1990 Porsche 911 Reviews from North America

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Flat 6

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Flat 6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance166000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJ40

Summary:

Drives and lasts just as good as it looks

Faults:

Fuel pump failure.

Mass airflow unit failure.

Window switch failure.

Electric window motor failure.

Heater has unresolved issues (perhaps control unit failure).

Rear spoiler linkage failure.

A few easily fixed oil leaks.

Also, one small rust bubble has appeared near windscreen base.

Seats have worn, and the convertible top replaced after normal wear, tear and age.

General Comments:

The best car I have ever owned. Vault solid, even as a convertible. Zero interior squeaks, rattles, or annoyances. Still on its first clutch, and no suspension wear, clunks, or looseness... with zero replacements! Disc brakes last roughly 80,000 miles, pads 40,000-50,000.

The convertible top detracts somewhat from the classic 911 shape, but it's still among the best looking cars on the road. Thanks to the dark color on my car, the front and rear bumper caps also appear much better integrated with the body, and modernize the shape just enough. Compared to Nissans, Subaru’s, most modern BMWs, etc the 911 is simply in another league. Beautiful, desirable and perfectly proportioned, almost any other sports car looks juvenile, especially with recent air-vent-madness striking down otherwise decent designs.

Handling is very nimble and predictable, with fantastic grip out of corners. Car feels light, yet solid and very German. Just rockets down straights, but is still interesting dawdling around. A replacement aftermarket mass airflow unit from Vitesse Racing added (by seat of the pants AND dyno readings) about 30 BHP across rev range and improved throttle response, although the car never lacked in either regard. Even mileage appears improved, with never less than 23 mpg per fillup.

Engine loves to rev and feels perfectly broken in at nearly 170,000 miles. Oil consumption is slight: one quart every 5,000 miles. (This is in part from regular oil changes, Mobil One and sympathetic driving - flogging the engine only after warm, not overheating, etc)

I'm constantly amazed at how space efficient the design is... Two people plus luggage for a week in a car with a wheelbase less than a MGB. And this, with a 3.6 litre engine, spare tire and a 20 gallon tank. Incredible.

Gripes: Road noise surprisingly bad on rough surfaces, and especially as tires become worn. Front end gives up grip early in slick conditions. Windshield washers from a different era. Rear suspension noticeably more stiff than front, and can really thwack over sharp bumps or ridges.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2009

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carAudi S4

Summary:

Reliable, steady on all surfaces, and with the performance and handling you expect on a Porsche

Faults:

Failed heater blower fan.

Replaced starter.

Replaced alternator.

New clutch at 55,000 miles.

Clock stopped working, replaced.

Convertible top motor replaced.

Door switches replaced.

Main fuse/relay box replaced.

Loose wires behind air-box fixed.

Leaky convertible top.

General Comments:

Performance and handling is excellent.

Rough ride, but that's to be expected.

Very tight fit, anyone over 6' or with a few extra pounds may very uncomfortable.

Love the low rumble of the engine.

The car costs more than a typical vehicle to maintain/repair, but the costs are still reasonable.

Do yourself a favor, learn a bit about the engine operation, even do a task or two - things get very affordable if you don't mind a little dirt and grease.

Try to find a specialist and try to buy your parts wholesale.

Gas mileage is surprisingly good, I get 25 miles to the gallon on average.

Very reliable daily driven car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2004

14th Dec 2004, 10:10

Reliable, steady on all surfaces???

Try it in the wet weather and then change your underpants! If you like to drive a car as opposed to cruise around town - which it seems you do - the car will make you very old before your time when driven in the wet. My back end which normally came back in nicely decided on a wet day to carry on powersliding out. Not nice and quite expensive for the insurance company.

I now cruise around in it...sometimes!

Good luck.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews