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    Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    I'm currently looking to trade-in my 06 m3 for a 06-08 Cayman S. I really want a car with the sport chrono package, but it seems that it is very had to find a cayman s with that specific option. I have the sport button in my m3 and I really like how it amps up the throttle response.

    I understand you can retrofit a sport button, but would anyone consider it a deal breaker to not have that option fitted to the car. Does it make a huge difference?

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    I never use the chrono so a sport button and the accompanying connections can be installed afterwards

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    Get a quote on the cost first. I have it and I, like you, like the change in throttle response.

    I think it's about a $1000 change to get it done later.
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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    Why is it that the sport chrono feature is not very common among cayman s cars?

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    I would not consider it a deal breaker if you are looking at a 6-speed manual car. If you are looking for a tiptronic, then it is more critical. I have a 6-speed and do not have the sports chrono, drove one that did and do not notice that much of a difference. With the auto trans though I hear it makes a large difference in how and when the car shifts itself.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    I wouldn't consider it a deal breaker, but I do love the change in throttle response, and I have a 6MT. It is quite noticeable, especially if you drive with the sport button activated for a time and then switch back. You will miss it! With sport button on, the engine revs with a very light touch to the throttle, much more reminiscent of the air cooled 911's of the 60's - 80's. To me, with Sport engaged, behavior is more...Porsche like?

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    Quote Originally Posted by scottu95 View Post
    Why is it that the sport chrono feature is not very common among cayman s cars?
    You will also not find it on may CarreraSs either - I know both of the GMs at the dealers here in Alanta fairly well since I am the PCA chapter sponsorship chairman, and the answer is actually quite simple - many people don't like the "zit" on the top of the dash................
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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    When I was in the market for a used CS, I found the opposite to be true. Almost all cars had it.

    A couple of things to consider:

    -As danieldolin already mentioned. It has a greater impact on Tiptronic cars than it does 6MT cars.
    -A sprintbooster will act similarly on 6MT cars. So unless you really want the chrono clock (useless in my car since I don't have PCM), you might want to consider buying one of those instead.
    -I would verify that the dealer installed SC option is available for gen1 cars. It may well exist, but I believe that I've only read about it being installed on gen2 cars.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    Quote Originally Posted by rubber_ducky View Post
    When I was in the market for a used CS, I found the opposite to be true. Almost all cars had it.

    A couple of things to consider:

    -As danieldolin already mentioned. It has a greater impact on Tiptronic cars than it does 6MT cars.
    -A sprintbooster will act similarly on 6MT cars. So unless you really want the chrono clock (useless in my car since I don't have PCM), you might want to consider buying one of those instead.
    -I would verify that the dealer installed SC option is available for gen1 cars. It may well exist, but I believe that I've only read about it being installed on gen2 cars.
    I agree with rubby-ducky, it seemed most cars I looked at had it. I have it and like it very much (sports button), I never use the actual chrono part. You can also get the Softronics tuning software that will set your non SC to SC.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    It's a neat feature that I hardly ever use.

    If you are not used to driving with it on it makes it very hard to drive smoothly particularity in traffic.

    You can always buy my car it has it and is in the classifieds here.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    I have an 06 CS with sports chrono and I'm very glad I have it. I don't use the chrono, but I love what the sports button gives you in response. It is a worthy option on my manual 6 speed car.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    Quote Originally Posted by In2Esses View Post
    You will also not find it on may CarreraSs either - I know both of the GMs at the dealers here in Alanta fairly well since I am the PCA chapter sponsorship chairman, and the answer is actually quite simple - many people don't like the "zit" on the top of the dash................
    Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I happen to like the look of the extra dial in the middle of the dash. Has a nice chronograph watch look to it.

    In one of these threads I saw a picture of someone putting a oil pressure gauge in it. So if you want to head in that direction you got a spot for it on the dash already.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    Thank You. I hopefully have a real buyer for my car, and I hope to get rid of it ASAP. I found a fully loaded cayman s with nav and sport chrono in my price range within 300 miles of Chicago.

    The sport button on my m3 makes the throttle extremely touch and increases the firmness of the shifts. Definitely changes the whole feel of the car.

    While I have not had a chance to drive a CS I cannot see how some of the figures suggest that it is slower than my m3. The m3 weighs 3400 pounds, but still manages to pull very strongly to its 8k redline. The cayman is 3000 pounds. Losing 400 pounds for my M would be the equivalent of driving a stripped out CSL.

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    Re: Advice for a Prospective Buyer

    I came to my Cayman from an '05 M3 Vert w/smg. I didn't get a car with sport chrono, but soon felt like there was too much throttle lag when heel-toe-ing. As others have mentioned the Sprint Booster is a great fix for this if you have a 5 or 6MT. One nice thing is that you can set it and forget about it. My throttle response is now permanently like my M3 was with sport on.

    I don't think you'll miss much speed from the M3 to the CS, but that's just my opinion. Given that I was in a Vert SMG (3800lbs), I felt like I could step down to a 2.7L 5MT and enjoy it. Once I got the SB, I was glad with the move. The ///M3 was a terrific car, but I wanted to drive something more vesiceral and I found it.

    One more thing I found was that I like the p-car community as a whole a little more than the bimmer community. Part of that is because we have a great PCA Chapter in South Texas. I've read other people's frustrations with their regional clubs, but I'm proud to be a member of this chapter.

    Good luck!

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