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The Cayman has a few idiosyncrasies that might not be familiar to first time Porsche owners. Like them or not “they are what they are” and knowing about them in advance of a problem may help some of us out of a jam.

Air Compressor - If you ever have to use the tire air compressor Porsche really means it when they tell us to plug it in cigarette lighter outlet. Otherwise plugging into the 12v outlet will blow the fuse.

Battery – Due to the many electronics that draw on the battery it has a high probability of discharging if not driven for an extended period (or if a maintainer is not used). If the battery goes dead to gain access to the front compartment where the battery is you will need to use the procedures on page 234 of the manual “Emergency unlocking of the front luggage compartment lid” If the battery is discharged, the lid can be opened only with the aid of a donor battery or charger. Familiarizing yourself with this unusual method in advance is a good idea.

Brake Noise / Sticking Brakes - If after washing or in wet humid weather the car is left overnight with the parking brake applied the pads may become stuck to the rotors. You may hear some scraping noises the first few times the brakes are applied and is the pads scrubbing off the rust on the rotors. This is normal but can be avoided by driving enough to heat up and dry the pads before parking overnight.

Bulbs - The factory foglight bulbs are H11 (manual says H8) and an H6W (manual says W5W)for the "driving light" or "parking light".

Cup Holders – To lock the cup holders into place and prevent unnecessary movement, return the center portion of the cup holder bar to a closed position after extending either or both cupholders

Gas Filler Emergency Unlock - There is a manual release for the fuel door in the passenger door (in a left hand drive car) near the the hinge.

Hood Alignment - On all Porsches, including the Cayman, the hood's leading edge is designed to be slightly lower than the bumper cover.

Ignition key/ignition lock - Do not insert the ignition key into the ignition lock if the vehicle battery is discharged (look at the interior light for a clue). The ignition key can no longer be removed. The key cannot be removed until the vehicle electrical system is supplied with power again. Update: MY08 Owner's Manual emergency key removal procedure:
1. Open the fuse box and unclip a metal hook on the inside of the cover.

2. Use the hook to remove a plastic lid on the ignition lock to the right of the key.

3. Turn the ignition key counter-clockwise as far as it will go.

4. Press the metal hook into the opening and turn the key to its intial position and remove it.

Lane Changer - To indicate your intention when changing lanes, slightly depress the signal lever to the resistance point. The lever will return to the OFF position after three blinks of the signal light which indicates your lane change direction.

Noise when Reversing - If the steering wheel is close to or all the way to the steering lock the power steering pump may push against the lock and make a “clunking” noise which is normal. This can also be exacerbated by cold weather making the tires less pliable.

Oil Level - There is no dip stick. Oil measurement is done via a computer reading. The best time to check oil levels is the first thing in the morning before the car has been run when the wait time is under six seconds. Be sure to check the measurement when the car is parked on a level surface.

Parking Lights -Like other European cars the left and right parking lights can be turned on individually by moving the turn signal up or down and turning off the engine (page 124). This is sometimes done inadvertently.

Passenger Air Bag warning – Not in the manual but a common problem at least on ’06 models due to moving the passenger seat too far to the rear (other airbag information is contained in pages 42-48 of the 2006 US owners' manual)

Rear Fog Light - You only have one (on the left side). Some people think that the one on the right is malfunctioning.

Remote Key - The remote-control standby function switches off after 7 days
If the vehicle is not started or unlocked with the remote control within five days, the remote control standby function is switched off (to prevent discharging of the car battery).
1. In this case, unlock the driver’s door with the key at the door lock.
Leave the door closed in order to prevent the alarm system from being triggered.
2. Press button 1 on the remote control. The remote control is now activated again.

Smell - The cars are protected with Cosmoline for shipping and delivery. It will burn off over time but there will be a distinct smell that will be observed during that time.

Smoke - A puff of smoke on start up is normal. Usually this occurs after a period of inactivity. The flat six in your car collects a little oil in the bottom of the cylinders when they sit, and this is what's blowing out when you first start the motor.

Sockets -The sockets and thus the connected electrical accessories function even if the ignition is switched off or the ignition key is withdrawn. If the engine is not running and the accessories are switched on, the vehicle battery will be discharged. Do not operate additional accessories for more than 5 minutes when engine is off. (Page 140 of '06 manual)

Stall/Start - After stalls turn the key all the way to the LEFT (counterclockwise) before restarting.

Tires/Tyres – There is no spare. Reading the instructions that start on page 224 of the manual and locating the tire sealant and electric pump ahead of the need to use it will save you a lot of tears later. One mistake some make is to pull the offending object that caused the flat out of the tire and then attempting to seal it. You also don’t have a flashlight/torch so that means flats will occur at night :( unless you come prepared. Porsche says that "tire repairs are not permissible under any circumstances" (page 103).

Tires/Tyres - Use only plastic valve caps per the manual (page 210 of the '06 version).

Winter Tires/Tyres – Porsche recommends fitting winter tires where temperatures drop below 45 degrees (7C).
 

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Battery If the battery is discharged, the lid can be opened only with the aid of a donor battery.

Winter Tires/Tyres – Porsche recommends fitting winter tires where temperatures drop below 45 degrees (7C).
I wonder how many people have a spare battery lying around their house:confused:

And if you not in the snow belt or going to drive on snow, how many people are going to spend money on snow tires?:rolleyes:
 

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I had the passenger air bag warning deal happen the other day when my gf moved the seat around. Glad it isn't just my car! Fixed by moving it up a little. (I have an 07 CS)
 

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Thanks very much for this, Santa Fe.

Ignition key/ignition lock - Do not insert the ignition key into the ignition lock if the vehicle battery is discharged. The ignition key can no longer be removed. The key cannot be removed until the vehicle electrical system is supplied with power again.
Is this governed by a purely mechanical mechanism or by one that needs current to operate mechanically? I wonder if this behavior applies to the plastic spare key as well as the metal one. ???

Passenger Air Bag warning – Not in the manual but a common problem at least on ’06 models due to moving the passenger seat too far to the rear.
Yes, I used to get this in my '06 987 Boxster. But I've yet to see it in my '06 CS.

You also don’t have a flashlight/torch so that means flats will occur at night :( unless you come prepared.
That settles it — I'm getting a flashlight (or two) for the CS, already. (I've been thinking about it, but you know how that goes.)

Winter Tires/Tyres – Porsche recommends fitting winter tires where temperatures drop below 45 degrees (7C).
Since I'm living in an area with 'marginal' temperatures, I wonder if I need to make the switch during winter. I think I don't. My recollection is that Porsche says something about the tires giving 'less than ideal traction' below 45 degrees F. I can settle for driving more conservatively if there's no snow or ice.

Thanks again!
 

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Passenger Air Bag warning – Not in the manual but a common problem at least on ’06 models due to moving the passenger seat too far to the rear.
Ahh, so THAT's why I kept getting the airbag warning when my friend sat in the passenger seat! Thanks for the info.
 

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Ignition key/ignition lock - Do not insert the ignition key into the ignition lock if the vehicle battery is discharged. The ignition key can no longer be removed. The key cannot be removed until the vehicle electrical system is supplied with power again.
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LOL, now you tell me.
i had that exact prob 2 months ago. as i have no patience, i forced the key out. yes, it's possible, but dont do it.

luckily i didn't damage anything.
 

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Yeah I read this thread, went down stairs and this exact thing happened to me! I haven't driven the car for a week ( bad weather down here) so just got off the phone with 24 hr roadside...sending me somebody out so I can take the car tomorrow. This would be something I think they would tell everyone. I'm not pissed I'm just disappointed I can't go play right now.
 

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Thanx for thhe info Sant Fe. It is a good reminder for me as I ordered my base Cayman late August and I should get it early next week.
 

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As already stated by another - the '07 Cayman S also has issue with the Passenger Side Airbag when the seat is pushed all the way back against the rear bulkhead/firewall. I'm guessing this mostly happens with power seats. The power seats do not have any sort of stop to keep the seat from continuing backward ... so, it just keeps going until it hits up against that rear firewall ... as the seat presses up against the engine compartment - the seat harness flexes a bit (I suppose more if the seat back is leaned back, thus affecting contact earlier) and the flexing in the seat causes the sensor for the air-bag to mis-cue.

Had this all explained to me by one of the service writers at my dealer.

Simple fix (again, as already stated): just move the seat up a bit.
 

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I had that problem with mine the first day I got it. What I found is that when you lower the back of the seat down (powered even on the basic seats), it lifts of the back of the seat and causes the problem. You can put it all of the way back but when the seat uses its leverage to lift against the bottom, then it comes on. YMMV
 

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This 45 degree thing is ridiculous. It has NOTHING to do with porsche ... its all about tires.

SNOWs are for SNOW. If you drive snow tires on dry pavement you will eat them up in one year and they sound louder
I agree with your first point - clearly it's the tires, in particular the PS2s. We've discussed the tire/temp issue in another post and IMO if you are sensible in warming the tires before driving hard you will be OK. Maybe not in 10 degree temperatures, but certainly below 45. If I was regularly going to drive the car in temps below 45F I would strongly consider another set of tires, however.

Your second point is just plain wrong, however (sorry). Do you think that people in Chicago are driving in the snow all the time? 99% of the driving I do with snow tires is on dry pavement and I generally get 4-5 years of service from a set. They are noisier than summer tires, but not bad if you buy quality tires. Not trying to pick a fight here, I just don't want people who legitimately need snow tires to be scared off.
 

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I agree with your first point - clearly it's the tires, in particular the PS2s. We've discussed the tire/temp issue in another post and IMO if you are sensible in warming the tires before driving hard you will be OK. Maybe not in 10 degree temperatures, but certainly below 45. If I was regularly going to drive the car in temps below 45F I would strongly consider another set of tires, however.

Your second point is just plain wrong, however (sorry). Do you think that people in Chicago are driving in the snow all the time? 99% of the driving I do with snow tires is on dry pavement and I generally get 4-5 years of service from a set. They are noisier than summer tires, but not bad if you buy quality tires. Not trying to pick a fight here, I just don't want people who legitimately need snow tires to be scared off.
Agreed. I've seen snows last several years. Just use them and dont abuse them. They're there to save your life and your car, not for you to try to make them break lap times in the snow.

Another piece of advice I'd offer is to get the WINTER tires that fit your WINTER needs. I drive mostly in slush when it snows. So something like a LM-22/25 is better for me than say a WS-50 which does better in thick powder type snow.
 

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Your second point is just plain wrong, however (sorry). Do you think that people in Chicago are driving in the snow all the time? 99% of the driving I do with snow tires is on dry pavement and I generally get 4-5 years of service from a set.
All I can do is judge from past experience. I used to live in Boston area for 25 years. Put snows on every winter ... they lasted 2 years (thats dec - mar) 8 months. Got chewed up too quickly.

Maybe technology is better today. But that has been my experience. Everytime you run them on dry pavement, they deteriote quickly compared to on snow:)
 

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Sanata Fe,
All great comments.
Re:snow tires the NO rated snowtires rcmd fm Porsche are Conti 810S I have them on the CS now and they are not noisy at all and are alot tackier on cold pavement than the PS2's. We do not get a lot of snow here in KC but cold temps are the norm from now until April. I also run Bridgestone Blizzaks on our mercedes and they are now into their fifth season and dry cold pavement has not torn them up at all. Check out the reports and product reviews on Tirerack.com they have terrific info worth reading. rick
 

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Thanks for the very good summary. Sometimes we all ignore simple advice like having a flash light in the car, in the end it will come and bite us ;-) I will make sure to keep a light of some kind in the car. I recall Russ purchased a small one that fits somewhere in the car - I would think that something a bit bigger might be a good idea - should the light be self contained or plug into the 12V outlet - any pro and cons ?
 

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Great Find, Santa Fe!
I specifically like the fact that it doesn't depend and put a drain on the car battery.
I just ordered one.
 
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