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I am getting close to pulling the trigger on a 2007 2.7 and I've never driven one. I'm a car freak, my present car is done and I've been considering the Cayman for about a year but it's only gotten serious in the last months. I live in the boonies and there just aren't many cars around to drive. I sat in an '08 recently and ran the engine; that was a tease! I've lurked here and read a TON of posts and other articles. I had a '71 911T for a couple years in the 90's but it was a garage queen for the most part. I've given this more than enough thought, am I crazy to buy a car that I've never driven? C.
 

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I was sure that my choice was the right one since I bought mine without a testdrive.
 

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Go for it!!
First time I saw the car I thought "yep, that is what I want", the rest my friend is history.
Living the dream...
 

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I would never buy a car without first drive one of the same models. Before I bought my CS, I was pretty sure I was getting an M3. With the BS from the dealers about you can sit in it, but can't drive it, to the test drive I finally took (top speed ~45) I decided it wasn't for me. I had a test drive in a CS where the dealer rep said, just before an off-on ramp, "Don't lift in the middle of the curve" and I decided this is what I wanted.
Having never driven one, I would have never desired one, but to desire one without ever driven is like lusting after the prom queen. You never know what her personality is like, even tho she has all the looks.
A cayman is almost the same as a boxster, can you find someone to let you drive one?
 

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I am getting close to pulling the trigger on a 2007 2.7 and I've never driven one. I'm a car freak, my present car is done and I've been considering the Cayman for about a year but it's only gotten serious in the last months. I live in the boonies and there just aren't many cars around to drive. I sat in an '08 recently and ran the engine; that was a tease! I've lurked here and read a TON of posts and other articles. I had a '71 911T for a couple years in the 90's but it was a garage queen for the most part. I've given this more than enough thought, am I crazy to buy a car that I've never driven? C.
Yes,.....if you are used to and like a sports car ride and feel, you will love the Cayman
 

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I would buy a car with driving the specific car assuming it went through a PPI and/or was looked over by someone I trust.

I would not buy a car without ever driving that model of car. A car is like a glove...it has to fit you and just because it fits me...

I would do everything I could to drive one first...search for someone local with one or make a trip to a dealer.
 

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Ordered a new 86 944 T based on car mag review and was never disappointed. So I quess answer is yes, but admit I test drove Cayman and Boxster before ordering latest car.:):dance:
 

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I ordered my CS based upon Boxster reviews and Cayman styling. I did do a test drive of about 4 blocks just to confirm that the shift linkage was improved over a '57 Speedster I once owned!
 

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Would not buy ANY car without an extended test drive. I even test drive minivans. The Cayman's purpose in life is to give driving pleasure. How can you not test drive one?
 

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Would not buy ANY car without an extended test drive. I even test drive minivans. The Cayman's purpose in life is to give driving pleasure. How can you not test drive one?
It may seem incredible, but a lot of us here (and some who have moved on) bought our cars "sight unseen" based on reviews of the then upcoming mid-engined Porsche when the automotive press was all over it during the summer and fall of 2005.

It was admittedly a leap of faith. No regrets here.

The CS has fulfilled its purpose in life.
 

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I ordered a WRX when they first came out, without ever getting to drive it beforehand. I bought my CS after just a drive around the block. In both cases, I had done enough research to know that I wanted the car, so the test drive didn't really matter.
 

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No way ... worth the trip to test drive / inspect the vehicle. Too expensive if you make a mistake.
 

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I would definitely drive one first. There's a whole lot going on that specs and test reports can't fully convey. The emotions I feel when driving a CS, vs, say a new M3, are very different.
 

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I am getting close to pulling the trigger on a 2007 2.7 and I've never driven one. I'm a car freak, my present car is done and I've been considering the Cayman for about a year but it's only gotten serious in the last months. I live in the boonies and there just aren't many cars around to drive. I sat in an '08 recently and ran the engine; that was a tease! I've lurked here and read a TON of posts and other articles. I had a '71 911T for a couple years in the 90's but it was a garage queen for the most part. I've given this more than enough thought, am I crazy to buy a car that I've never driven? C.
Crispy,

It's hard to say. Buying a car can be a complicated process, especially a used automobile. Many would agree that a Porsche is a very special automobile, perhaps one of the best automobiles anyone could ever own.

Buying a Porsche might be considered a no-brainer. However, you are currently seeking a used Porsche. This used Porsche may have been in an accident. It might have been repainted. It might have had its engine replaced or rebuilt. If these issues are no concern to you, then buying it without driving it might be acceptable. If they are, then you might want to have it inspected. If the inspection reveals problems or issues, this could be used to your advantage to negotiate a lower price. Again, this would depend on your personal preference.

I would think that 95 people out of a 100 or 95% would test drive any vehicle, especially a used vehicle before purchasing.

In the past, I have test driven two new vehicles before purchase. The first had a broken valve and the second had a transmission problem. As you might expect, I did not purchase either.

Perhaps you could tell the group why you would not test drive the Cayman? Being a "car freak" you probably know a great deal about autos and more specifically, Porsches. Wouldn't you have to go and get it if you purchased it? Or would you have it delivered?

Semper Fi
 

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Perhaps you could tell the group why you would not test drive the Cayman? Being a "car freak" you probably know a great deal about autos and more specifically, Porsches. Wouldn't you have to go and get it if you purchased it? Or would you have it delivered?

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The responses have been helpful but are about 50/50. The trip to PA from northern NY would not be too bad but I'm not sure I'm even allowed in the auction site. I am looking into whether I can be there. It sounds like a whirlwind type event which has me wanting to be there even more. I am worried about the condition but think I'm in good hands as I know the used car dealer I'm working through. Although I've never bought a car from him, his recommendation came from a very experienced Porsche guy that I know well. The dealer says he has experienced people there and he runs a nice, reputable business with higher end cars, many high performance . Part of the problem here is I don't want to pay $32k for a low miles car that I'm going to rack 25k on the first year. I'm looking for the right deal and don't really care about color and options. I want to DRIVE this car every day and enjoy my commute. All that said, of course I don't want to buy a wreck. I was fishing here for what people thought about the auction and I got some good info. BTW, the dealer told me today that his access to the latest lease cars released is extensive and that we can start going through those as well. Thanks all and I'll report on anything that might be helpful to others in the future. C.
 

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Would not buy ANY car without an extended test drive. I even test drive minivans. The Cayman's purpose in life is to give driving pleasure. How can you not test drive one?
The only car that I did not test-drive was my 93 Ford Escort LX wagon (maroon w/ red interior). Cost me $1900 in 2001. I drove both the Mini Cooper S and the regular Cooper in 2003 and settled for the regular one. It fit me like a glove, whereas the S was just uncomfortably stiff and lacked power below 3K RPM.

I fall in love w/ the Lotus Elise in 2005 and after spending hours on elisetalk, I made up my mind to drive one. I walked away less than impressed, terrific car, just not for me.

Drove the new 911, did not really like it. I thought that if the Cayman drives anything like that than I would just buy the M3. Well the Cayman was terrific, so I ended up ordering one.

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