Originally Posted by Porsch2018
Wow thanks Macster for the detailed history. I will give the Cayman S and Porsche brand a chance and hope I don't get burnt. Must admit the Cayman S put a smile on my face but surprisingly the 911 Carrera was, well, a little boring.....almost felt like a family car, not sporty with allot more turbo lag then the Cayman S....not sure why.
Never driven -- except briefly during a test drive -- a 911 but my 996 Turbo is not boring.
To be sure it is quite different from my Boxster. In some ways the Turbo is "better" than the Boxster.
Just to be clear, the Boxster's road manners and behavior are sublime. What a well balanced automobile.
But, the view out the Turbo is better. One sits a bit higher up which helps. And the Turbo has fewer and smaller blind spots than the Boxster. And the Turbo cabin is bigger. Doesn't bother me but some passengers comment on how "cramped" the Boxster cabin feels.
My favorite plus with the Turbo is on a long trip I can pull over and move the driver seat all the way back and recline the back and stretch out and catch 40 winks and refresh myself.
If you get the Cayman I have a few things to suggest.
Do an early oil/filter service. I did one for my new Cayman S at 750 miles. The filter housing oil was "filthy" with trash and lots of metalflake (aluminum). This is not unexpected with a new engine but that is no reason to run the initial oil for 5K miles or whatever the change interval is.
I did another oil change at around 750 miles later, at 1500 miles, and the oil filter housing oil still had a bit of a metallic sheen to it but it wouldn't even photograph. Then at 2K miles -- end of "break in" -- I had the oil/filter service done again.
Why I stress this is I did an early -- approx 4K miles -- oil/filter service with my Boxster (after an oil analysis found 7% water in the oil -- due to condensation normal but excrebated by the fact I was driving the Boxster in the dead of a mid-west winter and the engine is cold blooded taking a long time to warm up and the lousy crankcase ventilation system) and decided to not follow the 15K mile oil change interval and 30K mile filter change interval offered by the factory but to adhere to a 5K mile oil/filter service interval and I think this has contributed to the long and trouble free engine life the Boxster has delivered.
(Might add I have been a fan of any early oil/filter service and not running the oil too long with all my cars/motorcycles and have always managed to get big miles from engines with no signs of any wear.)
Other fluid services you can do on schedule although I tend towards doing a transmission/diff fluid service "early". Say if the transmission fluid change interval is 90K miles I often do one at 60K or even 45K miles. (Although with my 2001 Camaro Z28 I did one at around 18K miles since a year or two before my 2001 Chevy had a tranmission fluid service recommendation at 18K miles then with later models eliminated it. Might mention too I had an early transmission/diff fluid service done to my Turbo, at around 30K miles and the tech found a leaking selector shaft seal and the transmission was replaced under warranty. This leak might have not made itself known before the warranty expired and I might have had to pay for the seal replacement out of pocket then.)
Oh, while there is no scheduled coolant change interval I am a firm believer in doing this every 4 or 5 years. This helps prolong the life of the water pump and the radiators and heater core and oil/water heat exchanger.
Next read up and learn where the body water drains are and keep these clear of plant trash. To keep this to a mininum between cleanings I avoid parking my cars under trees and near plants that shed leaf and plant litter.
Also, while it took years before any trouble in this area appeared after a car wash or rain check the door bottoms -- carpets -- for any signs of water. Any water at this location is a sign of a bad/failed door membrane.
I bring up the water drain and door bottom items because water in the cabin in these cars is a real problem. The security module is located under the passenger seat on the cabin floor and any water gets this wet and damages the heck out of the module.
Probably the alignment is "off". But if the car doesn't pull or wander and the tires don't howl you can probably continue to drive the car as it is. In the case of my Cayman S I knew just a few minutes after leaving the dealership the alignment was off. I didn't bother to test drive the car since it was new and I had spent so much time with my Boxster I knew how the Cayman would drive but waited a few days to be sure and see if any other new car problems appeared (one did with the stereo) then took the car back and got an alignment under the new car warranty. (The stereo was reset but the bad behavior returned after a few more days and this was replaced under warranty.)
Just be aware that "alignment" is a special case issue that many dealers only "warranty" for just a few months and few thousand miles after one leaves the showroom floor.
After a while after you put some miles on the car at least I like to get the car properly aligned and then generally it will stay aligned through a number of sets of tires. I use the tire wear pattern to know if the alignment has changed. Uneven wear across the tread face is a good sign of improper toe adjustment at the rear of the car (or less common at the front of the car).
When you get your new car be sure to post some pics.