1989 Porsche 911 Reviews

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6L Boxer from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.6L Boxer Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4 litre 6 cylinder turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Absolutely awesome

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 3.3 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

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

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews