Porsche 914 Reviews from North America - Page 5 of 7

1973 Porsche 914 /4 1.6 4 cylinder.

Year of manufacture1973
Engine and transmission 1.6 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles

Summary:

A fun little car for the short time I had it

Faults:

Nothing had gone wrong with this car before it was wrecked on a slippery road.

General Comments:

A very fun, classic car.

The vehicle was especially fun with the removable top off.

A cool feature about the removable top was that it was easily stored in the trunk, so you always had it with you.

A serious attention-getter.

For such a small car, due to the rear-set engine, had lots of legroom.

Overall a very fun to drive car for the short time I had it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2005

1971 Porsche 914 1.7

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles

Summary:

A fun, unreliable toy

Faults:

What things haven't is a better question.

The transmission had to be rebuilt (broke while shifting while driving), and it is still leaking from time to time.

The Odometer intermittently works.

The parking break was fixed, but recently has started to go weak again (something with rear break calipers?).

The horn has stopped working, twice.

The starter had to be replaced because it refused to work when the car was hot.

And ALL of this went wrong w/in 4,000 miles!

General Comments:

The car handles like a dream. It's a gas to drive fast on mountain roads, but highway driving is another story. The small engine makes passing a huge pain on uphills, and to go anything over 50 requires you to be in 4th to maintain power on hills.

The targa top is awesome. You can drive with it off in winter here (San Fran bay area) with the heater going, and the heater keeps it warm.

I recommend this as a toy, nothing more. As a daily driver, you will be horribly disapointed with the reliability, and if you want to work on it yourself, remember, the engine is a HUGE pain to get at.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th July, 2004

3rd Feb 2005, 23:10

I have owned a 914 for about 6 years now, and would like to partially disagree with the above comments. A 914 in good shape is quite reliable; a 914 in moderate to poor shape is not reliable at all. It is, after all, powered by a very tough (though not overly powerful) VW engine; the problem is that the cars are 40 years old and wearing out. If you can bring a car back to stock condition it will take you anywhere. The car is incredibly well designed, capable of cruising at 85mph all day (the engine can handle the rpms fine, only your ears might get annoyed!) or just cruising at slow speed on back country roads. It is also an automatic smile: it doesn't matter where you are going, the mere action of driving this little go-cart will make you grin.

1974 Porsche 914 2.0

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carMazda Mazda rz-7 Turbo

Summary:

A jewel in the rough!

Faults:

The bearings on all four wheels needed replacing.

The passenger side back caliper leaks.

The Targa top and side seals need replacing.

The drip tray was missing, hence I needed to rebuild the distributor, because of corrosion.

Passenger seat and back pad need replacing.

General Comments:

I love my little car.

Exceptional handling. (this is from a former Mazda rx7 owner)

Much roomier than it looks.

The car still does around 135mph!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2004

16th Jun 2004, 11:38

What have you done to the engine? Have you dyno'ed your car? I am impressed and curious regarding your "135." 95 bhp does not make it to 135.

I have one 914 (cancerous, unfortunately) and am looking for another. I have explored many options for making the little Audi truck engine (yep) equal the handling of the 914. The solution is simple - money. 160hp/2.3L Type 4 engine will cost about $6K and get you into the 135 neighborhood.

If you have done this more cheaply, please, let me know how.

17th Nov 2012, 20:59

I recently found a low mileage 911 SC engine, which is going into the 914. It was 5k, then all the other stuff; motor mount, oil tank and system, starter for the 911 engine, CDI box, and headers put me out another 3 thousand. So for a few more thousand than the 6k used to build up the VW engine, it's possible but not easy to find a Porsche engine in good shape, and then with low mileage and also no labour costs, as it is my own project, if you shop around long enough, a cheap, enough good Porsche engine can be had.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews