Saw a Wheeler Dealers Cayenne episode recently where they found easy cheap fixes for its problems. However as they discussed what it might have cost them had they not investigated and fixed it themselves, the $$$ figures went to crazy levels. This is clearly a vehicle best suited for a skilled home mechanic who does his homework, because you sure don't want one inside of a typical "replace them parts!" shop.
I got mine! We moved to the desert in New Mexico last year. We bought a house adjacent to thousands of acres of BLM desert which is crisscrossed with trails. The Cayenne handles it all well. Rob didn’t point out that the Cayenne (mine’s a turbo) is a hoot to drive—on road and off.
Sharing platforms with the Audi Q7 and VW Touareg provides for stable on/off road capability. A stock Touareg with adjustable ride height, (over 12") and 2 locking diffs will actually out-perform a stock Jeep Wrangler off road. The Cayenne may be less sophisticated, but the more powerful engines offer more fun... with much higher maintenance costs. Ultimately, there will be few bargains, as restoration costs for a turbo Cayenne can easily exceed appreciation potential. Find a nice V10 Touareg!