Porsche 924 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1980 Porsche 924 932 2.0

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 kilometres
Most recent distance174000 kilometres
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

A wolf set loose...

Faults:

Not much... yet.

Any 30 year old sports car will carry 30+ years of possible love/neglect.

Gearbox is a little tired.

General Comments:

For a lot of people, the measure of a great car is often the sense of occasion one gets when using it. A 924 requires one to slide into low slung seats... feet low and forward. In front of you is an array of dials and gauges, that with the seating, makes one feel that this could well be a fighter jet of yesteryear, The wheel is almost vertical, and the gear stick short and in line with one's elbow, giving a sense of good function and ergonomics... This is a sports car.

Turn the key and a snarling tractor tone rumbles out the rear. Reverse out with good visibility, hook first left & down, and you're off! No smooth Nippon usage here, just sour disgruntlement from the engine at 3000 RPM... Foot flat, and now you know what purpose your day job serves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2012

1989 Porsche 924 S 2.5 petrol

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Power steering fluid leaking around the reservoir.

Front seats wearing.

General Comments:

Car is quite quick, and a real pleasure to drive; a driver's car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2011

1981 Porsche 924 Turbo turbo

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairlane

Summary:

A passionate love-hate relationship

Faults:

Head warped twice, needing milling and replacement head gasket. In fact, the second time the head ended up undersized, so I had a 0.8mm stainless steel shim cut and fitted two head gaskets, one each side of the shim. This finally cured the problem.

Turbo failed - $2000 to fix.

Driver's door internal light actuator switch failed.

Driver's cloth seat needed to be reupholstered at 120,000km.

Engine mount failed mere days after a major service by the authorized dealer.

Jamming heater controls, never really resolved.

Burnt valve, which was the reason I finally sold the car.

General Comments:

Fabulously well balanced car, a true joy to drive at any speed up to 200 km/h. I used it as my daily driver, and also did a little track work with the Porsche Club of Victoria.

At first it appeared amazingly fast, but I was surprised at how quickly this impression wore off. Possibly an illusion caused by having owned so many ordinary low-performance cars.

Buying this one was the culmination of a lifetime dream. What I wasn't prepared for was the high cost of ownership, and when you're paying $1200 for a normal service, even being a successful business owner doesn't dull the pain.

Initially all servicing was performed by Hamiltons, and as the world's oldest dealership outside of Europe I was impressed by their professionalism and know-how. This changed when my business started to falter during the world financial crisis of the early 90's and I could no longer afford their prices. At around this time even Hamiltons came upon hard times, despite also having the Rolls Royce and Bentley concessions by then, and they were taken over by Porsche AG. Much of the major work listed above was thus performed by myself.

Despite being a low-end model the car was vandalized on several occasions. I once caught a young man walking across the bonnet in an hotel car park, and also had a deep metre-long key scratch made on the driver's side on another occasion. There was an attempt to steal it within the first month of ownership; the would-be thief damaging the roof badly in an aborted attempt to pop the sunroof open by bouncing on it. And yet regardless of the passions invoked by the very existence of this car, women seemed to be singularly unimpressed by it, which was something an unexpected anticlimax (if you'll pardon the pun).

The engine and turbo were quite frail, and much money and time was spent on servicing them. I had imagined buying a car that - even secondhand - cost twice the price of most new vehicles, entitled me to expect higher reliability. More fool me!

When sold in 1994 - for AUD8,000 - it had apparently burnt a valve and I was utterly fed up with pulling the head off. And besides, I no longer had access to a workshop in which I could do the work myself, so it had to go.

Major plus point is the body treatment, these cars do not rust easily! When sold as a 13 year old vehicle, I couldn't find a spot of corrosion anywhere. Would probably be a bargain if you can find a reliable unit that has had regular servicing, but there are far better Japanese cars around for the money now.

In summary, owning this vehicle was very much like going out with the girl I was seeing around the same time. I expected quite a lot, loved the looks, but the reliability and performance let me down eventually. And they both had serious head problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2010

1982 Porsche 924 2L petrol

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2L petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carAudi Fox

Summary:

If you can find one - buy it

Faults:

Water pump failed.

Sunroof seals broke.

Various electrical failures.

Cold start problems.

Ripped the oil sump out the car going over a pothole too fast.

General Comments:

Handles beautifully despite limited acceleration and stopping power.

Fairly cheap to fix and maintain these days, and insurance costs are very low.

Despite the derision of some Porsche 'purists', this car is a joy to own, and one that I would be very reluctant to ever sell.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2004

28th Feb 2005, 02:56

Liked your post. I have a 924 Porsche 1984, parts and maintenance cost a lot, I recently worked the body and interiors of my 924. The engine is working fine and the gearbox never seemed to have problems. The major part was with the electric parts when dissmantling and re-assmbling of such parts, I had a 60 year old mechanic work at it!! got it fixed.

I had a sticker printed with the word PORSCHE at the back after the new paint, I can't remember the size/font and place of the original sticker. Hope you an help me out.

Have a safe 924 drive...

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews