Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Croc Bite Fever: 2007 Porsche Cayman

Bald men and redheads rejoiced in 2006 when Porsche released a fixed top version of the phenomenal Porsche Boxster. Finally, there was a way to get crisp handling of a mid-engined Porsche without being subjected to the structural and solar issues that are endemic to floppy roofed cars...albeit at a considerable sticker price.  This Cayman cost nearly $50k when new but thanks to the magic of depreciation, it now can be purchased for less than the price of a new Ford Focus.  Find this 2007 Porsche Cayman offered for $16,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Porsche introduced the high performance Cayman S version before the regular Cayman, which breaks every rule in the performance car release handbook.   Regardless, the base Cayman was every bit an athletic performer as the S version, just with the dial turned down a few notches.  What that means in the real world is that you can dial up the throttle pedal a few notches before getting hauled off in the paddy wagon...and that is money in the bank.


Powering the base Cayman in 2007 was a 2.7 litre M97.20 flat-6 rated at 245 horsepower and 201 ft-lbs of torque.  Before someone starts talking about IMS issues, in 2007 Porsche introduced the M97 version of their flat-6 which included a new cam chain drive system that reduced stress on the IMS bearing and a redesigned/beefier IMS bearing -- it doesn't put the IMS issue to bed, but PJs are on and teeth are brushed.  This Cayman is equipped with a 5-speed gearbox (the base Cayman was also available with an optional 6-spd) which is a perfectly good gearbox and forces you to fight for the peaky power of the smaller engine.  I really hate to argue that the lesser performer in a family is a better car...but sometimes less is more.


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5 comments:

  1. To me Boxster & Cayman are some of the best values in the used market for a newish car. If I were looking for a car and was only worried about fun to drive factor, I'm not sure you can beat a Boxster S / Cayman for the money - I don't care if there is a stigma.

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    1. A Cayman would be at the top of my list even if I won the lottery.
      I tried to convince the wife that I should stretch the budget and get one when I sold the 1800ES.
      That trail balloon didn't fly so I got the Miata.

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    2. I also have a Miata and what kept me away from a Cayman / Boxster is consumables cost. Brakes and tires are so much more expensive for the Porsche it would have eaten into my track day budget.

      This one is spot on spec I would want. Dark color with grey interior. I hate tan interiors and 90% of the Caymen I have looked at had tan interiors that looked very dirty. The grey hides dirt so much better.

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    3. That's fair, especially for a track day car when you really burn up the consumables quickly. But if you're looking for a back roads canyon car, where you're not going to blow through the consumables at the same rate I think the consumables can be managed on these cars. That fear is what seems to keep prices low!

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  2. Do these have the throw away motors or is that in the 911 bunch year series ? Looks cheap @ this price....

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