2007 Porsche Cayman - Base
Pros: Tight responsive handling.
Cons: Bose system is not all that great
Advice: Don't buy a lot of optionsTight, crisp, responsive, on rails, steering. Adequate acceleration and very good gas mileage for a car in this performance range if you stay off heavy throttle use. Hard to do. Just plain fun to drive. Have 1500 miles so far on new 2007 Cayman.
2007 Porsche Cayman - Base
Pros: dashboard crono to time yourself.
Advice: Cayman S has more powerThe seats are ok but not the ultimate in confort, The car is set up for speed if you want confort or long drives this car is not it. The handling is suberb specially at high speeds, cornering rocks. I do have a second vehicle so this is my Sunday car, I would not recomend this as a primary car specially for long drives.
2005 Porsche Boxster - Base (M5)
Pros: No understeer like a 911, stirring engine sound, Porsche brakes (The Best), everyday usefullness.
Cons: Cost of routine Porsche service. Part of the ticket price, I guess.
Advice: Drive one. Buy a used one. Porsche depreciation the first two years is substantial.I went to the dealer to see about trading my 2004 911 convertible for a 2006 911 coupe. Drove and didn't like the coupe as much. I drove a standard Boxster as a whim and was very impressed. Compared to a 911 convertible the Boxster is a better car. The Boxster has lots of power (although noticeably less than a 911, as is true with most cars). It has more accurate steering, a better gearshift, smoother ride with better cornering feel, has a much less windy cockpit, a much better sounding engine, more luggage space, and is way cheaper! Fuel economy averages 26mpg overall, routinely 31 on the highway. I thought my old Miata was the ultimate handling sports car. Not so. A Boxster is the king.
2006 Porsche 911 - 4S AWD Coupe
Pros: Grip and traction at speed.
Cons: Unexpected downshifts when braking.
Advice: Drive all the others and then all 911 versions first. Everything Porsche is an option it seems.After driving a friend's '04 C4S, an 07 C2 S, 05 Viper and my own Corvette C5 I found true love in my 06 C4S. I got the Tiptronic (yeah, I know) but my left foot forgives my right foot since the left can finally rest when I'm otherwise busy or in traffic even though my right foot can't get the extra .2 seconds speed it usually seems to prefer. No more side slipping take offs like in rear wheel drive and show-off hard turns do not embarrass most drivers by pressure testing off-road obstacles and giving pre-Christmas gifts to the body shop guys.
2006 Porsche 911 - S RWD Coupe
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: carrera s is the one to buy; over carrera or c4sIncredible power, balance, and drivability..........have owned 6 Porsches, and this is by far the best.
2005 Porsche 911 - S RWD Cabriolet
Cons: small switches
Advice: drive the car on the open road and feel it's excellence.amazing car.Best all around sports car in the world bar none.Take a ride in one and I'm sure you'll agree.Don't let reviews with BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK confuse you.This is a car you keep for 20 YEARS.Do yourself a favor go for the extra bucks your worth it!
2005 Porsche Boxster - S (M6)
Pros: Fun to drive-engine and transmission
Cons: CD-changer. No random play between discs(picky, but you asked)
Advice: Buy it - not a great 'value' but I'm glad my common sense lost out to my love for the car.Drives like no other car I have ever owned. Great handling, acceleration(6-speed), engine sounds and overall fun to drive. I have owned a 98 Corvette and 04 350Z . The Boxster S shines in comparison. The only thing better is a 911.