2008 Porsche Cayman
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Cayman S 2008

by from NY State on March 20, 2009

Eventhough the Porsche 911 has experienced longevity and worldwide success, the Cayman S is truly the modern sportscar. The German engineering behind the vehicle is very apparent and it is so good, it...
Eventhough the Porsche 911 has experienced longevity and worldwide success, the Cayman S is truly the modern sportscar. The German engineering behind the vehicle is very apparent and it is so good, it can make an average driver look talented behind the wheel. If you know how to drive fast, there is no other vehicle like it. The Cayman S is reasonably priced (compared to others out there), comfortable on long journeys and very discreet in appearance. You will be impressed with what this car can really do and all this while happily smiling away. Room for improvement? I would increase horsepower and further lower the centre of gravity. As for road holding, this car is awesome. At home either down town or on the highway, her true pedigree shines out on a twisting country or mountain road.
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What is there not to love...

by from Los Angeles, CA on October 3, 2011

What I love the most is everyone points at my Porsche as if they've never seen a Cayman. It's responsive and it's the new love of my life. I have a smile on my face every time I'm near my Porsche. I d...
What I love the most is everyone points at my Porsche as if they've never seen a Cayman. It's responsive and it's the new love of my life. I have a smile on my face every time I'm near my Porsche. I didn't buy it to take the kids to practice or carpool. I bought this piece of art, because it makes me happy. Work to Live, not live to work; Live Life...
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Awesome Car to Drive but Worrisome to Own

by from IL on March 17, 2013

Instant power on demand, surgical precision steering, comfortable daily car, exciting car when pushed, nice rumble sound in and outside the car. However, the generation 1 Cayman has several designed ...
Instant power on demand, surgical precision steering, comfortable daily car, exciting car when pushed, nice rumble sound in and outside the car. However, the generation 1 Cayman has several designed flaws, some can cause catastrophic failure with little to no warning. Those things can constantly nag you in the back of your head - and can reduce the joy of owning one. - IMS (Intermediate Shaft) Failure. A design flaw that when it fails, a new engine is needed. Porsche rectified this by not having an IMS in Gen II Cayman. - RMS (Rear Main Seal) Failure. The broken seal is not so much of an issue, the problem is that it leads to the IMS failure - Cracked piston. A design flaw with porous engine head. - Water and Oil Separator failure. Apparently this can fail often. And when it fails, the tail pipe will belch out a massive amount of smoke. I am not sure on the damage to the engine when this thing fails. Another thing to worry about. - Water pump failure. This can fail even with just 5K miles on the odometer. When it fails, it will leave you stranded. You don't have this kind of problem with a BMW, Lexus, or Infinity. Just another thing that nags you in the back of your head.
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Handles Like It's On Rails

by from Columbus,Ohio on November 9, 2008

A dream car that came true. Mine has the Tiptronic transmission and find it very satisfying. My wife and I enjoy looking for twisty roads to experience the superb handling. Put's a smile on my face e...
A dream car that came true. Mine has the Tiptronic transmission and find it very satisfying. My wife and I enjoy looking for twisty roads to experience the superb handling. Put's a smile on my face every time we're out.
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THE BEST EVER

by from on November 22, 2008

I just bought it last month and it is just superb. The engine is good, interiors are superb, very comfortable and the best overall.
I just bought it last month and it is just superb. The engine is good, interiors are superb, very comfortable and the best overall.
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Most fun car I have owned

by from Algonquin, IL on May 28, 2012

The Caymen 2008 Special Design Edition has superior cornering ability as even compared to Porsche flag ship of sport's car, the 911. It makes even an average driver look very good. The Caymen can be s...
The Caymen 2008 Special Design Edition has superior cornering ability as even compared to Porsche flag ship of sport's car, the 911. It makes even an average driver look very good. The Caymen can be safely described as a car on rails. An exhilarating driving experience.
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Early Anecdotes On A Great Sports Car

by from Santa Cruz Mountains, CA on July 3, 2013

My red Cayman S purchase was a private transaction. It was only 24K on a 2008, but I still ran CARFAX and had the Porsche dealer check it out. Interestingly, a lot of Porsche's are only driven at week...
My red Cayman S purchase was a private transaction. It was only 24K on a 2008, but I still ran CARFAX and had the Porsche dealer check it out. Interestingly, a lot of Porsche's are only driven at weekends. That seems a waste to me. The only major mod was after market sport springs that stiffened up the ride a bit and made getting in and out more of a work out. The performance is excellent. The car runs like is in on rails. Realistically, you aren't going to push the CS to its handling limits on public roads. I live in the mountains with plenty of corners to play with. Steering is very precise. Clutch and manual shift are easy to get right. Engine response is smooth across the range. I miss not having either BT or a MP3 player interface, but the engine sound puts a smile on my face in the morniing. So if you want a fun car that isn't a crazy price, then this is a good bet. I used to own a Miata - That was fun too!
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Beautiful

by from Orlando, FL on August 15, 2008

This car is incredible...truly! I looked at a bunch of different brands, GT500, C6 (vette), Challenger, and although the HP is less than the above, this car is soooo light, that the HP / Weight ratio ...
This car is incredible...truly! I looked at a bunch of different brands, GT500, C6 (vette), Challenger, and although the HP is less than the above, this car is soooo light, that the HP / Weight ratio has to be close to the others. It is a little rocket, and a blast to drive.
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2 weeks in and love it.

by from Knoxville, TN on February 16, 2015

Like many I dreamed of a 911 and really wanted the 89-93 body style for its classic lines and reliabiltiy. However from a comfort and driveability once I started driving the Cayman it seemed like an e...
Like many I dreamed of a 911 and really wanted the 89-93 body style for its classic lines and reliabiltiy. However from a comfort and driveability once I started driving the Cayman it seemed like an easy choice. Nothing against the 911 the comfort, ride, and overall performance seemed to be just what I needed for my first sports car. And after just 2 weeks it will will not be my last. I found a one owner 2008 with 34K on it and its solid. Paid some good money for paint restoration and c quartz finish and it looks new. Cannot belive how it holds the road in the Tennessee Mountains!
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Cayman

by from Virginia on May 13, 2011

Great car. Excellent interior and exterior. Best driving sports car I have owned. Highly recommended.
Great car. Excellent interior and exterior. Best driving sports car I have owned. Highly recommended.
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