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    How easy is it for you drive your Cayman after getting used to another car?

    My only other car is the 914. Compared to the 914, the Boxster's steering is light and slow! Have to remember to turn the 914s wheel only when moving, for parking maneuvers. The Boxster's brakes are nice and light. And it's so quiet! But really big and awful blind spots after the 914. But the power top is a huge blessing. Also nice to not have to use the gas at stoplights to keep from the radio cutting out or stalling the engine.
    Edit: Rentals cars are terrifying and I curse at them a lot. No power, steering, or brakes.

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    Re: How easy is it for you drive your Cayman after getting used to another car?

    I always happy to drive my Cayman, but the first thing I immediately notice on my chopped street after not driving it for a while, is how stiff it feels... but I get used to it right away. I like feeling everything, but then I understand why my wife says it's stiff for her. What I don't understand is her getting neck pain out of it on trips.
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    Re: How easy is it for you drive your Cayman after getting used to another car?

    Yes, 981 clutch is significantly stiffer compared to other cars I know. It takes a day or so to get used to after not driving it for a long time. But when I had have two manual cars somehow I had have no trouble at all jumping from one to another and using the clutch in both. The brain just knew what effort is necessary in what car.

    The real problem was is that acute feel of how sloppy the Subar's gearbox is. I eventually sold it and got an automatic winter car. When you have 981S - there's really no need for your beater to be manual. Driving sloppy manual - does not bring joy anymore.
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    Re: How easy is it for you drive your Cayman after getting used to another car?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
    My Cayman was my DD from last April till last month when I got myself the highly coveted E39 M5. I've always wanted one (especially in Sterling Gray), as I feel they're the last true analog M car with a timeless design that has aged quite well. Plus now I have a much more practical car for hauling gear and more than 1 passenger.






    The clutch on the M5 is pretty light, the seating position is obviously higher, and the shifter is very sloppy though I'm waiting on a new short shifter and new bushings that'll help it dramatically. Lately I've been driving it for 7-10 days in a row, then back into the Cayman and I swear it feels like I'm in an F1 car.

    The Cayman clutch is significantly stiffer and it takes me a good few miles to get used to it again. Sometimes I question whether I'm actually in gear..."that throw seemed awfully short." My whole body just seems a lot more flat too, like I'm lying down instead of sitting.

    Anyone else have trouble driving the Cayman without needing any adjustment period? Maybe it's just me.

    Interesting thread and right up my alley as I have had a E39 2002 M5 since 2006. This is my daily driver. My last Porsche was a 1997 993 triple black cabriolet that I basically turned into a track car, pss9 suspension, racing seats, 5 pt harness, track tires and wheels ,etc, etc unfortunately had 2 expensive money shifts from 4th to first at Mid ohio.

    figured since I was getting up in years ( mid sixties) and I only do 4 to 6 track weekends a year I would order my 2016 cayman gts with a pdk. Ie if I needed to shift I could drive the m5. PDK could be the greatest invention known to mankind in that you can operate it in numerous ways based on how much involvement you want in your driving experience.

    To me the cars are so different yet so much fun that I love going back and forth, the m5 has 400 hp and incredible torque, yet is heavy and while fun around the turns is not in any league of the porsche. I took the m5 to Putnam ( mid west road course ) just 1 time and was running down stock m 3's. unfortunately I chunked both front tires while I enjoyed the car for the weekend.

    I need no adjustment period going to either car as they are both soo much fun I know immediately what I am in !!
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    Re: How easy is it for you drive your Cayman after getting used to another car?

    I always find that after rental cars, my wife's E60 (528i "Angle-eyes"), or my Golf, that the 981 Porsche is a very particular feel. I do believe they basically created different variations of road going race cars. I love it. There's a pulse of adventure, a heightened sense of drama that I get that I don't get in other cars. Even my 993 has it although it's now almost 20 years old.
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    Re: How easy is it for you drive your Cayman after getting used to another car?

    Not too much readjustment for me since my daily driver is a Macan S that has been lowered with H&R springs. It is of course riding much higher, but it has all the same switch gear, steering wheel, and of course a magnificent PDK. Both cars have the same Porsche DNA and the Macan S doesn't feel like an SUV in the way the Cayenne does. Still though, every time I get back in the Cayman S, I just say "wow, what an amazing car".

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