1974 Porsche 914 2.0


Durable, great handling German fun


The major mechanical issue is rust. There's not that much, but keeping it at bay is a constant job.

Most of the weatherstripping has worn out, shrunken, or cracked and needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

The 914 hits the perfect balance between being old enough to be a classic and modern enough to be realistic for everyday use. Mine starts right up on the first twist of the key, even after sitting 2 or more weeks in cold weather (it's fuel injected), and the wide interior and two trunks make it practical and comfortable.

It's not fast, but it's quick enough, and the steering and handling really keep you involved in the driving experience. It shifts and brakes like a 32+ year old car, which means that even when everything is working right, it still takes a little skill and care to drive it smoothly. In other words, it's no modern SUV, and for that I love it.

Of course, it helps if you're handy and have some garage space and a little extra money for the inevitable replacement parts. Some parts (especially cosmetic stuff) can be expensive, but most of the parts you need to keep it running are pretty reasonably priced. Buy the best car you can afford; if you have to fly a thousand miles to find a better 914, consider your plane ticket money well spent if it gets you a better-running, better-looking car.

Some people advise having an expert look the car over before buying. By all means, inspect it carefully, maybe take a motorhead buddy along too, but in my opinion, at the 914's price point, a professional look-over isn't necessary unless the car is priced way over market value. If you're considering a car this old, you probably know what to look for in old cars anyway, and the 914 is a simple car; beyond rust, there's not a whole lot of hidden surprises that can really bite you. And if you do have trouble or questions, there's plenty of support on-line and replacement parts are ridiculously easy to find.

If you're looking for an affordable, reliable classic that's not overpriced and/or overrated like some classic sports cars I could name, you need to have a look at the 914.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2006

1975 Porsche 914 1.8


Poor mans Porsche fun to work on and very fast


My horn went out shortly after I got it.

I found rust damage on the passenger side jacking post, but no major rust.

It has developed a slight oil leak out of the speedometer cable.

I had to purchase new outer rocker panels because the previous ones became over rusted.

A piece of the heater blower is missing from the passenger side so I only get heat from the left side.

General Comments:

This car is very fast and fun to drive around town and around curves with the targa top off.

However if you don't like working on Porsche's and love working with your 914 then this car is probably not for you.

I love every second working on my 914.

Sometimes they can be costly, but its all worth it when you get to drive your 914.

This car is like driving a souped up go-cart because it is so low to the ground and it handles like a dream around the corners.

What I would say to do with your 914 is first of all fix any major rust damage. Next get the engine running just about to stock you don't need to do anything extreme. People always ask how to get their 914s faster, but all you need to do is learn how to drive it. Take it to a auto-cross track and do some time trials, all 914s are plenty fast enough just learn to drive it.

If you are going to make any necessary upgrades I would make a suggestion to upgrade brakes and convert wheels to five lugs. just make improvement to the overall handling of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2006

11th Feb 2006, 18:22

I agree with what you are saying about learning to drive a 914 and would recommend that also. 914 for life!!!

7th May 2006, 14:10

Just bought my 75/914 yesterday. It has some, OK a lot of rust damage, but I can't wait to get her on the road. I've wanted one since I first saw one at the age of 14.

18th Feb 2007, 21:44

Mike here from Colton Ca.

I have gotten myself a 1973 914 Porsche too!

I have had it for a few months and LOVE IT, like no other car I have owned... and that's a lot of cars!

This car drives low and fast, and it will out corner a lot of cars on the road today!

18th Aug 2008, 12:17

I'm looking into getting one... any advice on what to look for in terms of problems? (I've found one for sale locally)

19th Jul 2014, 07:55

I am 16 and my grandma gave me her old '74 1.8 914 with 310,000 miles on it. It puts out roughly 42 HP, I have to elbow the center console to get the last cylinder to fire, and it's costly and a pain to work on. The clutch cable snapped, it's failed me many times on the freeway, streets, in the high school parking lot hill, and my driveway. The fuel injectors have had to be replaced, but I absolutely love the car, wouldn't trade it for anything, and is the most fun thing to drive in the entire world.