I found the Porsche 928 engine a very logical and thought-out design. There is no real difficulty in the maintenance. My first encounter with a 928 was back in the early 90s, and it involved a distributor that was removed, with the timing becoming disturbed after that. (I had not yet been involved) I was able to get the car running in less than 90 min. and following a brief fine tuning, the owner was so happy he didn't even mind the fact that I laid a patch 18' long on the street "making sure" the car was up to snuff.
Expensive? If the price of parts is a problem, don't consider a Ferrari a Lamborghini or a Maserati. Check that. Look up the price for parts and labor on the Italian stallions, and parts for the 928 suddenly become much more reasonable. (wink)
928-It is a Porsche and it is, in my opinion, the very best Porsche in the line-up. The design is proved with regards to the Datsun Z series or better still the Jaguar of the 60s. The comfort is second to none, all without the typical porsche "6" noise. 928s on the track have bested many Targa/Carrera competitors so the mechanical aspect is quite respectable. It is in the books, easy to find. Now drive one. Yeah, you're hooked.
As the proud new owner of a 1993 928 GTS I must agree on every point made by the author of the 2004 comment. The purchase price was a bargain - I picked up a 10' beauty (looks great at 10 feet) for low $k20's and have had to do little. The build quality is fantastic and the ride and comfort are world class.
I agree that it's important to find a good mechanic. Many communities have 928 clubs that will offer advice on mechanic trained in the art of maintaining a "shark". Local Porsche dealerships tend to be very pricey and many are not well acquainted with the model. Parts are available from 4 large Internet-based suppliers and prices are reasonable.
Remember that Porsche designed these cars as the replacement for the 911. They have near perfect 50/50 weight distribution and superb brakes. With 349 hp on tap and a curb weight of 3,500 pounds the 928 GTS stops as good as it goes. So it goes......................!!
That's not exactly true since the 928 is a front engine/rear wheel drive GT vs. the 911 which is/was rear engine/rear wheel drive sports car. The initial intent may have been to replace the 911, but by the time the 928 reached fruition it was obvious that this was an entirely different beast for a totally different market.
It is still one of the best car designs ever and will look modern (unlike, say, the Lamborghini Countach) 50 years from now.
Your partially right there.
The 968 was initially in the design stages set to replace the 911.
However when released, the 911 out sold it so badly that porsche kept it as an individual model until its demise around '93.