1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 3.2 flat six from North America


I love this car


The fuel lines needed to be replaced.

The alternator needed to be replaced.

The valves needed to be adjusted.

The brake pads needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

The defining characteristic of the car is its mechanical feeling.

From the sounds, the feeling and even the smell of warm oil, you know you are in a machine.

The car never stops talking to you. You can feel the steering loading up as you go faster around corners. You can feel the brake pads pushing on the rotors.

After a long drive on a twisty road, when are stopped at a stop light, you can feel the throbbing motor behind you, begging you to flog it some more.

I researched 911s for years, buying books like "The Used 911 story" (highly recommended) and prowling websites to find out the strengths and weaknesses of each year and model. I finally settled on the Carrera 3.2, because it was old enough to be air cooled and not to have OBD II that would generate "Check Engine" error messages. However, they are new enough to have hydraulic clutches and smooth g50 transmissions. They have "Carrera" chain tensioners, so that there are no worries about failed tensioners. No problems with blown CIS air boxes either.

Take care of it and it will take care of you.

Do not buy these cars just to impress others. You have to commit -- till death do you part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2011

7th Oct 2015, 00:48

I have now owned this car for eight years and added 15,000 miles, and I have not changed my opinion except to note that prices have increased dramatically in the past two years, as prices of '64-'73 models have skyrocketed. Buy them now before they get out of reach!

I have spent under $1,000 upgrading the A/C (new compressor and barrier hoses) and it works much better now, but still far short of an average car. Of course, the A/C system is not the main reason to buy one of these, but it helps if you want the wife to go on weekend trips.

1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 from North America


I love my adult go-kart!


Nothing yet, I just bought the car. Only have had it for a month or so.

It's funny to me how certain parts are so outrageously expensive, while others (which would seem to be) are not.

General Comments:

I have always wanted a late 80's 911. This was THE car when I was in high school. I never thought I'd be fortunate enough to own one, but the time came and I jumped on it.; In my opinion '87 is the best aircooled year - first year of the G50 transmission, hydraulic clutch and better halogen headlights among other improvements.

It's a triple black cabriolet with the turbo body look (large tea tray fin, flared fenders and ground effects). It has also been lowered quite significantly. It's not refined, it's loud and stinks like an old German boat, but it's a blast to drive. The tires, top, all rubber and interior are brand new - the car looks nearly perfect. The previous 2 owners took excellent care of it - I have all service records since new, including all the above mentioned items.

It is nothing special below 4500 rpm, but above that, it's a screamer. The Fabspeed exhaust, cat by-pass, intake and performance chip have bumped hp to 250. This doesn't sound like much, but the light weight and torquey engine give the ride great 2nd and 3rd gear acceleration.

I could have bought a much newer one for the money, but this is one of the last handbuilt ones and the aircooled engine is easy enough for me to work on.

I hope to keep the car forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2010