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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    Ok got the PPI done today. Overall very good, they said it's a nice clean car. Something like ~200 level 1 overrevs and nothing else which he said indicates the car has been babied it's whole life. They noted the front pads and rotors were down to maybe 25% of their usable life and would need replaced soon, and the rear tires were getting close to the wear bars and would need replaced soon.

    As far as actual problems the only thing they found was some slight damage under the front lip. They said there's a bit of a gouge there you can only notice if you're really looking and that there was red clay/dirt up in there. No major damage so they didn't think it had been in an accident but said it looked like someone had pulled off the road onto a soft shoulder and went over a rock. The car according to carfax has lived in palm springs it's entire life so I can see that happening in the desert. No other signs of damage or accidents. They also noted a slight shimmy and a little bit of a pull when driving and suggested a wheel balance and alignment.

    Other than that everything else was great. The dealer selling it has a service shop so I asked them to throw in the wheel balance and alignment with the deal and they're good with that. So shouldn't need much other than a set of tires and brakes in probably the next year.

    Other than some interior cosmetics maybe The center console does have some peeling paint which seems to be very common on these. I think I'm going to attempt to paint it to match the body since a rattle can of that is only $20 (plus some clearcoat and plastic primer). If it doesn't turn out well I'm not really out much money, but I can paint it a lot cheaper than buying a replacement or buying a painted one. I also would like to get some upgraded armrests (center console lid and door pocket lid) as in the base they seem kind of cheap and hard. But holy crap are those expensive. Suncoasticon is like $700 for a leather center console lid! Hopefully I can find some more reasonable options... Or just learn to live with it.

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    All normal stuff with no skeletons in the closet. Buy it already!
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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    Oh I am, the ar is about 2 hours away so I can't get up there until the weekend, but I've got my deposit down and will be picking it up on saturday. Might have to take the long way home along Oregon 101...

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    That should be a great car!
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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    enjoy the pickup - and pics please

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    She is home safe! Had to take the long way home along the coast obviously

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    Very nice love the color, I bought a 2010 CS about 10 months ago, I think I do prefer it over the first generation slightly, the memories you have owning a car like this are amazing.Have fun.

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    So far really enjoying the experience. They say to spend money on experiences and not posessions, but I think a lot of experiences require buying something (good boots for hiking, nice bike for distance cycling, luggage for traveling, etc) and this car is certainly a heck of an experience.

    Only dissapoinment so far is that the bluetooth only works for call audio and not music streaming. I was hoping I wouldn't have to go aftermarket, but alas, looks like I will. Also adapting to the clutch, it feels great shifting but at a stoplight I have to put it into nuetral or my leg starts struggling. That thing is stiff compared to cars I am used to. When I get back in my mazda the clutch practically feels broken and I find myself forcefully shoving it down because I get used to the higher resistence. Hopefully switching between the cars will become easier!

    Getting ready for a first detail, lots of spidering on the paint I'm eager to clean up. Also ordered a 303 top care kit to clean and protect the top as I figure that's probably never been done on it. Then it's off for a set of new tires, the car still has RE050A's on it and the rears are fairly near the wear bars (not quite there yet but getting close). I'm thinking of giving the new Continental ExtremeContact Sports a try as they're a bit cheaper than the pilot super sports, by all reviews have just as much grip, and might be a bit better in the wet and last a bit longer. I'll probably enjoy it a bit and then tackle plugs, brakes and drive belt in the coming months.

    I'm also at a loss as to how anyone could say the base is too slow. Sure at low rpms it's no rocket, but the 1-2 shift at redline is pretty darn exhilerating. I think the previous fastest car I've ever owned was an E90 328i so this feels quite fast to me

    Suffering a wee bit of guilt too about the purchase but I'm sure it will fade. I promised myself I wouldn't do something like this until I had my emergency fund fully funded, was maxing out my retirement accounts and had no non-mortgage debt so I feel like I'm not being totally financially irresponsible. And I did choose a car that costs less than any new sports car (miata, brz, mustang, camaro, wrx, focus st, etc all cost more than I paid) and will depreciate a lot less than those. Life is short and I feel like it's time to enjoy it, but there's that nagging frugal voice in my head reminding me I didn't need a sports car. Driving the car shuts that voice up though!
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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    gnarfle, glad you're enjoying the car.... don't overthink it. enjoy in good health!

    i'm sure she's glad you're taking care of her from the start.

    for the bluetooth streaming - you may want to check out some options - FM or direct in the threads such as below
    https://www.planet-9.com/987-cayman-a...an-so-far.html

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    On feeling guilty on your purchase. A friend of mine who has a car problem- 7 last time I got a count, says that the first time you buy a purely extra car you feel guilty. The 2nd time you do it you just start telling everyone that you're a collector

    Have fun.

    A fellow collector

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    Quote Originally Posted by eyeofthetiger View Post
    for the bluetooth streaming - you may want to check out some options - FM or direct in the threads such as below
    https://www.planet-9.com/987-cayman-a...an-so-far.html
    That's not a bad idea, not sure why I didn't think of it. After just dropping $900 on tires that sounds like a better buy at least for now. The only down side is that the car, inexplicably, has the aux port in the center console and the power port in the passenger footwell. Most of those adapters have wiring that assumes they are right next to each other so I'd need to somehow get USB to the center console. I could probably plug one in the 12v port and route it underneath the botton lip of the console and up into the storage bin so it's a little more out of the way...

    The FM ones are all quite large and I've generally had bad luck with FM transmitters (especially annoying when traveling with constantly changing radio stations) but aux one might work.

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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    She's a beauty. Keep her @5000rpm and let her sing!

    First mod - swap out that old triangle style steering wheel and replace it with a 2010+ round airbag steering wheel.
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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    Yes right on, triangle wheel is ****, but not going to pay 1300 or so for same functionality.. Of course I do want to but just can't see the value in it when my Golf has an awesome wheel twice as thick and costs 300. Would probably fit as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Morbo View Post
    She's a beauty. Keep her @5000rpm and let her sing!

    First mod - swap out that old triangle style steering wheel and replace it with a 2010+ round airbag steering wheel.
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    Re: 3.2 S vs 3.4 S vs 2.9 Base

    What's wrong with the triangle? Wouldn't mind an alcantera wheel but I'm not paying the outrageous prices to buy one...

    I did pick up a bluetooth aux adapter and got a pretty stealthy installation tucking wires in under trim. And then I discovered the 12v outlet is always on, so if I leave it plugged in I will eventually drain the battery. No idea how much the thing draws while off though and how long that will take. I see various articles about wiring up a switched power source but at this point I think it might be time to bite the bullet and just put in an aftermarket head unit.

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