1979 Porsche 928 Review from North America

1979 Porsche 928 4.5 Liter V8

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.5 Liter V8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Affordable Supercar

Faults:

Clutch master cylinder and High pressure hose, power windows are "iffy", blinkers and gauges are erratic.

General Comments:

This is really a great car! It was a screaming deal for an ex-supercar. With 42,000 miles on it, it starts right up and runs smooth. I was not fully understanding of the Porsche aura until I bought this car. I always wondered why someone would pay such a premium for a car that on paper was seemingly equal to much less priced models. Well, this car has true synergy. Everything is complimentary, meaning that the power, handling, comfort, and braking are so intimately linked that you then see why they have such a fanatic following. The cars, while complicated, are not so complicated that a handy person cannot work on them. In contrast, when you really boil it down, it is actually rather simple and basic. Cost for parts is quite dear, but they are avaiable and relatively easy to get. I owned an RX-7 before this and thought that handled good. This handles at least as good, and has more than twice the power. It weighs in at about 3300 lbs. Compare that with cars today and you can see the inherent advantages to handling. It really is a shame that the 928 garners so much less attention that the 911, but then again if it did the prices would probably be higher than I could afford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review