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Greetings!

I recently picked up a beautiful 2004 CS with 158k miles on the clock. I've read all the horror stories about the engine scoring and I'd just like to ask if I'm out of the weeds. The car has been kept in a warm climate, Charlotte NC, I don't here any knocking or obvious ticking, dealer maintained although I don't have service records. No smoke, not burning oil. So, after 158k miles, if she was gonna go, it probably would have happened already?

I'm grinning ear to ear with this thing and it's the only dark spot in my enthusiasm.

Thanks!

Joe

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I have a 2006 Cayenne S titanium with 178,000 K miles with no issues.  This is a California car, and always ensure a warm up before taking off. No oil consumption, and she runs amazing.  I also had concerns about scoring, so I ran a borescope through a both sides and did not see any scoring.

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Greetings!

I recently picked up a beautiful 2004 CS with 158k miles on the clock. I've read all the horror stories about the engine scoring and I'd just like to ask if I'm out of the weeds. The car has been kept in a warm climate, Charlotte NC, I don't here any knocking or obvious ticking, dealer maintained although I don't have service records. No smoke, not burning oil. So, after 158k miles, if she was gonna go, it probably would have happened already?

I'm grinning ear to ear with this thing and it's the only dark spot in my enthusiasm.

Thanks!

Joe

 

You're never out of the clear.  It's not a defect that only revealed itself early in the mileage range.  It seems most of the scored cars come from cold climates where they see cold starts routinely.  So, if the car has always been a southern car, I think that helps.  

 

Good habits can help mitigate the problem, too.  Don't let the car idle after starting.  Get in, start it, drive off slowly.  If you let it idle and warm up, the engine is spending a lot of time in its highest wear state.  Don't go WOT until the oil temp is warmed up.  Try to drive it as gingerly as possible until the engine temp and oil temp are up to speed.  

 

If the car has made it this far, that's a good sign.  But, you're never really "out of the weeds."

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Thanks gentlemen. I'm not having any issues like oil consumption or ticking. Some of the horror stories around here really bugged me but I'm hoping this is a good machine I've bought

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I have a 2005 with 177,000, purrs like I lion. Think your good. Has the coolant pipe on the rear of the motor been updated to metal version.

Yep, that was done by the dealer years ago. I bought it from an aquaintence and he drove it daily for 2 years and it only went in for oil changes and minor gremlins.

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