kman Posted February 7, 2022 Share Posted February 7, 2022 Hi all, Forum lurker, turned recent member here! I've finally managed to get my wife's blessing (sort of) and I'm hunting for my very first Porsche. I've always really wanted a 987 (especially a Cobalt Blue/Aqua Blue Cayman). But lusting over colours/wheel combinations from a distance is as far as I've gone previously, so I've spent the last few weeks getting up to speed on what I'm really on the lookout for. I should probably mention at this point that I initially set out with a budget of around £16-17k. and that, unless I want a divorce, I'm probably not going to be able to stretch it too much. I think I've pretty much narrowed my options down to ideally either: A 987.1 3.4 Cayman S, with Hartech engine rebuild and IMS fix (ideally pre 23rd March 2006 for cheaper tax) - Definitely a manual. OR A 987.2 2.9 Cayman - Prefer a manual, but open to PDK I might be able to squeeze more out of the budget, but I think it could be hard to convince my wife to let me go over the £20K mark... So I think it might be hard to get anywhere close a 987.2 Cayman S, which is a shame as that's the no brainer car! That said the 2.9 isn't exactly a slouch. It's not going to be a daily driver, but I'm genuinely planning to hold on to this car for as long as I can keep it running - I mean how much longer are we going to be able to get a glorious flat 6 - so mileage wise I'd ideally want something 80,000 or less. Obviously, the bore scoring and IMS issues with the 987.1 do worry me - even if it not every car is impacted. That said I've read enough about the Hartech rebuilds, and I'd be interested in a gen 1 Cayman S that's already had a Hartech rebuild/IMS fix, but that narrows down my options for gen 1 cars. Plus on top of that, the road tax costs for a gen 1 3.4 Cayman S are pretty steep if it was registered on/after 23rd March 2006. I'd much rather than extra yearly £300 went towards looking after the car than the government, so that again limits the pool of cars I'm looking at. The 987.2 doesn't have any of the issues above, which is probably a reason I'd realistically only be able to afford a 2.9 at a stretch... The only real downside to the 2.9 is that it's not the 3.4. But it's pretty damn close to the performance of an '06 987.1S, and has the reliability fixes etc... The more I've looked, the more it feels like getting a base 987.2 could be the way to go, but I know they're less common so it's not easy to find one in budget. Plus I'm still dreaming of an Aqua Blue Cayman... coming to the conclusion that may be asking for too many stars to align though with my budget. Anyway, curious to hear what you guys think. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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