Porsche 928 Reviews from Sweden

1991 Porsche 928 S4 5.0L DOHC V8

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0L DOHC V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carFord Scorpio

Summary:

Grand Tourismo taken to the extreme.

Faults:

The steering rack leaks a bit. Common on these cars. Will fix this during the winter.

A faulty front alignment messed up my tires. This has know been taken care of. The alignment is a crucial detail with this car. The car is equipped with a "bump steer" function. This makes it impossible to lift the car during alignment and still get correct values. Whatever you do, find a shop that will do the alignment without lifting.

General Comments:

The car is frighteningly quick in acceleration above 140km/h. It keeps on accelerating very hard up to 270km/h.

It feels like the car handles better and better the faster you go. When cruising around town the wonderful V8-sound make you feel like you are driving a big powerful "V8 muscle" kind of car.

Under spirited driving through twisty roads the car clearly shows that this is not your everyday V8-cruiser. The handling outperforms most of the modern day cars and the car sticks to the road like you have put glue on your tires.

The car do perform very well on the race track and outperforms even some of the new Porsches, especially on the straights. If you want to be serious about track racing, just take out the interior and save about 300kg.

Worst things about owning this car:

I get challenged to road race some teenager about once a week.

A constant fear of that something very very expensive would brake around the next corner.

Sometimes people are making the mistake thinking they are looking at a 944 or 924. They usually come to there senses when they hear the V8 rumble.

Best things about owning this car:

That the car outperforms me. I have never ever even dared to try the top speed of the car. Maybe sometime in the future I will have the chance to try it out on the Autobahn.

The lines on this car is classic. The car is thirteen years old and still have the looks. People often get a surprise when I tell them the age of the car.

You will get some attention when owning this car. People often walk up to the car admiring it and asking questions when I am filling it up at the gas station or similar.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2004

30th Aug 2004, 01:57

Thank you for this review.

I too was about to buy a 928S4 due to its desirable combination of low (initial) price, performance and prestige.

However, I was swayed away when reading sad reports about possible high maintenance costs and bought a late model high performance Japanese car (WRX) instead.

Has anybody analysed how much more, on average, a 928S4 would cost compared to a late model Japanese car when taking depreciation, repairs and other running costs into account (assuming similar levels of every day usage)?

It would be an interesting article/story for a motoring journalist to pick up on wouldn't it?

1982 Porsche 928 S V8

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

Dream car with a soul

Faults:

The cruise control seemed rather odd. First day I bought the car I tried enabling it. Ended with me running about 180 km/h on a highway since it was impossible to turn the control off (had to put the gear in neutral and turn the car engine.. When starting it up afterwards, the rpm went to the roof again..) Never tried that feature since.

General Comments:

Overview:

The car I own is a "special edition" which means that there were only about 60 or so made by Porsche. The main difference between this car and the regular models of the same year is that the car is lower, wider and has a stronger engine (300 hps).

Cons:

If used for city driving, then it sucks fuel like a "black hole" (2-4 liters / 10 km)

Insurance is outrageously high (Gadget and dashboard descriptions are in German which might be annoying only if you don't know German) .

Pros:

If driving in the countryside the fuel consumption will be that of a Suzuki Swift (0.7 - 0.8 liters / 10 km).

The V8 sounds like music. Makes you wonder why the car was equipped with a stereo, since using that only spoils the pureness of the purring engine.

The sound of the twin turbo charging makes your stomach knot in anticipation of the coming G-force. It also makes a lot of your fellow commuters' heads turn.

The only maintenance ever needed have been regular "spring service" (change of fluids, sparking plugs..), changes of tires and brakes.

Does not rust (the whole car is made of aluminum)

Always starts on first try. It does not matter if it has been in the garage for 6 months or left at an airport parking for a month in -20 degrees Celsius.

Road handling. Taking a roundabout in 70 km/h is an easy feat, as is handling skidding on for ex. wet surface. If you ever see yourself in a situation where the car has thrust it's tail out 90 degrees, just counter-steer and let the throttle up and the car will do exactly as hoped it would. Mostly due to the perfect 50/50 weight distribution of the car.

Everything is in leather except for the windows :-) Every pretty detail.

Simple controls. No nonsense nicknacks. Large buttons for the scarce controls needed in the "cockpit". Controls made for a race driver wearing thick gloves.

Fun like !"#ยค to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2001

14th Apr 2001, 15:13

Check it out. First, the body should be galvanized steel, not aluminum. Second, if twin turboed, sounds strangely like an aftermarket. Frankly, the description of the car sounds a bit suspect. Are you certain of your facts? I've serviced a few and something doesn't seem proper.

Just curious.

15th May 2001, 13:06

I agree with the previous comment, I have been driving my 928 for the 8 or 9 years, it just does not add up.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews