The Boxsters funky brother from the 70's
Given that the year and high state of tune the car is in, very few items have gone bad. The right, rear brake caliper blew the seal at 94,000. I was able to rebuild it with factory parts and a core from ebay. $45.00 total repair.
Brake pads seem to wear out very quickly.
Valve cover gaskets replaced every 6K miles with valve adjustment.
This is my first 914. I was lucky enough to find one that had been very well taken care of. I am the fourth owner, and have records going back to the original order for the car. It has a special order paint called Zambezi Green. After extensive work by the previous owner, I have the pleasure to enjoy an amazing Porsche.
The car was modified for auto-cross and road racing with a six point roll cage; fully adjustable suspension; a 930 transmission; Panasport lightweight wheels; equal length headers with Supertrapp muffler; performance grind cam with solid lifters; dual oil coolers; msd ignition; etc.
This is one of the most forgiving cars I have ever driven. I am constantly amazed at precision handling and flat torque curve of the boxer four. With the addition of the 930 transmission the top speed now approaches 145 mph. Cruising at speeds up to 90 with the top off is ludicrously easy.
There really are only two down sides to a 914. Some will tell you that it is not a real Porsche, because it wasn't built in Zuffenhausen. Let me tell you, most 911s cannot keep up in the corners.
Secondly there are a few parts only available from Porsche. Every part needed is available, but some times that means paying Porsche prices.
I cannot over stress how much fun this is to drive. With the 914 every time I get in it I have the same feelings of excitement and anticipation, like when you sneak out your Dads' car. You always want to take the longest, twistiest roads home in this one. Going through town it loves to set off car alarms with the exhaust, just leaving from a red light you feel as though your getting away with some thing.
This is an incredible vehicle in every sense. It has it all; clean styling; Le Mans wining suspension; classic air-cooled engine sounds; and the feel that only comes from a car that has no computer controls or power assistance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd January, 2004