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Porsche Cayman Prices Paid and Buying Experience

kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,650
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  • Iwas told if I ordered a Cayman now it would take 4 months.Can anyone advise when the Porsche 08 Cayman will be coming out. If it is in aug./sept. I might wait for them.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    More like September/October is when you would actually see one here. Most of August is vacation time at Porsche. I'm assuming no significant model year changes that might delay it even more.
  • RamiRami Posts: 2
    I've been following this forum for a while and I am surprised that the number of postings is so small. To me it's an indication that there is a lack of interest in the Cayman. I will be buying a Cayman some day but I am in no rush. I'm guessing that by the end of the year Caymans will be selling for 10 to 20% off MSRP, or $6K to $12k off.

    The problem with the Cayman is that Porsche tried to fill a niche which ultimately proved to be nonexistent. There are no other two seaters in the $60k range. There is nothing compelling about a Cayman at $60k, but not so at $50k.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    You could probably get 8-10% off today, if you shopped around. But punt on the idea of getting a new one for 20% off. According to my dealer, the Caymans are still selling reasonably well and, in the last 12 months, Porsche has elected to cut back production of models rather than overload the dealers. The "oldest" Cayman he has on his lot (6-7 total) arrived in late February, so it's not as though they are sitting for 6+ months. The markup is 12-13%, and I've never heard of a dealer selling any new Porsche at a loss, unless it's a wacky special order that they go stuck with.

    As for no other 2-seaters in the $60k range? You need to get out more often. Start with the $200k Ferrari 430 and work your way down. Hell, you can even spend $80k on a couple of American made 2 seaters in the Corvette Z06 and Viper. As for the "$60k range", when the average "entry level luxury performance sedan" (ELLPS) runs around $40k+, a world class sports car like the Cayman S can seem like a bargain to some. Not necessarily me, as I wanted my kids to come along and got a 911 instead.
  • ms09ms09 Posts: 112
    Is this true,

    CL 63 AMG boasts the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine in the world.???

    I dont know much in details about car engine, can any1 tell me whats the difference between the naturally aspired and the twin turbo??? i know the twin turbo engines are fast but what else is the difference, i wanna to know in detail.

    I want to know everything abt it how does it feel while driving whats the power difference whatever info u guys got....... all kinds of info will be appreciated
  • chrmdomechrmdome Posts: 107

    I purchased a 997 C2S new in September 2005. I am 6 ft 1 in. tall and weight 235 lbs. ( 40 in. waist..okay so i'm " chunky !) Getting into my 997 with the door size as it is, presents absolutely no problem. Head and leg room galore and I actually have to move the seat forward for comfortable driving. I looked at a Cayman at an auto show earlier this year. I could not get my left leg in the car. My head was hitting the ceiling and the steering wheel was in my chest with the seat fully back. Could this be the reason for the less that sterling Cayman sales here in the US? I put this car on the level of the 3 series BMW, I couln't get in that damned car either, so I bought a 5 series. I don't consider myself to be a huge individual, but the Cayman obviously seats a smaller person. I can't arque with the design or the performance... what a great looking and performing car...after all it's a Porsche. But just not the car for me and in fact , probably not for the general french fry eating American. I would suspect the market target for the Cayman to be the 25 to 40 year old moderate income earner less likely to be in the older age catagory carrying around that well endowed, expensive love handle at the waist.

  • bgsntthbgsntth Posts: 76
    I think everyone fits differently. I personally do not have enough headroom in a 997 (sunroof), but fit fine in my Cayman. If I was any wider or my legs any longer, I would not fit comfortably in the Cayman-I'm "right there".

    Because, I know it will be asked, I'm 41yrs of age, 6'4 (35"inseam), 210lbs, and have a 34" waist. I've noticed at, that most of the folks tend to be male, seemingly very well off, and 30-70yrs of age, with a good healthy chunk over 50yrs.
  • davekmdmddavekmdmd Posts: 5
    I'm starting to poke around as regards a Cayman S. I've not owned a Porsche before and am not sure what to expect as regards pricing and negotiating for price when I walk into the dealer. I'm looking at the S with approximately $12K (retail) in options (PASM, Chrono, wheels, Preferred Package Plus, and the PCM). I think the MSRP will be around $70 (?$58 + $12k options) Any ideas (from those of you who've purchased recently or would have credible information) as what might I expect, price-wise?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I'd shoot to get 8-9% off MSRP on an in stock, new car. If you have to order it, perhaps a little bit less. There is roughly a 13% mark-up.
  • joechicago7joechicago7 Posts: 22
    The Cayman is about 5k more than the Boxster. Aren't the specs on the two cars about the same? And the Boxster is a convertible. So isn't the Boxster a better deal?

    What am I missing?

  • vwguild1vwguild1 Posts: 98
    A true mid-engine sports car with 100% greater structural rigidity than the Boxster...
  • joechicago7joechicago7 Posts: 22
    Thanks for the response, but can you expand a little?

    Even though its the same horsepower, is it worth spending an extra 5k and you don't get a convertible?

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    The Cayman is not simply a hardtop Boxster. Completely different body style and design that looks much better, IMO. And it does have a stiffer chassis for better handling although, in fairness, both the Cayman S and Boxster S are very good handling cars and some road tests have put them neck and neck in that department.

    I own a 911S Cab which is, in fact, virtually identical to the 911 Coupe except for the top. But the Cayman is a different body style and has the a liftback for more storage, etc. You may think that paying extra for similar performance in a coupe vs. a roadster is odd, but the few Cayman buyers I know didn't even consider the Boxster. They cross shopped it with a 911 (non-S) Coupe.
  • vwguild1vwguild1 Posts: 98
    I would have to say that it is all about the drive experience...And other factors that are ergonomic...If you drive both cars, back to back and over the identical course,
    the answer will be clear...If you like the way the Boxster handles; you will absolutely love the Cayman.

    As an everyday driver, I just like the to lay out dry cleaning, groceries, even golf clubs will fit in there without any effort...Just a lifestyle thing I guess...
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,650
    If you do, then you'd be crazy to spend extra for the Cayman...

    If you view having a convertible as a bonus, then it might be a toss-up..

    If you don't want a convertible, then the Cayman will be worth every penny (this is my feeling).

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  • gkoffgkoff Posts: 36
    Comments on choice of manual transmission. How much more is the 6 speed? If its part of a package, what else do you get. Would the 6 speed be more fun?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,650
    They aren't options..

    The base car comes with the 5-speed and the "S" model comes with a 6-speed.


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  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    "They aren't options.. The base car comes with the 5-speed and the "S" model comes with a 6-speed."

    Incorrect. The "sport" option on the base Cayman gives you PASM and a 6-speed (instead of 5 speed) manual transmission, for a price of around $2,500.

    As far as being more fun to drive, I don't think the extra gear in the transmission makes much of a difference in performance. In a base 911, PASM (Adjustable suspension) is a $2k stand alone option, so that's mostly what you are paying for in that sport package on the base Cayman. I think PASM, which was standard on my 911S (which has 19" wheels), is a very nice option. Set on "normal" the car handles very well, but provides a smooth, comfortable ride. Set on "sport", the suspension stiffens up considerably for even tighter handling, but you feel every bump. Having the ability to toggle between the two depending upon road conditions and your driving mood is very nice, particularly if you are also thinking about a wheel and tire upgrade to larger/lower profile tires. But it is an expensive option and you might want to try test driving cars equiped with PASM and non-PASM cars before deciding.

    P.S. The PASM also lowers the car/ride height by about 1/2", which helps with handling even on the "normal" setting, but most drivers would find that hard to distinguish.
  • clemboclembo Posts: 253
    I have a Cayman S (6-speed) and it is a blast to crank through the gears during a spirited drive. I actually believe that the car doesn't really need 6 gears as the 1st gear is so tall that you shift to 2nd quickly (which is also too tall IMO). I understand that Porsche intentionally geared the Cayman S this way to keep it from being faster than the 911.

    No matter what transmission you get, you will love the car as it is the most balanced, fun to drive car available. I was going to buy a 911S but when I drove the Cayman S it was just as much if not more fun and I saved $20K.
  • gkoffgkoff Posts: 36
    Thanks for response. I'd be a first time Porsche buyer and I would think 6 speed is more in keeping with the competition. Seems to me that ought to be standard.
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