2005 Porsche Cayman S 3.4 petrol




Rear hatch rattles over bumps - a common fault with early build cars, a fix is now available from dealers.

General Comments:

Superb engine, full of torque with excellent high end power. Not temperamental in traffic and quiet when cruising.

The ride is very good considering the type of car, and is very comfortable on the motorway. Tyre noise is quite high.

Steering is full of feel and very direct, but does not kick back or tramline under braking.

Brakes make your eyeballs hit the windscreen, but easy to modulate.

The gearbox is direct and lovely to use, but needs to warm up before the changes are totally smooth.

I tried the car with both 18" & 19" wheels, and decided on the smaller wheel as the ride was better, and it didn't affect the handling enough, but made the ride much firmer, to warrant the extra outlay.

The BOSE stereo option is good, PSM sat nav very good, telephone module very good.

Getting on average (mixture of motorway and city driving) 24/26 mpg.

Can I recommend one - Oh YES, a great car to own and drive, and in my opinion it looks fantastic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2006

8th Apr 2007, 10:07

I love my Cayman S as well. The first thing I noticed weird was how far away fifth gear was from the rest. But, I guess it could just be me. It shifts great, runs well, has a nice, firm sporty clutch as well. Although it has less than 350hp, I find myself often beating cars with much more power. I would recommend to any avid Porsche enthusiast. I currently have a Cayenne TT that is my Daily Driver as well. Also a highly recommended vehicle.

27th Jan 2009, 21:45

The hotttttttttttttest car I have ever seen!!!

19th Feb 2009, 19:34

Fits like a glove, especially for a car enthusiast on a budget.

15th Jul 2012, 21:46

How is the reliability? Maintenance?

9th Nov 2012, 00:28

I thought Porsche Cayman drivers would find this post on durability and customer service helpful:


30th Oct 2014, 22:55

Biggest problem: IMS bearing failure. This happened to my son's Porsche. Just something to be aware of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1lLWRPzdNA

30th Oct 2014, 23:02

When buying a Cayman, just be aware that there are issues, and that those issues are VERY expensive to fix. These include: porous block, slipped sleeve, IMS (intermediate shaft) bearing failure, and D-chunk (failure of the cylinder liner sleeve).

More details at: https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/problemareas