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First post here for me (and hopefully first of many).

I am looking to get a used Cayman, and for price reasons am mostly considering 2006 and 2007 (really don't want to spend more than 40k). I have read many threads on the board, but could not find any that answered my question, so hoping I can get some responses.

I have noticed that for the same mileage, the 2007 will be about 6-8k more expensive than the 2006. Is this price difference worth it? Everyone says that there were some problems with the early 2006s, but if you get a later 2006, is there really a difference?

Thank you in advance for any and all responses.
 

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Depending on how it is optioned my belief is that you will not find any difference from an 06 to an 07.I have not heard of the problems that you are refering too,Again these are just my findings,but i have not seen the prices with that much difference.There is of coarse one less year of depreciation and also potentially 1yr plus of factory warranty left on an 07 which for me would push me towards the 07.but not for 6-8k more.Again look at how it is optioned look arround alot get what fits your bill and if its an 07 good.if not still good...Hope this helps and i'm not rambling....
 

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I'm not sure what you have heard/read about early '06 troubles, but I would think that if any existed they would be taken care of by now through recalls or dealer maintenance.

My '06 was built prior to Jun '06 (warranty date) and has no problems.
 

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I was in your same situation recently. I opted for a low mileage 06...saved a little bit of money in the process and the 06 was purchased in Dec so I still have some warranty. It would make sense if the price is close... but 6 -8 k is a bit much imo if the cars are the same.
 

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Condition, equipment and price are the things that would matter in a choice between an '06 and an '07. The early problems were clutch bolts and a slave cylinder issue as I recall. Both things that would be fixed early on and not a future problem.
 

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thank you all who responded. It is good to hear that, as it seems there are also many more 2006s available, which also means you are more likely to get your preferred options and configuration. The problems I heard about were just what I picked up reading through a ton of posts on this board.

Thanks again. You guys have a fantastic board here.
 

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From what I understand, very few technical differences between '06 and '07. FWIW, you could consider a low-mileage CPO '06. Probably an additional $2k in cost vis-a-vis one that is not CPO, but that's a bunch less than the $6-8k you mentioned and the CPO warranty is 6 years, 100k miles - longer than a non-CPO '07.

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My biggest problem with my low mileage '06, which I bought "pre-owned", is the squeaks and rattles. I was told by the service manager that this isn't unusual for early Caymans. I love the sound of the engine, but the squeaks and rattles drive me crazy. I'm either going to sell my Cayman, or I may trade it in for a later year. I prefer the looks of the Cayman to the 911, but if the 911 has fewer noises, I might be interested. My 5 year old daily driver, a Volvo with 75,000 miles, is still very tight - and very, very reliable. I'd buy another one, but Volvo will be Chinese soon. No thanks.
 

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Interesting. When you say the service manager said that "early Caymans" have squeaks and rattles, did you by any chance get a sense of what he meant by "early"? Thanks.
 

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My 2006 has no rattles. (I'll have to check the build date later, as I have nothing here with that info on it right now.)

I would base my decision more on condition of the individual candidates, rather than model year, as those MYs are almost identical.
 

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Interesting. When you say the service manager said that "early Caymans" have squeaks and rattles, did you by any chance get a sense of what he meant by "early"? Thanks.

I'd be careful with this line of inquiry. "Squeaks and rattles" are often pretty subjective. What might not bother you, will drive someone else insane.

Look at questions about "drone" and after market exhaust, for example...beauty is in the ear of the be-hearer. ;)

Caymans have a rear hatch that has been known to "clunk" under certain conditions. The dreaded "trunk clunk" drives some guys nuts. Others don't notice it.

The size of your wheels and whether you have PASM or not will contribute to how harsh the ride is in the car...along with your roads...and these contribute to the "noises I don't like" factor.

Just a thought.

Good luck with your hunt and savor the anticipation.:cheers:
 

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My 08 CS's headliner squeaks like no tomorrow, I also have the trunk "clunk" if stuff likes this bothers you buy a luxury car. This car is a punch in the mouth...I cannot wait till my next drive...:burnout:

My biggest problem with my low mileage '06, which I bought "pre-owned", is the squeaks and rattles. I was told by the service manager that this isn't unusual for early Caymans. I love the sound of the engine, but the squeaks and rattles drive me crazy. I'm either going to sell my Cayman, or I may trade it in for a later year. I prefer the looks of the Cayman to the 911, but if the 911 has fewer noises, I might be interested. My 5 year old daily driver, a Volvo with 75,000 miles, is still very tight - and very, very reliable. I'd buy another one, but Volvo will be Chinese soon. No thanks.
 

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@sbrsport The service manager was not specific. He only told me that "we" had learned to deal with squeaks and rattles in later years. By "we", I assume he meant Porsche.

@Phil 1 I agree with your statement about buying a luxury car if squeaks and rattles drive me crazy. I wonder if I've gotten soft in my old age (I'm 52). But my 2004 Volvo, although very tight (sport package), has only developed a few squeaks and rattles over my five years of ownership (purchased new late 2004). What amazed me about my 2006 Cayman, when I test drove it late last year, was that there were no squeaks and rattles. Then again, it only had 7,000 miles. At 10,000+ miles, things are changing.

I love my Cayman otherwise. I love how it drives, its engine sound and sexy hips. Back in the 80s, I told my ex-wife that I wished I could make love to my RX-7. I wonder if that had anything to do with our divorce. :)
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