Porsche 968 Reviews

1993 Porsche 968 Coupe 3.0 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance95700 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Porsche's hidden jewel

Faults:

Front, off-side headlamp doesn't retract when the lights are switched off. Surprisingly, when it's cooler, it retracted OK.

The rear wiper doesn't work.

I'm not sure about the sunroof, maybe I haven't learned how to use it because the car has no handbook.

General Comments:

The best car I have ever driven, it handles like a dream and the seat matches my body perfectly - unlike so many other cars.

The power is deceptive, the car just goes & goes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2008

1993 Porsche 968 Coupe 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carLancia Delta

Summary:

A well designed drivers car

Faults:

In truth, to date, nothing although recently one of the pop up headlights requires a whack to make it go down.

General Comments:

I'm biased, I paid less than £9k and for the money there's little to touch it. It is very powerful, not just by way of revs, but also torque, it pulls hard and long from low revs and keeps going through all six gears. Its ability to drag you out of a corner will put a smile on your face. The chassis is stiff which translates into a very positive driving experience, feedback from the road is second to none and the power steering is expertly weighted for 'driving' The interior is well put together, but not very exciting although the sports seats as fitted are very supportive (snug) Mine has a Hayward and Scott S/S Exhaust fitted which sounds fantastic when you're in the mood, otherwise it's damn loud.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2006

1992 Porsche 968 Coupe from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

The Porsche 968 is a rare sleeper with good performance and excellent road handling.

Faults:

Throttle body leaked onto Alternator which caused battery to go bad at 102,000 miles.

Small power steering fluid leak at 108,000 miles -- appears to be just a simple hose problem.

The vacuum hose next to the battery cam loose and caused all kinds of problems (especially with the air conditioner). Ironically, it took about 4 hours to diagnose, but only 15 seconds to fix.

Only fault, easy to start in Reverse instead of 1st gear (from neutral). Practice overcomes this. Or, putting it into 2nd then 1st.

General Comments:

The Porsche 968 is a powerful normally aspirated 3.0L 4 cylinder car. Especially impressive is the low end torque which peaks at 4,000 RPM.

Easy short throw shifting allows you to accelerate to 85 mph in 3rd gear. With 6 speeds, you can easily exceed 110 mph. Gear box is a close ratio and allows you to effortlessly shift for extra power or better fuel economy.

Typically average 17-21MPG with 90-92 Octane combination of local and highway and air conditioning.

Best air conditioning of any Porsche.

It handles great on the road even with worn tires and on wet roads. The front engine and rear trans-axle provide grip beyond any other car I've driven.

The brakes are typical Porsche, they stop fast run cool and have little fade.

The car is rare and gets a lot of looks and compliments.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2005

1992 Porsche 968 Coupe 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevelle

Summary:

The best bang for-your-buck!

Faults:

The only problems I have had with the car thus far were self-inflicted. I hit a curb at 90 MPH and took out the left axle, torsion tube carrier, and both left wheels. Otherwise, the car has been very reliable and trouble free.

General Comments:

I put an alpine head unit on a stock speaker system, and it sounds like a $1,000 system! It has the most comfortable interior I have sat in excluding my friend's S-class. No other car handles and brakes like no other. my only qualm with the car is it's super high maintenence costs, but you can pay for that with the money you saved over buying most other cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2004

1992 Porsche 968 928 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Corrado

Summary:

Great Porsche that straddles the line between old-school and new-school

Faults:

The clutch needed replaced at about 50000 miles and cost approximately $1,200 to repair-cheaper than on a 944 due to better design.

The heater core went at 55000 and also cost over $ 1,000 at the dealership.

Timing belt, rollers, gaskets were done at 42,000 as preventative maintenance and cost about $800.

Other than the above, new tires and miscellaneous things such as a sunroof switch and a non-related relay, the car has been relatively trouble free. However, I have recently noticed a small coolant leak on the garage floor so I am assuming the worst, a water pump failure. I'm guessing that will cost another thousand dollars or so.

The car is fairly expensive to maintain, at about $ 1,500 per year on average. But, once many of the items are replaced, I expect the car to be trouble free for a long time, considering the low miles.

General Comments:

My car is a stunning white 6 speed coupe with linen leather sport seats and 17" turbo cup wheels. It always gets stares and comments so I would consider it to have a lot of curb appeal, considering the price. Though the basic design dates back to the humble 924 in 1977, this car further evolved from the muscular shape of the 944 and added a fresh look for the 90's. So, it looks timeless. A bit classic and a bit modern.

The car is fast. I had an LT1 Formula Fire bird which was a little quicker off the line due to its massive torque. But, the 968 quickly catches up in the upper rpm ranges. Contrarty to the LT1, which vibrated at speeds over 120 on its way to 155 or so, the 968 easily rips to 157 without running out of breath. The cars are about equal in quarter mile runs at about 14.5 seconds.

I get front spaces at the valet and respect at Porsche meets. This is a rare car and, though it is derived from the 944, it was the first of the series to be built at the Porsche factory. Maybe that's why its so highly regarded.

Its difficult and expensive to get more horsepower out of the car, which is why I would probably get a 944 turbo if I were to get another watercooled 4 cylinder Porsche. But, I'd still keep the 968 for its great performance, looks, and comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2004

29th Oct 2004, 09:34

As stated to another reviewer over here in UK you can improve the performance with sports exhaust and front induction kit and a chip!

28th Oct 2005, 14:05

You should have had your water pump done when you got the timming belt job. Don't mind Corvette owners talking about their "babies"...the only vette worth looking at is the C6...and that's because it was partially designed by Porsche.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 15 reviews