1985 Porsche 924 Reviews

1985 Porsche 924 Lux 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carPorsche 924

Summary:

Fantastic introduction to Porsche driving experience

Faults:

Nothing other than fair wear and tear.

Head gasket died in its sleep at or about the normal time in the expected place - between cyl 4 and the water jacket.

Dash board cracks, shocks replaced, brakes, discs batteries etc etc. Nothing significant.

In fact I changed most things just for fun. Rebuilt the brakes front and rear, shocks and inserts front and rear.

General Comments:

The later 924, from 1982-1983 onwards is a fantastic car and is a real pleasure to drive. Build quality is fantastic, and things work for a long time.

My car was 21 years old when I bought it. I threw my previous one into a ditch at speed and wrote it off, and immediately went out and bought another, even better.

I rebuilt a lot of the important safety elements eg brakes and suspension, as well as doing a lot of work on the engine, alternator and starter motor. Generally I have more fun with cars underneath them than in them. (I am like that with boats as well. I prefer them on dry land!) Anyway the Porsche is very easy to work on for the DIY mechanic.

Can't find any fault with it. Anything that went wrong was due to age and wear and tear. I would recommend the 924 to anyone who wanted to experience owning a Porsche. To be honest, most people don't recognise it so don't get one to impress anyone.

When I was a teenager, I could recognise one by the sound and lusted after all the 924s and 944s I saw out on the streets. Nowadays, kids will drool over a Toyota Starlet Glanza and wouldn't recognise a Porsche if they were hit by one.

Anyway, if you want to have some fun driving, then it is definitely worth a go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2010

1985 Porsche 924 Lux 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Sunroof lifting bits (£300), fuel pump, door handle broke, discs needed polishing, over heated a lot, gear knob came loose, bonnet pistons would not hold it up, badge got nicked, exhaust needed replacing & loads more.

General Comments:

This car had a 944 body kit fitted, it was virtually impossible to tell that it was a 924 (well worth doing). I should have had the car properly inspected before I bought it - I still would have bought it but I could have got it for less.

I sold it about two years ago, the pain of the running costs is now fading and I am thinking about buying a 944.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1985 Porsche 924 S 2.5 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Big end bearing at 100,000km.

All bearings had to be replaced, replaced clutch as well..

Front wheel bearings replaced, cracked front discs, then warped front discs (not genuine).

General Comments:

After the big problems I've done the last 70,000km (2 years) without any complaint.

Excellent fuel economy, but parts for the S-type are very expensive.

Fast, elegant, comfortable, a wolf in sheepskin!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews