1980 Porsche 924 Turbo Series1 2.0L turbo from UK and Ireland
An under-rated performance bargain
First gear synchro ring is very worn and requires the gearbox main shaft to be replaced - Very expensive (£1000 for the part alone!) so beware if you are thinking of buying a 924 Turbo! This problem manifests itself as difficulty in slotting the gearbox into first gear especially when changing from 2nd into first.
Hydraulic clutch slave cylinder leaked. Slave cylinder replaced.
Drive shaft bolt missing (not dangerous if only one missing)
Badly corroded fuel lines and brake pipes.
Badly worn front seats.
Gear knob leather perished.
Leaking front shock absorber.
Absolutely stunning performance for the money : 0-60 in about 7 seconds and 140MPH top speed. 50/50 weight distribution (since the gearbox is at the back) and therefore very pleasant handling. The vehicle rolls a bit on cornering as shock absorbers are a bit soft, but can be replaced with Bilstein sport inserts at the front (if the vehicle has Sachs screw in type struts) and completely new shocks at the back. Seat is very low in cabin, so beware if you are shorter than 5ft6". Steering wheel can foul your legs if you are tall so beware if you are 6ft+. Gear change is a bit slow, but in gear acceleration is fantastic. Turbo lag is monumental, but once 3000 revs arrives, be prepared for a push in the back especially off the line in first gear! If the road is long and clear ahead at the lights, be prepared to leave the plebs behind you over the horizon!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th March, 2003
11th Jun 2008, 18:28
Turbo lag is NOT !!!! monumental,
Turbo lag is minimal and in mine I get full boost at 2000.
In fact I find its one of the least laggy cars I have driven.
1st Mar 2010, 20:54
I second very little turbo lag... that and how many miles did you have on yours? No problem with first for me, but a little with reverse.