1985 Porsche 928 Reviews

1985 Porsche 928 S2 4.7 V8 from UK and Ireland

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz CL

Summary:

One of a kind

Faults:

New ECU.

New fuel pump.

General Comments:

Well what can I say? It is 27 years old and still performs as it should.

Like Marmite; you either love it or hate it. I love it. I have had an S and an S4 in the past, but my money is very much on the S2. That is the one for me.

You get first thing in the car, and every morning a smile is on your face! What a glorious noise.

You need to know what you are doing when driving it (would not recommend it to a new driver, no offence) but once you are at ease and understand it, you are well rewarded.

Well balanced and plenty of torque is a good recipe in my book.

I drive it everyday for work and enjoy every minute of it. Had a few "scary" moments, but every time it was my fault. Very forgiving when you are not focused.

Just love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2012

1985 Porsche 928 S 5.0 V8 32V from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 32V Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

A living, breathing, loyal warrior of a dying breed

Faults:

The 1985 Porsche 928S is truly, PERFECT artwork in motion or standing still. Do not purchase one of these highly advanced & prestigious creations of automotive history if you have to worry about an expense of any type.

The 928S is exactly that.. A perfect automotive creation built between 30 and 12 years ago (respectively), by the highest regarded German engineers & craftsmen in the world... And what they made was TRUE perfection!

Enter the Porsche 928S 32V automotive masterpiece. Any and all automobiles will have issues & problems, especially 12 to 30 year old super cars due mainly to the owner's enthusiasm or lack there of.

Records of service & preventative maintenance, as well as vehicle history, are essential to purchasing one of these machines. Parts are expensive, but you will barely need them as long as you do what is required.

Finally, the true key to these phenomenal machines is your decision of who will do the necessary work when these infrequent times occur. My advice is that you don't use just any of the current & highly regarded Porsche Factory technicians (usually, younger & mainly experienced in 911s')... But that you do take the time to find a true Porsche 928 german Master Technician (as I have), who PRIDES himself on his work & knowledge of these masterpieces.

General Comments:

The GOLDEN RULE: The 1985 Porsche 928S 32V is the most perfect super car ever made... As long as you treat this piece of art with the respect to which it deserves... It will always find in its 5.0 Litre (Black Forest) soul to never fall from your GRACE!

Find yourself a well cared for example with all service records, & conduct the routine & preventative maintenance with the RIGHT 928S Technician/ARTIST, and I truly believe you will encounter a smile on you face every time you engage the ignition... For ALL FUTURE YEARS TO COME.

I personally have owned several immaculate Porsche models throughout the years and currently, 911's, 944's & 928S. With that prior knowledge & experience, it is with fair ease that I consider the 928S the king of its automotive domain.

STYLE, INTEGRITY, RELIABILITY, PERFORMANCE, LUXURY, & ITS UNWAIVERING SOUL & DESIRE TO PLEASE ITS DRIVER/OWNER.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2007

1985 Porsche 928 S 5.0 liter 32V from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 liter 32V Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

A high performance steal

Faults:

A/C leaks

O2 sensor lead shorted to exhaust heat shield causing near-fire behind fuse panel.

Lots of minor electrical problems - most fairly easy to fix.

Things that don't work and are not easy to fix (for me) - windshield washer system; rear hatch remote latch; seat heater; warning light that comes on every time I turn on the exterior lights indicating an exterior light is burned out; leather is cracked and shrunken in certain locations.

General Comments:

Great performance. Few new cars can match the way it drives. Engine and transmission are smooth and tight. Brakes, steering, suspension all great. Maintenance can be expensive and finding a decent mechanic who knows the car can be difficult.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2002

1985 Porsche 928 S 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A little-known bargain priced dream machine

Faults:

A few things have gone wrong, but nothing surprising from an 18 year old car. Some of the rubber hoses under the need replacing since they have hardened over the years and now have slight leaks. Nothing bad enough yet has happened to require a mechanic.

General Comments:

It's a wonderful car. It takes a ton of abuse and asks for more. It's by far the most comfortable car I've ever been seated in, especially on long rides. It has a great deal of front passenger leg room. The engine sounds very impressive and turns heads all the time. The styling of the car keeps those heads from turning back. It's not a drag-racer, but it drives smooth as silk over 100 mph. If you have the willingness to do your own preventive maintenance, this car will actually cost you less than a new family sedan overall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd July, 2002

1985 Porsche 928 S 5.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired27500 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles

Summary:

The best sports car ever produced

Faults:

Absolutely nothing where regular maintenance is followed.

Timing belt went at 35000.

Valve cover gaskets leaked at 55000.

Seat adjustments went at 65000.

General Comments:

Car is an absolutly great handler.

Good on gas for what it is.

Replacement parts are absolutly absurdly priced.

Synthetic oil is best for this car.

Seats are great for long distances.

Tires for this car are costly as you will only get 35000 out of them period.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2001

19th Nov 2007, 01:27

Timing belt went at 35000 miles! I drove 100,000 miles on my car and then replaced it without any problem. Porsche recommended 45000-60000 miles interval in the old days, but with new belt technology they new interval is 100,000 miles if you your water-pump, tensioner and rollers are in good working condition. You better not be in the Porsche part business making 928 owners paranoid.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews