Cars: Narrowing it down

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    Be a trend setter. Ride a horse.

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    Do you guys think that the Cayman is a much better choice than the Boxster S? My wife and I keep going back and forth.
     


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    Do you guys think that the Cayman is a much better choice than the Boxster S? My wife and I keep going back and forth.

    Well, one factor you could consider is that the RR Sport isn't really an RR, but a Discovery with an RR-style body on top of it, whereas the Cayman is truly a Boxster with a roof on top (and a wee bit more luggage room).

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    Well, one factor you could consider is that the RR Sport isn't really an RR, but a Discovery with an RR-style body on top of it, whereas the Cayman is truly a Boxster with a roof on top (and a wee bit more luggage room).

    Jon.


    Jon,

    Re the RR Sport: I have a long narrow city driveway with funky turns and the real RR would be too difficult to get back there and would take too much time to get out. Also, I am not really gung ho on having a SUV.

    Re the Cayman: Are the Boxster and Cayman really the same, or is the Cayman a totally different beast. I have gotten various answers at dealerships. Some have basically said that they are the same and teh choice should really only be based on hard vs. soft top. Others have said that the Cayman is a superior car in every way.

    Thanks for the help.
     


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    Matt,

    The Cayman and the Boxster are essentially the same, but the addition of a real roof stiffens the chassis considerably, which is why the Cayman can be faster, more comfortable, etc. What color would you get it in?

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    Jon, Re the RR Sport: I have a long narrow city driveway with funky turns and the real RR would be too difficult to get back there and would take too much time to get out. Also, I am not really gung ho on having a SUV. Re the Cayman: Are the Boxster and Cayman really the same, or is the Cayman a totally different beast. I have gotten various answers at dealerships. Some have basically said that they are the same and teh choice should really only be based on hard vs. soft top. Others have said that the Cayman is a superior car in every way. Thanks for the help.
    Well, It is a Boxster coupe: make no doubt about it, the chassis, all the electronic components, the based engine; everything about it is the Boxster. However, it is a hardtop and in turn will be more ridged than a convertible. And the being convertible-roof-less is nice, since that’s one less thing to break down. At the same time, it costs more than the Boxster (well, $4,200 less for the 3.2-liter Boxster vs. the 3.4-liter Cayman) but makes 15 more horsepower, has 2 more speakers, has a larger gas tank, thus has a longer driving range and gets slightly better MPG, and more interior storage space. Plus, I think it looks like nothing else on the road. Keep in mind that if Porsche were to put a LSD on the Cayman and gave it a few of the 911’s components, it would be faster than a 911. Jon.
     


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    Matt,

    The Cayman and the Boxster are essentially the same, but the addition of a real roof stiffens the chassis considerably, which is why the Cayman can be faster, more comfortable, etc.

    --Andre


    Jinx.

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    Matt, The Cayman and the Boxster are essentially the same, but the addition of a real roof stiffens the chassis considerably, which is why the Cayman can be faster, more comfortable, etc. What color would you get it in? --Andre
    With the Boxster we would probably get one of the silver or grays with a black top. In the Cayman, both of us like the car a lot in color. I love the yellow, but probably not for my own car. Do you have any suggestions? Jon, What you are saying makes a lot of sense. It seems that the real question is whether we would benefit from having the convertible. I am not sure that we would, and if not, the Cayman seems the way to go.
     


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    With the Boxster we would probably get one of the silver or grays with a black top. In the Cayman, both of us like the car a lot in color. I love the yellow, but probably not for my own car. Do you have any suggestions?

    Jon,

    What you are saying makes a lot of sense. It seems that the real question is whether we would benefit from having the convertible. I am not sure that we would, and if not, the Cayman seems the way to go.


    I have brilliant black on my car, it while it looks great, it is a pain to maintain and you can see every damn imperfection. My next car is going to be light gray or light silver, and I would recommend that you do the same. As for interior color, if you get silver / gray, than black is probably the way to go, unless you like the gray on gray look (personally, I like contrast). Also, a lack interior is easy to maintain, as long as you properly clean and protect it.

    Yellow is cool but attracts way too much attention (read: cops); same thing can be said regarding red. White is a cool color, especially on Porsches, but always looks dirty.

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    I have brilliant black on my car, it while it looks great, it is a pain to maintain and you can see every damn imperfection. My next car is going to be light gray or light silver, and I would recommend that you do the same. As for interior color, if you get silver / gray, than black is probably the way to go, unless you like the gray on gray look (personally, I like contrast). Also, a lack interior is easy to maintain, as long as you properly clean and protect it.

    Yellow is cool but attracts way too much attention (read: cops); same thing can be said regarding red. White is a cool color, especially on Porsches, but always looks dirty.

    Jon.



    That is exactly what I am thinking, pretty much down to the letter. I usually do not like white cars, but the Cayman looks awesome in white.

    The design of the Caman definitely makes more of a statement than the Boxster, and probably more than that of the 911 as well. That is my only worry about the Cayman... is it too much of a statement in the way it looks?
     


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    Cayman SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    In Black or Silver.

    I have a triple black Porsche with sports package and silver accents and the black and silver looks very sharp and at night a black sportscar is unequaled visually. The S is a better car than the 911 in many ways. If Porsche would only give it the engine it doth deserve and overcome their fears of alienating their 911 aficionados.

    Stick of course.
     


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    That is exactly what I am thinking, pretty much down to the letter. I usually do not like white cars, but the Cayman looks awesome in white.

    The design of the Caman definitely makes more of a statement than the Boxster, and probably more than that of the 911 as well. That is my only worry about the Cayman... is it too much of a statement in the way it looks?


    Nah, it's a Porsche, not a Lamborghini (although this may just be my skewed thinking, since I see 50-60 Porsche everyday). It's cool and interesting, Bauhaus if you will, but hardly "˜loud' when it comes to its looks. Also, unlike a true exotic the engine doesn't roar while in idle (I was next to a Murcielago roadster the other day while waiting for a red light to change and the sound from the engine was deafening).

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    With the Boxster we would probably get one of the silver or grays with a black top. In the Cayman, both of us like the car a lot in color. I love the yellow, but probably not for my own car. Do you have any suggestions?

    My favorite car color is red, but since you have a red car already, I'd probably go for a blue or darker green if one is available and not too expensive. I like the tan interior color, too. The yellow is very nice, but definitely attention-drawing, and I'd get the black interior for Speed Yellow. I really dislike the current trend of 10 shades of grey for car color choices.

    Have you checked out the blind spots in the Cayman? If you're used to a Range Rover with its big glass all around, it will be a very different feeling in a 2-door hatchback.

    BTW, in 6 years of driving a red car, I've only had one speeding ticket, and that was because I didn't have a radar detector. I see many more normal-looking cars in neutral shades pulled over than ones in bright colors.

    --Andre
     


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    Cayman SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    In Black or Silver.

    I have a triple black Porsche with sports package and silver accents and the black and silver looks very sharp and at night a black sportscar is unequaled visually. The S is a better car than the 911 in many ways. If Porsche would only give it the engine it doth deserve and overcome their fears of alienating their 911 aficionados.

    Stick of course.


    The problem is that then they would have to price it the same price as a 911 or over, if not the number of people buying 911's would drop dramatically, since they would start buying the cheaper, and better Cayman. In other words: never going to happen.

    Jon.
     


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    My Favorite Cayman with the proper wheels:
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