1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 from Australia and New Zealand


87-89 911 Carrera, must have car


DME relay, high beam switch, odometer, shifter bush.

General Comments:

This car is a legend. It is still superb to drive (handles, accelerates and brakes brilliantly), even compared to modern day sports cars.

The car feel indestructible in most aspects; actually if it wasn't so light (not to mention its gorgeous and unique looks) you would call it a tank because it feels so darn solid. The maintenance is simple and reasonable in cost.

Compared to today's cars everything is incredibly solid; the body, engine, transmission, bearings, hinges, interior trim, even the switches feel unbreakable.

Actually, these cars were designed / could be tracked and then driven home. Today one would require a GT3 for the same equivalent, in my opinion.

The modern day 911 is faster, however it's like driving any new Japanese or Korean car, it lacks character, and they have made it near impossible to maintain by the owner.

Mine has never been crashed, and is always garaged, hence it still has the original paint and it's still so deep and glossy.

I did a few mods, though nothing to depreciate it (it is a factory / Australian delivered RH drive). The main reason was to reduce its weight.

Removed the A/C components (A/C was a joke anyway) and installed a Steve Wong Chip (to advance the ignition).

Additionally, I removed about 60 - 65 kg of what I believe to be unnecessary mass from the car. Hence, a combination of the chip and mass reduction has made the car feel a lot more responsive on the throttle.

Naturally, all the parts I have kept, just in case.

These cars were designed and built in an era when they were designed and engineered to last and endure. Sadly this is not the case today, no matter what the salesmen tries to spin on you.

Simply, I would find it very difficult to part with this car. Additionally, they seem to have appreciated significantly recently, which is a nice thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2016

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6L Boxer from North America


It is a 911, what more is there to say.


Secondary distributer belt broke at 58,000 miles.

Front brake calipers seized and had to be replaced at 65,000 miles.

Engine mounts replaced at 62,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is my first Porsche and now after owning this car for some time really understand why people say the 911 is the best sports car in the world. It is a sports car that can be driven daily. Also since it is all-wheel drive, snow is not a problem.

Sure the car is 17 years old, but it still has great power and handling. I did add a few performance enhancements to it, exhaust, intake, and a chip. While also at the same time removing weight from the car. So with these changes the car does feel remarkably quicker.

I absolutely love this car, and highly recommend it to anyone who has always loved 911's. Also you do not have to be rich to own one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2006

27th May 2006, 20:01

I had an '89 C4 for three years between 1999 and 2002 and loved every minute of it. With only 44K miles, I believed that it would go forever, but I got nervous with a then 13 year old car that I drove daily. I sold it and have regretted that day for over four years. I agree whole heartedly with your review and hope you will keep the car until the wheels fall off!

17th Oct 2007, 16:47

These cars are unique, but certainly nothing like "the best sportscar in the world" - please try to be objective in spite of your warm feelings. Rear engine means unstable handling at the limit that deamands respect and special care. Bit too soft too in my opinion. Great feel-some steering though.

17th Nov 2007, 17:18

I think to the owner who wrote the original review, it is probably "the best sports car in the world". I too believe they are special. To those with limited driving abilities they can be a challenge. One has to learn how to get the best from a 911 and some never do. That is OK providing they know their limitations. When they do "get it", it is quite a machine when used correctly.

It certainly is not the car at fault. Look at the race and rally history to confirm their all round abilities in motorsports. I hope you continue to enjoy your Carrera.

1989 Porsche 911 930 Turbo Cabriolet 3.4 litre 6 cylinder turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Absolutely awesome


Rear view mirror falls off.

Battery dies very quickly.

Problems with ignition switch.

General Comments:

Insanely fast.

Great for cruising.

Good for track work if it had a roll bar!

As per usual very cramped inside, but a quick squirt of the accelerator and you don't care.

Requires PULP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2004

1989 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Continuous immobiliser problems, resulting in the car having to be towed to the dealer several times.

Battery goes flat quickly, mainly due to lack of use.

General Comments:

Last time the car went to the dealers for the alarm to be looked at, we received a non-Porsche set of keys (we are still trying to get them back).

Running costs are huge, although servicing costs have been more than fuel (car has only done 7500).

Sports suspension means scraping the chin on speed bumps and other inclined surfaces. The car would have been sold if only I could get the right money for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th January, 1999