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I have been offered the opportunity to acquire a 2005 Cayenne Turbo. The car was originally sold in the U.S where the owner got Porsche to buy it back because of unresolved problems with door locks and tire wear. Porsche brought it back to Germany where it was repaired and modified to EU standards (nav, rear indicator lights, speedo, etc.). It was then sold and imported to Sweden, where I am located.

All this according to the current owner, whom I am meeting on Monday. He claims to be able to show documentation to verify the story. I have taken out a Carfax report and it appears to confirm the timeline. What I am wondering is why would Porsche go to all this trouble? Why not just auction off the car and be done with it? Are they afraid an unrepaired lemon might come back to haunt them?

Is this standard Porsche practice? I find it really unlikely the story is a ruse, since it is so easy to check, but you never know. I have no problem buying the car (actually a swap with a seldom-used BMW I have) if the repairs can be verified and the rest of the story checks out. There is much less of a stigma attached to lemon buybacks here than in the U.S.

The car looks incredibly well kept:



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Possibly, I had a new 944 Turbo and hadn't chipped it yet as it was still on warranty in the late 80's and the engine failed. Porsche installed a new engine and the Porsche N.America Tech rep told me the factory wanted the engine back to investigate in detail why it failed. At times they've really shown a desire to investigate and fix Engineering and Production faults, then again at times they seem to not care?

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