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50f on Monday? Yes please!

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I joined the Porsche club and more specifically the 718 group 2 weeks ago.

I was not at all expecting to buy when I visited the Porsche dealer for the first time ever. The experience was excellent. The salesperson assigned to me took me out in a loaded Cayman S without me having to pry or anything. It was as effortless as asking the guy at the shoe store if they have your size in the back. ****, I didn’t even ask to test drive, he asked me. I told him this car was well out of my range and I was more than likely just looking for a base Cayman. He didn’t care. Driving that car changed my car driving life. I’ve owned a couple BMWs, one very fast 335i even, and this 718 S was just a completely different animal. He scolded me when I slowed down too much before turns, encouraged me to gun it through the turns familiar to him on this common test drive route through the back country roads of Pennsylvania. Wow. It felt different.

2 weeks after that first visit I came back with my Wife to drive the base. I loved it, but knew that when it came time to make a purchase I didn’t know that I’d ever be able to say a base 2.0 could be my “dream car”. Don’t get me wrong, I think the 2.0 is all I’d ever need and amazing for my geographic location that is primarily twisty turny, not wide open straights. I would never tell anyone the 2.0 isn’t enough. These are some properass sports cars and 300 hp is plentiful on this chasis. But, I knew I’d always have the lingering thought of, “should I have gotten an S?”.

This story should have already been a lot shorter, but to skip ahead I was tempted by the most gorgeous blacked out 718 GTS on the showroom floor that just happened to be a 2018 leftover that they were more than willing to discount fairly.
Legitimately a dream come true.
Unfortunately it’s only been getting colder up here in PA and with Summer tires I’ve taken it very easy so far.
Monday is fixing to be 50* F and I am going to open this bad bitch up :) I can hardly wait. And before the comments about break in period, I’m not worried. Unlimited mile warranty for about 4.5 years total based on the deal I worked out. That gives me all the peace of mind I need.


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Welcome to the forum and your car is definitely a beauty! And 50F should be warm enough to get frisky, but let the engine and tires warm up a little. I usually like to get it to approaching its normal running temperature (for my base Cayman running in Sport mode) of about 194 degrees for both the oil and water. How many miles are already on the car? They say the first 500 are the most critical and Porsches used to have a 1,000 mile break in period, but I think it was mostly human behavior stats that made them stretch it out. Surely (I'm not calling you Shirley) the car has more than 500 miles on it. Enjoy!
thanks for the tidbit about the 500 miles. I’m currently just over 400. So I suppose I can warm it up for a good 100 over the next 3 days that we’re supposed to have upper 40s even into the 50s weather.
Also I appreciate the engine temperature info. This has more temperatures and actual precise numbers than any car I’ve owned before. I’m not even sure what they all mean hah, but I’ll certainly wait to the pass 190*. I’m a big proponent of letting the car warm up and doing some tire exercises before taking a twisty too quick.
As far as the full break in period I do think it’s mostly just legal speak. If they can get you to admit to driving crazy fun before the 1500 maybe they can void warranty. I’ve read a lot about break ins (not Porsche specifically) and most sources I would trust seem to think there’s really not all that much to it. Plus my dealer let me drive the other cars WOT and I’m sure the other sales people there encourage the same at this very high volume dealer.
Thank you for all the feedback!
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Congrats on the new car
I did a similar thing, the salesman who I have bought off before was telling me to just get the base model with a couple of tweaks and they are a heap of fun but I was worried that when I saw a higher spec model I would of been upset with myself not going the extra mile so I too went the GTS.
Yeah... the trim level logic isn’t 100% sound but buying a 2 seater sports car isn’t 100% logical either hah. The GTS truly is in a league of its own and I couldn’t understand considering an S with these things available at the price point they are. For me it was either base near stripper (under 63k msrp with options) or you may as well just go for the whole shebang and GTS it, which I did.

I wanted to buy a car I could keep forever and not justify a reason for trading it in. This is possibly the baddest street mobile on the planet and whatever else I decide to want down the road I’m just going to have to figure out how to come up with the cash & keep this.
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