What used Porsche Cayman coupe will I get for my budget?
You can find early cars hovering around the £9500 mark, but these will either have problems or galactic mileage. As a general rule, there is nothing more expensive than a cheap Porsche, so you will be much better off stretching the budget to £16,000 or more, as this will improve your choice of tidy 40,000 to 50,000-mile 3.4-litre Cayman S models with a full service history.
In late 2008, there were a number of revisions made to the Cayma. If you want one of these cars, you will need around £26,000.
There are various special-edition versions. The most extreme is the Cayman R, which was designed to be the most hardcore version, with a stripped-out interior and some power and chassis tweaks. These were sold in limited numbers, which means you need to spend at least £40,000 to be able to buy one.
How much does it cost to run a Porsche Cayman coupe?
It's a Porsche, so don't expect to run a Cayman on pocket money; but then again, it isn’t overly expensive for a car of this class.
The 2.7-litre does an average of 29.7mpg, while the earlier, less powerful version of the 3.4-litre comes in at 26.7mpg. The newer engines are more economical, with the 2.9-litre averaging 30.1mpg and the later 3.4-litre capable of 29.7mpg.
One benefit of opting for a newer engine is it emits slightly less CO2. The 2.7-litre produces 227g/km compared with the newer 2.9-litre engine at 221g/km. The older 3.4-litre emits 254g/km of CO2 compared with the newer version's 221-223g/km. PDK-equipped cars have slightly lower CO2 outputs.
These later engines are better for road tax too, as early 3.4-litre cars can be caught up in the tax bracket change after 23 March 2006. Any 3.4-litre Cayman before that costs £305; if it is registered afterwards, then it is £520 – ouch! If you must have the bigger engine, then you’re best off finding a facelifted car as its emissions were cut down to reduce those running costs. You will need to spend more to buy the newer car, though, so you will need to weigh up the overall cost to find out which one suits your budget.
Despite the cost, it's best to stick with a franchised dealer when servicing newer cars; this will help protect future resale values. However, for older cars, there are plenty of respected independent specialists that will do the job properly while also saving you a tidy sum. You will have to respect the fact that the Cayman is a mid-engine car, so access to the unit isn’t as great as it is in a front or rear-engine vehicle.
Insurance premiums are typical for a sports car, sitting between groups 42 and 44.