2006 Porsche Cayman S 6-Speed

Up for auction is this 2006 Porsche Cayman S 6-Speed finished in rare Carmon Red over a Sand Beige leather interior.  With its mid-mounted engine and rigid lightweight chassis, the Cayman is arguably one of the best handling vehicles in the Porsche lineup.  Delivered new to Littleton, CO, this example was enjoyed until 2011 at which point it was sold to its second owner located in California.  Now showing 53k miles on the odometer, this Cayman S is being offered in turn-key condition by its seller in Monterey, CA.

The Carmon Red Metallic paint is stated to be in excellent condition with the only flaw noted as slight scraping on the front chin spoiler.  The seller does note that the rear quarter panel and hood have been professionally refinished in order typical road going wear as well as a small dent.  Records of all work performed will be included in the sale along with detailed photos of the exterior.  A couple of exterior features include Bi-Xenon headlights along with a set of factory alloy wheels that are wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact tires that show good tread life.

Inside, you will find a Sand Beige interior that stands in excellent condition with some typical wear to the center control buttons and slight pixilation on the right gauge monitor.  This driver-centric cockpit features heated seats along with an aftermarket Pioneer head unit and Passport radar detector.  All electronics and accessories are stated to be in working order.

With a near perfect weight distribution attributed to its mid-mounted 3.4L flat-six engine, this car seamlessly tackles corners.  Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Cayman S utilizes short ratios in 1st and 2nd gears for better low-speed thrust.  With a factory rated 295HP this Cayman S can reach 60 mph in approximately 4.8 seconds.  Said to be completely up-to-date on all service, this received a full fluid and filter change at 50k miles and is just waiting to be enjoyed by its next owner. 

The seller states that the sale will include two keys, books, maintenance book, extensive records, and a clean Carfax.  Do not miss your opportunity to own this beautifully presented 2006 Cayman S.

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  • Highest Offer: No bids
  • Auction End: Feb. 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
  • Number of Offers: 0
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Comments (44)

  • craig66 5 days, 6 hoursago

    @wadds1971 totally agree with you on all counts, the issue that makes it so difficult both with the transition in engines and the 2005 987 Caymans is that there seems to be a lot of cross over that year with some cars getting M 96 engines and some getting M97. Cut off dates also do not Seem to be reliable. I have been looking at the 987.1 cayman bases as they do not have scoring issues and the IMS issue is in less than 1%. I guess this is what makes the whole thing fun.

  • wadds1971 5 days, 7 hoursago

    @craig66 - I know what you mean re: the lack of interaction by the Seller. It's hard to bid with confidence, especially with a special car like this Cayman S, without having serious answers provided by an involved Seller. Maybe this is because the car is being sold by a dealer, and that dealer really doesn't have much information from the prior owner(s) to offer.

    I am certainly aware of the bore-scoring issue in these cars, as well as the infamous IMS bearing problems. As far as I know, there is no way to diagnose bore scoring unless a tech takes the time to scope each cylinder, looking for tell-tale signs. In all the Cayman auctions I've followed over the past 18 months, I don't recall EVER having seen that information provided by a single seller, so the bidders are literally flying blind on this issue. I guess sometimes there are audible signs of wrist-pin knocking, but that seems to be a tricky diagnosis to make.

    My curiosity with this particular Cayman S concerns the fact that it had an M96 engine installed, and not the M97 that I assumed had been installed in the earliest Caymans. The one document provided does indicate it is an M96, not anM97. And, as such, I believe it should be possible to do an LN Engineering IMS upgrade without having to split the engine block. In fact, I think it would be wise to do so, given that this car probably has the narrow, single-row IMS bearing, and not the stouter bearing installed in the M97 engines.

    Probably all a moot point now, as the car has a pending sale. But, just trying to stay as informed as possible for future opportunities that may arise.

  • craig66 5 days, 10 hoursago

    @wadds1971 To be frank one of the reasons this car did not sell was that the seller was noticeably absent and fielded no questions. Had the done so I likely would have been the owner of this car. In general the Cayman 2006 only had about a 1%b failure rate of the IMS but in the S specfically it was the bore scoring that was the bigger issue. When I asked for things like RMS, any answer to IMS as well as DME for over revs or even just what large ticket items had been dealt with I got no response and so I never pushed my bid. I would not expect you to get the answers now

  • wadds1971 5 days, 11 hoursago

    @mohrimports - OK, thanks. I guess if the deal falls through, just let me know through PCARMARKET, and maybe it would still be of interest. Love the color combo on this car, but I never did hear an answer to my question re: the M96 engine vs. IMS bearing question, either. Can you clarify this for me?

  • mohrimports (seller) 5 days, 12 hoursago

    @wadds1971 the car is sale pending at the moment. Thanks for your interest.

  • wadds1971 1 weekago

    I posted a comment/question just after the close of this auction, but it did not appear online, so I never received an answer. Of course, my first question is whether or not this car is still for sale? I'm not familiar with the procedures in DealTank, but the website says the car will remain open for bids for 30 days after the close of the initial auction. Does this mean the auction can now be closed at anytime, once the Seller agrees to a subsequent bid? If this has already happened, I guess my questions are moot.

    My primary question concerns the typical IMS bearing issue. I see this must be a very early Cayman S, as it has an M96 engine, not the M97 of the newer cars. This must mean that this engine has the much more problematic narrow, single-row IMS bearing, correct? But, if so, then it must also be likely that a replacement LN Engineering IMS bearing could be installed without cracking open the engine case, true? My understanding is that the newer M97 engine would require a total breakdown of the engine to replace this bearing, which is the reason it is not recommended. Please clarify this issue one way or the other.

    Other than that, this car looks very appealing. As it is being sold in CA, I assume CA sales tax would have to be paid at the time of delivery, unless the car were shipped out of state via a carrier? What % of the final sales price is that tax? Would this tax be deducted from whatever tax liability may apply in the state of the new owner?

    Finally, is there any way to contact the Seller personally with any more detailed questions, rather than filling up this forum with info that may seem irrelevant to most bidders? Thanks. Hope to hear from you soon.

  • mohrimports (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    Sorry we didn't quite reach it today. Entertaining post auction offers! Please contact us or your PCar rep today to discuss.

  • blkwdwxxx 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,850

  • jrexotics 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,600

  • blkwdwxxx 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,350

  • jrexotics 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,005

  • blkwdwxxx 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $19,755

  • jrexotics 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $19,250

  • mohrimports (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    @wadds1971 - the pixels are out on the Left gauge right where the mileage reads.

  • Peteragati 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $18,800

  • jrexotics 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $18,500

  • wadds1971 1 week, 3 daysago

    Is the "slight pixelation" of the gauge monitor that is noted in the initial description actually referring to the odd-looking defect in the speedometer (i.e. the LEFT gauge, not the RIGHT)? Please clarify what this defect really means.

  • Peteragati 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $17,999

  • jrexotics 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $17,250

  • mohrimports (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    @WRENCH.56 trying to post contact details with no success for some reason. Let's try again without address or phone number...

    The most recent work was done by:

    C & C Repair
    Monterey, CA 93940

  • WRENCH.56 1 week, 3 daysago

    You offer the contact info for the shop that has done recent maintenance.
    Please provide the name and phone number for that.

  • WRENCH.56 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $17,000

  • vicktorvolpe 1 week, 3 daysago

    I’m not one for aftermarket stuff but that tombstone is really well done. Also killer color combo. Makes my white car with black interior seem pedestrian.

    That being said I’ll never get rid of my cayman s.

  • mohrimports (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    Some over view on more recent service work:

    6/17 - Front and Rear Rotors and pads and sensors - 36,156
    7/17 - Front and Rear tires replaced -36,938 miles/18 - Oil filter service - 40,262 miles
    9/18- Battery replaced
    10/18 - Oil Service and wiper blades - 45,246 miles
    7/19 - Oil filter service 50,802 miles
    12/19 - Hood struts replaced.

  • larrygk 1 week, 3 daysago

    @craig66 FWIW I use the Contact Seller link be it here, on eBay, or BaT. Usually that works but I understand your point.

  • craig66 1 week, 3 daysago

    @larrygk yup. The part I don’t get is why someone would take such amazing pictures of this car and yet be totally awol for the auction and not answer the questions posed regarding known issues , work done. This is a beauty and I would chase it to the moon on bids but without knowing what lies behind those pictures no way.

  • mohrimports (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    @craig66 yes the car cover comes with the car.

  • larrygk 1 week, 3 daysago

    @craig66 Correct, I own one, and man that can be the nightmare scenario. I went thru a DIY two day inspection of mine. Clean. My point was whether the poster was referring to IMS or RMS.

  • craig66 1 week, 3 daysago

    @larrygk In Cayman 987.1 IMS minor issue but bore scoring a lot more of a concern.

  • craig66 1 week, 3 daysago

    Does auction include car cover shown in picture.

  • CL2020 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $16,750

  • larrygk 1 week, 3 daysago

    that interior looks mint and glad there are pro photos throughout. For those not that familiar with the IMS solution on the early 987.1 a popular and effective fix is the DOF (direct oil feed) solution. I have it on my '06 CS 6MT with just under 30k on the odo. With every oil change I have the oil analyzed. No issues. The DOF is about $2400.00. GLWA. I would never sell my Cayman S.

  • Kyle_Owen 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

  • mohrimports (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @wrench.56 - Regarding the CA Sales Tax. If the car is purchased by an out of State buyer and delivered out of State then no tax is due.

  • craig66 1 week, 4 daysago

    What a pity. This could have been such a great auction but with a non responsive seller one would have to think twice before bidding this up to their reserve with no information at all about this car. What a beautiful car but would not chance it.

  • WRENCH.56 1 week, 4 daysago

    I live outside California. I am fully aware of the brutal sales tax on cars sold within CA. If I were to be the successful bidder, is there a way to execute the transaction and take delivery outside CA. AZ perhaps or ship the car to a Porsche dealer here in NM as an inter-dealer "courtesy sale" to facilitate the exchange? I have done this before with Audis purchased from a VA. dealership.

  • PCARMARKET 1 week, 4 daysago

    @craig66 Hello, the seller has received notification of the comments and should be posting responses shortly. Thank you.

  • Spokayman 1 week, 5 daysago

    It does look like there’s quite a stack of maintenance and repair receipts in the photos. Perhaps a summary of the work, at least the major stuff, would provide more assurance to bidders.

  • craig66 1 week, 5 daysago

    It is hard to bid on a car without knowing what work has been done on it. If there is a DME and what sort of condition the internals are in. Pity as with that information this auction could fly. I did contact the seller and did not hear back.

  • craig66 1 week, 6 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $1,250

  • mohrimports (seller) 2 weeksago

    Hi, we don't have a DME Report on file. The car was sold a CPO (Certified Pre-Owned car) from Porsche prior to the current ownership just as an aside.
    No IMS/RMS issues that we know of an no major system replacements.
    The car has been serviced under the current ownership locally.- hit the contact seller button if you would like that information or to contact the shop. Thanks

  • craig66 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $1,000

  • craig66 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Beautiful car
    Can you post a DME report
    Have their been any IMS/RMS issues
    Have their been any major system replacements or all of the documents really represent routine maintenance.

  • croc 2 weeks, 1 dayago

    Beautiful color combination. And only three options besides the aftermarket stereo and built in radar detector. I love the simplicity.

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