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.
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.