Myself, I've never been a fan of 911s. I've always thought they looked a bit weird. Then there was the 987 Cayman. The first one I saw was black going in the same direction on the road in front of me in the right lane. It drew me to it, gorgeous from the rear 3/4 view. I was hooked. Several months passed before I was able to test drive one at a dealer. There was a long sweeping 360 degree on ramp that the dealer had me enter. He said "floor it" so I did. I could feel the rear of the car come around controlled by the throttle moving out with more throttle and tucking in with less. I was hooked again! It was just a matter of time while I worked out how I could afford a car that I really could not afford. Many months later I landed a CPO black 2007 Cayman S with the light beige interior. It was rough and noisy on the road, but it could squirt through traffic and get up freeway on ramps like a bat out of hell. It was the kind of car that when you parked it, got out and walked away, you looked over your shoulder and smiled thinking "OMG that is one good looking car and it was mine"! After a few year the NVH wore me down and I passed that car onto another lucky soul. But then the 981 Cayman came out and I was hooked again. The new design was more muscular, a butched up version of those soft 987 curves had transformed the car from French puddle to German bull dog. A test drive proved that Porsche had tamed the NVH and the car was now a true GT. By that time in my life affordability of a used car was no longer a question it was merely a search. That took me well over a year and now I have an Agate Grey 2014 Cayman S. I'm in love again and this time I think it is going to last!
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One event i instructed a student in a Cayman S , terrible driver did not listen could care less about the line, car saved him time and time over the weekend. I was left with the impression that it was a great car.
Drove Indy road course and blew rear main seal, expensive fix, 18 months later rear main seal went again, dealer was great but i could not feel comfortable on the track. at this point wife would not even get into the car based on uncomfortable seats and suspension .
Needed something new, remembered that student and the Cayman, luckily my 993 was worth alot. I was 64 have a 2002 BMW M5 as a daily driver. Ordered my first car ever, went thru 11 iterations gave sales guy a bottle of white-out.
i now have a car that to me is my last sports car. Fantastic on the track and around town and on the highway, loaded with comfort elements, PDK, my wife and i went on a 1300 mile trip ( to break in engine for DE ) she said she was very comfortable and would do it again !!!
Car is perfect mix for my needs, smile every time i drive it.....there is nothing like a PORSCHE
2016 Cayman GTS Rhodium Silver Metallic Black Leather delivered 7/11/2016
pdk, pasm, ptv, adaptive sport seats 18 way, seat ventilation, park assist front and rear, bose surround, power folding side mirrors, sport design steering wheel, aluminum interior package, delete GTS on side, convenience package, door sill guards in stainless steel, seat belts silver grey, center console in aluminum, fire extinguisher
MODS Gt3 front sway bar, Tarret rear sway bar,Expel Ultimate, Ceramic Pro, Led Clear Lights, Zunsport Black Front and Side Grills
2002 BMW M5 Imola Red, Black Interior
2016 Toyota Highlander Limited
1997 993 Triple Black Cabriolet gone but not forgotten
I just prefer manual bc of the extra sense of control that comes with the clutch pedal and also the sense of being rewarded with acceleration when i shift.
If you were living in the movie avatar, would you rather fly around on the pterodactyl bird or the gunship, as your dd?
I guess to me, itís more like - who else makes an exceptional sports car at a reasonable price EXCEPT for Porsche?
I love sports cars. I fell in love at 14, where I restored an MGB one summer. I love to drive, I love to do maintenance- and this really felt like the only good choice.
American sports cars are more brawn than brains. I donít think the quality is there in a Miata. The S2000 is dead, the 3000GT is dead. The Audi TT is now more of a luxury touring car. The BMW Z4 isnít great looking IMHO. What else is in the to consider assuming you want a car under $100k?
I spend about $36k on my 981, which is what an Accord costs new. Thatís an eminently reasonable purchase for a professional
I would have to disagree about there being no good american choices: Mustang GT350, Camaro SS 1LE or ZL1 1LE, C7 Corvette are all easily within a Cayman's large price range and are all a lot of brains going with their brawn (and pretty great handling cars too).
I'm not disagreeing with your love for Porsche, but merely the logic used to get there
For a $38k car for me, a reasonable purchase would be the Accord, or a used BMW / Audi - the unreasonable one is the 2 seater used sports car for the same price :P
2017 718 Cayman - GT Silver, Black/Bordeaux Red, PDK/PSE/Sport Chrono
You can easily get a 987 Cayman S for $22k. That is an unbelievable bargain. And you know who agrees with me? The editor of Jalopnik.
In my opinion, used Boxsters and Caymans are very reasonable for the price. There are scores of 911s in the 30s you can buy that will not significantly depreciate, if well maintained. My opinion stands.
Current Ride: 2018 718C, GT Silver, Black/Bordeaux Full Leather Interior, PDK, 19" Cayman S Wheels, Premium Package, BOSE
Previous Rides: Range Rover Evoque, Audi S4, Audi Q5, BMW 335i, Infiniti G35, Mazda RX-7, Ford Mustang, Datsun 240Z, Triumph TR7
2017 718 Cayman - GT Silver, Black/Bordeaux Red, PDK/PSE/Sport Chrono
I had seen too many friends my age pass away before they could realize their dreams. (or, perhaps, it was just a mid-life crisis) The opportunity availed itself to purchase a car, and I had always wanted a convertible. Being an engineer, my only real requirement was to buy a car that was designed as a convertible. That it was a Porsche was secondary. Most convertibles are just hardtops with a chop job and some clever reinforcement to the underside. I was intrigued that Porsche would build a roadster before its hardtop cousin. A 981 seemed to be more refined than a 987. It is my DD, having put 60k miles on it in 4 years. I don’t have it to go fast or take corners quickly. I can do that in a plane. I have it so I can worry about putting on sunscreen before I go for a drive. Stopping at a Sonic out in the sticks and feeling comfortable talking with the locals.
Enjoy the ride. The journey is the reward.
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OP, I am middle class (the other 99%) and will probably be getting my first Porsche in 2018. imho buying your first Porsche is like voting for Trump the first time. You did what you liked and wanted to, but do you tell that to the whole world or just your close friends ? The world just see's the badge. Not the fact that I got a 987 Cayman that prolly cost same as a new Camry..
A lot of people buy things to get a response from others... to impress people, to make people jealous, to make people think a certain way about the person. That's their call. I bought my Porsches for me and me only.
For me, it is how Porsche cars feel on the road. Having been lucky enough to have owned a brace of 944s in the 80s and a trio of Caymans, there is something that sets them apart from other cars I have had in between , such as Golf mk1 & mk7 GTIs, TVRs, TTs and even a Fiat Coupe (totalled in icy conditions grr). The Porsches have all felt tight and controlled but supple, even on UK roads. I think the 981 is the one I will stick with as it is the last of the 6 cylinder line, and have no desire for a 911.
Most of the time I just agree with the other person that a Porsche is expensive and tell them they probably wouldn't want to buy one. If I do feel a need to justify my purchase, I tell them I don't have children because they are too expensive. Nobody had disagreed with me yet.
2016 Cayman GTS | 2010 Cayman S
One guy at work, who seldom spoke to me otherwise, made it a point to mention that he didn't like the car. (Hey, whatever.) A female acquaintance from High School on Facebook came up with the "Mid-life crisis?? ;-)" line. (uh, Nope! Saw a TV program all about Porsche, starting with the post-WWII beginnings to the present day. I then did my research until finding one that I liked and could afford. Then I bought my first sports car.). I've never regretted the decision or experienced any negative social repercussions.
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2006 Porsche Cayman S
Past 2 seat sports cars but currently "Porsche-less"
2016 Boxster GTS, 2013 Boxster 981-S
2006 Boxster Base, 2003 Boxster Base "First convertible"
1990 RX-7, 1988 Z51 Corvette, 1975 280Z