1989 Porsche 911 Review from North America

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6L Boxer

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.6L Boxer Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

It is a 911, what more is there to say.

Faults:

Secondary distributer belt broke at 58,000 miles.

Front brake calipers seized and had to be replaced at 65,000 miles.

Engine mounts replaced at 62,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is my first Porsche and now after owning this car for some time really understand why people say the 911 is the best sports car in the world. It is a sports car that can be driven daily. Also since it is all-wheel drive, snow is not a problem.

Sure the car is 17 years old, but it still has great power and handling. I did add a few performance enhancements to it, exhaust, intake, and a chip. While also at the same time removing weight from the car. So with these changes the car does feel remarkably quicker.

I absolutely love this car, and highly recommend it to anyone who has always loved 911's. Also you do not have to be rich to own one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2006

27th May 2006, 20:01

I had an '89 C4 for three years between 1999 and 2002 and loved every minute of it. With only 44K miles, I believed that it would go forever, but I got nervous with a then 13 year old car that I drove daily. I sold it and have regretted that day for over four years. I agree whole heartedly with your review and hope you will keep the car until the wheels fall off!

17th Oct 2007, 16:47

These cars are unique, but certainly nothing like "the best sportscar in the world" - please try to be objective in spite of your warm feelings. Rear engine means unstable handling at the limit that deamands respect and special care. Bit too soft too in my opinion. Great feel-some steering though.

17th Nov 2007, 17:18

I think to the owner who wrote the original review, it is probably "the best sports car in the world". I too believe they are special. To those with limited driving abilities they can be a challenge. One has to learn how to get the best from a 911 and some never do. That is OK providing they know their limitations. When they do "get it", it is quite a machine when used correctly.

It certainly is not the car at fault. Look at the race and rally history to confirm their all round abilities in motorsports. I hope you continue to enjoy your Carrera.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review