While their prevalence may have been exaggerated, only a fool would consider an original Porsche Cayman without some awareness of the bore scoring, Intermediary Shaft (IMS) and Rear Main Seal (RMS) woes. They're fairly well known now, though there's more detail in the PH Buying Guide if you've been blissfully ignorant of them. Undetected they can be catastrophic, although if they never emerge, you're left with a great Porsche...
Having succumbed to bore scoring problems in 2015, this Cayman had its engine rebuilt using parts from a facelifted - and less troublesome - generation two car. Look at all those receipts! Not only has the owner resisted putting loads of miles on their refreshed and (hopefully) resilient engine - there are just 79,000 miles recorded - they are also willing to share more info about the rebuild to put your mind at ease.
With an engine that eliminates the known problems, you as the new owner will be left to enjoy what's so good about this era of Cayman: lovely Porsche hydraulic steering, that sweet mid-engined balance, a great manual gearbox and, best of all, the value for money. A different attribute, yes, but just as likely to make you smile...
Need further convincing? It has one or two choice upgrades as well, including a naughtier exhaust, some suede retrimming work, plus both steering wheel and short shift from a 911 GT3. Lovely.
So there's a heck of a lot going for this little Porsche, with the hefty investment of its current owner standing to significantly benefit the next one. Because, let's be honest, what could be better than your own 21st century Porsche for less than £15k? Some rivals are certainly cheaper now, with lower mileage examples of the 350Z and TT S available for similar money, but neither appeals in this situation quite like the Porsche. It was the class of the field when new and, with that substantial engine work done, this Cayman looks like the used sports car of choice, too.
SPECIFICATION - PORSCHE CAYMAN S
Engine: 3,386cc, flat-six
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 299@6,250rpm
Torque (lb ft): 251@4,400-6,000rpm
First registered: 2006
Recorded mileage: 79,000
Price new: £43,930
Yours for: £14,000
See the original advert here.