I also own a 1987 924 s in white color. Only about 60,000 miles, but I did not pay attention and the timing belt broke. I live in PA and the quotes I am getting is around $6,000 for the job. Being 70 years old I do not think I want to try to do the job. Any suggestions what to do?
Once fixed this car would go probably an other 100,000 miles.
The timing belt and valve rework should be on the order of $2000-$3000 not $6000 unless there was more damage.
Hey I am looking to buy a 924 s and was just wondering if it is worth the buy... sounds like it would be a good investment and it is going for only $3500. any advice or things to look for?
If you have the opportunity to buy a 924s, DO IT! I owned one for 2 years, and it was the most fun car I've ever driven. I agree with the commenter above... that driving a Porsche for the first time is like having your eyes opened! A very solid sports car, and has a timeless Daytona body style. I picked mine up with 88k miles in Northern California for $2200, so if you plan on spending $3500, make sure it has meticulous records, lower mileage, etc to justify the higher price.
924S OWNER SINCE 2006.
This is a really a machine in a respect of how well balance it is. How can someone can think of this in 1987.
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I owned a black 87 924S and it was OK, I mean the body was in pretty good condition. It was also a true import the VIN number was WPOZZZ instead of the American WPOAA.
Here is what went wrong with it...
Blown head gasket, corroded head, worn out valves... total job: 3K.
Fuel pump went out: $500.
Fuel pump relay went out: $45.
Radiator auxiliary fan switch went out: $70.
Speedo started bouncing at 108K: that would have ran about $400.
Wrecked it in to a pole bending an A-Arm on the frame... I gave it away to someone else who had the time for it...
It was my first car I was 17 when I got it, wasn't the fastest thing, but it wasn't the slowest either, considering it only had 147HP stock, but when I got my head job done, I had the cylinder head milled and the valve ports, ported and polished.. Never had it dynoed because I was not really into racing... It has damn good acceleration considering it is a 4 cylinder, but that is with the help of the 3.89 final drive ratio; the major difference in the tranny of the 924S and the 944 is that the 5th gear is not an overdrive in the 924S, so it has the power and gearing to go all the way to the redline, which is I'm guessing 150mph, I did this when my speedo was bouncing so yeah...
As far as the poor wet traction; trust me, I know, I LOST MY DRIVERS LICENSE FOR THIS WHILE IT WAS RAINING AND I WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF A COP... YEAH.
It was a good car, expensive maintenance though, but that's what it takes to own a Porsche.
I'm proud owner of '86 Porsche 924s since 1998. That's the best car I've ever drove, whether you're driving it in the city or using it for racing.
I live in Europe where streets are small (smaller than those in states), and that's the real Porsche's playground; its precise steering and good torque will give you certain pleasure that you won't forget soon.
I changed the whole engine on my car (it wasn't problem to find one in Germany) and tune it a little bit. It goes like bullet, you just have to have good tires and be careful with over-steering.
The only problem I had was regarding lights (relay was fried). If you buy it in good shape you won't regret it. And remember: YOU CAN'T TREAT YOUR PORSCHE AS A PERSON, YOU MUST LOVE IT!
My Dad gave me his 924S about 2 years ago. Then, the timing belt broke! It was just replaced too! So now, I'm doing a rebuild with my Dad, and am going to outfit it for Autocross at the same time. Note to people wanting a Porsche of any kind: You get what you pay for. If it is a super low price, the first thing you should ask is "Whats wrong with it?" Also, ask the seller if he has any records. Records are you FRIENDS, and can tell you a lot about the car. Ask to see the car first BEFORE you buy it. There may be some problems the seller is not showing. And if he says he did the timing job him/herself... Well, I really would not trust it, so RUN, don't walk, away. There is a special tool needed for that anyhow. So, watch out for sneaky sellers, and remember to take care of the engine!
And give your new baby a good bath/polishing to make her feel at home ;)
I have a simple 924 from 1981, it is the best little cracking car ever. Yes it does break down from time to time, but no more than my XJ6 Daimler Jaguar 1986, or my other Porsche 928 from 1986.
I am not a millionaire and bought those car for £500, £400 and £5000.
The 924 is the only I will keep, it does not look too posing but it is still a Porsche. I hear all those idiots who said it is not a real Porsche, but a Audi/VW...Yes they are right, like most of the first Porsche's, just read the history...
924 - best Porsche ever, and cheaper to fix!
The 924S 1987-1988 are truly a rare breed. They are the lighter version of a 944, which makes them a bit quicker due to the non flared fenders. I would consider them as 944RS.
As a PORSCHE, the 924S handling is superb. The design is classically timeless as a PORSCHE should be.
I used to have a 1987 924S. Great car, except for the maintenance. The 944 was supposed to have the narrow body, like the 924. But, when a new President came into Porsche, he saw the drawings of the 944 Turbo, with the wide fenders. He said, I want those on the 944. That is why there is such a small difference in looks between the 944 and the turbo model. The regular 944 should have had the narrow body and the turbo model the wide flared fenders. So, the 924S was really the 944 that was originally intended. Neat, huh?
I have a chance to buy a 1987 924s running, but needs clutch work, and it also has no title. The body looks to be in good shape and the interior is decent. The owner is asking $1200 or best offer. Should I run or consider it?
If you come across any car that has no title, I would highly advise to walk away. That or get the current owner (seller) to go to the DMV and get a new one issued. If they are unwilling to do that, there's something amiss.
I bought my 87 924s used 2 years ago. It had small issues when I had it, but as a commenter earlier said, I have had fun sourcing parts for it online, which really are better than going to a dealer.
What I also have done is buy the Chiltons/Haynes repair manuals, the 944 tech book, and a factory repair manual in PDF format on disc that I use to conduct all of my repairs. These are INVALUABLE tools to keep your Porsche 924s in tip-top running shape. If you do your own work, then you will save a TON of money, PLUS have the satisfaction to say that " I did that myself!". It's really much easier than you may think to do your own maintenance.
There was a comment that said "you may sometimes wonder who the hell designed this thing!", which is very true, but if you have found a 924s in your price range, it runs, and especially if there's documentation on it, then JUMP ON IT! You will not regret owning it. If you put classic plates on it the plates and insurance are great on it as well!
I often have to drive 3-4 hours away for military duty, and this is my car of choice. There's plenty of cargo space, and I average 35 MPG on the highway. YES 35!!! That beats the hell out of anything else I have to drive!!
If you have sourcing questions, or anything else, you can reach me at email@example.com. Best of luck!!