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Only car currently available that combines all three:
1. Manual transmission
2. Stiff and balanced chassis
3. Does not give off a highschooler's-first-car vibe
Similar to the above, I didn't set out to buy a P car.
I decided to stop my long and ongoing search, for a car I liked and worth keeping for a very long time, with the 987.
 

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Myself, I've never been a fan of 911s. I've always thought they looked a bit weird. Then there was the 987 Cayman. The first one I saw was black going in the same direction on the road in front of me in the right lane. It drew me to it, gorgeous from the rear 3/4 view. I was hooked. Several months passed before I was able to test drive one at a dealer. There was a long sweeping 360 degree on ramp that the dealer had me enter. He said "floor it" so I did. I could feel the rear of the car come around controlled by the throttle moving out with more throttle and tucking in with less. I was hooked again! It was just a matter of time while I worked out how I could afford a car that I really could not afford. Many months later I landed a CPO black 2007 Cayman S with the light beige interior. It was rough and noisy on the road, but it could squirt through traffic and get up freeway on ramps like a bat out of hell. It was the kind of car that when you parked it, got out and walked away, you looked over your shoulder and smiled thinking "OMG that is one good looking car and it was mine"! After a few year the NVH wore me down and I passed that car onto another lucky soul. But then the 981 Cayman came out and I was hooked again. The new design was more muscular, a butched up version of those soft 987 curves had transformed the car from French puddle to German bull dog. A test drive proved that Porsche had tamed the NVH and the car was now a true GT. By that time in my life affordability of a used car was no longer a question it was merely a search. That took me well over a year and now I have an Agate Grey 2014 Cayman S. I'm in love again and this time I think it is going to last!
 

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http://www.planet-9.com/987-cayman-and-boxster-chat/11046-why-did-you-buy-porsche.html

This was one of the first and most interesting posts I read when I first started considering buying my first Porsche about a year ago. I have to admit, now that I have finally ordered my 718, I am not running out to tell people about it. I know I shouldn't care, but I'm a little nervous about the reaction I'm going to get - especially from some of my non-immediate family members.

Has anyone else felt the same way after buying their first Porsche (or other high-end, not so practical vehicle)?
I drive a Porsche sports car because it drives and sounds like nothing else on the market. However , I know that my favorite Porsche's engine sound has changed forever, and that the electric Porsche is on the way. The historical milestone of the NA flat 6 is on the way out, except for a few quasi exotic Porsche sports cars. There used to be a time you could tell a Porsche approaching at full song by the exciting sound of the flat 6 on cam . No longer the case. An ERA is gone. Pretty soon you wont be able to hear anything at all. I guess my current 981 will be my last modern Porsche, unless I decide to splurge on a GT 3-4. Or decide to go retro with a 993. Some of them are now more expensive than a brand new GT3's. When there is only " Porsche" electrical appliances for transportation , I will buy a "Google" self driving car for transportation., with "Alexa". I have come to be very fond of her.

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I drive a Porsche sports car because it drives and sounds like nothing else on the market. However , I know that my favorite Porsche's engine sound has changed forever, and that the electric Porsche is on the way. The historical milestone of the NA flat 6 is on the way out, except for a few quasi exotic Porsche sports cars. There used to be a time you could tell a Porsche approaching at full song by the exciting sound of the flat 6 on cam . No longer the case. An ERA is gone. Pretty soon you wont be able to hear anything at all. I guess my current 981 will be my last modern Porsche, unless I decide to splurge on a GT 3-4. Or decide to go retro with a 993. Some of them are now more expensive than a brand new GT3's. When there is only " Porsche" electrical appliances for transportation , I will buy a "Google" self driving car for transportation., with "Alexa". I have come to be very fond of her.

Cheers
In 2000 i got a large bonus and always wanted a sports car. Was in Chicago visiting relatives ( brother in law is a car nut ) went to the dealer they had a 1997 triple black 993 cabriolet and a new Boxster( comparable prices ). I drove both and loved the 993, brought it home found out about driver education events turned a beautiful car into a track car roll bar, racing seats,pss9 suspension, regeared, harness, track tires and wheels ,etc ,etc .....became an instructor about 6 years ago.

One event i instructed a student in a Cayman S , terrible driver did not listen could care less about the line, car saved him time and time over the weekend. I was left with the impression that it was a great car.

Drove Indy road course and blew rear main seal, expensive fix, 18 months later rear main seal went again, dealer was great but i could not feel comfortable on the track. at this point wife would not even get into the car based on uncomfortable seats and suspension .

Needed something new, remembered that student and the Cayman, luckily my 993 was worth alot. I was 64 have a 2002 BMW M5 as a daily driver. Ordered my first car ever, went thru 11 iterations gave sales guy a bottle of white-out.

i now have a car that to me is my last sports car. Fantastic on the track and around town and on the highway, loaded with comfort elements, PDK, my wife and i went on a 1300 mile trip ( to break in engine for DE ) she said she was very comfortable and would do it again !!!

Car is perfect mix for my needs, smile every time i drive it.....there is nothing like a PORSCHE
 

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Sidebar with the MT vs. AT (not starting any argument here) - I had a MT previous car, and the only thing I miss about it is how much satisfaction it gave while driving it. When I had the MT, I missed how much more I could push the car (speed, acceleration, both hands on the wheel in turns).

That said, I'm really torn between getting a MT if I get a 911 next :S
All good, i was surprised by the pdk's performance when i test drove one. It's easy to imagine the seamless driving experience when flooring it thru the apocalypse.

I just prefer manual bc of the extra sense of control that comes with the clutch pedal and also the sense of being rewarded with acceleration when i shift.

If you were living in the movie avatar, would you rather fly around on the pterodactyl bird or the gunship, as your dd?
 

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I guess to me, it’s more like - who else makes an exceptional sports car at a reasonable price EXCEPT for Porsche?

I love sports cars. I fell in love at 14, where I restored an MGB one summer. I love to drive, I love to do maintenance- and this really felt like the only good choice.

American sports cars are more brawn than brains. I don’t think the quality is there in a Miata. The S2000 is dead, the 3000GT is dead. The Audi TT is now more of a luxury touring car. The BMW Z4 isn’t great looking IMHO. What else is in the to consider assuming you want a car under $100k?

I spend about $36k on my 981, which is what an Accord costs new. That’s an eminently reasonable purchase for a professional
 

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I guess to me, it’s more like - who else makes an exceptional sports car at a reasonable price EXCEPT for Porsche?

I love sports cars. I fell in love at 14, where I restored an MGB one summer. I love to drive, I love to do maintenance- and this really felt like the only good choice.

American sports cars are more brawn than brains. I don’t think the quality is there in a Miata. The S2000 is dead, the 3000GT is dead. The Audi TT is now more of a luxury touring car. The BMW Z4 isn’t great looking IMHO. What else is in the to consider assuming you want a car under $100k?

I spend about $36k on my 981, which is what an Accord costs new. That’s an eminently reasonable purchase for a professional
I laughed out loud at "reasonable price" - Porsche's are expensive when new, and even used (because they're good, and everyone knows it).

I would have to disagree about there being no good american choices: Mustang GT350, Camaro SS 1LE or ZL1 1LE, C7 Corvette are all easily within a Cayman's large price range and are all a lot of brains going with their brawn (and pretty great handling cars too).
I'm not disagreeing with your love for Porsche, but merely the logic used to get there :D

For a $38k car for me, a reasonable purchase would be the Accord, or a used BMW / Audi - the unreasonable one is the 2 seater used sports car for the same price :p
 

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I laughed out loud at "reasonable price" - Porsche's are expensive when new, and even used (because they're good, and everyone knows it).

I would have to disagree about there being no good american choices: Mustang GT350, Camaro SS 1LE or ZL1 1LE, C7 Corvette are all easily within a Cayman's large price range and are all a lot of brains going with their brawn (and pretty great handling cars too).
I'm not disagreeing with your love for Porsche, but merely the logic used to get there :D

For a $38k car for me, a reasonable purchase would be the Accord, or a used BMW / Audi - the unreasonable one is the 2 seater used sports car for the same price :p
You don’t have to be condescending just because I have a different opinion.

You can easily get a 987 Cayman S for $22k. That is an unbelievable bargain. And you know who agrees with me? The editor of Jalopnik.

In my opinion, used Boxsters and Caymans are very reasonable for the price. There are scores of 911s in the 30s you can buy that will not significantly depreciate, if well maintained. My opinion stands.
 

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You don’t have to be condescending just because I have a different opinion.

You can easily get a 987 Cayman S for $22k. That is an unbelievable bargain. And you know who agrees with me? The editor of Jalopnik.

In my opinion, used Boxsters and Caymans are very reasonable for the price. There are scores of 911s in the 30s you can buy that will not significantly depreciate, if well maintained. My opinion stands.
I happen to agree.

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http://www.planet-9.com/automotive-off-topic/92022-do-you-tell-people-you-have-porsche-keep-private.html
That post is a great read!!! My wife's biggest concern over my decision to purchase a Porsche is that she fears it will appear, in her words, too "Showy".
 

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You don’t have to be condescending just because I have a different opinion.

You can easily get a 987 Cayman S for $22k. That is an unbelievable bargain. And you know who agrees with me? The editor of Jalopnik.

In my opinion, used Boxsters and Caymans are very reasonable for the price. There are scores of 911s in the 30s you can buy that will not significantly depreciate, if well maintained. My opinion stands.
Sorry if I came across as condescending - I was just taken aback by the use of "reasonable" and "Porsche" in the same sentence. I'm not saying they aren't good deals when used, but they're good deals in the realm of Porsches. When compared to other cars, they are expensive for the age (from what I've seen).
 

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Sorry if I came across as condescending - I was just taken aback by the use of "reasonable" and "Porsche" in the same sentence. I'm not saying they aren't good deals when used, but they're good deals in the realm of Porsches. When compared to other cars, they are expensive for the age (from what I've seen).
Well, I would agree there is certainly a large amount of privilege in a 20-30k car seeming reasonable. That’s fair critique.
 

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I had seen too many friends my age pass away before they could realize their dreams. (or, perhaps, it was just a mid-life crisis) The opportunity availed itself to purchase a car, and I had always wanted a convertible. Being an engineer, my only real requirement was to buy a car that was designed as a convertible. That it was a Porsche was secondary. Most convertibles are just hardtops with a chop job and some clever reinforcement to the underside. I was intrigued that Porsche would build a roadster before its hardtop cousin. A 981 seemed to be more refined than a 987. It is my DD, having put 60k miles on it in 4 years. I don’t have it to go fast or take corners quickly. I can do that in a plane. I have it so I can worry about putting on sunscreen before I go for a drive. Stopping at a Sonic out in the sticks and feeling comfortable talking with the locals.

Enjoy the ride. The journey is the reward.

Roger
 

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OP, I am middle class (the other 99%) and will probably be getting my first Porsche in 2018. imho buying your first Porsche is like voting for Trump the first time. You did what you liked and wanted to, but do you tell that to the whole world or just your close friends ? The world just see's the badge. Not the fact that I got a 987 Cayman that prolly cost same as a new Camry..
 

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Myself, I've never been a fan of 911s. I've always thought they looked a bit weird. Then there was the 987 Cayman.
Just happened upon this thread, and think it's very interesting. I'm the same way... was never a 911 fan growing up. My Dad was a Corvette guy, and so was I. I think Vette vs. Porsche is like Elvis vs. The Beatles... most people like one or the other, few people like both or neither! I liked 914s and 944 Turbos, and the first P-car I ever drove was a 928 S4. But in 2002, Dad and I both bought Porsches for the first time... I got a Boxster S and he got a 911 Turbo. We had just started getting into DE/Track events, and the Boxster S was the best track car I could afford. Plus it was the first Porsche I ever saw that I thought was beautiful. 15 years later, my brother has my Boxster, Dad has a GT4, and I have a Cayman R, all streetable but much more set up for the track. There's no other marque that can move as seamlessly between the street and the track, and I love Porsche for that.

A lot of people buy things to get a response from others... to impress people, to make people jealous, to make people think a certain way about the person. That's their call. I bought my Porsches for me and me only.
 

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For me, it is how Porsche cars feel on the road. Having been lucky enough to have owned a brace of 944s in the 80s and a trio of Caymans, there is something that sets them apart from other cars I have had in between , such as Golf mk1 & mk7 GTIs, TVRs, TTs and even a Fiat Coupe (totalled in icy conditions grr). The Porsches have all felt tight and controlled but supple, even on UK roads. I think the 981 is the one I will stick with as it is the last of the 6 cylinder line, and have no desire for a 911.
 

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Most of the time I just agree with the other person that a Porsche is expensive and tell them they probably wouldn't want to buy one. If I do feel a need to justify my purchase, I tell them I don't have children because they are too expensive. Nobody had disagreed with me yet.
 

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http://www.planet-9.com/987-cayman-and-boxster-chat/11046-why-did-you-buy-porsche.html

This was one of the first and most interesting posts I read when I first started considering buying my first Porsche about a year ago. I have to admit, now that I have finally ordered my 718, I am not running out to tell people about it. I know I shouldn't care, but I'm a little nervous about the reaction I'm going to get - especially from some of my non-immediate family members.

Has anyone else felt the same way after buying their first Porsche (or other high-end, not so practical vehicle)?
I made the decision to buy a used Cayman S without mentioning it to anyone else and I wasn't much concerned about how it would be perceived. Since I bought it to drive it, I would sometimes drive it to work. Someone spotted me in the Cayman about the second day that drove it in and word spread like wildfire:gossip:. I had celebrity status for a couple of days. People would look at it in the parking lot, then come around to ask questions. The reaction was almost entirely positive.

One guy at work, who seldom spoke to me otherwise, made it a point to mention that he didn't like the car. (Hey, whatever.) A female acquaintance from High School on Facebook came up with the "Mid-life crisis?? ;-)" line. (uh, Nope! Saw a TV program all about Porsche, starting with the post-WWII beginnings to the present day. I then did my research until finding one that I liked and could afford. Then I bought my first sports car.:burnout:). I've never regretted the decision or experienced any negative social repercussions.:)
 

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Sidebar with the MT vs. AT (not starting any argument here) - I had a MT previous car, and the only thing I miss about it is how much satisfaction it gave while driving it. When I had the MT, I missed how much more I could push the car (speed, acceleration, both hands on the wheel in turns).

That said, I'm really torn between getting a MT if I get a 911 next :S
No question for me, as long as the MT is available in the car I want then it is a given, it is the experience I want in my sports car!
 
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