if there’s something to be learned from the internet, it’s to never read the comments. this somehow isn’t true on Bring a Trailer. that’s where you realize not everyone on the internet is a squirrel voiced gamer or an angry political activist. there are actually real life automotive experts out there!
i was following BaT yesterday because a 987.1 Cayman S auction was coming to a close. but not just any Cayman… a 987.1 with a 3.6L from a 997 911 swapped in. i’ve counted the 993 911 as a dream car since i was a kid. but having driven a 718 Cayman GTS in anger and seeing a track Cayman with a GT3 front many years ago has me thinking my first Porsche doesn’t have to cost one of the kids their college tuition. and then there’s this goodness…
every conversation about late 90s mid-engined Porsche’s and the early ought 911s seems to devolve in to a discussion about intermediate shaft bearing failures. it’s like Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies but for watercooled Porsche’s. i’ll call it Chen’s law and see if the Bring a Trailer community takes up on it.
everything i have learned about the IMS bearing has given me the confidence that given how old these cars are that most people have either already had a failure or will never have a failure. but due to Murphy’s law i know when i pick up a 987 Cayman my IMS bearing will certainly fail. and that’s ok. because all we have to do is send the car to Florida and put in a 997 911 motor.
daily automotive addiction.