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.
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.