Porsche 968 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1992 Porsche 968 Coupe 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo GTV

Summary:

An overlooked sports car gem

Faults:

Leaking valve cover gasket.

General Comments:

A real driver's car: great throttle response, direct steering, grippy seats, low slung driving position.

The 50/50 weight distribution gives fantastic balance through corners. Combined with the torquey engine, this makes for a very quick car across country.

Very rare on the road, really stands out.

Only downsides are a harsh ride and the cost of parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2003

1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Porsche's best kept secret

Faults:

Alternator failed. Replaced it myself for £130.

Sunroof gears stripped. Replaced them myself for £4.

A few niggling trim problems, but nothing serious.

General Comments:

This car was voted best handling car in 1993 by Autocar magazine, and you can certainly see why. Although the outright performance is not that stunning (you have to keep the revs up to get the best out of it) the brakes and cornering are out of this world.

There is practically zero body roll, and the balance round tight roundabouts is superb.

It looks fantastic too. 10 years on it still looks modern, and being such a rare sight gets more attention than two-a-penny Boxsters or 911s.

If you're sensible, and steer well clear of rip-off main dealerships running costs are surprisingly reasonable. If you're at all DIY inclined the car is easy to work on. Although it's best to get it professionally serviced (service history is important when you come to sell) non-service items such as brakes and suspension are well within the abilities of a competent DIYer.

If you think you can't afford to run a Porsche, think again. Sell the Ford Mondeo, buy a 10 year old VW as a daily runner, and a 968CS for sunny weekends.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2003

10th Nov 2007, 15:17

Have a 968 CS and this review is spot on.

Have owned a dozen 911s (still have a 996 Turbo X50) but the little 968 blows them all away on handling.

A true babe, and worth double what they currently sell for... see what has just won the UK POCGB Apax series yes a 968 CS.

6th Sep 2008, 02:26

Lovely cars. I see them almost like a poor mans GT3 RS. One day I will have one of these!

24th Aug 2011, 07:49

Also a proud owner of a 968CS, these cars are very balanced and great to drive. Quick, no matter what your talent level. They don't sound that amazing, I love V8's, and my old TR8 track car sounded much better, but was not as quick. Now all I need to work out is how to slot a crate motor Rover V8 into my Clubbie, and then you would have the best of both worlds.

The Clubbies are easy to run, and like all good Porsches pre 996 911's, are easy to run and are over engineered with minimal parts to go wrong.

The CS may still have more parts than the Triumph, but still nowhere near what a modern car has, no power windows/mirrors etc, so not a lot to go wrong.

1994 Porsche 968 Sport 3.0 petrol (Flat 4) from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol (Flat 4) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54500 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Calibra

Summary:

The everyday super--car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The Porsche 968 Sport is a fantastic car. Bigger, better, faster and more rare then a Boxster.

With a large boot (Big enough to fit two racing bicycle's) and two rear seats for two small cats it's an ideal coupe for a couple, who have no need to cart people around...

The handling and performance is superb, but the running costs a little high.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2002

17th Jan 2003, 22:08

Pop your bonnet and check your engine. if your cylinders go side to side then your engines broke. 944/968's cylinders go up and down ;)

1993 Porsche 968 Coupe 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired55600 miles
Most recent distance58500 miles
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

An exceptional deal with exceptional qualities

Faults:

Rear window wiper not operational (when purchased)

Left head light goes up 7/8th of the way (when purchased)

It doesn't have the sound like a Ferrari has.

Everything else is vault solid.

General Comments:

This car is a 1993 968 coupe. It is a bright red with tan leather leather/carpets with black dash. A beautiful color combination (my favorite)

The car is rare as only 2417 coupes were imported to the US during its 4 year run.

The steering response and cornering ability is still one of the best around of all time. My previous 944 was just about as good.

The 3.0 liter 4 cylinder engine sounds just like a V8 on start up (very similar to my old 928S).

The body style really stands out and a lot of people tell me how nice the car looks. (in the neighborhood, at gas stations, in parking lots, and even on the road, ect.)

I would recommend anyone who is an enthusiast to buy one or a 944. They are terrific cars that bring a smile to your face when you drive or even wash them.

It is a true sports car so don't expect a supple ride, you will feel every crack on the pavement (but that's a good thing!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2002

29th Oct 2004, 09:26

Having owned 3 944s and now a 968 coupe I would say that the handling of the 968 is far superior

If you want a nice noise get a stainless steel Hayward and Scott exhaust and an induction kit from Essential Styling.

The results are very impressive both in the quality of the engine noise and the improvement in the performance.

P Bann.

28th Oct 2005, 14:10

"It doesn't have the sound like a Ferrari has."

There is reasoning for that: It's a 4 cylinder... not a 12.

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