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Old 10-16-2017, 03:26 PM   #15
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Spring 2016 I buy my dream car a 2006 Cayman S. It breaks down two days after I buy it.
The Cayman S is also the car and platform I'd hop into after the GTI.

(I wouldn't get a 06' though.)

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tl;dr my GTI changed my life
It's damn hard to find a replacement for the MK6 GTI isn't it? I have a 12' with 74k on the odometer and I can't bring myself to sell her. It's just too good of a car.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:47 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing your experience. That was fun to read and very interesting.
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:01 PM   #17
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Thanks for the all comments guys. I wasn't really sure if anyone had the endurance to read my ramblings for that long. I love my Porsche, but I wish Porsche owners were more like GTI owners and this forum in general.

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Yeah, "coincidentally." *smirk* *eye roll* She buy that?
It was actually her idea to hit up the PPIHC practice. It's not a coincidence that we bought a house together 3 months after that trip.

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Hmmmmmmmmmm....... if your clutch lasted a while on stage 2, maybe mine will....
I was amazed my stock clutch last as long as it did. I rev match every downshift and I launched it maybe 3-4 times a year. I think that helped a lot.

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I enjoyed the reading of your thread very much also; introspective, well written, and entertaining. Lol.....Emma. I thought I was the only crazy one naming cars.

Great thread.
You're not alone, all my friends name their cars.

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Also, if your WG goes, you only have to replace that, and not the turbo. Done it myself. Save that money for blown water pumps and engine rebuilds lol.

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My mechanic and I talked about just replacing the WG. But he suggested to replace the whole thing and I trust him a lot. I kept the old one in case the new one craps out too. I could get the old one rebuilt and keep the downtime to a minimum.

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Thanks for this thread! You are great at summarizing the experience and detailing events over the years - and I'd say you have really bad luck with "dream cars" lol

I loved my Mk6, but when it began to cost us $$ for repairs, we bailed on it and went for a new mk7. Couldn't be happier, and now I wanna get it on a track next year to explore its limits.
I was really tempted by the MK7/MK7R they're better than MK6s in pretty much every way.

My Cayman has been a shitshow. But I'm planning on making lemonade this winter by boring it from a 3.4 to a 3.8.

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The Cayman S is also the car and platform I'd hop into after the GTI.

(I wouldn't get a 06' though.)
Yeah. I wouldn't recommend a 06-08 Cayman S to anyone who plans on tracking their car. The 09+ have DFI engines that are super stout.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:36 PM   #18
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Great post! Read it top to bottom.

Didn't notice any repairs other than the fuel filter and wastegate (clutch doesn't count - it did well for you). Have you not needed any other work done over 110K (carbon cleaning)?
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Old 10-24-2017, 05:21 PM   #19
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Great post! Read it top to bottom.

Didn't notice any repairs other than the fuel filter and wastegate (clutch doesn't count - it did well for you). Have you not needed any other work done over 110K (carbon cleaning)?
Things I can remember:
  • Clutch - wearable
  • Rear trailing arm bushing - wearable
  • Wastegate - legit broken, but it was tuned for 75k+
  • PCV oil leak - legit broken, 105k+ miles
  • Fuel filter - most likely damaged on a gravel road
  • Intake Manifold - replaced under warranty

No carbon cleaning. I dropped a lot of money on the turbo/clutch/diff, but overall it's been a pretty reliable car. Extremely reliable when you consider how hard I drive it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:09 PM   #20
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I feel the same way. I bought mine used but from a friend that bought it new. I've been a VW guy 5+ years and my car has 141k. I don't know what I'll replace with it, and I've really looked. Fast, light, dependable, it's hard to beat!! I'm jealous of the 2 door though.
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Old 10-25-2017, 10:48 PM   #21
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This is a great thread. I'm curious if you've ever done the timing chains or tensioner? I don't see them listed. I read about those as being a weak point on this engine, but your car has clearly been driven hard (I mean that in a good way). If you haven't had it done, do you have any plans to?
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:57 AM   #22
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I really enjoyed reading this.. definitely a pleasant lunch break read.. great story, great car
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Old 11-06-2017, 03:17 PM   #23
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Really enjoyed the read as well, thanks for taking the time to do it!
As I'm trying to convince myself to go with an LSD for future mods, I was only disappointed to read you weren't impressed with it though...
Traction issues is the only thing that makes me want to go with an R....


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