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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 2.9 Gen II Coupe

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    The Cayman is possibly the most well-balanced car that Porsche produce, with its mid-mounted engine and rear wheel drive gving it unbeatable agility. This particular car is offered in Basalt Black and has some great optional extras over and above the standard, so proves excellent value for money. This car has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche factory trained technicians to a very high level. The service history is as follows: This vehicle is also supplied with 12 months MOT. All of our cars also have a pre-sale 111 point check to ensure they meet our very high preparation standard. Stone Grey Leather Sports Seats Cruise Control 19" Carrera Sport Alloys with Porsche Crests PSM On-Board Computer Air Conditioning Only 2 Owners from New.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 109900 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman 3.4 S Gen II

    £29,995 £29,995

    6 Speed Manual Arctic Silver Metallic Black Leather 18 inch Cayman S Alloys With Colour Crested Centres Single CD PSM Porsche Stability Manangement Climate Control Airconditioning 3 Spoke Sport Steering Wheel In Smooth Leather Twin Stainless Steel Exhaust Tailpipes Full Porsche Main Agent Service History Supplied with a Independent mechanical multipoint check & 2 years comprehensive parts and labour warranty 12 Months MOT A thorough independent multipoint mechanical inspection and rectification of faults found carried out by a renowned Porsche specialist. HPI clear and national mileage register check with certificate At least 6 months or 6000 miles away from the next service All tyres have the correct speed & N rating and a minimum of double the legal tread depth limit

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman 24V

    £25,000 £25,000

    Body: Coupe Transmission: Manual Mileage: 43,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2012 (12) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 2.9 Finished in: BASALT BLACK WITH BLACK LEATHER 19" alloys

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 43000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman 24V S

    £21,950 £21,950

    Body: Coupe Transmission: Manual Mileage: 25,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2007 (57) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.4 Finished in: BASALT BLACK WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR 19" alloys

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman "S" 3.4 pdk

    £42,000 £42,000

    (63 - 2013) 320 bhp 31,000 miles Agate grey with black leather 3.4 litre "S" model 2 wheel drive 7 speed pdk gearbox Air conditioning Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bluetooth Aux & Usb Jukebox Sound plus Paddle-shift steering wheel Heated seats Porsche Sports Exhaust (PSE) Rear parking sensors Xenon headlights 20 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 31000 mi
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  • 2009 Porsche Cayman 2.9 2dr, 18inch Boxster S II wheel, Three-spoke sports steering wheel in smooth finish leather, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Sound package plus, Cruise control, Rear wiper, Wheel centres with colour Porsche Crest, Universal Audio Interfac

    £20,900 £20,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this outstanding Gen II Porsche Cayman 2.9 finished in Arctic Silver Metallic with Black Partial Leather Interior. The specification on this car includes 18-inch Boxster S II wheel, Three-spoke sports steering wheel in smooth finish leather, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Sound package plus with CD storage, Cruise control, Rear wiper, Wheel centres with four-colour Porsche Crest, Universal Audio Interface, Floor mats with nubuck edging and embroidered Porsche logo, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Electric Windows and much more. This car also benefits from an extensive service history done on 31/08/11 at 5016miles, 20/02/13 at 7366miles and 19/10/16 at 25057miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 27273 mi
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  • 2015 Porsche Cayman 3.8 GT4 Rare Clubsport, Carbon Buckets Seats, Sports Chrono, PCM Sat Nav, Sound Pack Plus, Stunning Example

    £86,900 £86,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer this stunning and rare Clubsport Porsche Cayman GT4. Presented in the must have colour of Racing Yellow it is complimented with Black Extended Leather and Alcantara Upholstery, Racing Yellow Contrast Stitch, Alcantara Headlining and Brushed Aluminium Interior Inlays. A superb specification includes, Club Sport Package, PCM Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth, Sound Pack Plus, Sports Chrono Package, Xenon Headlamps with Black Surround, Rear Wing Supports in Black, Full Carbon Bucket Seats, 20" GT4 Alloys in Satin Black with Red Brake Calipers, Switchable Sports Exhaust, Yellow Seat Belts, 6 Point Harness's, 64 Litre Fuel Tank, Fuel Cap in Aluminium, Dual Climate Control, Computer and much more. This cherished example was supplied by ourselves new and comes with all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland Sales has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the UK so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 7167 mi
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  • 2016 PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4

    $120,500(£94,833.50) $120,500(£94,833.50)

    --Jet Black Metallic with Black leather interior stitched Racing Yellow, Black carpeting, 700/1-Owner miles from new, 385 HP, 6-speed manual gearbox. Options include: Exterior Metallic Paint, Black Leather with Racing Yellow Stitching, Seat Belts in Racing Yellow, Center Console Trim in Carbon Fiber, Pedals and Footrest in Aluminum, Carbon Fiber Interior Package, Sport Chrono Package including Porsche Track Precision App, Extended Range Fuel Tank, Porsche Ceramic Brakes (PCCB), Adaptive Sports Seats Plus (18-way), Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including Navigation Module, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Door-Sill Guards in Carbon Fiber Illuminated, Wing Supports in Black, Fire Extinguisher, Smoking Package and Luggage Net in Passenger Footwell. Powered by a 3.8 liter flat 6-cylinder engine producing 385 HP, the Cayman GT4 will reach 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 183 mph. With its race-bred suspension, snarling engine, and aggressive aero add-ons, the Cayman GT4 is the track-day toy we always hoped Porsche would build and it is only available with 6-speed manual gearbox, no PDK here. This Cayman GT4 has had one collector owner from new, it has never bee

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman GT4

    £90,000 £90,000

    £90000 To quote Autocar ‘As the proof of everything a Cayman could be when given enough firepower the GT4 is a definitive, resounding success. Dynamically peerless at its price range, this is a car that demands and rewards its driver in equal measure. Is it really worth 911 GT3 money? To us, the fact you can even start to compare them only adds to its allure. A true Porsche GT. •Motorsport-inspired Cayman packs the 3.8-litre engine from a 911 •Most powerful Cayman produces 380bhp, six-speed manual only •All models sold out – currently available from £90,000 - £110,000 What is it? The Cayman GT4 is the rarest of things: Porsche’s GT department giving its loyal customers exactly what they want; no compromises. For several years the brand has upset its enthusiasts, with electric power steering in the 991, then no manual gearbox in the GT3 and GT3 RS, and then moving to turbocharging for the mid-life refresh. Those cars were still unquestionably brilliant, but a trend seemed to be emerging, moving away from offering driver engagement, and instead making cars that were quicker than ever, but a lot easier to drive too. Well, the Cayman GT4 is the near-perfect way of silencing the doubter

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 200 mi
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  • 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

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    20" GT4 Alloys Painted Satin Black, Sport Chrono Package Including Porsche Track Precision App & Preparation For Lap trigger, Porsche Communication Management, Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, Carbon Fibre Centre Console Trim Cruise Control, Mobile Photo Preparation, Sound Package Plus, Online Services, Two-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Heated Seats, Passenger Foot well Storage Net, Rear Wing Supports In Black, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, 64 Litre Fuel Tank, Rear Wing Supports In Black, Alcantara & Leather GT4 Sports Steering Wheel, Two Duct Sports Exhaust System With 2 Central Tailpipes, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (PTM) With Race Track Mode, Red Brake Calipers, Electrically Adjustable & Heated Exterior Mirrors, Windscreen With Grey Top-Tint, Green-Tinted Heat-Insulating Glass.

    • Mileage: 1090 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £13,000 £13,000

    Variant name:24V ,Derivative:2.7 987 2dr ,Variant: 24V Silver, AA INSPECTED PLUS AA 3 MONTH WARRANTY, 5+ owners, 2 seats, Specification Includes, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Digital Climate Control, Full Grey Leather Interior, Cd Stereo System, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox. Value Financing Options Available, Fixed Prices., £13,000 p/x welcome

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 74770 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
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  • PORSCHE CAYMAN S ** LOW MILAGE** 2006

    £18,995 £18,995

    arctic silver metallic, metropol blue leather interior, heated seats, xenon lights, headlight wash, 19 inch Carrera s alloys, on board digital computer, sat. nav. Porsche stability management, previously sold and maintained by strasse - full service history

    • Year: 2006
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  • PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 MANUAL *LOW MILES* 2015

    £87,995 £87,995

    brilliant guards red, black leather and alcantara interior with contrasting red stitching, brushed aluminium anthracite interior pack, 918 sport bucket seats with guards red seat belts, instrument cluster dials in black, sat.nav. cruise control, auto dim mirrors with intergrated rain sensors, vehicle tracking system, 2k miles from new. one owner

    • Year: 2015
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  • Porsche Cayman |

    £44,850 £44,850

    Specification MAKE Porsche MODEL (981) Cayman COLOUR Carrera White Metallic YEAR 2016/16 MILEAGE 6500 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional One Owner Porsche (981) Cayman. Finished in Carrera White Metallic with Black Leather Hide. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Tilt Sensor, Windscreen with Top Tint, LED Daytime Running Lights, Start/Stop Function, Anti Dazzle Exterior Door Mirrors, Rain Sensor, Automatic Anti Dazzle Interior Mirror, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, DAB Radio, Electric Windows, Wheel Hub Full Crest Colour, Sports Seats Plus, Adjustable Steering Column. OPTIONAL EXTRAS PDK Automatic Transmission, 20" Carrera Wheels, Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, Mobile Phone Preparation with Bluetooth, Bose Sound Package, Sports Steering Wheel, Black Model Designation on Doors, 2 Way Electric Sports Seats Plus, Porsche Communication Management, Instrument Dials Painted White, Adjustable Front Seat Heating, Automatically Dimming Mirrors with Integrated Rain Sensor, Sports Exhaust System, Porsche Crest Embossed in Headrest, Darkened Tail Lights, Door Mirror El

    • Mileage: 44850 mi
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  • Cayman 3.4S Gen2 Manual

    £26,495 £26,495

    Cayman 987 3.4S Generation 2 (DFI Engine), 6 speed manual transmission. First registered 28/03/2009 (09-registration). Finished in Aqua Blue metallic with Ocean Blue leather interior. Supplied originally by Porsche Centre Tonbridge. An immaculate example with a particularly well preserved interior. Full invoice-supported service history by Porsche Main Agents and a respected Specialist. Servicing carried out at the following intervals:

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 39800 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche Cayman 24V 987 - 2.9

    £20,995 £20,995

    Vehicle Information PORSCHE CAYMAN 2.9 987 (GEN 2) 2009(09) 6 Speed Manual Registered 20/03/09 HISTORY: 3 owners. 32146 miles from new. FSH. MOT 18/04/2018. Full Handbook pack. 2 Keys. OWNERSHIP: Sold new by Porsche Kendal to a lady owner who kept for 6 years. The 2nd keeper from Nottingham sells the car at around 29000 miles. The last owner travels 3000 miles in 9 months before a p/x against another Lotus. SERVICE HISTORY: 16/03/11 4045m Porsche Kendal 16/01/13 6554 Porsche Kendal 26/01/15 12873 Porsche Nottingham 22/12/16 31763 Auto 2000 Porsche EXTERIOR: Finished in Guards Red the paintwork is in pretty much unblemished condition retaining a very well polished shine. The body is clear of scratches / dents and overall looks a very attractive well cared example of the marque. INTERIOR: The Black interior with Partial Leather seats are in excellent condition, free of any signs of abuse. Black carpets - fitted over mats. The interior quality remains as a testament to Porsche build standards and durability. SPECIFICATION: PARTIAL LEATHER SEATS AUTO AIR CONDITIONING 3 SPOKE SMOOTH LEATHER WHEEL 19in CARRERA S WHEELS CRESTED WHEEL CENTRES TOP TINTED SCREEN REAR PARK ASSIST CRUISE CONTR

    • Year: 2009
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