TrickyDicky78 Posted March 15, 2021 Share Posted March 15, 2021 I will now tell you a little story of how important it is for buyers to do their homework and get the car they like inspected by someone whom knows what they are doing. I have always wanted a Porsche and have loved the look of the Caymans since they first arrived on the scene. Last spring I decided to take the plunge and I found one with a mountain of paperwork based in Glasgow. I am based in London. During the brief period of relaxed lockdown I flew up to Glasgow to see the car and took it for a drive. I fell in love with it and bought it. I could tell there were a few issues with the car but thought nothing drastic. The owner had paperwork about the IMS and RMS and so far no issues. I drove the car back to London in 7 hours. It was a great way to learn about the car. The day after I returned from Glasgow I took the wife out for a drive. We got about a mile from home when the clutch decided to bury itself in the floor. Turned out it was the clutch slave line. I had the car towed to a Porsche Specialist recommended to me and they carried out an inspection. It turned out, and I should have known this, that Scottish weather can really take it's toll on the underneath of a car. Although the bodywork and the inside was sublime, the underneath looked like the insides of a scrap metal van. So my purchase went from one of excitement to one of dread. I was gutted but it was my fault because I did not do my due diligence. I even contacted citizen's advice but there was not much that could be done as I didn't perform my checks. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the car has now become a little pet project and I am slowly replacing everything that needs to be replaced and I am hoping to make it a superb version of a 987.1S. So far I have done: Clutch slave line New front subframe (There was a crack in the subframe!!! Imagine how much rust caused that?!!!!!) New Front brakes and pads (backs were fine) A refurbished cat back OEM exhaust (The one on the car had 7 holes in it) New front lower arms (Luckily suspension and mounts are fine) Replaced the right hand side rear suspension subframe The above may not sound much to those that mod their cars but imagine if you just wanted to buy a car and enjoy it!!!! I did list it for a week or two after all this work but now I have driven it more I am excited to do some more work to it and drive it throughout the spring and summer and finally enjoy Porsche Ownership. Hopefully I will be able to attend the Porsche evening at the Ace Cafe. Now I am even happier I have got this off my chest. Anyway, if people are looking to buy a good car and not have this hassle, please get an inspection!!!!! Happy Driving everyone and thanks for listening. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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