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Porsche Cayman S, Coupe, Convertible
#237 of 321 Re: 2006 Porsche Cayman S Tire Maintenance
Apr 16, 2007 (10:04 am)
I am a new owner of a silver cayman S. I love it. It is such a fine machine.
I was wondering if I can ask for some opinion about tire maintenance.
I seem to have a tire pressure leak on one of my rear tires (19 inch). I say I'm losing about 5 pounds per day as I have observed if the car sat all day.
I called the dealer and they suggested I replace the tire with a brand new one versus doing a patching due to the dynamics of the tires when travelling with higher speeds.
My driving habits dont take me up passed 90mph. The tire replacement is anywhere from $400 to $500 a pop.
Since this is my first Porsche I was wondering if that advise is justified to anyone. Thanks and I appreciate anyone's input.
#238 of 321 Re: 2006 Porsche Cayman S Tire Maintenance [getty1]
Apr 16, 2007 (2:42 pm)
How "new" is the car / tire? If you just bought the car brand new, and you have noticed the leak immediately, I would think the dealer should take some responsiblity.
On the other hand, did the leaking start after an "event" such as hitting a pot hole or running over something? If there isn't an obvious nail or other source of a leak in the tire tread, it may be caused by a bent rim. In which case you are looking at a lot more than $400 to $500.
As far as fixing a hole, I don't think a small nail hole type patch would throuw the tire dynamics out of whack. But it sounds like you haven't identified the source of the leak.
#239 of 321 PASM and 19" tires
Apr 17, 2007 (4:02 pm)
I am seeking advise on 2 issues-Can anyone chime in re the PASM feature pros and cons? Does the lower ground clearance pose a possibility of body damage from potholes?
Often times the PASM comes with 19" tires,does this cause a significantly rough ride?,Thanx
#240 of 321 PASM, etc.
Apr 17, 2007 (6:14 pm)
There has been a lot of discussion about just this point on the Cayman Club forums, but in a nutshell PASM helps compensate for road conditions on the fly so you are apt to have a smoother, not rougher, ride with 19" wheels although it can certainly be very firm on smooth surfaces. Best advice is to test drive cars with and without and then decide.
#241 of 321 Re: PASM and 19" tires [chander]
Apr 17, 2007 (7:51 pm)
I assume you are aware that PASM has two settings you can toggle between via a push button. I have a 911S in which PASM and 19" wheels are standard. The "normal" setting is at least, if not more, comfortable than the standard suspension on a base 911 w/ 18" wheels. Yet, even on the normal setting, body roll is very minimal and the car handles very well. The "sport" setting is noticably stiffer and great for "enthusiastic" driving on smooth surfaces, but too harsh for daily driving on city streets, IMO. After 18 months and nearly 13k miles, I am a fan of PASM. But I must admit that I probably only use the "sport" PASM setting 10% of the time. On the other hand, I use the "sport" setting on my sport/chrono (faster throttle response and braking) closer to 50% of the time. The two can be toggled independently.
I have had no negative issues with the lower ground clearance of PASM, although I have yet to hit a major pothole and do my best to avoid them. I think the difference in ground clearance is minimal and if you hit a big enough pothole, it would do damage wither way.
Apr 18, 2007 (6:26 am)
.. that the bigger risk to 19" wheels is tire/rim damage from having 1/2" less sidewall..
I've not heard too many stories of body damage from potholes... on any car. I doubt 19" vs. 18" would have much effect there... the axles are still the same distance from the ground.
#243 of 321 Re: I would think... [kyfdx]
Apr 18, 2007 (7:14 am)
This is the reason I have 17" rims on my Cayman, as I drive through SF everyday and take advantage of the pot-hole ridden commute lane on Bay Street to cut time. The Cayman base suspension is very compliant and rarely bottoms-out, much less so even than my previous OBXT, ironcially enough.
#244 of 321 Re: I would think... [bgsntth]
Apr 19, 2007 (7:53 am)
SF traffic is probably similar to NYC so I have to ask how you like it and if you use as a daily driver? I am very drawn to this car for the looks and performance but I'm concerned a bit on the noise factor and the comfort as a daily driver. Also, just curious why you chose over a boxster? I like the looks of the Cayman much more but how much fun are you giving up without the vert option?
Did anyone cross shop the Cayman with the Vette?
Thanks to all for input/opinions.
#245 of 321 Re: I would think... [topspin628]
Apr 20, 2007 (4:32 am)
"Did anyone cross shop the Cayman with the Vette?"
I have a 911, not a Cayman, but was asked that question by a friend who is considering a Porsche now. My response is that the two couldn't be further apart on the subjective qualities. Porsche is all about precision, finesse and quality, the Corvette is all about brute power and quantity. In actual statistical performance, a 911S and Corvette (or Viper, for that matter) are not all that far apart. But how you feel in the drivers seat is night and day. Both when the car is moving and when it isn't.
#246 of 321 Re: I would think... [topspin628]
Apr 20, 2007 (7:47 am)
The Cayman works very well as a daily driver, if you are an enthusiast who accepts it is a true sports car. The suspension is stiff, but compliant. The engine makes a lot of noise, but it is glorious. It also is very comfortable, and has a lot of space for gym bags and such.
I chose it over a Boxster because I never really fit in the Boxster; albeit I have not sat in one in the last 3 years, I had a convertible previously and actually prefer a hardtop, and I will at some point start participating in trackdays.