I was a Mercedes SLK owner for about 10 years and spent a lot of time on that forum. I mentioned in the forum that I had traded in my SLK for a 2009 Cayman. The SLK forum moderator invited me to post some pictures which I did (along with some positive comments). The Cayman apparently has a good reputation on that forum, but I would be interested in what you think of the following comment:
"The Cayman is indeed a fine--even world-class--automobile. Over the years I have owned several (older) Porsches, and each was an improvement over the last. Reluctantly, however, I chose my SLK over a similar-year Boxster. Why? Because of Porsche's failure to correct the infamous rear main seal and Intermediate Shaft problems that result in the failure of too many engines (think $$$$), and its reluctance to stand behind engine failures due to these known design flaws after the engine was out of warranty."
"All this from a company that proclaims it's engineering excellence? Check Porsche Pete's Boxster Board for more on this. After 10 years of producing flawed engines it MAY have corrected the problems with the recently redesigned flat six engines. I hope your Cayman has the new engine. Compared to a massive engine failure (estimated to be as many as 20% now, with some saying it is more a question of when, not if), some interior paint-peeling ranks WAY down the problem list. And I'm surprised by how much I like my 230. In fact, I should have purchased a 32--and I'm lookng!"