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    Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    So I get a call from the dealership today and right off of the bat the salesman said "I know that you said you weren't looking to purchase a vehicle until early 2011, but a great deal just came in..." Basically, someone just traded in their Guards Red 2008 Cayman with 2,400 miles on it and in mint condition.. Has Bi-Xenons, "Preferred Package Plus", Auto Climate Control, Self Dim Mirrors/Rain Sensor/ Heated Front Seats/ BOSE Surround Sound and Sports Exhaust. The asking price is $40K, and I most definitely think that I could get it down to at least $35K..however, here are my concerns..

    From the first day I walked in I made it clear that I wanted a CS..granted, this will be my first Porsche, but for some reason I imagine that driving the regular Cayman vs. the CS to be two totally different experiences... First off, do you think that the above description is a good deal, and, if so, do you think I'd be disappointed in getting a normal Cayman (I believe its 245hp vs. 295hp). Granted, I honestly don't think I'd even get to maximize the potential of a CS since I'm not a track driver and won't often get to "blow it out" on the road.. I threw in a photo from my phone. What do you guys think?
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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    A barely broken in Cayman for $35K that's that well optioned? Sounds like a great deal....
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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Do it man!

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Actually, that does sound very good. CPO at this early stage means no worry for a long time. Less than a month ago, I got a 2007 Cayman S, and drove the standard 245 hp vs the S (295) back to back, more than once. There is no mistaking the extra punch of the S. But, I really liked the standard model. It is quieter ( a plus or minus), it pulls better than I expected, and is very willing. I could hardly imagine one needing more punch, unless you expect it to pull strongly at low revs. That it will not do. Personally, I already had decided to save some $$$, get better fuel mileage, and opt for the standard, until the S came along at too good of a deal to pass up. The S has plenty of power, more than necessary.

    Drive the car and see what you think, and try an S as well. Drive the S first to put the standard in the worst light possible. If you still like it, then maybe it will be just fine for you.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Sounds like a very sweet deal....and you can always do a few power and handling improvements in the future..if'n you come down with a case of the modz virus....which you can catch from this site by the way.

    It's likely you are already infected, and one of these nights while having a peaceful dinner with family and friends it's going to erupt out of your abdomen and run screaming across the floor.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    35k for this car with CPO is almost an unbeatable price. If you like this car, I don't see how you can find a better deal. Good luck.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Sounds like a good deal. But with all that warranty in place (which is a good thing), if you have intentions on adding power, you really should wait until after the warranty stuff is over. Youll just have headaches getting repair work done when anyone sees non OEM parts on the car. If you plan to drive it as-is, I say go for it!
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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    I just want to thank everyone for their honest, prompt responses! Now all I have to do is make sure that I like the Guards Red (I was dead set on getting Meteor Gray exterior/red interior, but the salesman said I shouldn't hope to see that combo come by in the dealership). I will certainly give the Cayman a go and see just how much of a difference I can feel in terms of pure power and then ask myself if that difference is truly a necessity..

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Looks awfully good from here!
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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    thanks guys... Something about that "S" that's missing on the back of the car is telling me to hold off, but at the same time with this being my first Porsche maybe I should take it easy. I'd just hate for a Nissan 350 to pull up next to me and leave me in the dust because of the extra power that I'm missing. Granted, my primary reason for purchasing one ISN'T to race, but at the same time I want to feel like I'm driving a true Porsche that has some snap to it. Decisions..decisions...... once again, thanks alot and feel free to keep anymore info that comes to mind coming this way!

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Good point about the 350 pulling up next to you. With the extra HP comes the added torque as well. In addition I believe you get more standard features with the S as well, although the car you're describing is pretty well equipped. One thing I think I noticed it's missing is PASM. I wouldn't get an '08 w/o PASM b/c PASM adds a 6th gear, which to me is HUGE. I drove an '07 for a day (w/PASM). I thought it was great and all, but I also thought I would outgrow it. I've seen people contemplate the '09 garden variety vs. the '08 S, but I haven't seen them contemplate a '08 garden vs. an '08 S. That said, I would have to think twice about a 35k price tag, though.

    I have seen a 2008 CPO S with about 4k go for 43.5 or so on eBay. Interestingly, the dealer blew my questions off, so I never contacted them again. It was pretty much a stripper, but it at least had Bose. Most of them go for about 46.9-53 (at the high end.) A couple of jokers in Colorado want 83 (yeah, you're reading that right) and 59.

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    I called the dealership on the one asking 59k, and he kicked the conversation off by telling me what a great deal I would be getting at that price. Really? Anybody who tells me what a great deal I'm getting on something usually gets my nod and a lowball offer, IF I haven't already walked away. I'm thinking about throwing a check on the table for 45 and telling him that's all I got. And what a great offer that is!!!- LOL.

    You could also wait until the 2011's hit the pavement, which should further drive '08 prices down. All told, that sounds like a great deal. What does Kelly and NADA say? Good luck!
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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    it does sound like an okay deal, however if it is not what you want, I would say wait until your find the one you do want...

    I know it is not the same car, but to give reference, last summer I purchased an 07 boxster S , 10k miles, with bose, and all of the extras that come with the preferred package (xenon, power seats, heat seats, auto wipers, color caps, etc) that was CPO for 39K. Granted I had to purchase from halfway across the country, but shipping the car to me was only another $750 from the carrier the dealership recommended to me. Having all that extra warrenty is great for peice of mind as well, it worked out to be a little over 4 years from my purchase date.

    Wait for the car you really want, it will come along, maybe you will not get your first choice color combo, but at least get the model that your really want! just my 2 cents...

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    After sleeping on it last night I think that the last post was right.. I know it is a great deal, but I've had my heart set on the CS from the beginning and although Guards red looks a hell of a lot better in person than I thought it would, it still wasn't what I truly wanted. Although I could grab this one now, I also told myself that I'd wait until Jan 2011 to purchase one so that I'd be 100% prepared financially. Hopefully, waiting a little while longer will have some benefits (such as newer used models being up for grabs in January 2011, and the fact that I give the dealership more time to find what I'm truly looking for). Hopefully I'm not making a huge mistake, but I think I'll wait.....let's pray that I still tell the salesman that when he calls me tomorrow and asks what my decision is

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    I think you are making the correct choice, as you might aways regret your decision if your do not get what you really want the first time...

    That being said, as you are looking at a CPO model as I was last year, one thing that I noticed when you are doing your shopping. Make sure you check the in service dates of the different cars you are considering... My 2007 had an in service date of September 2007, some other ones I was looking at were Feb - March 2007. This makes a large difference as it would be one extra driving season of CPO warranty through the summer of 2013 for my car...

    As far as color goes, I have yet to see a Porsche that I did not think looked good... so I think that paint condition is much more important than color. Focus on getting a CS (if that is what your want) with the options that you want. As long as you get the car you want, you will grow to love the color the more time you spend with your car.

    Just something for you to consider when you are shopping.

    Best of luck with your quest!

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by danieldolin View Post
    I think you are making the correct choice, as you might aways regret your decision if your do not get what you really want the first time...

    That being said, as you are looking at a CPO model as I was last year, one thing that I noticed when you are doing your shopping. Make sure you check the in service dates of the different cars you are considering... My 2007 had an in service date of September 2007, some other ones I was looking at were Feb - March 2007. This makes a large difference as it would be one extra driving season of CPO warranty through the summer of 2013 for my car...

    As far as color goes, I have yet to see a Porsche that I did not think looked good... so I think that paint condition is much more important than color. Focus on getting a CS (if that is what your want) with the options that you want. As long as you get the car you want, you will grow to love the color the more time you spend with your car.

    Just something for you to consider when you are shopping.

    Best of luck with your quest!
    Thank you danieldolin. Just curious though, how long did it take from the time you started your search to the time you were pulling out of the dealership with one? I'd hate to be finally fully ready to purchase and still have to wait a year, so i'm wondering when you'd suggest the search to begin..

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    I had been looking for a while, and decided that it was going to be a birthday present to myself.... then it was just a matter of finding the right car around the time I was ready to buy. I would say, start to finish, took me about a month to find the right car / options / price, but I was looking all over the country as I was willing to ship / drive home depending on distance. I would say you could probably get a better deal towards the end of the summer on a car like a CS as for most of us, we can only drive in the warmer months.

    That being said, if you were contemplating pulling the trigger now, then you are probably ready to buy if the right car comes along, even if your told yourself January... so I would start your search now, be really picky and if the right car shows up with the exact specs you want buy it with no regrets.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on a CPO Cayman ...Advice?

    if you are not buying that red Cayman, would you mind PMing me the name of the dealer?

    I am presently looking and although red is not my favorite color it looks like it could be great deal for me.

    Of course if you are still interested, then buy it!

    (never mind, I found the dealer from the front plate)

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