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#15 of 24 Re: Cayman [fedlawman]
Dec 31, 2006 (4:28 pm)
To each his own. However, don't knock it until you try it because you only live once and there is truly no substitute.
#16 of 24 Re: Cayman [demetrius]
Dec 31, 2006 (6:06 pm)
You make a good point. It's true I haven't driven the "non-S" Cayman.
I thought the "S" was terrific, with just the right amount of power, comfort, and nimbleness. Although I'm usually inclined to prefer the lighter, less powerful version of a particular car because of the handling dividends light weight pays, in this case I'm not so sure.
Here's my problem with the "non-S" Cayman. The Cayman S with PASM, and nothing else, is pretty much my ideal Porsche (OK, after the GT3). To get the "non-S" up to an equivalent "S" model, you need to order the 18" wheels and Sport Package - a $4,000 premium. That narrows the gap between the two Cayman's to only about $7,500.
My other problem with the "non-S" Cayman is strictly personal. My current car is a lightweight (2700#) sports car that makes about 240 HP. Performance-wise, there won't be an appreciable difference between my current ride and the Cayman. Not the Cayman's fault, I know, but 295 horses is significantly more than 245, and it would be an upgrade in performance from my current car.
The 2.7L Cayman is a fine car, and if I was anyone else, I'd love it. To me though, the "S" is not much more money, and in my mind, +50 hp transforms the Cayman from a hardtop Boxster into a bare-bones 911 - which is, after all, the actual car we all grew up wanting.
#17 of 24 Re: Cayman [fedlawman]
Dec 31, 2006 (6:45 pm)
I have the non-s with the 19 inch Carrera S rims, Navi and upgraded sound system and could have bought the S if I chose to.
All out speed was not my main consideration as the non-s was fast enough and handled just as well. At the end of the day I have a great looking car that turns heads and can perform very well.
Sure i could have purchased an S2000, Miata or similar vehicle but to own a Porsche was an important goal to me and I can't wipe the grin off my face when I am in this car.
#18 of 24 Re: Cayman [demetrius]
Dec 31, 2006 (8:13 pm)
It just goes to show that we are all different, and have different automotive desires/expectations.
You went with less power, bigger wheels, and upgraded electronics. At least Porsche makes your ideal Cayman!
If Porsche offered it, I'd choose the Cayman S with PASM, but with the smaller/lighter 17" wheels, no stereo, manual crank windows, and A/C delete.
#19 of 24 Re: Cayman [fedlawman]
Jan 01, 2007 (1:12 pm)
No stereo, manual windows and no A/C. Sound like you want a single purpose car- a true race car. I needed a little bit more day-to-day livability for things such as dates and client entertainment. I was willing to give up .7 tenths off the 0-60 and 11 mph off the top speed for these comforts.
#20 of 24 Re: Cayman [fedlawman]
Jan 02, 2007 (10:59 am)
manual crank windows
A friend of mine stopped by over the holidays to show off his restored 1978 Mercedes 240D. As we were driving around, my 11 year old asked from the rear seat, "what's this?", pointing to the window crank. At least she knew what the stick shift was, and even noticied that "5th and 6th gears are missing".
#21 of 24 Re: Cayman [habitat1]
Jan 02, 2007 (12:53 pm)
Truth be known, I don't think my kids would know what a window crank is either.
Ironically, I've never had a power window fail. In fact, the only window failure I've ever had in any car was the manual crank in my old Alfa Spider. That mechanism was a dreadful affair with wire cables, bell cranks, and all manner of ridiculous gears and pulleys.
A 4-speed manual diesel - now that's a real Mercedes!
#22 of 24 Re: Cayman [fedlawman]
Jan 15, 2007 (12:36 am)
Isnt that how they come ? Looking at the laundry list of options including wheel caps ? steering wheel ? and exhaust.....
#23 of 24 Cayman S Questions
May 31, 2010 (11:42 am)
I'm considering buying a '07 S and would like input on the following:
- The name of a reputable mechanic in SoCal to conduct a pre-purchase eval,
- Any comments on likes or dislikes re this particular year/model, and
- Recommended upgrades.
#24 of 24 Re: Cayman S Questions [zdog17]
May 31, 2010 (7:31 pm)
I just bought my '07 Cayman S in February, so I don't have experience with any mechanic other than my dealer, but I did a lot of research on my car before purchasing. 2007 was the second year of production for the Cayman S, introduced in 2006. It was the first year of the "base" Cayman, smaller engine, 5 spd vs. 6 spd, less horsepower. If you've driven both the base and S versions, you can definitely tell the difference. I bought my car from a Porsche dealer and it had the Certified Pre-Owned warranty. That adds 2 years and 50K miles to the basic new car warranty. It's almost the same as the new car warranty, bumper-to-bumper. It's recognized as one of the best CPO warranties in the auto industry. I paid $35000 for mine and it had 19000 miles. I got an excellent deal and you may not find one like mine, but you should price shop around the internet and work on getting your preferred price. It's still a buyer's market. There are other Porsche forums on the internet that get more viewer traffic than here. I'd wait to do any upgrades until you lived with the car a while. You may think it's perfect. Performance wise, it is for me.