Any PHer who drove a Porsche Cayman for the first time and didn't instantly crave another hit is on the wrong website. Unsurprisingly, I was rather enamoured by the Cayman recently, even if it is a far better
car than I am driver.
Ever since I've been pensively coursing the PH Classifieds, deliberating on wheel size, S v non-S, colour and options for when I can afford a Cayman. Which will probably be when the fuel has run out.
Or maybe not if I take a punt on something really risky, like this 2006 S. Any Cayman at less than £15K sounds off the warning buzzers, usually as there's a 'Cat D' sneaked into the description somewhere. But this one is straight, and for sale at £11,950.
It shouldn't take much to deduce that it's the miles on YJ06OOG that have dropped it to three grand less than any other Cayman. It's recorded 149,000 of them since 2006, an average of just over 21,000 a year. Usually working out a mean mileage makes the total more palatable, but that odo reading is very hefty either way.
Having said that, there's plenty positive to discuss. This one-owner Cayman S had only ever been serviced at OPCs (seven Porsche services must have racked up the bills) with the most recent one 3,000 miles ago and there's an MOT until July.
The spec is even decent. The wheels are standard 18s and look in respectable nick, plus the interior hasn't suffered unduly either.
The numberplate also looks a bit ropey, and everything will of course be rather more worn than any comparable car. How much so will only be revealed on a test drive, but that gigantic price saving creates a healthy kitty for replacement parts or upgrades.
A glance through our Cayman buying guide may give you the willies over intermediary shaft, rear main seal and bore scoring issues. But with this car, the required work must have been undertaken by now. And if the tell-tale signs are evident, walk away.
With a Cayman as unique as this, you're really rather on your own though, as with the 182,000-mile 350Z. Maintenance will never be cheap with a Porsche, but our optimistic side sees some huge potential. Nothing ventured, nothing gained after all...