1989 Porsche 928 Reviews

1989 Porsche 928 S4 5.0 V8 from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carBMW Z3

Summary:

A genuine supercar for £5,000

Faults:

Sump gasket.

Air con condenser.

HVAC system.

Drive shaft boot split.

Electric window fault.

Gear lever fell off.

Headlamp relay.

General Comments:

The car is superb, 20 years old, but you would not know it to drive.

It accelerates relentlessly, like an airplane on its takeoff run.

Handling is in a different league to other cars I have owned, and the brakes are incredible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2010

1989 Porsche 928 S4 5.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired63950 miles
Most recent distance64100 miles
Previous carHonda Odyssey

Summary:

Rumbling rage and claw-grip handling, packaged in an exquisite, sleek and under-appreciated beast

Faults:

One parking lamp is out, and was when I bought it. Getting serviced by the local Porsche dealership, so will see if my purchase was a good one. I am just thrilled to have a car of this caliber, and couldn't wait to tell all about it!

My fear when picking it up was driving it home 125 miles, through New York City (unavoidable). With stop-and-go traffic, I was concerned the car would overheat, or something would break down, and leave me stranded. It didn't. In fact, the longer I drove it, the more comfortable I became with my purchase.

General Comments:

I have never owned a sports car before taking possession of the 928 S4 -- always owned Hondas and Toyotas, and certainly have been pleased with their reliability. But I'm a big boy now, 39 years old, and wanted a big boy toy. The car is immaculate outside — showroom quality. Inside it's in very good-to-excellent condition, with only some dashboard cracking preventing it from being excellent. It has 64,000 miles on it, and the timing belt was changed by the previous owner at 50,000. It appears the prior owner used it as a secondary or even tertiary car, and took tremendous care of it.

Based upon the gauges while in use, the engine is sound. Oil pressure redlines when gas is given, and the thermostat works perfectly. The engine rumbles (and always puts a grin on my face); the accelerator pedal — though a bit stiff — causes the car to jump to attention when depressed at 60 MPH.

It's not the quickest car in the world, but above 60 MPH, it's a beast. It absolutely rockets from 60 to 85, and the V-8 snaps to when the tachometer hits 3000. It does not like running at anything less than 60 MPH, and the engine seems to grin at higher speeds. Good luck finding anything else on the road that can stick by its back bumper when you hit the accelerator on the highway.

Cornering is outstanding. The car does not dip at all around mild-to-sharp corners. I was amazed by it. Because the body's in great condition, it's a real head-turner, especially to those 35 years or older. The car's lines are gorgeous and classy. Pending my sprint to dealership for a check-up, I feel like I made a great value purchase.

The only problem I am faced with is its actual use. I cannot drive it to work, because I fear dings and scratches from those who do not appreciate an 18 year old car maintaining its showroom appearance. Additionally, I own one of perhaps three Porsches in my town, and not only will it attract attention, it probably will attract the unwanted kind.

And lastly, I kind of don’t want to use up the miles that are left in the car — I want to keep it young forever. Maybe it parallels life; we all want to remain young forever and anon. In any event, even for the short time I’ve had it, I love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2007

18th Mar 2007, 13:59

"I was concerned the car would overheat, or something would break down, and leave me stranded. It didn't."

- Your main worry while in NYC shouldn't have been that. Your main worry while in NYC should have been staying alive!

19th Mar 2007, 05:18

Well, I didn't see any broken-down, stripped cars on the sides of the roads, which is something I recall seeing with relative frequency in NYC. I have gone into the city only twice in the last 10 years, and that's two times too many. I abhor traffic and the city, but I have to say that it has become cleaner, though in my estimation its road are still unmanagable.

1989 Porsche 928 S4 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Exotic GT performance for a Ford price

Faults:

When I bought the car, the torque converter seal and pump seal were "weeping" fluid, so I had that fixed as well as having a stubborn heater control valve replaced. Total cost was about $2000.00.

General Comments:

This is a very well balanced high performance grand touring car. Unlike a sports car, which I don't consider it to be, it delivers wonderful driving pleasure in all kinds of real world situations; very few cars have limits as high as the 928. It can be safely braked at the apex of a high speed turn yet out-run just about every car on the road, 0-60 or 60-160. The cabin seating is comfortable and very well thought-out. The song that has the line "take the long way home" comes to mind whenever I get in this car. It can cruise comfortably forever on the open road, yet is a great daily driver, which is how I use my car.

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

Review Date: 12th April, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 3 reviews