1974 Porsche 914 2.0

Summary:

Best car for the money

Faults:

The newest 914s are still thirty years old, and things will fail. On the other hand, parts are fairly common and some are interchangeable with VW parts. If you can't or don't work on cars, don't even consider a 914. Part of the joy is tinkering with it yourself. With the exception of the fuel injection, the engine is blissfully simple and straightforward. It's a joy to work on, once you get used to the cramped engine compartment.

Most of all, spend your first few months with your "new" 914 figuring out what good and bad things the last owner did to the engine. Some will need to be corrected.

The shift linkages in the earlier years (70-73, I think) make shifting kind of vague. They're much better 74 on (but check where the linkage meets the tranny, if it still feels loose).

The 2.0 is much better than the 1.7 or 1.8 (the latter is actually slower than the former, because of emissions equipment).

Check for rust underneath the battery tray and on the suspension pieces below that. There will be some, so figure out if there's too much. Also check that the car's not sagging altogether, indicating that the longitudinals are rusted through.

Overall, realize that the car's old and even with good maintenance there'll be rust. Check the net for a buyer's guide, as there are several good ones.

General Comments:

There are few comparisons to the 914. Like many old Porsches (and some new, I've seen), in mature hands it goes like mad. In rash hands (like mine in the first I drove, at age 18), it's borderline dangerous. The mid-engine layout makes it very agile, but once it gets beyond the limit of the tires, you must be wise and quick to keep up with physics of the rear end. It is notoriously underpowered, but on short tracks it makes up for this by handling so well that you can conserve speed much more effectively than in a larger, front/rear layed out car.

It is a true sports car, not a sedan tweaked for performance and not an unhappy marriage of performance, comfort and safety. It is cramped, loud, sometimes smelly, it vibrates, and I imagine in a serious collision it probably folds up like a paper cup. But oh man, there is only the barest degree of mechanical separation between you and the road. When you go really fast in a 914, you know it, but you'll like it, too.

Overall, this is the best car I've ever owned, and I deeply regret having to sell it. When I get the disposable income together again, the first thing I'll do is buy another 914.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

4th Oct 2009, 16:01

I totally agree!!! I am trying to replace my 1970 1.7. No other car drives the same. It is a street legal go-kart!!

1973 Porsche 914 1.7 fuel injected 4 cylinder

Summary:

Amazing

Faults:

I need new paint.

New dash.

New weatherstripping around window.

Usual stuff for 33 year old cars, it had an engine and transmission rebuild.

Not too much out of ordinary, just requires tune ups ever so often.

Runs hot during the summer.

General Comments:

I have had the 914 my whole life, my mother is the original owner, and ordered it in August 73 in Jimmy Natista Porsche dealership. It has been well taken care of.

This car is amazing. I love it. It turns heads, and can turn corners with amazing speed. It is a Porsche in the every way, but if one insists in calling it a VW, it's still awesome.

My interior is all original, the engine block (has been bored to a 2.0) is original, no body damage, little rust, good engine performance, it's just a good solid car.

The 914 is not quite as reliable or precise as a new car, but every time one drives it, it's like heaven. The trunks have good space, interior has enough room for someone 6'4, and its handling makes up for any lack in the engine area.

It's a bit slow, but fast enough to be zipping through the mountain roads, where you have to back off cause the car doesn't.

The 914, it's a Porsche, it's a sports car, it's fun, and it's my love... Porsche, there is NO substitute.

Good tip though, Porsche 914 mechanics are kinda hard to find, at least good ones, so ask PCA members, etc, in your area, because 914s are reliable if they are taken care of the RIGHT way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2006