1983 Porsche 928 Reviews

1983 Porsche 928 S2 4.7L from UK and Ireland

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.7L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles
Previous carPorsche 928

Summary:

It makes me happy!

Faults:

Nothing has actually gone wrong! It has taken a while to sort the existing problems. This is a combination of my hopelessness at getting it organised, and the cost of doing it.

The problems so far fixed:

Air conditioning.

Front suspension.

Timing belt.

Water pump.

Remains to be done:

Refresh the paint.

Refresh the interior.

ICE.

General Comments:

I have used the car almost as a daily driver for the last year. I love it.

The fuel economy is not so bad! Slightly better than the 4.4 BMW I also run. 28 MPG going through Germany at 3000rpm (110 mph)!!

The performance is amazing, and the handling awe inspiring.

How so much performance, quality and fun can cost so little is a wonder!

They used to say that if you are a real petrol head, you should run an Alfa once in your life.

I say if you are a real petrol head, run a 928!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2012

1983 Porsche 928 S 4.7 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired75500 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles

Summary:

The ultimate GT... buy one before they get expensive!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with it, aside from bringing some services up to date. I'm fortunate in that I can do pretty much all repairs myself.

I'll post back in the future once I put more miles on it.

Things to fix: cruise control, HVAC, leather repair, etc... It's 28 years old :)

General Comments:

These cars are built to a very high standard with quality materials. Regular maintenance goes a long way.

I would suggest that typically, electrical items will need attention on the 928. Simply removing, cleaning, installing new fuses and relays on the fuse panel will do amazing things for the 928. Lot's of write-ups on the net.

If you're handy around a car and don't mind learning as you go, you've found your dream car :)

My 1983 928S is the perfect daily driver. With the 4spd auto, I average 25+ mpg driven sensibly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2011

1983 Porsche 928 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carPorsche 928

Summary:

Get one while you can!

Faults:

Transmission Rebuild

Oil Leaks.

General Comments:

This is an awesome car! Beautiful and fun. Find a mechanic who really knows these cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2006

1983 Porsche 928 "s" 4.7 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles

Summary:

An affordable super-car!

Faults:

My speedometer failed, and I have yet to repair!

General Comments:

The tachometer is very handy when cruising down the freeway. I have a 1983 928s with the 4 speed automatic. While in 4th gear I was cruising at 4200 rpm with pedal to spare. I cannot begin to satisfactorily explain how solid, and secure this car felt. I have owned many fast, and well built cars, but… this 928 is hands down the most fun of any that I have had the pleasure of owning. In some regards I feel a bit spoiled as I am a professional mechanic, and do not have to pay any labor rates!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2005

1983 Porsche 928 s Euro 4.7L V8 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.7L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance60001 miles
Previous carToyota 4x4

Summary:

Best handling car the common person can drive

Faults:

Gone wrong you ask? Well if you ask me nothing has ever gone wrong with the car. But I have had to repair and replace a few parts from wear and tear. Remember nothing truly last forever on a car.

First thing to ever be repaired was the engine management computer. Just due to time and nature, I had to have one made for the car. There are very few replacement parts for the true Euro Porsche cars available, so my friend had to have one made for me.

Next thing to be repaired was the transmission. This was a big job to take on. After being rebuilt 3 times it was just replaced. Be it true or not I think the only thing to go wrong was there venture with Mercedes in making this 3 speed. But once working it is the best thing in a Porsche 928. Any true owner knows the 928 was made for and with a 3 or 4 speed, depending on model and year, automatic transmission.

Replaced the tires for z rated ones for better handling and safety at high speeds.

And of course like any older car I have replaced instead of repairing the leather seats. I am still working on idea for the dash and pod right now.

General Comments:

The example stated when typing this review said it best. “This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails."

I would like to dispel a few comments I have seen on this site mostly about the Euro models. First; in the USA there has been no difference in insuring this car or any of my other Porsche cars that are euro spec to date for me. This car is not made out of completely aluminum, but there is about 15% made out of galvanized steel. The rest is mainly aluminum and or course all the normal trim of leather and plastics.

I can only speak on behalf of the Euro spec 928 as my US spec 928 is only for autocross and I do not feel it would fall under normal conversation of the 928. My 928 with VIN# WPOZZZ92ZDS840672 (for all you guys that like to look it up) is simply put as a beast of a super car. It is not an American or Japanese car claiming to be a sports car for a few reasons. You cannot simply jump in and take off racing every thing out there. You must know and understand cars and mostly powerful cars to drive it. It takes skill, knowledge and practice to handle a car like this. But once you have a little you will see why this car was made for the road with no speed limit. I have cruised at over 140+, with a passenger, and still the car wanted to move. It was pure magic, it is like the car is part of you as corny as that sounds.

If you’re looking to buy a 928 study is what I would tell you. As I am sure you have already seen numerous times, get ready to work on it. I was raised right outside of Stuttgart Germany so I was lucky enough to be around them often. I do a lot of the work myself saving only the ether safety or large jobs to my friends at GPS International here in El Paso, TX. I would buy the shop manuals with no doubt as my first purchase once I got my 928 home. They will cost you, but will save countless amounts of time and money if doing the work yourself.

In closing seems I have become long winded, so sorry for that. If you should have any questions or want any help finding information on the 928 please email me @ Porsche928euros@hotmail.com.

Good luck and be safe out there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2005

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 7 reviews