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I know that besides the Macan, the 718 is the cheapest car in the Porsche lineup. So my question is that for owners with much more expensive Porsches, do they respect 718 ownership (in general) or do they think our cars are inferior in some way? I passed a couple of very nice 911s in the last week, gave a friendly wave and got nothing in return. Just curious...
 

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There are a number of threads/subthreats on this topic somewhere on this forum. Can't put my finger on them at the moment, but with a little searching you will find your answer. Maybe some newer members will have a different perspective and will update those older inputs. Locally, I've been to a couple of Porsche breakfast gatherings and it doesn't really seem to matter what you drive, only that it is a Porsche.
 

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Just FYI, one of our former contributors eventually moved on to a GT2 RS and indicated that he felt shunned at a cars and coffee gathering. So, a thumbs up is not necessarily guaranteed regardless of which Porsche you drive. You shouldn't really care either, as long as you enjoy your car because that is all that matters.
 

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I think when the 718 cars first came on the scene there was maybe a little bit of fear and negativity towards the future of the Boxster and Cayman. Now that they've been around for a few years and are really freaking good I think most of the haters have been won over. Most Porsche people I know (and others who just really like sports cars), once they actually get to drive or ride in a 718 car come away very impressed and have very positive reactions.
 

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If it had a flat six in it, people would like it even if it cost 20 grand. That's the problem.
I've had a few comments about the 4 pot. Most say the 718 is a fine car, but...it doesn't sound like the 6. I don't think any of them have driven the 718. No sense on going on about this here since it has been covered extensively in previous threads. Can someone find those threads?
 

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I've had a few comments about the 4 pot. Most say the 718 is a fine car, but...it doesn't sound like the 6. I don't think any of them have driven the 718.
I've had some 987 and 981 owners at the track comment or ask about how much torque it has. Clearly my little 2.0L made an impression :)
 

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I have almost no interaction with other Porsche owners. I wouldn't notice, but I wouldn't care either. What I do notice is that other people seem to like it a lot. And I love driving it. If other Porsche owners don't like it that is their loss.
 

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People are people. Some are best described with words from the first letter of the alphabet. It doesn't matter whether they own Porsches or not. The ones that buy them just for the prestige of the marque will be more likely to "look down" than those that buy them solely for what they offer a driver. That's how I look at it.

I feel lucky to own one. That's what matters most to me.
 

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I passed a couple of very nice 911s in the last week, gave a friendly wave and got nothing in return
Dude, the piddly ass 718 s/gts has smoked so many current and past 911's that cost a zillion. Think about it. It is 9 seconds faster than a 997 turbo on the nurberring. If you did not get a wave, that is just out of sheer jealousy.. :) A 911 is always bought for prestige, lineage, history, aura, iconic looks etc but the humble cayman always gets the best drivers car award in all reviews.
 

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Yo OP I echo what most people here are saying. I got my Cayman for what it is - mid engined, torguey sports car that fits all occasions. A 911 once waved at me and I waved back. People are people. Most important we enjoy what we have!
 

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Just FYI, one of our former contributors eventually moved on to a GT2 RS and indicated that he felt shunned at a cars and coffee gathering. So, a thumbs up is not necessarily guaranteed regardless of which Porsche you drive. You shouldn't really care either, as long as you enjoy your car because that is all that matters.
Yes very fair point. it doesn’t bother me, I guess I was more surprised than anything. But it’s only been a couple of Porsche drivers so not a big enough sample to make any judgment.
 

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And sorry to post about a topic that has been covered here already...rookie mistake 😀
 

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And sorry to post about a topic that has been covered here already...rookie mistake 😀
LOL. I wouldn't sweat it. With over 48,000 posts on the forum, I bet half of them are redundant:ROFLMAO:
 

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LOL. I wouldn't sweat it. With over 48,000 posts on the forum, I bet half of them are redundant:ROFLMAO:

Yeah. At some point there would be nothing to post if that was the case! Lol
+1 I've never understood these people who frequent their favorite forums and get their @ss on their shoulders when they perceive someone to have posted something redundant. Some of these individuals are so angry and hostile. It's really sad. "If" it's a duplicate thread, politely point out that fact, remind people of the search feature, close the new thread if applicable, or have the mods merge the two. I'm sure I'm not telling you guys something you don't already know, but there are some real control freaks out there that run roughshod over members in their favorite forums. The civility here is a really nice feature of this place. The members are cool and the mods keep things nice without having to resort to heavy handed tactics. Kudos (y)🍻
 

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I work with someone that has a Boxster that is circa 2005. All I heard from him day in and day out is how he would never buy a 718. He also laughed at my choice of a PDK. He was happy that the 718 was made as it made his car worth $1000 more. After a couple of weeks we arrived at work together and with my car all nice and warm I gave him the keys and told him to take it on a spin with me. We headed out to some of the famous jersey jug handles and on/off ramps. The smile on his face was palpable. When we got back he was speechless. He never actually had the good grace to tell me that he was wrong although he did grant me "that PDK is fast" but I guess I knew it a couple of days later when he was on the porsche configurator configuring a new Boxster.

We will see if it translates into a purchase but its been two weeks now and he has not said a thing about his Boxster.

I also agree that a large percentage of 911 owners want the badge and the garage candy and to them we likely seem as the poor half cousin freeloaders.
Those of us, and there are many, that graduated from miatas are likely most dissapointed by the lack of the wave as that was a standard with miata drivers who are generally just a nice group of people. Although I will admit that when I went to the ND I got less waves than when I was in a NC and NB. Almost as if the ND was no longer the purist miata even though like the 718, it was in many ways better and came closer to an NA then either the NB and NC. For those non miata readers I can translate LOL

That being said I took out a 911 when doing research and yes it was a really nice car but I would take a boxster/cayman any day of the week.
 
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