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  • Alan Franklin

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    It was created to kill the 911, though, so it's 100% accurate to say as much. I love 928's, and would take one over all but the most special of 911's, that said, the cost of proper upkeep and maintenance is currently far out of my league.

    Comment last edited on about 1 year ago by Alan Franklin
  • Burt Munro

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    While the '928s are expensive to maintain' myth is quite popular, it's just that - a myth.

    I've owned and worked on 928s for almost 2 decades and, like their 944/951 brothers, they are far and away the cheapest and longest lasting Porsches around. I've wrenched more 200K+ mile daily-driven 928s with their original engines and transmissions than I can count. If an 80s/90s 911 makes it 70K miles without a new engine, it's a miracle.

    While the engine in my never-stranded-me-save-for-for-a-fuel-pump-failure 350K+ mile daily 928 is a bit tired, it still starts and runs every time I twist the key. I do have a refreshed one sitting on the stand when I get time. Regardless, parts are cheap (in current terms) and readily available. It's as reliable as my W126 Benz was at that mileage, which is to say, freight-train bulletproof. I have "hand of god" brakes, a top speed north of 170, and get 23 MPG at a 75 cruise. None of which is available with an Uber-Beetle of the same vintage. Or most other cars on the planet. Especially ones you can buy and make mechanically perfect for under $12K.

  • Daniel Franklin

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    I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want a 928...but a 911....oh yeah!

    from Oceanside, CA, USA
  • Guest (Ranger)

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    Pretty hard to say not owning either one I'll bet. I've had my 928S for 14 years. It'll outlast me, and out drive, out-muscle 350Z's and the like. As for the 928's looks. I haven't taken it out for a drive once in all those years without it receiving compliments (yelled from patio bars, pedestrians, people in parking lots, etc.). It's like a good Rolex (yeah... have a couple of those 2... like the 928, for the quality, NOT the name)... timeless in design. Now we see a LOT of the TOP sport (super) car builders going back to the engine in the front, transmission in the back. Seems 928 was decades ahead of it's time and not then (more-so now) well-accepted by box-thinkers.

  • ChazzyD

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    I owned a mechanically neglected, but very nicely repainted '79 model for 2 1/2 years. It looked like the car from Risky Business as it was a similar color. I drove that thing all over the east coast as a photographer. I of course had to catch up on the deferred maintenance, but it never let me down except for the first evening I drove it after purchase with alternator issues. A swap from the Paris-Rhone to a Bosch alternator fixed that. The purchase price was very little, but the parts expenditure was quite high to catch up to what it needed to bring it to my mechanical standards. Not really a super hard car to work on, but everything took quite a bit of time to accomplish. Fortunately my labor was free and I did all of it including the timing belt and water pump. Not too bad to do on an early model and not even an interference engine in '79. I miss the car, but do not miss the poor gas mileage especially since prices have only gone up since owning it. The Bosch CIS was easy to tune and worked pretty well, though not efficient.
    My early model always seemed like something Mercedes would have built if they had built a sports car, more than it felt like a Porsche actually. Mine did have the Mercedes auto trans in the back and you really could carve a corner it in with all the weight in the back that you could really feel. The doors closed with a solidity that would made a Mercedes proud as well.
    A super planted car in the rear I have never felt before or since. So planted in the back, mine seemed to be impossible to make the tail come out even on loose surfaces. The 928 is really an amazing highway car and that is how I used it. It really was smooth and quiet on the interstate, solid and heavy feeling, very stable and could gobble the miles up with ease holding a very precise line at speed. Just be ready at the pump especially if you have been driving it briskly.

  • Leucea Alexandru

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2mMkC8HrTI "I wish that Porsche still made it today"

  • ratters

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    I have had a batch of 928's over the years. Reliability issues were almost soley attributable to mechanics who had no clue. When I worked on them myself, all the problems vanished. I have a 29 year old car in the garage that was properly maintained by someone who understood the car, and it has no significant issues. Buy one poorly maintained, and you can easily pay more than if you just spent more and got a good one to start with.

    That said, not a car for the feint hearted or the weak walleted.

    Dumb Issues come from people letting them sit extended periods and not drain the radiator. Aluminium motor + old coolant = stuffed head gaskets. Or the classic, not understanding the steering radiuous, and sending it to a numbnutz wheel aligner who tells you "it can't be set up right" cause he insists on lifting the car to do the alignment.

    Real unavoidable issues are heat under bonnet (over time) affects wiring, but it's pretty easy to spot brittle wiring.

    And the Manual is a totally different animal to the Auto. Chalk and cheese.

    http://youtu.be/2byEVA4DINY

    This is a car that the AXLE setup alone would cost more to make in the present day than it would to buy a brand new basic runabout. There is nothing cheap about them, in build quality or in components. And while people talk about complication, that was then. Take a modern car, move it forward 12 years, and see the sort of money it would takje to keep it on the road.

    If I drove my Ford like I drove the 928, the Ford would be dead and buried inside 2 years. The 928 LOVES to be driven hard. The auto alone (mecedes box modified by Porsche) is designed to take over 1600 HP.

    Fabulous cars, where, if you do make a mistake on a winding mountain road, won't have you rear end over the precipice by it's much vaulted sybling, the 911. Even the new ones, with all the improvements to counter the obvious problem of all the weight at the back, even now they are always the ones leaving the race track BACKWARDS.

    2 cents now spent

    from Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Burt Munro

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    I love them because they are so simple (in absolute terms). No SMDs in the electronics, just parts you can troubleshoot with a meter and an o-scope and get delivered from DigiKey or Mouser the next day, not that they fail often anyway. Window and seat switches can be popped apart and shine the contacts for full functionality. L-Jet gives you everything you need save for MAP and TPS to MegaSquirt it. Climate head is simple, most bearings are standard units (once you learn the numbers), OEM parts flow through the side channels and if you need used, it's always out there.

    Best part? Almost all the updates are bolt-on to 83+ cars. My 84 has almost all the features of a 93 GTS, except the engine. ABS/PSD/suspension/bigblacks/booster/rack/alt/ps pump/etc all just bolted right on.

  • Guest (Ranger)

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    Nice post. I've had my 928S for 14 years. You (we both) know your 928's!

  • Paul Dembry

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    In the 20 years that I have owned my 1990 928 GT (second owner), I think that I have spent 7k for repairs. I don't consider that expensive to maintain. It has 97k on the clock and I expect to own it for another 30+ years. The CD player died about 8 years ago so I just open the windows and sunroof and listen to the engine while I drive. It was about $80k new in 1990 and I paid $30 four years later. This is why I am so thankful for rich people. Without them, I would never have been able to own such a beauty.

    from California, USA