Beautiful and Reliable
June 3, 2018
The Cayman was an extension of Porsche's successful (and still being built) Boxster series, but, in my opinion, much more beautiful. Here in 110-degree Austin temperatures, convertibles have no value, except to allow additional heat, sound, and rainwater intrusion, so the Cayman ticks all those boxes in a positive way.
It requires a bit of effort to "saddle up", but once inside, both driver and passenger are treated to wonderfully ergonomic leather seating. I've owned almost 100 cars in my lifetime, ranging from multiple Porsches, Mercedes, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Lotus.. you name it. Hands down, this is unquestionably the best car I've owned to date, including past ownership of a 911.
Handling is flawless.. smooth-as-silk clutch takeup and tight manual shifter action, perfect, slop-free steering with just the right amount of power assist and road feedback.
And these 987 engines have a long history of bulletproof reliability. A big plus when considering the daunting Porsche service and parts costs. Also, in spite of the apparent confined access to the mid-engine compartment, most all standard service items.. belt replacement, oil and filter changes, etc. appear to be simple, DIY tasks for the average home shade tree mechanic.
All in all, in my opinion, one of the best cars on the road today, and the earlier years represent incredible bargains against their new-model brethrens's prices.