1974 Porsche 914 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Awesome handling, fair reliability, some practicality

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

19th Jan 2006, 15:51

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.

6th Dec 2009, 22:06

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.

12th Feb 2010, 10:35

Porsche started galvanizing 911s in around 1977, so all previous ones were just as prone to rust as the 914s.

1973 Porsche 914 /4 1.6 4 cylinder. from North America

Summary:

A fun little car for the short time I had it

Faults:

Nothing had gone wrong with this car before it was wrecked on a slippery road.

General Comments:

A very fun, classic car.

The vehicle was especially fun with the removable top off.

A cool feature about the removable top was that it was easily stored in the trunk, so you always had it with you.

A serious attention-getter.

For such a small car, due to the rear-set engine, had lots of legroom.

Overall a very fun to drive car for the short time I had it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2005

1971 Porsche 914 1.7 from North America

Summary:

A fun, unreliable toy

Faults:

What things haven't is a better question.

The transmission had to be rebuilt (broke while shifting while driving), and it is still leaking from time to time.

The Odometer intermittently works.

The parking break was fixed, but recently has started to go weak again (something with rear break calipers?).

The horn has stopped working, twice.

The starter had to be replaced because it refused to work when the car was hot.

And ALL of this went wrong w/in 4,000 miles!

General Comments:

The car handles like a dream. It's a gas to drive fast on mountain roads, but highway driving is another story. The small engine makes passing a huge pain on uphills, and to go anything over 50 requires you to be in 4th to maintain power on hills.

The targa top is awesome. You can drive with it off in winter here (San Fran bay area) with the heater going, and the heater keeps it warm.

I recommend this as a toy, nothing more. As a daily driver, you will be horribly disapointed with the reliability, and if you want to work on it yourself, remember, the engine is a HUGE pain to get at.

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

Review Date: 25th July, 2004

3rd Feb 2005, 23:10

I have owned a 914 for about 6 years now, and would like to partially disagree with the above comments. A 914 in good shape is quite reliable; a 914 in moderate to poor shape is not reliable at all. It is, after all, powered by a very tough (though not overly powerful) VW engine; the problem is that the cars are 40 years old and wearing out. If you can bring a car back to stock condition it will take you anywhere. The car is incredibly well designed, capable of cruising at 85mph all day (the engine can handle the rpms fine, only your ears might get annoyed!) or just cruising at slow speed on back country roads. It is also an automatic smile: it doesn't matter where you are going, the mere action of driving this little go-cart will make you grin.