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A friend of mine is wanting to sell me his Cayman S 2006 for $15,000 (65,000 miles and the original owner).

I had it checked out at a shop and they said I needed $11,000 worth of repairs: $2,400 to change the brakes, replace CV axels $3,700 and replace the struts $4,800.

I balked at buying the Cayman....but are these numbers typical of the repairs on this car?
 

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Just let my say get a different quote, it takes longer to remove the wheels than change the pads, you can buy Textar front pads for about $100, that is the OEM brand, my guess are that the struts are fine, find a good Indy guy.
 

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Just let my say get a different quote, it takes longer to remove the wheels than change the pads, you can buy Textar front pads for about $100, that is the OEM brand, my guess are that the struts are fine, find a good Indy guy.

+1. I did brakes in maybe an hour. Also at the same miles. I changed because of the black Textar dust, not because they were worn out. That quote is way too high. Id be surprised if it needs all that at 65k miles. Now near 90k miles, My CVs and struts are still fine.
 

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That's like going to General Tire for specialist work. I would trust neither their analysis or their work. Find an old indie with Porsche experience. You can spot'em by all the carcasses on their lot.
 

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That brake price seems high and I have not heard of people replacing axles and struts at that mileage, so definitely want a 2nd opinion by a respected shop. You also want to make sure it does not suffer from bore scoring.
 

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I will say that $15k is a great price for that car. If you could get it for that and DIY repairs, that would be a bargain.
 

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Only replace the axles if the inner CV boots are torn (or is it the outer boots?) Those are non-serviceable. The other ones are replaceable.
 

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Christian Brothers isn't a place I would use for this car. You drive up in a Porsche and they see dollar signs.

Brakes are ridiculously easy to do on this car. I do a 4-wheel brake job in about 45 minutes, including removing the lug nuts by hand (I haven't popped for an impact wrench). Add another 20 minutes to do a full fluid flush/bleed. You can buy OEM (or aftermarket) pads and rotors (if you need them) from FCPeuro and they are guaranteed for life.

If the boots aren't ripped, but are just weeping grease, you can just re-grease and replace the clamps. This happened on my 981. Took me about a half hour, $4 in grease, $2 in clamps and a $14 clamp wrench.

Struts - I doubt it. This sounds like they are trying to make a few extra bucks from you.

If you are not a DIY person, find a good independent Porsche mechanic. Check your local PCA newsletter for advertisers.
 

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A friend of mine is wanting to sell me his Cayman S 2006 for $15,000 (65,000 miles and the original owner).

I had it checked out at a shop and they said I needed $11,000 worth of repairs: $2,400 to change the brakes, replace CV axels $3,700 and replace the struts $4,800.

I balked at buying the Cayman....but are these numbers typical of the repairs on this car?
Give me your friend’s contact info!
 

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Tragedy.....with my hesitation on buying my friends car, he sold it to CarMax.

I was going to go ahead and my the car myself....

thanks to all for the advice....(maybe I’ll find another Cayman S someday...)
 

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Looks like it’s posted up for sale at International Motor Productions in Texas.

3225 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006

Asking $20k



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don't give up... it can take a while to find the right one.
Took me a looonnng time to get mine.

yes the cost of repairs can be a concern.... these cars are up to 10-14 years old now and there is quite a bit of wear and tear items that need replacing. I've replaced quite a few items on mine including CV covers, absorber struts, full brakes - but the peace of mind and impact to performance is readily noticeable. a few other incidentals and associated such as belts, plugs, water pump, bushes, lower arms could also need replacements.

as the others have mentioned you can shop around and get some price comparisons on parts from the various websites including pelican parts, suncoast parts. perhaps your friend can also give some advice and point you in a direction of a reliable & reasonably priced shop?

ultimately if you decide to pull the trigger, you'll enjoy this car and wonder why you didn't do it sooner!
 

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A friend of mine is wanting to sell me his Cayman S 2006 for $15,000 (65,000 miles and the original owner).

I had it checked out at a shop and they said I needed $11,000 worth of repairs: $2,400 to change the brakes, replace CV axels $3,700 and replace the struts $4,800.

I balked at buying the Cayman....but are these numbers typical of the repairs on this car?
This seems excessive . I recently had an independent replace my front brake rotors and pads for about $1100. The worst quote I received from a dealer was $1700.
 

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Personally, i wouldn't go with the PDK. I"ve read of $8000 minimum to replace with a used PDK, if it fails. Do what repairs you can, to avoid much of the rip-offs.
 
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