1987 Porsche 924 S 2.5L N/A from North America
Modest and reliable
Since the car was bought from a secondhand owner, the shock absorbers (dampers), fuses, hood damper, positive battery terminal, power window switches, ignition wires, distributor, front passenger side control arms and belts were worn or defective.
Muffler and muffler mounts corroded after 2 months of ownership.
Minor oil leaks coming from the oil cooler, but no coolant and oil mixing (phew).
Headlights were incorrectly adjusted the first time the car was bought.
Minor leak on the rooftop due to clogged drain holes.
Tires wore out after 10,000 miles of use.
Leak on the passenger side of the car coming from the carpets.
Upholstery leather on the rooftop were peeling off.
Radiator coolant was tested acidic after 8000 miles of use.
Coolant drain plug from the head gasket corroded.
Rear brake calipers and axle studs replaced and tightened, respectively.
Front sway bar bushings are wearing out.
Like every secondhand car out there, my Porsche 924 S was seriously lacking the necessary maintenance it needed from its owner. The car was bought by my dad as a project car for us to work on. We fixed most of the problems stated above except for the oil leak and the interior leak on the passenger side.
Overall, the car is pretty quick and averages about 23-25 mpg on both highway and street driving. It handles almost as well as most sport cars of today, which is fun on any road with lots of apexes and corners.
I used to drive a BMW 325e as an everyday driving car until it was stolen and crashed after a police pursuit.:(So my dad decided to give me the car, which I admit, a bit better than my late Bimmer cause it's faster and lighter (2670 lbs/1211 kg). Better power to weight ratio, better handling, I just LOVE IT!^_^
Interior is a little more roomier than the 944 (I've been in a 1989 turbo and the back seats are terrible since the dashboard protrudes more toward the front seats). Yet my passengers (as long as you're not over 5'4 ft) feel uncomfortable at the back after 2-3 hours of driving which is why I gave 8 on the comfort marks. But I can't complain since there's about only 7500 of this 924 model all over the world.
The body, well... it's OK. It's got its share of small dents and scratches, but I can't complain cause it's rust free and still has that nice red paint on it. I'll take care of it later.
The damper rubber plate on the differential housing wore off after three years of ownership. Luckily found the part for $500 on ebay, new! It is regularly priced for $1200 in Pelican Parts. Up until now, it's still running great, with all the usual maintenance and fun driving on the hills and highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd March, 2008
What year was your BMW? I just bought an 87 924 and I think it's cool if that car actually handles better than some bimmers.
My BMW was a 1987 model. Currently I switched back to another BMW. It is a 325i e30 with an automatic transmission, and all I can say is it is WAY BETTER than my late BMW and my 924S.
I decided to switch back to BMW after my 924S had a malfunction with its flywheel, which would cost about $3000+. I don't know if you can call it totaled, but for that much... sadly, it was no longer a practical investment.
I am much happier now with my BMW that is as powerful as the 924S, more fuel economic and for its practicality. So, be wary of the trans-axle setup with Porsche 944s and 924s, because the repair costs may cause you to reconsider... I miss my Porsche.: (
Earlier 924's had a problem with the battery acid getting on the fire wall and eating small holes on the passenger side. Any water from the wind shield would get into the carpets on the passenger side. Could be the problem with wet carpets.
I am the writer for this car review. Last Spring my 924S was put to storage after my transmission had failed. I did change the fluid three years ago, so I think it was because of age. It's going to be fixed sometime as soon as I get a hold of a used transmission in good condition.
I did not find any holes from the battery terminal. I suspect it is a weatherstrip from the door...
$3000 to replace a flywheel? That has to be dealer labor rates.
It's not that bad of a job if you're mechanically inclined... I've replaced clutches on these cars, and it's really not that difficult. Time consuming, yes, but not hard if you have a decent set of tools.