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Looking for 718 Porsche Cayman S

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Looking for 718 Porsche Cayman S

Paging @booblehead since it's your expertise haha. Doing some research first before looking to buy after November. I want to get a 981 Cayman, preferably S if I can find one in the budget. Just want your knowledge to see what I should be expecting in terms of price. It seems like Ontario has cheaper prices than BC so I may pick one up from Ontario and ship it over if it's worth it. What price range should I be looking at. I see a few hovering at 65-70k for the S and $10k less for the regular Cayman. I prefer to keep it below 60k unless there's a crazy good deal. Also, is the S justifiable better for the extra $10k? Also when is a good time to buy these cars as well?

2014 Porsche Cayman
2014 Porsche Cayman S

I like these two since it seems to have the nice options like PASM, PDK and Sport Chrono but want to talk down the price.
2015 Porsche Cayman S
2014 Porsche Cayman S

I was planning on getting a Civic Type R and still have my deposit down for 2019, but more I think about buying a weekend car, the more I want a Porsche. Help me out here haha.
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You were thinking of buying a Civic Type-R but have now moved on to a Cayman S???

First off, even the 3-4 year old Cayman S is still more expensive than a brand new Civic Type-R.

Secondly, the Porsche probably cost around $90k+ new...despite the fact that you may be paying $60-70k for it (which, TBH, is really not much depreciation meaning not a great deal for the used buyer), is still going to have maintenance and repair costs of a $90k vehicle
Civic will cost way less to buy and own. Civic also will have warranty on it being a brand new car while a 2014-2015 Porsche is just coming to the end of its warranty.

Of course no one is going to mistake that gawd-awful-looking monstrosity that is the Type-R, for a Porsche. And no one is going to think of the Porsche as "still a just a Honda" lol. But I suspect a cost of ownership over 4-5 years, the Porsche will end up being around double what the Civic costs.

I mean if you're comfortable with the costs, then by all means the Porsche is way better and doesn't look horrid either. But just saying it's a strange leap from a Civic (Type-R or not) to a Cayman S (a few years old or not).
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ES_Revenge wrote:
Nov 5th, 2018 9:48 pm
You were thinking of buying a Civic Type-R but have now moved on to a Cayman S???

First off, even the 3-4 year old Cayman S is still more expensive than a brand new Civic Type-R.

Secondly, the Porsche probably cost around $90k+ new...despite the fact that you may be paying $60-70k for it (which, TBH, is really not much depreciation meaning not a great deal for the used buyer), is still going to have maintenance and repair costs of a $90k vehicle
Civic will cost way less to buy and own. Civic also will have warranty on it being a brand new car while a 2014-2015 Porsche is just coming to the end of its warranty.

Of course no one is going to mistake that gawd-awful-looking monstrosity that is the Type-R, for a Porsche. And no one is going to think of the Porsche as "still a just a Honda" lol. But I suspect a cost of ownership over 4-5 years, the Porsche will end up being around double what the Civic costs.

I mean if you're comfortable with the costs, then by all means the Porsche is way better and doesn't look horrid either. But just saying it's a strange leap from a Civic (Type-R or not) to a Cayman S (a few years old or not).
I totally get where you're getting at. I'm used to paying high maintenance cost as I had a BMW E90 335i that I passed to my brother. Good luck to him LOL. I also know I'll probably end up spending double on the Porsche in terms of ownership compared to the CTR, but the Porsche just gives a different driving experience that makes you smile. The CTR does the same but just not as enjoyable as the Porsche. I'm also prepared to do all the maintenance at a Porsche dealer too to have the service records to keep resale value high just in case I want to sell later. I found out some people here in Vancouver would drive down to Porsche Bellevue as it's much cheaper than the two dealers here.

The change also comes from if I really want a FWD car. I had RWD and AWD that drives really well. I had a S2000 before and quite enjoyed that car even though I think it's overrated for what it is so I'm hoping the Porsche will bring the excitement back. It's also a bit of peer pressure as well as some of my friends say I should try out other cars since I already had a Honda before.
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Do it!!!

Cayman drives so good, definitely have a paper trail for maint., although it's not absolutely necessary to have work done at the dealer as long as the shop is reputable (specialist with Porches etc.) would be sufficient. That's what I do for mine. Pfaff wants $550+tax to do an oil change so I go to Speed Star instead and pay almost half that while maint. a paper trail.
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EP32k2 wrote:
Nov 5th, 2018 11:57 pm
Do it!!!

Cayman drives so good, definitely have a paper trail for maint., although it's not absolutely necessary to have work done at the dealer as long as the shop is reputable (specialist with Porches etc.) would be sufficient. That's what I do for mine. Pfaff wants $550+tax to do an oil change so I go to Speed Star instead and pay almost half that while maint. a paper trail.
Is the S worth the extra premium you think?
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bomber17 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2018 12:50 am
Is the S worth the extra premium you think?
Test drive both and see what you're happy with. Power is nice to have and definitely a requirement for me for a toy. I never understood the S2000, it lacked the looks and it drove ok but the engine (AP1) was just pure shit till 6000rpm. AP1 addressed the lack of torque but still a pretty meh experience which really shows how many owners those cars go through.
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EP32k2 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2018 1:30 am
Test drive both and see what you're happy with. Power is nice to have and definitely a requirement for me for a toy. I never understood the S2000, it lacked the looks and it drove ok but the engine (AP1) was just pure shit till 6000rpm. AP2 addressed the lack of torque but still a pretty meh experience which really shows how many owners those cars go through.
Totally agree with what you're saying about the S2000. Even though I had an AP2, it just didn't give me the same enjoyment as what other people would lead me to believe in. Completely overrated even after the vtec crossover. I would even say an Integra Type R is more fun to drive than the S2000 which led me to the CTR but even then, I think I'm done with Honda. Just don't want to be disappointed. I've always been around cars with 300+ hp so probably gonna try and make the S work, but gonna test drive both and see if the base cayman can hold its own.
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bomber17 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2018 1:49 am
Totally agree with what you're saying about the S2000. Even though I had an AP2, it just didn't give me the same enjoyment as what other people would lead me to believe in. Completely overrated even after the vtec crossover. I would even say an Integra Type R is more fun to drive than the S2000 which led me to the CTR but even then, I think I'm done with Honda. Just don't want to be disappointed. I've always been around cars with 300+ hp so probably gonna try and make the S work, but gonna test drive both and see if the base cayman can hold its own.
Guess it boils down to how much you want out of the car. Even a base cayman is a great car to drive, it's just so balanced. And yes ITR is more exciting to drive than the S2000 and way more exciting than the current CTR. As far as reliability is concerned, P-cars are extremely good. They are designed to be driven and tons of them out there with loads of miles. Good luck with the search!
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bomber17 wrote:
Nov 5th, 2018 10:11 pm
I totally get where you're getting at. I'm used to paying high maintenance cost as I had a BMW E90 335i that I passed to my brother. Good luck to him LOL. I also know I'll probably end up spending double on the Porsche in terms of ownership compared to the CTR, but the Porsche just gives a different driving experience that makes you smile. The CTR does the same
I think you're confused. The Porsche makes you smile, the Civic makes you want to be ill, it look so bad! :lol:
bomber17 wrote:
Nov 5th, 2018 10:11 pm
The change also comes from if I really want a FWD car. I had RWD and AWD that drives really well. I had a S2000 before and quite enjoyed that car even though I think it's overrated for what it is so I'm hoping the Porsche will bring the excitement back. It's also a bit of peer pressure as well as some of my friends say I should try out other cars since I already had a Honda before.
I've been saying that about the S2000 since the day the car came out. It's a nonsensemobile for the regular road, unless your idea of regular driving is shifting above 6000rpm all the time. Great for a track car perhaps but otherwise it's slow like Coslowla, costs a lot (due to fanboy demand), and has the practicality of any barchetta, which is next to none. If money is not an issue, def. stick with the Porsche. I'm sure there's some Honda fanboy that's going to tell you "Nah bro, you should get the Type-R and spend all the rest of the money on mods to make it hella fast...bro!" :lol: But I mean if you're not a teenager or anywhere close anymore, the Porsche is what you want to be buying.
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hello99 wrote:
Nov 6th, 2018 6:55 am
What will a brake job cost on this?
More than you can afford pal.
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hello99 wrote:
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What will a brake job cost on this?
about three fifty.

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the one selling for $70K @ Brian Jessel is very pricey for 2014. Brand new back then was around $87,000 and 5 model yrs later is now asking for $70,000. The markup is absolutely huge by the dealer, probably $25K. As far as getting factory extended warranty, I don't believe you can get this at all as only the orig. owner can buy. But If you still want factory extended warranty, you would have to buy from Porsche CPO dealer which would be priced probably higher still.

If I were to get a Cayman, I would rather save up and buy new. I understand we would be talking about different era of Cayman 918 vs 718 .... at least I am not overpaying excessively on this 5 yrs old car, IMO.
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Get the base model and live the life... of regret. Get the S and don't look back. The extra power is easily worth it.
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I have nothing to add other than BUY THE PORSCHE!!... dear lord. Civic and Porsche should never be crossed shopped. If i didn't have a wife and two kids I would have a Porsche... been dreaming of owning one for damn near 30 years. Maybe when i retire.

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