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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:21 pm    Post subject: The trials and tribulations of finding a Cayman 981S Reply with quote

Hi all,

I've had a very warm welcome in the newbie section and wanted to try to knuckle done on what I 'need' in terms of spec.

I have an idea of what I'd like and wondered if people could give me their thoughts. Also when saying do / don't bother can you please explain why as quite often people say you 'need' all this and I'm wondering why?!

Budget wise £40-45k - obviously as little as possible to get the right car, although I do like the idea of buying from an OPC for the warranty as this is a big purchase for me.

Car will do 4/5k per annum mainly weekends and the odd local client visit.

Must haves
Colourwise - not keen on red or black but like all other colours.
20 inch wheels - not fussed which
full leather interior - this is a luxury but transforms the interior for me
Sports seats plus - I have sat in both and find them much comfier
PDK - live near Manchester and often encounter stop start traffic
Heated seats
Front & rear parking sensors

Nice to have
Sports exhaust - or is this a must? Is it still quite fruity without?
Rear camera

Don't think I need - tell me I'm wrong?!
Dual climate - rare anyone other than me in the car
Full mobile phone prep (mentioned in other thread) - what's the advantage?
Bose - heard not great?

Question marks
Sports Crono / sports steering wheel - which gives me the flappy paddles with the PDK which I would like? If just the sports steering wheel do I want crono and why?
PASM - what will it really do? How will it make the car feel different?

ps - sure i'll have forgot something!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Good luck with the search. I think you should make PSE a must. I know you haven’t bought it yet but the next buyer will probably want it lol!

I wouldn’t be concerned with nav although again, as above. Most people use Google/Waze/both now. Same with phone prep - I wouldn’t care about it.

Never understood the point of front sensors. Rear sensors, of course, but you can basically see the front end or you can gauge it pretty accurately surely? Do you need a rear camera, sensors are enough I would say.

Bose - agreed, nice to have but not amazing.

Keep us updated!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

side decals but you can do those after
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sports exhaust is good to have as are the flappy paddles . Not sure if you get the sports plus button unless you spec the sports chrono package , sure someone will be along to confirm that.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sports chrono package and sports exhaust need to go onto the MUST HAVE list. One sharpens the engine responsiveness and the other lets it growl.Very Happy

Good luck in your search. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got to say Sports Chrono and PASM are a must. Driven my car about 3 times without SC on and the PASM is just awesome when you hit a nice stretch of tarmac.

Not sure about the 981, but extended leather was a must on the 987.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hand Ah, you have not bought into the true Porsche mentality, all options are must haves Grin

Re the dual climate you have fallen for the classic assumption that it does what it says, which it does not Rolling Eyes Its why so many are not specced with this but its the opposite, its a must have. what it actually is is "Climate control" but I guess calling it that would be confusing (not) wack

So without it you get manual AC. Yep in a car costing c£70k new you do NOT get climate control so have to manually constantly adjust both blower speed and temp to retain the actual temp you want. With "dual" you get full climate ie put it in auto and just set a temp and forget. Now in a small car this is even more important than in a larger car, especially when you are sat on the engine Grin and believe it or not there are times when its very hot when you put the roof down. Now what you will find is that ever owner who does not have this tells you you don't need it. Well they are lieing to you Judge ps once you realise what this is and how to spot it on pics from the button layout you will a) realise how many don't have it b) how many say they have climate but don't frustrated

Re you other things IMHO:

Must haves:

- PSE - the sounnnnnnnnnnd
- PASM - simply transforms the ride, from totally civilised to a proper sports car
- Sports seats plus - the comfort without the weight of the 18 ways
- Sports steering wheel for the flappy paddles with PDK
- Nav - despite what people say it affects resale, does the job fine and look cool in the 3rd binnacle display
- rear parking sensor
- dual climate

Nice to haves (in no particulal order):

- Full phone prep - this uploads contacts, better phone signal etc... do some research its much more than simple bluetooth
- rear & front parking sensor
- Full leather
- sports chrono (not essential as if get the flappy paddles you will have more fun driving in manual than using the auto box in any mode, sports plus is unuseable on the road, sport is OK (turns off auto stop, open PSE, better throttle map) but is not as much fun as manual. Good for resale though.
- BOSE - resale and better base. Again those who don't have it will say its a waste of time
- cruise
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