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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 ON SALE NOW

    £29,890 £29,890

    Porsche Cayman PDK presented in Meteor Grey comes with a full Porsche and specialist history and the following specification; Stone Grey leather, three spoke leather sports steering wheel, automatic climate control, Porsche Communication Module (PCM3) with navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, Bose sound, rear park assist, cruise control and 19" 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: 36,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2012 (12) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 2.9 Finished in: Meteor Grey Metallic

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 36000 mi
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  • Porsche 981 Cayman GT4 Coupe

    £96,995 £96,995

    2016 Porsche 981 Cayman Coupe 3.8 GT4 2DR; 6 Speed Manual Petrol with Sapphire Blue Metallic Body and Black Leather (stitching in Platinum Grey) Interior; Door Trim Package in Leather/Alcantara and Centre Console Trim in Carbon. Covered 2025 mls Only. Extras Include 18 Way Electric Adaptive Sports Seats; Dimming Mirrors with Integrated Rain Sensor; PCM inc Navigation Module; Guards Red Seat Belts, Cruise Control, Heated Seats; Sound Package Plus and 20 inch GT4 Wheels.

    • Year: 2016
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £36,990 £36,990

    Variant name:24V PDK ,Derivative:981 ,Variant: (981) PDK 2.7 Sat-Nav Big Specification Finished In Carrara White With Black Leather Interior, This Two Owner Vehicle Has Covered Just 17300 Miles And Comes With Full Porsche Main Dealer Service History, 7 Speed PDK Gearbox, PCM3 With Extended Navigation And Bluetooth Phone Modules, 20" Carrera Classic Alloy Wheels, Sports Chrono Package Plus, Sports Tailpipe, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Stop/Start Function, Three Spoke Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Universal Audio Interface, CD/Radio, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror With Rain Sensors, Carrara White Dash Trim, Front And Rear Park Assist, PSM (Traction Control), Front And Rear Fog Lamps, Power Assisted Steering, ABS Electric Windows, Electric Door Mirrors, Remote Central Door Locking, Factory Alarm/Immobiliser, HPi Checked, 12 Months Warranty

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 17000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.7
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  • Porsche Cayman "S" 3.4 pdk

    £43,000 £43,000

    (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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  • 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 24V S

    £15,000 £15,000

    Body: Coupe Transmission: Manual Mileage: 59,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2006 (06) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 3.4 Finished in: ARCTIC SILVER WITH BLACK LEATHER 19" alloys

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 59000 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £23,450 £23,450

    Climate Control, Bluetooth, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Rear Spoiler, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, CD Player, Radio, 19'' Alloys, Full service history Beautiful Cayman 2.9 finished in Carrera White with Black Leather and 19'' Sport Design Alloys.The Porsche has many options fitted including, Sport Chrono, Sports Seats and Xenon Headlamps. The Cayman has a full Porsche service history and is a fantastic car to drive.We are an RAC and Trading Standards Approved Dealer.Finance and Part Exchange are available. Please contact us for finance, we work with many companies and are able to access competitive deals.Viewing by appointment please

    • Mileage: 59844 mi
    • Engine size: 2893
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  • Porsche Cayman 24V 987 - 2.9

    £21,500 £21,500

    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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  • Porsche Cayman Reserved

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    Porsche Cayman PDK presented in Sapphire Blue Metallic comes with a full Porsche history and the following specification; grey leather, heated seats, multi-function leather steering wheel, instrument dials in black, automatic climate control, Porsche Communication Module with navigation, bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB radio, Bose sound, rear park assist, cruise control, automatic Xenon headlights, rain sensor and 20" Carrera Classic 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: 31,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2014 (63) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 2.7 Finished in: Sapphire Blue Metallic

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 31000 mi
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  • PORSCHE

    £88,495 £88,495

    THIS STUNNING PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 HAS JUST ARRIVED WITH US AT R.S VEHICLE SALES, SOURCE - This is our own personal vehicle which was purchased from a Porsche Main Dealer. CONDITION - it has been exceptionally well looked after by its 1 Previous Keeper From New. SERVICE HISTORY - This car comes freshly serviced by Porsche Swindon and also comes with Porsche Warranty Until January 2020. PRESENTATION - It looks stunning presented in Blue Sapphire Metallic and rides on 20in GT4 Alloys. It boasts the optional Extra Carbon Fibre Full Bucket Seats which in as new condition. SPECIFICATION - This Cayman GT4 has an extremely high specification including Full Bucket Seats, Clubsport Package, Cruise Control, Sound Package Plus, Electronic Air Conditioning, Smoker Package, Driver And Passenger 6 Point Harnesses, Bi-Xenon + Dynamic Cornering Lights, Bluetooth Handsfree, DAB Radio, Porsche Communication Management (PCM), 64 Litre Fuel Tank, Vane Supports In Black, Tailored GT4 Indoor Car Cover, 2 Keys Plus Much More. R.S Vehicles Sales - We offer fantastic part exchange valuations, industry leading extended warranties, and all of our vehicles are HPI clear. All cars fully prepared to a high standard and fully valeted for sale. ** PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO VIEW A CAR AS WE ARE OFTEN OUT COLLECTING NEW STOCK. ALL OF OUR CARS ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW INDOORS SO PLEASE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE WEATHER ** Family Run Business, Open 7 Days, By Appointment, GBP 88,495

    • Mileage: 7500 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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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

    £89,900 £89,900

    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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  • Porsche Cayman

    £89,900 £89,900

    Variant name:Coupe GT4 ,Derivative:GT4 ,Variant: 3.8 GT4 Rare Clubsport, Carbon Buckets Seats, Sports Chrono, PCM Sat Nav, Sound Pack Plus, Stunning Example 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 to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 7167 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 MANUAL *LOW MILES* 2015

    £93,995 £93,995

    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 2.9 PDK Gen II

    £24,900 £24,900

    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 Platinum Silver 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: 29/01/2013 - Porsche Centre Reading @ 17768 miles 12/02/2015 - Porsche Centre Hatfield @ 31452 miles 08/08/2016 - Porsche Centre Hatfield @ 50300 miles 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. Black Leather/Alcantara PCM 3 - Touchscreen Sat Nav Sports Steering Wheel with Paddleshift Bluetooth Phone Prep Upgraded Sound Pack USB Audio Interface 18" Cayman S II Alloys with Porsche Crests PSM On-Board Computer Air Conditioning Only 2 Owners from New.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 54880 mi
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  • Porsche Cayman

    £41,990 £41,990

    Variant name:24V S PDK ,Derivative:981 ,Variant: (981) 3.4S PDK Sat- Nav Sports Exhaust Finished In Basalt Black Metallic With Full Black Leather Interior, First Registered 07/08/2013, 7 Speed PDK Gearbox, PCM With Extended Satellite Navigation And Bluetooth Phone Prep, 20" Carrera Classic Alloys, Sport Design Steering Wheel With Paddle Shift, Switchable Sports Exhaust System, Sports Mode, Air-Conditioning, Hardback Sports Seats, Xenon Headlamps, Bose Sound System, CD/Radio With Audio Interface, Front And Rear Park Assist, Daytime Running Lights, Stop/Start Mode, Front And Rear Fog Lamps, Power Assisted Steering, ABS, Electric Windows, Electric Door Mirrors, Remote Central Locking, Factory Alarm/Immobiliser, HPi Checked, 12 Months Warranty

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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