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    How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    I've got to a point where I am considering (at long last) purchasing a 987.1/.2 Cayman (base model for either generation), however my daily commute is 75 mile round trip each day, amount to 19,200 miles each year.

    I'm thinking of ideally picking up an example with 60k miles, and daily driving it until for the next 4-5 years. Apart from standard maintenance (shocks, oil changes, wheel bearings, etc) and known issues (bore scoring in the 3.4L 987.1), is there anything to watch out for at very high mileage? I have an indy that specializes in Porsches so I will be getting service there.

    I've read threads including the shift cables and a/c controls fading on 987.1 as well.

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    I have 146,000 km on my 987.2 purchased at around 60,000 km from a Porsche dealership.

    Here is the issues I've encountered:

    Shifter cable broke (warranty 1st year)
    Phone button fell off (warranty 2nd year)
    Cracked vent frame replaced (warranty 2nd year)
    Clutch ignition switch replaced (warranty 1st and 2nd year)
    New battery replaced
    Brake pads replaced twice
    Rubbery material on interior chips
    Lower control arm replaced twice (warranty 2nd year, out of pocket 4th year)
    Oxygen sensor replaced
    Problems with climate control not working (haven't fixed it yet)
    Replaced clutch

    All in all in my 5 years of ownership, minus 2 years of warranty it's cost me about 5k using the car as a daily driver.

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    bought with CS '07 vanilla at 19k miles, now has 96k.
    0ne set pads/rotors done at 80k,
    steering rack at 50k
    clutch pedal switch 45k
    battery somewhere along the way
    water pump/coil packs/plugs 65k
    headliner now sagging at 96K
    regular oil changes between 5-10k (do myself) and the last two with oil analysis tests (oil looked great)
    I don't track or race, used as a daily driver when working

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernDriver View Post
    is there anything to watch out for at very high mileage?
    At any mileage I suggest checking the inside and outside door handles on both sides to make sure that the windows dip when pulled, the interior handles spring back into place when released, and the windows stay dipped while the door is open.

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    I bought a 987.1 Boxster with 114k miles and now up to 150k. I replaced the engine last summer as the original needed a top end rebuild due to valve guides.

    Other items - water pump, coolant reservoir, AOS, MAF sensors, O2 sensors, coolant tubing, axles due to cv boost ripped (inside ones - outside are replaceable), brake pads and rotors, tires, convertible top arms (realigned the top to prevent breaking more ball joints), engine bay fan

    I'm in the process of replacing the shifter cables with Numeric Racing cables and short shifter.

    I've done more modding that actual repairs with items such as the engine, exhaust, DSC Sport module, throttle body and plenum
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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    Thanks for the replies!

    Confidence is building....

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernDriver View Post
    Thanks for the replies!

    Confidence is building....
    Cayman's, especially 987.2 are surprisingly very low to maintain. Aside from fuel costs and having to look for a mechanic that's familiar with Porsche, it's relatively similar to run as any other car I've owned.

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectJab View Post
    Cayman's, especially 987.2 are surprisingly very low to maintain. Aside from fuel costs and having to look for a mechanic that's familiar with Porsche, it's relatively similar to run as any other car I've owned.
    I've actually found a nearby indy that specializes in Porsches! I've wanted a 987 for a very long time - I'm hoping high miles won't ruin too much!

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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernDriver View Post
    I've actually found a nearby indy that specializes in Porsches! I've wanted a 987 for a very long time - I'm hoping high miles won't ruin too much!
    High miles wouldn't worry me as much as the service history. If the previous owner(s) were religious with their maintenance, a good ppi would go a long way.
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    Re: How do these cars fair with higher mileage?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomerie View Post
    High miles wouldn't worry me as much as the service history. If the previous owner(s) were religious with their maintenance, a good ppi would go a long way.
    Noted- I will consider this!

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