Cayman Diaries: Update…

A short update to the Cayman running report. Not a lot to add though, with no news being great news!!

The Boxster is now sold so I’m back to just the one car again!

This Cayman is an awesome bit of kit – it really is great. I don’t know if its the colour or the shape, but it gets loads more attention than the Boxster. So far that’s just been a good thing! I deliberately chose a more subtle hue for the Boxster but red suits the Cayman so well I think. And I love bright coloured cars.

I’ve had some work done on the house lately, and all the tradesmen have commented on it – at length. Kids in the area absolutely love it, thumbs up and head turns a plenty – one lad the other day pointed and shouted “Wow, Porsche!!” with his mouth so wide I thought he was going to eat it!!  I’ve just been to the local tip, being a quiet day all the staff stared on, beaming with smiles asking what model is was and were looking around it. Happy days!

Driving the car is spot on – averaging 28.7mpg so far for all motorway and local journeys thus far. Despite being mainly motorways in terms of mileage, my average speed is still only 36mph!  The 2.7 engine is plenty for me, giving me lots of smiles whenever I put my foot down.

Cruise control is superb – and in our speed obsessed nation will do my licence the world of good. On quiet drives, or long motorway stretches in the late evening I can just hit the cruise button at the speed limit and happily let the cars computer drive for me.

My lady also prefers this car to the Boxster, finding it easier to drive and more comfortable than the 986. It definitely feels better well made than the 986 (although granted my 986 had done 96,000 miles and was nearly 8 years old!), but the 987 (“c”) feels more Audi-like inside, a bit more dependable. I hope!

A mate of mine was disappointed with the Boxster interior when I bought it 3 years ago. He wasn’t expecting much when I pulled up in the Cayman but he was completely blown away by the difference in terms of the interior and the extra oomph from the new 2.7 engines. It’s made him a big fan again!

Have to say though that I don’t think Bose is worth the money and I agree with others that it does sound a bit artificial. If I was buying new, I’d spec the middle option rather than the top spec Bose stuff, as the basic stereo does get a bit breathless with bass at higher volumes. Still, it was an added bonus, so can’t complain – and the surround sound can be switched off if you want.

That’s about it for now. Still got my eye on some Cayman S wheels, but with the current economic climate I’m keeping a bit of money in the bank now in case my job vanishes from under me.

The only downside is that today I’ve noticed Mr and Mrs Stone-chip have taken stage left on my front bumper. So a couple of big primer white teeth are now staring back at me every time I look at the front. Will have a think about how best to get them touched in.

That’s it for now – happy motoring!!

Cayman Diaries: The Porsche Cayman Diaries

I thought I’d start a running report on my new car, although I’m hoping there won’t be much to report other than servicing and pictures of various outings!.

Vital Stats:
Guards Red 2.7, 2006 56 Reg.
Just had minor service and all the other bits that Porsche require to put it on the forecourt as an approved used car (£1200!).
12 month warranty.
Extras include Bose, heated leather seats, Cruise control.

I still have my Boxster, so we took them both out for a few evening-shots at a local park. 🙂

Cayman and Boxster

Cayman and Boxster

Cayman and Boxster

Cayman and Boxster

Purchased from Newcastle OPC (Official Porsche Centre) and I was very impressed with the service. The salesman (Andy) was very helpful and not at all pushy. Buying from a main Porsche dealer is certainly a great experience, albeit an expensive one!. Despite buying what was probably the cheapest car in the showroom, there was no hint of elitism and was treated with the same courtesy as everyone else. We agreed a price after several hours and off I went. The salesman also recommend a fantastic local pub for some dinner on our way home which both me and the lady thoroughly enjoyed before the long journey back home.

On collection, 1 week later I handed the forms and was taken to the car. I was shown all the documentation and how to operate all the functions of the car. I was asked to inspect the condition of the car and the valet and confirm that I was happy with the presentation of the vehicle.

Whilst I was there, a guy came in with his son looking at the various cars. They spied a 996 near where I was sat and the lad was excitedly looking at it. One of the sales reps went over. I overheard the Dad saying to the salesman “I’m not a rich man, I don’t have lots of money to buy these but this is … fantastic. This would be it for me. I imagine everyone buying one of your cars just hands over a pile of money and on they go.”. The salesman told him that lots of different people buy Porsche’s and proceeded to show the man around the car and let his kid sit in it etc before they went on there way – child beaming from ear to ear.

On a reflective moment, this reminded me that owning a Porsche is indeed something very special, and many people really do aspire to own one. It was also a good example of the mystique of the marque in terms of affordability; the assumption being that Porsche = man with lots of cash. Quite the contrary in my case! I’m a regular chap with a regular job which pays quite well. I’m lucky enough to be able spend my disposable income on these great cars and felt very fortunate to be sat in the “deal signing” seat that day.

Free stuff
Here is a picture of the freebies I got on collection day (click on the picture for a bigger size)!

Cayman goodies

Cayman goodies

That’s a Porsche t-shirt, cap, 2x mugs, 2x tie pins, service books, spare key.

Driving Home
On the long journey home from Newcastle I had a grin attached to my face pretty much the whole way home. I was in my new car, the model I’d wanted and the purchase had been a great experience. Glancing in the rear view mirror I could see my Boxster following – piloted by my lovely lady. Does life get much better than this?! We overtook a 911 who was tootling along in the middle lane. As we passed him, he picked up the pace and joined our little convoy! For about 5 miles, we had a Porsche trail. Cayman, Boxster, 911 – all in different colours – quite a sight I’m sure!
We eventually pulled off our junction and the 911 overtook us, I glanced over and could see the occupants smiling. Great stuff!!

No costs as yet (hopefully that’s how it will stay!). Future plans are only for 18″ Cayman wheels when I get a few spare pennies. I quite like the 17″s though, so it won’t be an urgent change.
Also a trip to a professional car detailer next year to give it a good scrub.

Cayman and Boxster

Tails Up!

Initial thoughts
I love it!! The 987 seems much better screwed together than the 986, and the ergonomics of the driving position are much better for us tallies Everything fits perfectly, and I love the ambience of the white/cool blue lights at night-time.
Driving is fabulous – the engine/exhaust note is lurrrrrvely and the new 2.7 engines feel more open and responsive.

Very special place to be. Happy dappy doo!!! Could be a keeper this one if it behaves….