Amado

Cayman 2008 automatic reliability

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Dears,

 

I am new to the forum and Caymans. I would appreciate feedback from you experienced Cayman owners. I found a 2008 automatic base model that sells for 11k$, it's done 60,000 miles. I am reading mixed reviews about the reliability of these cars, some say 2008 models don't suffer much from the IMS bearing issue, but the thing is here is quite hot most of the year so I wonder how that has affected the car. I think Porsche Caymans have the best handling which what I am looking for, and there are not much available used Cayman's in the market here.... I appreciate your advice! thanks.

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Hi Amado. welcome on board. If this Cayman is a 2.7 and been well looked after and serviced there should be no worries. the M97 varicam engine has less IMS or RMS issues than the M96 engine and only the horror stories get aired. the thousands of happy owners with reliable cars don't complain and you never hear from them. I've heard that the switch shift auto boxes are a bit soft for a true sports car but that doesnt make then unreliable. 3.4s engines are more prone to cylinder liners cracking up, called de-chunking, bigger bores mean a thinner liner. strangely enough it appears that engines that are warmed up correctly then thrashed to within an inch of their lives don't suffer as much as an engine that is kept in low revs only. A big puff of blue smoke every time you hit the loud pedal from tickover idle is a telltale sign, don't worry about a smokey puff on startup, most flat or boxer engines do this as unlike a straight or vee engines the residue oil will not drain back into the sump and gets swept into the combustion chamber with the first piston movement. hope this helps good luck with your car search.

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Very interesting Bushman. I was a little concerned re a slight puff of smoke on start up after being stood idle, thankfully I have no other smoking issues other than roll ups ! Cheers 

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I've never heard of a 3.4-litre M97 engine D-chunking (not de-chunking - it's call D-chunking because the 'chunk' of liner that breaks off is often in the shape of a 'D'). D-chunking is much more an issue for earlier M96 engines.

 

That said, what the 3.4 does suffer from is bore scoring..

 

In any case, the 2.7-litre 987 Cayman is generally reliable and has the final, larger IMS bearing which rarely fails. It also isn't much of a worry re bore scoring, so it's about as safe a bet as any M96/7 Porsche can be.

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Thanks, I bought the car, it's not very well maintained, a lot of wear and tear. But the one thing that worries me is the sound of TUKK on accelerating from idle, someone told me it might be the gas filter or valves because the car was parked for one year without moving, any ideas?

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