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Porsche Cayman S



  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    My quandary is this: is it a good daily driver for the congested and often cold Northeast? I would use it almost every day and at times I am in the car for upwards of 2-4 hours in a given day (round trip). Much in traffic, so don't scream at me, but I would go for the auto tranny.

    I couldn’t think of better reasons not to get a Porsche. It’s the last car I want in traffic short of an Elise. Adding an automatic transmission to this equation is just insult on top of injury. Big waste of money all around. These cars are made to be driven with the freedom of a bird, not wrangle with traffic, potholes and winter. Every once in a while I get stuck in traffic on the uphill approach to the GW bridge on route 46 and it tests my sanity. Another thing, fours hours a day is a lot of time to spend in a bumpy, noisy sports car; you should consider this also. What should be fun could become a prison. It’s not the time in the car, it’s that traffic combined with urban roads. Now, fours of ridin’ down the freeway and twistoflexeroonies, that’s a different story, but a roller coaster that doesn’t roll is no fun in my opinion.
  • carnaughtcarnaught 'zonaPosts: 2,366
    What should be fun could become a prison. It’s not the time in the car, it’s that traffic combined with urban roads. Now, fours of ridin’ down the freeway and twistoflexeroonies, that’s a different story, but a roller coaster that doesn’t roll is no fun in my opinion.

    Well said. 'nuff said.
  • clemboclembo Posts: 253
    Buy the Cayman S for weekends - you don't want to do your commute in this car, get a used Accord for $10k and use it for the traffic fighter. When you get home from work and on weekends you can fire up the Cayman and relieve your stress. It is a great car, I have had mine for almost a year although it hasn't been out of the garage in a while due to crappy Boston weather. I think that I only have about 5k miles on the Cayman in a year, I should have more it is a blast to drive.
  • rmddsrmdds Posts: 10
    Manual drives Porsches have very little residual value in my country. Probably because of urban driving most of the time - lots of city congestion and numerous numbers of traffic light junctions.I have ordered a Cayman S in manual, but members in the local Porsche club have discouraged me against it. I have done a poll with the dealer of the number of caymans and 911s ordered in manual over the past year, and the figures reinforces the point.

    It would be an injustive spending so much on the car and not derive the maximum satisfaction of driving this beauty in manual. Sigh...My heart says manual, but my head says Tiptronic....

    Any opinions?
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    Go with what you want but I for one see no shame in an automatic. They have become so good that the performance is very close. It's what you like and want that counts. By the way, read the comparison of the new Audi R8 and the Porsche turbo at Edmunds and you'll see that the Porsche has a 5 speed tiptronic and that's in a super car for 123K.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I agree with topspin - go with what YOU want.

    I have lived in DC for 20+ years and have yet to feel that "urban" driving was incompatible with a manual. With respect to resale, in our area a tiptronic has a lower residual value on leases and lower resale value - the opposite of what you are indicating. But even then, I'd repeat the advice to buy what you would enjoy driving and owning. Paying top dollar for a Porsche based upon what the next guy's preferences might be is, IMO, not what the experience is all about.

    P.S. I would also not pay attention to road tests of the 911 turbo tiptronic as any indication of the Cayman. From what I understand, you have to go through quite a "launch sequence" to achieve the claim of quicker than the manual - and that's only in a straight line from a dead stop. What matters is how you will be driving the car and what feels good to you. Stop light drag racing isn't why most people buy a Porsche - and certainly not the lower powered but exceptional handling Cayman model.
  • kmnsownrkmnsownr Posts: 1
    Definitely go for what YOU want. I have driven a manual Cayman S for the last year and have never found it to be bother in traffic or not. As for the engine noise...I have never found it to be intrusive but rather enjoyable instead of the radio....
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    How many miles on your Cayman S in the last year?
  • clemboclembo Posts: 253
    I agree with you about the engine sound. I took my Cayman out today for the first time in a few months and I turned the radio off so I could enjoy the sweet mid-engine sounds of my car. It enhances the driving experience.
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    So you moved from NC and now you are part of Red Sox Nation- well done. I live in NYC but unlike some here, I love the sox fans and a day at Fenway is hard to beat anywhere. Is your 911 a coupe or convert? If convert how is it at keeping out the cold/noise. Yeah, traffic in Boston is some of the worst I've ever seen. As for the tiptronic, I know where you and some of the P Fans are coming from and even at the bimmer boards you get a lot of folks who think that the manual is the only way to go. I have a miata that I use for weekend fun and it's a stick but for my everyday ride, I prefer an auto. To me the trade off is worth it. By the way, if Porche begins to use the DSG of Audi, then you will have a car that shifts faster and loses 0 performance(I guess it gains performance in fact). But if you love the experience of rowing the gears, I certainly can appreciate that. I think an auto Porsche is still a Porsche.
  • getty1getty1 Posts: 1
    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.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    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.
  • chanderchander Posts: 21
    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 :)
  • kmanskmans Posts: 20
    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.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    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.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,586
    .. 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.


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  • bgsntthbgsntth Posts: 90
    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.
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    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.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    "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.
  • bgsntthbgsntth Posts: 90
    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.
  • rmddsrmdds Posts: 10
    Anyone out there who has driven both - the Cayman S and BMW's new 335i? Any perspectives or thoughts on the relative performance. I have yet to test drive the latter.

    I know both are entirely different cars. But, I have been hearing big raves about the 335i's twin turbo, never mind the new M3 which will be out next year.Just wanted to hear out some comments. Tks :confuse:
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    That's easy - the Cayman is sportier and the 335 is roomier.
  • vodkavodka Posts: 2
    In every family there’s one person who thinks a little differently than everyone else. Someone who is very much in touch with his roots, but interprets them in a totally different way.

    Check the powerful expression of the energy:

    Performance, acceleration, speed. Terms subconsciously associated with the rear view(if you can only see the rear) of the new Cayman S. Central to the look: the dual tailpipe. Framed by two ribs that allow a glimpse of the twin-branch performance exhaust system. An effective synthesis of forms and function. In true Porsche fashion, the open design not only offers outstanding looks, but also provides additional cooling.
  • seamus6seamus6 Posts: 5
    I've driven both and now own an '07 Cayman S. They are two completely different cars. The 335i is an excellent sports coupe (I traded a Z4 for the Cayman) that offers typical BMW performance, handling, quality and comfort. For my money the 335i is a better choice than the new M3. But the Cayman S is a superior sports car, not a GT, not just another sports coupe. If Porsche would endow it with 50 more hp, it would outperform the Carrera and the Carrera S. As it is, it is a wonderful driving experience and stops, goes and corners better than anything one could buy for $25k more than its lofty price. And it works as a daily driver with excellent storage space for a true sports car. The gas mileage, while not in the econo car class is acceptable for a car with its performance. Its quality is first class, too, as it should be for the price. Check out the J. D. Power ratings. Porsche and the Cayman in particular, is tops. One personal quality is that is does not come with runflat tires as do all BMWs. In my opinion, they are awful tires and awfully expensive to boot. RFs cannot be repaired under any circumstances and the cost well over $200 each to replace even when you run over something as simple as a small nail that barely punctures the tire. In the final analysis, it's what you want.. do you need four seats? If so, get the BMW. If not, drive a Cayman, preferably an S with a 6 speed, and you'l be smitten. It is simply a superior automobile. :) :) :) :)
  • I have a 2006 Cayman S. I lowered my car 8 months ago with H&R springs. About two weeks ago, I heard a dragging noise from the rear of the car. I took the car to the dealership for inspection, they information the stroud had slip and ripped the cv boot. They didn't want to cover the repairs under my warranty because I lowered my car with after market accesories. A friend told that a lot of owers had the same problem without lowering the car. Has anybody had the same problem, or similar. I'm trying to get more information.

    Any feed back is appreciated.

    Thank you!!
  • uniklyunikly Posts: 3
    Im new to this forum. Planning to buy me a new car since I just relocated to the US. I got a limited budget but fancy me a small car rather than a huge truck. Options are Caymen S or SLK 55 AMG. Both have the same price range. Am using the car for a short drive to work. Anyone care to expose the comparisons between these 2 cars, lets hear it. Cheers. :blush:
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    You seriously need to test drive these two cars. They have almost nothing in common from a driving perspective, IMO.

    The SLK55 isn't really a sports car, IMO. It's a nearly 3,500lb SL-lite, with lots of torque attached to a lousy slushbox automatic. If you like to drag race between stoplights, it's the bomb. But for any other kind of driving, I'd take another of my former $32k Honda S2000 over it any day.

    The Cayman S is a serious sports car. According to my Acura/Mercedes dealer, who owns one, it is the 911 of old. I happen to like my 997 version, but I know what he means. He may sell SLK55's and SL65's, but he drives a Speed Yellow Cayman S. Six speed manual, of course.

    You aren't going to get much help in this forum. I think the answer resides with you. Do you want a real sports car, or something else? And I hope that you are going to use whatever you get for more than just a short drive to work. Otherwise, you might as well get a Prius.
  • kmanskmans Posts: 20
    As habitat1 said, these cars have almost nothing in common. The Mercedes is a luxury barge (albeit a smaller one) trying to be disquised as a performance car. The Cayman is a true sports car down to its last bolt. They serve different purposes and usually appeal to different drivers / styles. You owe it to yourself to do your research and this site along with Cayman Club both have a ton of information on the Cayman.

    Then get out there and test drive each of them and report back and let us know what you think!
  • Im new to this but I have been thinking about getting a cayman s for my self.
    Need some feed back.
  • kmanskmans Posts: 20
    What sort of feedback are you looking for? There is a Cayman Sales and Leasing forum at the CaymanClub.Net website if it is a sales or leasing question check there. If you are just wondering whether or not the car is a good one, simply YES it is an outstanding car. :)
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