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  1. Glad you got it sorted. I bet the pedal is a lot lighter now!
  2. Ours was the same. Can you see a crack in the pressure plate? https://www.flickr.com/gp/61155387@N08/KA05E1
  3. We had this exact same issue on my Son's gen 1 987S a couple of years ago, at 95K miles on the original clutch. It was a cracked pressure plate.
  4. Brave man! Well done for taking this on. What a nightmare it must be if they all snap and you can't secure the jig! Keep us posted.
  5. The cables are attached to a bracket that's bolted to the top of the gearbox. The cables clip into the bracket. Here's a picture of the bracket on the top of the gearbox. The cables clip into the U shaped slots in the bracket. http://IMG_0294 by DRH986, on Flickr I remember my cables were already ty-wrap'd to the bracket to stop them becoming disconnected, when I bought the car. The chap who bought our other 987S last year had one pop out completely recently. The AA guy popped it back in and told him it was a common problem. I'm not saying that's the problem but certainly worth double checking both the mounting bracket is securely bolted to the box and can't move around, and both cables are securely attached, before forking out for a replacement/rebuilt box.
  6. Yes, Beru are the OEM Porsche used on the 987. The design911 website displays prices excluding VAT so with delivery charge and VAT, the Beru coil packs are about £217. Carparts4less (online-only sister company to Euro Car Parts) will deliver a set of 6 Beru coil packs for about £153. I bought the Beru items from ECP a few years ago for my 987S.
  7. I just added up the maintenance costs on my 987S, which I owned for about six and a half years and about 30K miles. The total came to about £4750, which was almost all on a DIY basis so 90+% of that cost is parts. The car was well maintained but I could have spent more. Most of the parts were OEM quality but not Porsche branded. This excludes tax, MOT, insurance and non-maintenance items (e.g. Carnewall exhaust).
  8. My 981S PDK does about 26 MPG as a long term average (1 year, 3500 miles). My usage is almost entirely as a weekend fun car going to car meets or just for a drive. Got my first mini Euro trip coming up fairly soon so will see what MPG I get. 5 My 987 was about 22 MPG over more than 6 years and 30K miles. I think the 981 improvement is due to a combination of PDK (it does have some advantages!) and the DFI newer engine design. As to why I preferred my 987, I'd sum it up by saying that it is more "analogue" and raw. The 981 is too sanitised and insulated for a pure fun car. Probably great as an everyday car but a backward step for me. To illustrate the point, the wife and I took our Son's Caterham 420R out yesterday. No ABS, traction control, PASM, electronic driver aids of any sort. It's a very quick car that will leave my Cayman standing and really demands your attention all the time. But strangely, it's still fun even when you are stuck behind traffic down a country lane. Its a complete PITA getting in and out, has a really crap turning circle, virtually no ground clearance, requires earplugs and even then makes loads of noises. But it's a hoot to drive, when driving it for the sake of driving rather than as a means of transport. Whilst the 987 is much closer to the 981 than it is to the Caterham, it is more engaging as a driving machine.
  9. Are the cables secured properly in the mountings at the gearbox end? They have a tendency to come loose. Also worth checking that the mounting bracket itself is secured properly to the gearbox before pulling the box out. Sports and Classic Ltd in Cheshire appear to have a good reputation rebuilding Porsche gearboxes. On their website, they list the 987S Cayman/Boxster 2nd gear fix at £1399 +VAT (so £ 1680 inc.) if you ship the box to them or £1700 + VAT (£2040) if they remove the box. They are saying the 987 box repair is a new service. My recollection when I owned my 987 was that no-one was repairing them due to lack of parts availability so I doubt there are many places that can do it, A used box might be a cheaper option. I think the 987 6 speed boxes are less prone to 2nd gear problems than the 986 box was so I'd personally not rule out that option.
  10. The car is due a gearbox oil change at 12 years or 120K miles, whichever comes first. But I'd be surprised if that's your problem. You mentioned you did the adjustment, what did you do exactly?
  11. Pete, have a look at Revolution Porsche's website for an idea of indy costs. Never used them but they are well regarded on boxa.net. I preferred the manual box in my old 987 to the PDK in my 981. It's difficult to find a 981 manual in the spec I wanted as most are PDKs. The hydraulic steering in the 987 is much better for feel than the 1st generation electric rack in the 981. The brakes are over servo'd, I don't like the contrived pops and crackles of the 981 sports exhaust, the electric handbrake, or the looks compared with the 987. There are a couple of things I prefer, such as the PASM which is significantly better than the 1st gen implementation in my gen1 987. The tech is clearly better and it's a bit more economical (probably about 26mpg real world long term average vs about 22 on my 987). Although there's a bit more room in the cabin, It doesn't feel like there's much difference in external size when driving. The MX5 feels much lighter and more chuckable. The steering was quicker and there's a lot less grip so much easier to get the car moving around at sensible speeds. The Porsches are too heavy and have too much grip in comparison and you've got to be going pretty bonkers to exceed its limits. Having said that, the Porsche would be my choice for a Euro road trip (more boot space for a start!). Some people have put smaller wheels and tyres on the cars and although I've not tried it, I'm sure it would make them more playful and fun to drive.
  12. Pete, with a bit of luck, you probably would get away with nothing more than servicing and consumables for a few years if you start off with a good 10-20K miles car. The Major service on my 981S cost the previous owner about £1200 at an OPC in 2017. It needs a Minor this year and also air filter and auxilliary belt (iirc) so probably £750 at an OPC. If I compare DIY costs using OEM quality parts (but not Porsche supplied) then my last Major on my previous 987S cost me about £250 in parts. A set of 4 Michelin PS4S 20" tyres was about £800 and I'd expect to get 10-15 k miles from the rears and maybe double that from the fronts. Discs, pads and wear sensors all round would range from about £350 DIY to (guessing now) £1500 at an OPC. Clutch probably about the same. Difficult to put a life on discs and pads and clutches but maybe 25K front pads, 50K discs, rears a bit more. Clutch anywhere from 40 to over 100K. Porsches are great, though I did prefer my 987 over my current 981. However my son owned a Mk2 MX5 Sport years ago when I owned a 986 Boxster S and the MX5 was more fun to drive most of the time! And cost peanuts to run. Apart from the rust! Aircon condensors are prone to leaking but easy DIY if you are handy. DIY fix would be about £250, OPC probably £1200.
  13. Hi there and welcome to the forum. I'm in South Glos too and currently have a 981S, after a number of years with a Gen 1 987S. I can't really answer your questions on values and depreciation but Camerons seem to have a good reputation and I know a couple of people who've bought cars from them. I bought mine privately and would happily do again. My car has the 20" wheels with PASM and the ride is great but I haven't driven one on 20" without to compare. My old 987 had PASM with 18" wheels and this is one aspect where I do prefer the newer car as the PASM compliance and adaption to road conditions and driving style is much better. Mine is a weekend fun car but as a daily driver, I suspect I'd definitely want the PASM with 20". My wife and son had a 987S with 18" wheels and no PASM and it was noticeably stiffer than PASM on the Normal setting so I suspect the same is still true. I note you are looking at a manual, which is a big regret I have as mine is PDK. For a daily I might well prefer PDK (my daily C Class Merc is auto so I'm definitely not against them on principle) but for a fun car, it has to be manual. You mention you have looked at the 987 too. Having owned my 981 for a year, I haven't bonded with it in the way I did with the 987. While it's much more modern, it's a backward step in driver engagement in my view. The steering is lifeless (1st generation electric rack), the brakes are over- servo'd, the contrived pops and crackles from the Sports Exhaust is not my thing (but fortunately switchable) and I've already mentioned the PDK. But I'm sure I'm in a minority with these views! Anyhow, good luck in your search and hopefully I'll see you at one of the local meets!
  14. Changed two Cayman S clutches. One at 58K due to a collapsed release bearing and worn guide tube which caused a ratcheting sensation in the pedal. The other (different car) at 94K due to a cracked pressure plate. In both cases, whilst the pedal was heavier than a new clutch, there was no sign of slipping and plenty of wear left on the friction plate.
  15. I always had the highest readings when the car had been parked for a few days and was measured cold on both our 987 Caymans. As well as a difference due to the engine being hot vs cold, the measurement is very sensitive to how level the surface is that the car is parked on. Parking on my driveway which looks flat gave different readings than the garage, which I know is flat. I would only make comparisons when parked on a known level surface or in exactly the same spot on a visually level surface.
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