1982 Porsche 928 928S "Euro" 4.7 Litre V8 from Australia and New Zealand
Best Value Super car ever,
Engine Misfire: fixed with new distributor cap, rotor, high tension leads and spark plugs.
Brakes worn out: Replaced front and rear discs as well as pads.
Speedometer Failed: Had grounds fixed.
Drivers side seat bolster needed repadding.
Passenger side seat bolster needed re-welding.
Rear Wiper switch failed. Replaced all four central console switches.
Sunroof leaked: cleared out drain holes.
Blew oil cooler hose off, pumped out all oil. Replaced oil cooler hoses.
Alternator charging low. Replaced with Ford item.
Left side windscreen washer fouled. Tubing replaced.
Dash vents bent upwards by sun: windscreen removed, leather glued back down.
Oil leak at front of engine cam seals. Seals replaced.
3-Speed Mercedes Automatic Transmission "hunted" when cold. Flushed and serviced transmission.
Passenger seat raising switch failed: replaced.
Battery compartment re-sealed, and padded.
Leather in excellent condition for 24 year old car, apart from one small rip.
1 fuel jet replaced, was causing slight misfire at startup.
Rear hatch gas struts wouldn't hold hatch up: reconditioned them.
No lights behind HVAC controls: replaced.
These things cost around $3790 in the first 6 months of owning the car. The previous owner had failed to properly maintain the car, but the major items are now complete. Looking forward to trouble free motoring now.
Nothin' like a Land Shark!
The 300HP Euro-spec 4.7 Litre motor is now putting out about 320 due to a modified exhaust (NZ has fairly lax emmissions and noise laws) and expansion chamber. Sounds bloody great!
Goes like a scolded weasel, but not so quick from a standing start. A WRX will take me down, but once we get on the open road, the 928S is arguably the world's greatest GT car ever. (The new Bentley W12 is probably the newly crowned king though.) Changes down into first gear for overtaking at 100 kph, and pulls like a school boy all the way to the top speed of 157 mph or so.
Make damn sure your cars wheels are well balanced, and the car is thoroughly prepared before attempting speeds in excess of 120 mph. Ensure the car brakes in a straight line from 100 mph beforehand. No ABS on these babies.
Car is supremely comfortable, and you jump out of the thing after 6 hours of driving fresher than when you climbed into it.
It really is "The iron fist in a velvet glove."
Economy isn't terrible compared to my previous Turbo RX7, but if you're coming from a 2 litre sedan, you'll be horrified at the pump. Car purports to only accept 98 Octane premium grade petrol. It seems to run on 91 OK, but I pamper the thing with 98 whenever it is available.
The car is a genuine pleasure to drive and it is as easy to drive at 1 mph as it is at 101 mph. (Many supercars are extremely hard to drive at low speeds.) The 50/50 weight split make it very neutral handling, and the car is very forgiving. Often, the only way you know the wheels are spinning is because engine revs are too high, or you can hear it: you really have to be savage with the wheel, or the gas pedal before the tail will break wide.
Saying this however, it is relatively easy to get the tail wide if you want, even without "holding" the A/T transmission. It is very predictable and easy to control, and I have never been surprised by it.
The car will understeer slightly ahead of the apex, and do tail out after, if provoked.
Heavy car means lots of tyre wear, depending on compaound.
Heavy brakes: takes a big big push to lock the brakes.
Heavy steering: especially when stopped, or travelling slowly.
Indicator stalks on wrong side for Right Hand Drive car. This is annoying!
Infinitely variable intermittent wipers are superb.
Build quality is second to none.
Very expensive to maintain - but getting one which has depreciated to just 5% of its purchase price (in relative terms) means being able to afford to maintain it properly. Total Cost Of Ownership is arguably less than spending twice the price on a WRX.
Best tip for 928 Ownership: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BUDGET 928, ONLY A BUDGET **FOR** A 928.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th July, 2006