1974 Porsche 914 2.0 from North America
Awesome handling, fair reliability, some practicality
Lots of wear and tear.
Poorly-repaired previous accident damage.
Engine needed full overhaul at about 110,000 miles (on the odometer; more likely at least 200,000 miles more than that on the car from other evidence).
Transmission needed full overhaul at about 120,000 miles (indicated).
Fuel injection troubles have plagued the car since shortly after the engine rebuild.
Amazing cornering and handling with the stock suspension. Even better with the small modifications that I have made.
Simple enough to work on yourself, for the most part.
It feels underpowered, but it can still get out of its own way.
Not the most reliable car in the world, but endless fun when you get to some windy twisty roads!
It gets fair to good fuel mileage.
The removable roof panel lets you enjoy topless driving, but is more secure than a canvas roof.
Makes a great little race car with just a few modifications!
Carries a tremendous amount of stuff for how small it is--two trunks really are better than one!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2005
WOW I am glad that your mentioned the bike!! I have had 2 914's. The first one was yellow and matched my Schwinn Paramount. When the Paramount was stolen, I replaced it with a silver Paramount. Of course I sold the yellow 914 and purchased a silver 914. I still have both the 914 and the Paramount with great memories of packing the Schwinn into the trunk and heading out to meet the bike club, Sunday mornings, in Evanston, IL.
911 guy's apply gas in the corners not the brakes. The tail gets happy if you don't. That's the best way, my Porsche little brother. I have a 911 but do love these 914s. Aircooled is simply the way to go. Porsche is the only way to go. It's simple 911 turbo look 84-89, then a 914 in great condition.
My concern is the 914 body and frame is not galvanized and are prone to rust, as 911s are dipped and electro plated.
Porsche started galvanizing 911s in around 1977, so all previous ones were just as prone to rust as the 914s.