would be causing my issues; but along the way, we found that it was leaking. We simply changed the torque converter seal because it was leaking ATF fluid. I still don't know whether it's the engine or the transmission causing the stumbling as RPM spools down. The reason I'm thinking more tranny than engine is that this stumbling doesn't happen on braking. It mainly happens uphill. I think to the engine, it should make no difference is load results from driving uphill or applying the brakes.
  10. OK, before I get started on this on the coming weekend, I'd like to share... This is what Porsche claims: Did you know that over 70% of all Porsche vehicles ever built are still on the road? They want to drive home a point for durability. If you look through the scheduled maintenance, there are items that are due every (!) 140.000 miles or every 12 years. So, here I am, with my hardly 7 year old Cayenne - not even having hit the 140k mile mark - and I refuse to succumb to the notion that I should have to live with certain issues because I'm driving an old car. Heck, there are 80's Carreras out there that are still driven on a daily basis! Plus, my Cayenne has the perfect suspension - no clunks, no fade, no play; the perfect chassis - no dents, dings, nothing; a like new interior - so why should I have to put up with drivetrain issues? Clearly, those Cayennes were built to last and I want to have it perform flawlessly. Aside from the idle dip issue, I have tried to replicate my engine / transmission shudder that occurs when I start uphill from a standstill, and then simply take my foot off the pedal - as the RPM spools down, I get either misfires (no codes though), or the transmission seems to jolt on the engine RPM. I did this 3 times in this video - and you can see the stumbling with each of the attempts: LINK TO VIDEO I'll post updates as I go...
  11. I have all four tires the same size - and, wouldnt PSM activity cause some light to illuminate? No illumination going on here. But a fresh thought.
  12. Well I guess all the above may hold true - and I may have a combination of issues going on here: 1) the idle dip - probably fuel pumps 2) the stumbling when I ease my foot off the pedal at very slow speeds uphill - probably valve body (or also fuel pumps)? 3) the clunking or play in the tranny - probably something engine mount- or torque-arm related. There is one last thing that I can't put my finger on. Again, this only happens when slowly inching forward from a standstill uphill, and only when you just inch forward without even gaining speed. Thats when it feels like the transmission does not slip smoothly and evenly - as any automatic transmission would - but i can feel jerking (or jolts) of thrust, much as you would get with a slipping clutch in a manual - could that also be the valve body? Really, I have never seen this behavior in any automatic transmission. For a while, I was thinking that this could also be related to the engine RPM problems, but when this happens, RPM remains exactly the same. The jolts do not seem to be coming from the engine... Everything seems perfectly fine on even terrain or anywhere faster than 1500 RPM, though
  13. About the torque arm mounts and transmission rubber mounts: I honestly have no idea; I can go check on it. If this was indeed done, it was hidden somewhere deep within the overpriced bills that I already had to gulp.... I'll check and get back. I would love this car to just ride smoothly again; it's just sad to see a car in perfect condition, with some issues that you just can't seem to be able to fix. If I have learned anything on these boards, it's that when you think you need a new engine or transmission, chances are it's an easy DIY fix - if you know what you're doing!! Especially about these mount issues: Listening closely, the clunk actually is located more towards the engine rather than the transmission. Also, just for torque arm's sake, I revved the engine hard from idle in neutral - and - there it was - the distinct, dreaded clunk! So whoever brought up torque arm mounts first might really have a point. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for all the replies!
  14. OK, So let's give this a try then... I would be really excited to finally be able to put an end to these rumbling, stumbling and dipping issues. It feel's like I'm driving a friggin' 74 chevy.
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