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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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    £43,993 £43,993

    Rac Approved and Inspected Top Brand Cars are pleased to offer this stunning Cayman 3.4 S PDK , It comes with a Full Porsche Service History and Porsche warranty till September 2017. in Stunning Rhodium, Metallic Silver, The Spec includes Full PCM SAT NAV, 20in Turbo Alloy Wheels, Phone prep, Full leather Heated Sports Seats, Porsche active suspension management (PASM), Sport Design steering wheel (with paddle shift), electric exterior mirrors and Bluetooth preparation.,Park assist, USB, AUX input. For full spec feel free to call our sales team. Part exchange welcome. Finance available. Debit and credit cards taken, GBP 43,993

    • Mileage: 19000 mi
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    £15,995 £15,995

    71103 miles from new, GT body styling, Quick shift gear box, 19" alloy wheels, black leather upholstery, 2 keys, 1 year MOT with NO advisories, stunning

    • Engine size: 2687
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    Porsche Cayman GTS PDK Automatic registered July 2015 finished in Agate Grey with Black Leather and Alcantara interior, 20 Inch Carrera S Alloys finished in Platinum with Full-Colour Crests, Heated Sports Seats Plus with GTS Stitched Headrests, Alcantara Sport Design Steering Wheel, Alcantara Headlining, Dash Board, PDK Selector and Door Inserts, Sport Chrono Package Plus, Sports Exhaust System, PCM Including Navigation Module and Bluetooth Phone Preparation, Cruise Control, Front and Rear Park Assist, BOSE Sound Package, DAB Radio, Speed Limit Display, Dynamic Engine Mounts, Bi-Xenon Dynamic Cornering Headlamps, Darkened Tail Lights, Blackline Exterior Trim and Badges, Stop/Start Functionality, Porsche Floor Mats. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Year: 2015
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  • Porsche Cayman 3.4 S

    £22,995 £22,995

    6 Speed Manual Black Full Black Leather Porsche PCM 2.1 DVD Satnav 19 Inch Carrera Sport Alloys With Colour Crested Centres Bi Xenon Lights With Wash Sport Seats Heated Seats Park Assist Rear Parking Sensors Ali Look Front & Side Air Intake Surrounds Ali Look Lower Door Mirror Covers Ali Handbrake & Gearshift Guards Red Seatbelts Upgrade Automatic Climate Control Airconditioning 3 Spoke Sport Steering Wheel In Smooth Leather PSM Porsche Stability Management Ali Dials Onboard Computer Single CD Windscreen Toptint Rear Wiper 2008 Model Year Full Porsche Specialist Service History Supplied with a Independent mechanical multipoint check & 1 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: 2007
    • Mileage: 24000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman 24V PDK

    £35,000 £35,000

    Body: Coupe Transmission: Semi-Automatic Mileage: 20,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2014 (14) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 2.7 Finished in: GREY WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR 18" alloys

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 20000 mi
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    £41,000 £41,000

    (63 - 2013) 325bhp 17,000 miles Aqua blue with black leather 3.4 litre "S" model 2 wheel drive 6 speed manual gearbox Air conditioning Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 3) Bluetooth Aux & Usb Jukebox Sound plus Multifunction steering wheel Heated seats Sports seats Rear parking sensors Xenon headlights 20 inch wheels 1 owner

    • Mileage: 17000 mi
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    £89,995 £89,995

    Variant name:Coupe GT4 ,Derivative:GT4 ,Variant: 3.8 GT4 981 Finished in Guards red with black leather and Alcantara interior OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR Clubsport pack to include roll cage at rear, six-point racing harness for driver’s side and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket. Six-point racing harness for passenger seat Sound pack plus PCM satellite navigation Mobile phone preparation with Bluetooth Track app DAB radio Contrast red stitching Vane supports in black Tracking system Full bucket seats Carbon Fibre interior trim Auto dimming rear view mirror Auto dimming exterior mirrors Wheels painted in Satin black Online services Guards red seat belts STANDARD FEATURES Sport chrono pack Switchable sports exhaust PASM Alcantara steering wheel Automatic black Bi Xenon headlights Automatic climate control with air conditioning Information centre Black rear branding Black exhaust tips The GT4, Porsches quickest Cayman to date and the first to have the 3.8L engine that produces 380bhp. Our stunning car is offered in exceptional condition and has covered 4800 miles. Car comes complete with the balance of a Porsche manufacturer warranty until March 2019..

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 4800 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    £46,000 £46,000

    Variant name:24V PDK ,Derivative:981 ,Variant: 24V PDK You won't see another in this colour! Beautiful, barely used six cylinder Cayman with sports exterior and luxury interior spec. Options include Special Paint, 20" Carrera S Wheels, Sports Tailpipe, PDK Gearbox, Bi-Xenon Headlights incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus ( PDSL+ ) with Dynamic High Beam, Light Design Package, Park Assist ( front & rear ), Porsche Power Steering Plus, Adaptive Sports Seats Plus ( 18 way, electric, with memory ), Multi Function Steering Wheel, Heated Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Auto-dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor, Mobile Phone Preparation. Lovely condition, on display in our showroom. Part exchange welcome, Finance available subject to status.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 1587 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
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    £27,995 £27,995

    Porsche Cayman PDK presented in Meteor Grey comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; black leather, electric heated and cooled seats with memory, heated sports steering wheel, automatic climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM3) with navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, Bose sound, extended leather, embossed headrests, cruise control, automatic dimming mirrors, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), rear park assist, top tint on windscreen, Bi-Xenon headlights with adaptive cornering, rain sensor, vehicle tracking system and 19" Sport Design alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. We are a respected Porsche specialist with full Porsche workshop facilities. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Coupe Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 34,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2011 (61) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 2.9 Finished in: Meteor Grey

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    • Mileage: 34000 mi
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    £20,500 £20,500

    09 2009 porsche cayman gen ii 2.9 - manual gearbox – covered only 52800 miles. The opportunity to purchase this beautiful 2 owner example finished in red with a black interior. The cars specification includes heated seats, a contrasting red stitching to the seats, thicker steering wheel, cruise control, on board computer, psm traction control, rear park assist, 19 inch carrera sport wheels and porsche crest wheel centres. This car has a full service history the most recent being carried out in august 2016, the car will receive our usual in house inspection and an mot test prior to sale. Rpm specialist cars is one of yorkshires leading independent porsche specialists and as you would expect every porsche that we offer for sale undergoes an extensive in house inspection prior to sale, this carried out by our team of experienced porsche technicians, we then continue our preparation to include any due vehicle service and an mot test. For added piece of mind all our cars are supplied with an extensive warranty and are hpi checked, part exchange and finance options are also available. For further information please contact andy on 01423 865602 or via email info@rpmspecialistcars.co.uk.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 52800 mi
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    £47,450 £47,450

    Specification MAKE Porsche MODEL Cayman S COLOUR Dark Blue Metallic YEAR 2015/15 MILEAGE 15000 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Porsche Cayman S. Finished in Dark Blue Metallic with Two Tone Leather Package AgateGey/Pebble Grey. ( 2016 Model ). STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti-Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, 19" Cayman S Alloy Wheels, Top Tint Windscreen, Start/Stop Function, Adjustable Steering Column, Headlight Washers, Air Conditioning, LED Daytime Running Lights, Sports Seats, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Black Seat Belts, OPTIONAL EXTRAS PCM III Navigation System, Cruise Control, Porsche Active Suspension Management, ASK Sound Package, Bi Xenon Headlights with Cornering Lights, Mobile Telephone Prep with Bluetooth, Park Assist Front and Rear with Camera, DAB Radio, Electrically Adjustable and Retractable Exterior Mirrors, Sports Steering Wheel with Paddleshift, Leather Package, Auto Dimming Mirrors, Rain Sensing Wipers, TRANSMISSION PDK Gearbox ENGINE CAPACITY 3436 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 325 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 190 WARRANTY Supplied with the balance of the manufactur

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    £32,750 £32,750

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    • Mileage: 47000 mi
    • Engine size: 2706
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    £15,995 £15,995

    2007 Porsche Cayman S Tiptronic;;*October 07 / 57;*Basalt Black Metallic;*Black Leather;*94,000 miles;*19'' Carrera S Alloy Wheels;*PCM with Satellite Navigation;*BOSE Sound;*Digital Climate Control;*Rear Park Assist;*CD Muli-changer;*Full Service History;*2 Keys;*3 Months Warranty;;GBP 15995;

    • Mileage: 94000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.387
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    £17,250 £17,250

    2008 Porsche Cayman 2.7 manual - covered only 47360 miles. The opportunity to purchase a lovely example finished in black with black interior. This is a uk car originally supplied by Porsche centre reading in January 2008. The cars specification includes cdr 24 head unit, air conditioning, seat heating, 19 inch alloy wheels, Porsche wheel crests and a Carnewal GT sports exhaust. This car has a full service history to date and will undergo a major service, brake fluid change and be supplied with a full mot prior sale, all of which will be carried out by ourselves. Rpm specialist cars is one of Yorkshires leading independent Porsche specialists and as you would expect every Porsche that we offer for sale undergoes an extensive in house inspection prior to sale, this carried out by our team of experienced Porsche technicians, we then continue our preparation to include any due vehicle service and an mot test. For added piece of mind all our cars are supplied with an extensive warranty and are Hpi checked, part exchange and finance options are also available. For further information please contact Andy or Nick on 01423 865602 or via email info@rpmspecialistcars.co.uk.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 47360 mi
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    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 2 mi
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    £36,995 £36,995

    Variant: Cayman Porsche Cayman finished in white with black leather interior Specification includes Driver/Passenger Seat Height Adjustment, Driver Information System, Cruise-Control, Heated Seats, Power-Assisted Steering, Rev Counter, Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Satellite Navigation, Radio/CD/MP3, All Round Tinted Glass, Front Fog Lamps, Heated Washer Jets, Electric/Heated Door Mirrors, Daytime Running Lights Exterior Lighting, Body Coloured Bumpers, Design Pack Inc. Sports Exhaust System, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Front Electric Windows, Front Head Restraints, Driver Electric Seat With Lumbar Support, Heated Rear Screen, Heated Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Cup Holder, Centre Console, Gear Knob Leather, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Electronic Stability Programme, Front Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 19In Boxster S Alloy Wheels, Self Sealing Mobility Tyre Tyre Repair Kit and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 18370 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman 2.7 PDK

    £39,995 £39,995

    PDK Doppelpunkt Semi Automatic Gearbox Basalt Black Metallic Full Extended Carrera Red Natural Leather To Seats Doors And Dash Porsche PCM 3.0 Touchscreen Satnav With Universal Audio Interface & Bluetooth Phone Connectivity In Dash CD Changer 20 Inch Bi Colour Carrera Classic Alloys Bose Sound Sport Design Steering Wheel With Paddleshift In Smooth Leather Bi Xenon PDLS Dynamic Cornering Light With Wash Heated Seats Cruise Control Front And Rear Park Assist Lower Centre Console In Exterior Body Colour Central Dash And Door Trim In Exterior Body Colour Crest Embossed Lower Storage Bin In Extended Leather Electric Folding Mirrors Red Brake Callipers Climate Control Aircondioning Electric Folding Mirrors PSM Porsche Stability Management Start Stop Function Auto Lights Onboard Computer Windscreen Toptint One Owner Car With 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

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 10900 mi
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