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After yearning for decades after a Porsche I finally got my baby last year. A brand spanking new 2019 Boxster Base. I love it and 7 months later and 6500 miles later ( most of the miles pure joy riding) I love it more and more. I love my PDK, love the power, love the sound and love everything about it. Not for a moment do I regret the PDK and for daily driving it is the best of both worlds. I look for errands to run and getting into that car is therapeutic

And yet I find myself wanting to expand my stable.
My 718 even as a base is a rocket but I found myself thinking that a Porsche that wasn't as fast, that needed to be really reved out before it will sing, that even at full hilt will not be crazy fast might make for a really fun weekend car in addition to my 718

So I started thinking
996 - Cheap but still major issues if IMS is not resolved - will run me 30K and more
997 - Pricey but still has some IMS and bore score issues and for a decent one will run me 45K
Also I love the mid engine platform and sometimes think 997/996/911 are over hyped - I know I am treading on dangerous ground

986 Boxster - Already have a boxster and IMS Issues
987.1 Cayman S - IMS not a significant issue but Bore score an issue - Price around 30K
987.2 Cayman or Cayman S - No bore score issues or IMS on either but perhaps a little pricey for another P car

That left me with the 987.1 Base Cayman - Minimal risk of IMS, no risk of Bore score, not overly powerful and fast, 5 gears only and so I would get to let those gears and engine really sing to me at speeds only a little above legal and most affordable - 18 - 20K

So two questions.

Will I truly get to enjoy both cars for their differences or will I in short order say to myself: Yup 718 is by far better and then get bored with the 987
Second question should I get two of the same car or should I try the rear engine 911 although at price point would need to be a 996

I know none of you can truly answer but it would be interesting especially from those who were 987 owners in the past
 

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I think @alfaguy has the perfect solution, lucky guy. I know there are a few others here whom have similar parings. If I were, I'd try to do something akin to this. But I'm not. There is a guy in my PCA chapter that has a 996 Turbo for sell at $50K or so and that is the stuff dreams are made of. I'm already living a darn good dream with my Cayman.
 

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I completely understand this point of view.

In my world, I would love to have a 356 Cabriolet/Speedster. Alas, the price of admission for these cars has too many zeros for me. Same with 911s.
I also look at 944s and 914s......some are reasonably priced and I could see myself with a 914 at some point. Or maybe a Speedster replica.
Mid-range Boxters with the IMS repaired are quite reasonable and somewhat tempting, but not quite different enough from my 718 for me.

At any rate, this is a First World Problem for me. I am lucky enough to have a nice little collection of British cars and it's fun to alternate between the Porsche and some of our more primitive vehicles.
If it's a warm sunny day, I may leave the 718 home and take out our Lotus 7 replica or one of our MGs. It's like a study in contrasts. ;)
 

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You are not crazy at all. Many of us are serious car addicts. I too long for another sports car, and have and have had several active CarGuru searches. Test drive your dream cars, more than once. I know that sounds like being a tire kicker, but driving mutliple examples of the same car will confirm whether the car is a passing fancy or really grabs you.
 

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I have a nice 2000 M roadster that is a nice and different diversion. Not a Porsche but very analog (with safety features circa 2000). BMW NA in-line 6 have their own rewards as well.
 

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I like the 987 base Caymans. They are quite a bit more raw than the 718 cars but still a lot of fun to fling around and rev out. And you will need to rev it out because they are torque deficient. If you can find one that has been well cared for definitely give it a test drive and see if it clicks with you. For the right price I might be tempted but I also know it wouldn't get nearly as much seat time as my 718 because that car is so darn good.
 

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It's not crazy to go backwards.

Along with my 718, I have four motorcycles, some modern, some retro, all different. It's often like Sophie's Choice trying to decide which one gets rolled out of the garage, but each provides its own endearing experience regardless of performance level. In motorcycling, a well-worn saying is, "it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow." First World Problem, indeed.
 

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Older cars often have more charm than current models, but they might also require more maintenance than a new car.
I owned an '89 BMW E30 320i a couple of years ago, and while the car was very charming, fun to drive and had a great sound it was by modern standards very slow, had poor comfort and daily usability and there was always something that needed fixing.
A 987 is of course a lot newer than the E30, so it should not be as big a difference, but as long as you don't expect it to do everything as well as your 718 I see no harm in sampling the charm of the older model once in a while.
 

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I keep looking from the corner of my eyes for a cheap 986 Boxster around the area I live. Sounds most people here get bitten by the same bug : )
 

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I’d be a good one to offer input except for one minor detail - I’ve hardly ever driven my wife’s 987 Boxster. We always take both cars on our little sorties. That’s why we got it.

But I can tell you this: it is a different drive than the 982. If different enough for your wants, only you can decide. It has hydraulic steering, and gives the car a different handling feel. Low speed handling is not boosted like the 982. The cabin is much less refined and makes the car seem older than it is, which lends it to a more classic Porsche experience (critics use the word “cheap”). It lacks the array of gizmoditry that cars today are laden with (which can be a benefit due to its more straightforward design), though it does have an electronic menu.

My wife prefers driving it over the 982. I think it’s quite a bit easier to drive mundanely, as the 982 always seems impatient to get to ripping up the asphalt (or maybe that’s me :unsure: ). But the 987 is a willing beast when the time comes, too.
 

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I absolutely love those.
And they're mid-engine, which is extra-cool.
The only problem is that they're so rare that everyone would know it's a fake.
The fake Speedsters are really tough to spot, even next to a real one.
It's a fake, but a good fake! With a 2.9 lt, 250 HP air cooled engine, what could be wrong with it?:cool: (Last time I'd checked, a few years ago they came with 180 HP, I wonder whether this one is a turbo... :p
 

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Occasionally, I day dream about adding a peridot Cayman R to my garage. I probably won't ever pull the trigger, but there's something obsessive in my head about the idea of being an eccentric Cayman collector and having a good example from each generation.
 

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Nice to know I am not the only one with an addiction and I definitely like the idea of not rushing it and trying various options including some of the Pre-2000 options that I had pretty much excluded.
 

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No, not crazy at all but that is not going back very far....still a 'modern car' with slight changes from today...maybe more than slight but I don't know that the 'different' experience would be enough for me to go there. Old to me is going back at least to the air cooled years...no nannies....etc...but...still, not crazy at all.
 
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