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I really want to boxster or a cayman...but doing the research they seem to be prone to serious engine failures (obviously reading about this on the net will inflate the extent of the problems)..and the general running costs..

 

have read I would be looking at £600-700 for a set of tyres...FFS

 

so, still looking at a Golf R32 (new shape) and have a safer bet for a few years..unless any porsche owners here can convince me other wise

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A mate of mine recently bought a 993 with 185,000 miles on the clock....runs like a dream.

hmmmm

 

like I said before, when doing research you are only going to read about problems..and I guess that can happen to any car...trouble is, on a Porsche, problems = lots of money..

 

A cayman only needs servcing every 18k-20k miles and the tyres last for longer than usual....oil and brake fluid change every 5k miles or so...

 

so basically, a service every two years (so they say)..

 

IF i got one...would HAVE to get a warranty and pay into one for the duration of the ownership..

 

hmmmmmmmmmmmm

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No one was implying "inverse badge snobbery" quite the opposite. I'm well aware that the skoda won't be AS good. It's the cheaper cousin but there's not enough in it to justify paying so much more for a different more widely accepted badge. Oh sorry, and all that amazing extra amazingness you get with a golf apparently. The original point was that they use the same engine in both the cars. Essentially it's the engine that matters.

 

FWIW I had a golf mk IV a few years back and not driven an 'overall' better car yet. I am however fully appreciative that cars like the Octavia VRS are made as those of us that aren't stupid enough to blow the sort of money a new golf GTi would cost now get to drive something that in my mind is just as good, albeit the badge.

 

I've just bought a Seat Ibiza Sport. 1.6 VW Diesel engine (The same one they use in the Golf). It has the same chassis as the Polo and forthcoming new Skoda Fabia & Audi A1. It was £5k less than a VW Polo and has better performance. Sorry, but I don't understand why anybody would buy a VW when you can buy an almost identical car for much less. Add in the fact that every VW dealer I've ever visited has looked down their nose at me and treated me like a piece of **** and it isn't hard to see why I spent my money elsewhere.

The press would have you believe that the Polo and Fiesta are the pick of the small car market. Ok, the Fiesta was alright to drive, but no better than the Seat. It's a Ford, totally overpriced and the dealers are ****e. The roads are full of them so residual values will also be poor.

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If you can afford it now then do it.

 

We had a 3 year old Boxster then a 1 year old M3 which were by far the best cars we have ever owned. The Boxster was a fun car to own, the M3 well a 3 series that handles and goes like a 911

 

There are plenty of good independents about to keep the costs down.

 

As they say you only live once.

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If you can afford it now then do it.

 

We had a 3 year old Boxster then a 1 year old M3 which were by far the best cars we have ever owned. The Boxster was a fun car to own, the M3 well a 3 series that handles and goes like a 911

 

There are plenty of good independents about to keep the costs down.

 

As they say you only live once.

 

I forgot about your Boxter, Jake. You never had any problems with it and it was a great fun car.

 

If practicality is a problem, then the M3 is a great alternative.

 

Maintenance costs can be off putting, but they are often far less than the depreciation you would get on a nearly new car. As Jake says, there are plenty of Porsche specialists to help you keep the costs down.

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I don't know if your budget would stretch to one of these but they're a very sound investment at the moment. Car speculators don't expect them to lose any value over the next few years and they may even appreciate if the mileage is kept low.

 

Trouble is they do cost around £10k more than a standard M3 of the same age but if you want an awesome motor that is going to potentially retain 100% of it's value then what a choice!

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I seem to remember a poster on here had a Cayman and couldn't sell it fast enough as he had lots and lots of problems. :(

 

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t'was me. altho it was a cayenne, not a cayman, but they have problems too

 

i would strongly recommend not buying a porchse if you are either worried about service costs, or tyre costs. mine got through 9 sets in 30,000 miles, and around £200 per tyre. plus it was always breaking, electric mainly

 

and the dealers being a bunch of ****s also didnt help

 

the boxter is a great car though, lovely to drive. its just that you are then advertising the fact to everyone that you cant afford a 911, every time you take it out :(

 

can highly recommend the audi tt

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on a slightly different note..anyone know any good companies that offer good warranties for such cars like a porsche, M3 etc..?

 

ones that will cover the worst..ie, engine failure etc..? or will you have to go through the main dealer..

 

warranty direct seem to be the main ones, but not usually as good as what you can get through a main dealer

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[. Ok, the Fiesta was alright to drive, but no better than the Seat. It's a Ford, totally overpriced and the dealers are ****e. The roads are full of them so residual values will also be poor.

 

you have no idea what you are talking about

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