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Porsche Cayman 987: Buying guide and review (2005-2012)

Porsche Cayman 987: Buying guide and review (2005-2012) Classic and Performance Car
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For years, Porsche 911 fans claimed that there would only ever be one true Porsche sports coupe. First came the Porsche 928, more of a GT than an all-out sports car, and the 911 remained king. The 944 and 968 models were certainly sporty, but no match for the rear-engined and much more powerful 911s. Head down a twisty road in a Cayman however, and you might just change your tune. 
 
Released in 2005 in top of the range S form, the Cayman was much more than just a hardtop Boxster. It may have shared a lot of componentry with its stablemate, but its increased rigidity and sportier set-up gave the new coupe a very definite edge. 
 
Now in its second generation, the Cayman range has developed a loyal following thanks to its excellent handling, precise steering and everyday usability. The good ones have started to firm up in value so now seems like a good time to delve into what it takes to get a great used one. 
 

Which Cayman to buy?

 
The 3.4-litre 295bhp Cayman S arrived first, joined the following year by the base 245bhp 2.7-litre Cayman. The less powerful car had a five-speed ‘box as standard, but the six-speed manual from the S or a five-speed Tiptronic could be optioned. The limited edition Cayman S Sport was launched in 2008 and featured 303bhp, PASM, a sports exhaust and some individual touches to differentiate it from the rest of the range. 
 
The mid-life face-lift came in 2009 and some welcome changes were made across the range. The engines were upgraded, both losing the troublesome RMS seals, the S cars gained direct fuel injection along with 25bhp while the non-S models got a 200cc increase and an additional 20bhp. The PDK double clutch transmission replaced the ageing Tiptronic gearbox, the five-speed ‘box was dropped and visually, LED lighting and revised wheels and colour palettes were offered.
 
Standard equipment was not exactly generous, but in truth, there were few extras that significantly improved the driving experience. Worthwhile options to look out for are PASM (active suspension management) which improves the ride, especially on 19 inch wheels, the sports exhaust system and the LSD which could be optioned on the last Gen II cars. While the early Tiptronic boxes work well enough, the PDK is a far greater setup. It’s of course the manuals that most people went for when new, and the one you will want for the more engaging experience. 
 
For the ultimate Gen 2 Cayman, the R is the one you will want. With 330bhp and a limited slip diff, it was the default choice in its segment – eclipsing a base 911 around a track too. 
 
As a daily driver the sweet spot in the range has to be the Gen 2 base model 2.9 Cayman. Well balanced and with enough power to put a smile on your face, this mid-engined sports car is about as good as it gets. The lower levels of grip and more pliant suspension are better suited to bumpy UK roads too.
 

Performance and specs

 
Gen II Porsche Cayman S
Engine 3436cc, 24 valve Boxer-six 
Power 321bhp @ 7400rpm 
Torque 273lb.ft @ 4500-5800rpm
Top speed 180mph 
0-62mph 5.0seconds 
Fuel consumption 32.1mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2475mm
Length 4380mm
Width 1801mm
Height 1295mm
Weight 1320kg
 

Common problems

 
Pre-2009 Caymans, as well as any Porsche using the same block (First two generations of Boxster and first two generations of water cooled 911) are all susceptible to IMS bearing failure, bore scoring or rear main seal leakage. Many cars have gone on to cover 200,000 miles without any issues while a handful have failed far sooner than that. Keep calm, arm yourself with knowledge, and remember that the percentage of cars affected is very low:

• A noisy idle can indicate an impending Intermediate Shaft (IMS) bearing failure. Check for evidence of previous engine rebuilds or repairs.
 
• Excessive smoke on a cold start and/or high oil consumption may mean that the cylinder bores are scored. Check for an oily exhaust pipe. If unsure a bore scope should be used to check the condition of the cylinder walls.
 
• Less of an issue are the Rear Main Seals (RMS) which tend to leak a little just to let you know there is still oil in the engine. These can be replaced at the next service but heavy leaking should be checked sooner.
 
• With all the above issues, the services of a Porsche specialist can be invaluable in providing peace of mind before a purchase.
 
• While the engines are strong (aside from the points listed above) Gen I cars may develop cylinder head warping if tracked regularly, Gen II cars had four oil pickups (up from two) alleviating the problem. Whether driven hard or gently, changing the oil frequently is highly recommended.
 
• Specialists can check the ECU to see whether a car has been over-revved, warped discs and non-Porsche specification tyres may also indicate neglect.
 
• The Gen I cars can suffer from premature front suspension wear and corrosion of the exhaust mountings. Check for knocks and rattles when on the test drive.
 
• Multiple owners and low mileages may mean lots of cold starts and short trips so don’t be put off by higher mileage examples.
 
• Cooling systems can develop leaks from road debris damaging the front mounted radiator.
 

Model history

 
2005: Porsche Cayman S launched featuring 295bhp 3.4-litre boxer motor. Six-speed manual and five-speed Tiptronic gearboxes available
2006: 245bhp 2.7-litre Cayman launched
2008: Cayman S Sport edition introduced, power up to 303bhp, sports exhaust and PASM standard – 700 built
2009: Mid-life face-lift on all models, 7-speed PDK gearbox replaces Tiptronic unit. PCM (Porsche Communication Management) is upgraded offering touchscreen operation. Cayman S get power upgrade to 320bhp. Base Cayman receives new DFI 2.9l engine pushing power up to 265bhp
2011: Cayman S Black Edition with bespoke trim and lightweight Cayman R with 330bhp and LSD introduced
2012: 981 Cayman launched in late 2012 phasing out the 987 Cayman
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.porscheclubgb.com – UK Porsche Club
• www.caymanoc.com – Cayman owners club
• www.rennlist.com – Porsche Forum
 

Summary and prices

 
A high-mileage pre-facelift 2006 2.7-litre Cayman starts at £12,000 while an ’05 3.4S is not much more and provides a significant performance boost. Avoid ultra-low mileage multiple owner cars, and sketchy service histories.

The Gen II 2.9-litre Cayman can be found from £18,000 and is a well-balanced choice. At the other end of the scale the 911 baiting Cayman R starts at £40,000 and Gen II S models can be found from £24,000. The capabilities of the Cayman are aptly demonstrated by how fastidious Porsche were in stopping it from eclipsing the 911, get one now while they are still underrated and undervalued.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 14th Oct 2016
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £79,950 £79,950

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    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 5852 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Porsche Cayman

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    • Mileage: 28600 mi
    • Engine size: 3387
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £43,990 £43,990

    Variant name:Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.4 S 2dr PDK Here at Porsche Centre Cardiff we are delighted to offer this superb Porsche Cayman S finished in the stunning combination of the Anthracite Brown Metallic with the Agate grey and Pebble Grey leather interior. Registered in October 2014 and only covered 23,988 miles this is a Cayman S that certainly needs be seen. The popularity of the sound and performance of this Porsche 6-cylinder naturally aspirated 3.4 litre engine remains as strong as ever and it’s no wonder why, when you hear that engine sing! The vehicle comes equipped with Porsche’s widely coveted PDK gearbox and finished with the stylish 20” Carrera Classic wheels and sports tailpipes along with modern essentials such as Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and BOSE surround sound this is a vehicle that has had a lot of thought put into it, not wanting for anything. The high specification matches the premium feel of the interior. All Porsche Approved vehicles come with a minimum of 2 years Porsche warranty and road side assistance along with the peace of mind that our cars have all been prepared to the highest standards. Please see the full specification listed and don’t hesitate to contact us on the number provided. We will also be more than happy to provide you with a personalised video presentation of this fabulous vehicle.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 23998 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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    £43,990 £43,990
  • PORSCHE CAYMAN GT CUSTOM

    £16,500 £16,500

    Welcome to the sale of my porche cayman GT custom, car is very low miles for its year, has only done a few thousand miles in the past 4 years, Full Documented Service History, Full Documented MOT History. Car was a cat-d back in 2009. Please check online for info. Engine and gear box run as smooth as silk, Looks 50k plus car. please see all pics. Please don’t hesitate to contact for more info. PX 63 / 55 AMG

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
    • Engine size: 3387
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £73,990 £73,990

    Variant name:718 Coupe GTS ,Derivative:GTS ,Variant: 2.5 GTS 2dr PDK Porsche Centre Cardiff are proud to present this stunning Porsche 718 Cayman GTS finished in stunning Crayon, giving it a sporty look with its Black GTS Alcantara interior package. Couple that with the High Gloss Black Sport Design Pack on the exterior, that really compliment the appearance. The 718 GTS comes with the enhanced power of 365Hp making it even more ‘driveable’ as well as some lovely standard features including the fabulous Sports Exhaust, Sport Chrono and PASM –Porsche Active Suspension Management and 20” alloys. In terms of optional extras fitted, here are the highlights that the car comes with, BOSE Sound System, LED Main Headlights with PDLS – Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus, Heated Seats, Heated Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Electrically Folding Exterior Mirrors, Centre Console Trim In Carbon, Park Assist Front and Rear and Adaptive Sports Seats (18 way). There are also some other lovely touches too, such as Black High Gloss Painted Door Handles and Rear Wing, the Storage Compartment has the Porsche Logo on it to mention just a few of these touches. In all a very well specified and thought out car that looks stunning and drives even better. This GTS has undergone its full Porsche Approved Used preparation including a 111 point check and 4 wheel laser alignment. It is supplied with 2 keys and its original owners handbook and manual. Here at Porsche Centre Cardiff we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers ensuring that needs and requirements are fulfilled to the highest standard and this is reflected in our glowing customer feedback. We have a dedicated used car buyer at Porsche Cardiff who actively sources the best examples of used Porsche in the UK. All of our vehicles are HPI Clear and are prepared to the highest standards by our fully Porsche trained technicians. As with all of our Porsche Approved vehicles this 718 will be supplied with the balance of a 3 year Porsche warranty including Porsche European Breakdown Assistance. To arrange a viewing, test drive or if you would like more information about this Porsche 718 Cayman GTS please call us today on 02920 350 911. We are able to organise nationwide delivery and can provide you with a personalised video presentation so that you can see the excellent condition that this 718 GTS is presented in. We also offer tailored finance packages and our experienced sales team are on hand to offer the best price for your part exchange.

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 3595 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £12,750 £12,750

    Adjustable Steering Column, Parking Sensors, Stability Control, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Sports Seats, Heated Seats, Rear Spoiler, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, Remote Central Locking, Remote Alarm, Anti-Theft System, CD Player, Height Adjustable Seat, 18'' Alloys, Service history

    • Mileage: 69000 mi
    • Engine size: 2687
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £39,995 £39,995

    Variant name:24V PDK ,Derivative:981 ,Variant: Cayman 2.7 24v PDK, Privacy, Sports Exhaust, 20" Carrera Alloys Immaculate Cayman with very nice specification, Leather interior, Heated seats, Privacy Glass, Two zone climate control, Mobile phone prep, Auto dimming mirrors, Cruise control, 20" Carrera S alloys, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), Park assist front and rear, Sports exhaust system......

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 10000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £44,990 £44,990

    Variant name:Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 3.4 S 2dr PDK Porsche Centre Cardiff are proud to present this Porsche Cayman S PDK finished in the gorgeous Sapphire Blue metallic giving it a sporty look with its Black leather seats. It comes with a superb specification including the 20 Inch Carrera S Wheels, PCM Sat Nav and Telephone Module (Porsche Communication Management) with Park Assist front and rear. It is also fitted a Sound Package Plus, Heated Seats, 2 Zone Automatic Air Conditioning a Sport Design Steering Wheel and Coloured Wheel centres. This Cayman S is fantastic order and has a very low mileage with a full Porsche Service Record. It is a lovely example of these simply outstanding vehicles and is supplied with 2 keys and its original owner’s handbook and manual. Here at Porsche Centre Cardiff we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers ensuring that needs and requirements are fulfilled to the highest standard and this is reflected in our glowing customer feedback. We have a dedicated used car buyer at Porsche Cardiff who actively sources the best examples of used Porsche in the UK. All of our vehicles are HPI Clear and are prepared to the highest standards by our fully Porsche trained technicians. As with all of our Porsche Approved vehicles this Cayman S will be supplied with a 24 month Porsche warranty including 24 month Porsche European Breakdown Assistance. To arrange a viewing, test drive or if you would like more information about this Porsche Cayman S please call us today on 02920 350 911. We are able to organise nationwide delivery and can provide you with a personalised video presentation so that you can see the excellent condition that this Cayman is presented in. We also offer tailored finance packages and our experienced sales team are on hand to offer the best price for your part exchange.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 12650 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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    £44,990 £44,990
  • Porsche Cayman

    £47,981 £47,981

    Variant name:Coupe S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: 981 Cayman S PDK Our beautifully presented 981 Cayman S PDK is a fantastic example of a Porsche Approved pre owned vehicle. Your new Cayman will come complete with a minimum 24 month warranty, road side assistance and a full 12 month MOT giving you complete peace of mind. Finished in Jet Black Metallic with Black Interior. This car also includes the optional extras of 20-inch Carrera S wheel, BOSE® Surround Sound System, Black painted wheels (partially), Digital radio, Guards Red seat belts, Park Assist front and rear, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) incl navigation module with universal audio interface, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), Preparation for mobile phone, Seat heating, Sport Design steering wheel, Sports exhaust system (incl. sports tailpipe), Sports seats Plus (2-way, electric), Tinted taillights, Wheel Caps **Why not take advantage of a personalised video presentation of this vehicle, arrange a test drive or if you would like more information on this stunning car then please do not hesitate to contact a member our sales team here at Porsche Centre Tewkesbury on 01684 212911

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 9805 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
    £47,981 £47,981
  • Porsche Cayman

    £29,950 £29,950

    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 6.9% APR ON REQUEST, 50 % OFF 3 YEAR PREMIUM WARRANTY OFFER, A 3 YR WARRANTY IS AVAILABLE NORMALLY £1999, A 50% DEALER CONTRIBUTION LEAVING £995 TO PAY, WEAR & TEAR ''INCLUDING WORN PARTS'', PARTS & LABOUR, NATIONWIDE COVER, NO EXCESS, COURTESY CAR, UPTO CURRENT MARKET VALUE, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT, PRICE MATCH GUARANTEED ON LIKE FOR LIKE VEHICLES Immaculate Manual Porsche Cayman in Gleaming Sapphire Blue Paint With Black Half Leather Interior. This Stunning Examples Comes With A Full Service History And Has Just Been Serviced, This Vehicle Also Comes With A Great Specification Including: Xenon Headlights, Drilled Brake Discs, Stop Start Technology, Full Colour Display Head Unit, Bluetooth, Sport Mode Button. Finished Off With Unmarked 18'' Alloy Wheels, A Stunning Looking Car And A Viewing Is Highly Recommended, Low Rate 6.9 Apr Finance Available Upon Request.

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    For sale
    £29,950 £29,950
  • Porsche Cayman

    £24,995 £24,995

    Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Full Leather, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Height Adjustable Seat, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Rear Spoiler, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, 19'' Alloys, Service history

    • Mileage: 63418 mi
    • Engine size: 2893
    For sale
    £24,995 £24,995
  • Porsche Cayman

    £79,990 £79,990

    Variant name:Coupe GT4 ,Derivative:GT4 ,Variant: 3.8 GT4 2dr Porsche Centre Cardiff are proud to present this fabulous Porsche Cayman GT4 finished in the striking Racing Yellow giving it a sleek profile paired with the Black leather interior (contrast stitching in Racing Yellow). This car has a lovely specification and comes with 20” GT4 Alloys, PCM including Nav Module, Sport Chrono Package, Bi Xenon Headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System and Telephone module amongst it’s options. There are also some very well thought out touches to make the car stand out that include Yellow seat belts, Interior Package in Brushed Anthracite, Contrast Colour Stitching and Rear Wing Supports in Black. The mileage on this fine example is very low on what is an ‘Out and Out’ driver’s car that has to be owned and driven to fully appreciate how comprehensively good this car is. This Cayman GT4 has undergone its full Porsche Approved Used preparation including a 111 point check and 4 wheel laser alignment. It is supplied with 2 keys and its original owners handbook and manual. Here at Porsche Centre Cardiff we pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers ensuring that needs and requirements are fulfilled to the highest standard and this is reflected in our glowing customer feedback. We have a dedicated used car buyer at Porsche Cardiff who actively sources the best examples of used Porsche in the UK. All of our vehicles are HPI Clear and are prepared to the highest standards by our fully Porsche trained technicians. As with all of our Porsche Approved vehicles this Cayman GT4 will be supplied with a 24 month Porsche warranty including 24 month Porsche European Breakdown Assistance. To arrange a viewing, test drive or if you would like more information about this Porsche Cayman GT4 please call us today on 02920 350 911. We are able to organise nationwide delivery and can provide you with a personalised video presentation so that you can see the excellent condition that this Cayman presented in. We also offer tailored finance packages and our experienced sales team are on hand to offer the best price for your part exchange.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 4410 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
    £79,990 £79,990
  • Porsche Cayman

    £45,993 £45,993

    Variant name:24V S PDK ,Derivative:981 ,Variant: 3.4 24V S PDK Coupe Infotainment Package, BOSE, 20 Inch Carrera Classics, Bi Xenon With Dynamic Cornering, Becoming increasingly hard to find and this is a stunner. Furnesspark are delighted to bring this 2015 Porsche Cayman 3.4 S PDK Coupe. Factory options include but are not limited to Infotainment Package (w. BOSE® Surround Sound System) £2,137, Porsche communication management with extended navigation module, Universal audio interface, Preparation for mobile phone, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) £1,922, 20 inch Carrera Classic wheel £1,700, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights £1,060, Metallic Paint £615, Fully automatic climate control £518, Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM)£437, PDK 3-spoke sports steering wheel with shift paddles £430, Wheel centres will full-colour Porsche crest £110, Floor mats £73, Top tinted windscreen £68, Only 11000 miles with a Porsche main agent service record.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 11000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
    £45,993 £45,993
  • Porsche Cayman

    £22,993 £22,993

    Variant name:24V ,Derivative:987 FL (GEN II) ,Variant: 2.9 24V Coupe Manual PCM With Navigation, Sports Chrono Pack Plus, Bi Xenon, Sports Seats, Sound Pack Plus And More Due in stock we have a stunning Porsche Cayman 2.9 24v Coupe Manual. We purchased this car directly from the previous owner as a low ownership and rare example we are delighted to bring this into our inventory. Looking resplendent in Speed Yellow gloss with Black leather a high level of factory optional extras include but are not limited to, Communications Management with extended navigation module, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights, Sports Seats, Sport chrono package plus, Preparation for mobile phone with console, Sound Package Plus incl. CD storage box, Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor, ParkAssist, Gear lever trim leather, Top tinted windscreen, only 2 owners from new and only 51000 miles. Please register early interest.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.9
    For sale
    £22,993 £22,993