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The Porsche 928 was a sports-GT car sold by Porsche AG of Germany from 1978 to 1995. The 928 featured a large, front-mounted and water-cooled V8 engine driving the rear wheels. The original 4.5L V8 engine featured a single overhead camshaft design, it produced 219 hp. Porsche upgraded the engine from mechanical to electronic fuel injection in 1980 for US models.

Porsche utilized a transaxle in the 928 to help achieve 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, aiding the car's balance. Although it weighed more than the difficult-to-handle 911, its more neutral weight balance and higher power output gave it similar performance on the track.

The body was mainly galvanized steel, but the doors, front fenders, and hood were aluminum in order to make the car more lightweight. It had a substantial luggage area accessed via a large hatchback. The new polyurethane elastic bumpers were integrated into the nose and tail and covered in body-coloured plastic; an unusual feature for the time that aided the car visually and reduced its drag.

 
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Reviewed by:
shawn yoyo


Review Date
May 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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3.82 of 5, 17.00 votes

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Review 1 of 69 , from Armstrong,B.C., Canada

Price Paid:  $42999.00 from San francisco at por

Strengths:
this car is great for streat racing also.

Weaknesses:
this car has no weaknesses.

Summary:
this car is great and i think other people should buy this car also.

Similar Products Used:
Used the porche 911



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Reviewed by:
James Morrison


Review Date
September 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 years

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4.79 of 5, 14.00 votes

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Review 2 of 69 , from Austin, TX USA

Price Paid:  $41500.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
1994 GTS

Strengths:
Rare (only 300 USA model 928 GTS's); POWERFUL 350HP, 370 lb-ft; sleek and modern looking (even the original 1978 car of the year still looks GREAT); and a value unseen in most Porsche's especially considering the performance.

Weaknesses:
Early cars are so cheap that many people buy them and let them go and it reflects poorly on all 928's. They can be expensive to maintain, but do not have to be.

Summary:
I have SIX 928's and have driven ALL of the major models of 928, and the 1994 GTS to which I am refering here is THE BEST of them all. The automatic version is a GREAT touring car and also works well as a drivers education track car. It looks so modern people ask me if it is the NEW Porsche. Even my 1988 S4 (an even GREATER value) gets attention and people ask if it is new. These cars were the top of the Porsche line and considered the flagship Porsche from the time they were introduced. The early cars can be had for VERY LITTLE money, but if they are not in EXCELLENT condition in and out as well as mechanically they can EAT YOU ALIVE on repairs! If you ever consider buying a 928 have a 928 SPECIFIC mechanic look at it. Most "Porsche" mechanics have NO IDEA what to look for on a 928.

Obviously, since I have SIX of them, I love these cars. They meet my needs perfectly, and I can not tell you how many 911's I have HUMBLED on the race track (even with my automatic transmission cars). Consider the price of an S4 and it is hard to say no (you can get a REALLY nice S4 for less than $20k, they were OVER $70k new, 50% more than a 911 of the same year, are FASTER AND QUICKER than the 911, and are 10% or greater LESS expensive used).

If you are looking for exclusivity and the latest design and final iteration of the 928 go for a GTS. Less than 300 ever built between 93 and 95 for the US market (other markets got the GTS as a 92), and still a timeless design that will hit 60 mph in 5.6 sec, do the 1/4 mile in less than 14 sec, and top out at about 180, and you can see that very few cars even today can beat that, and almost NONE of them for the $38k you can expect to start seeing GTS's for. To get a 94-95 GTS that still looks and smells new you will need about $45k, but compare that to the 996 (which you can still wipe out) and you can see what a bargin these cars really are!

Remember that this car was designed originally as a touring car, but works GREAT as a sports car as well. One of the other things I like about all 928's is that you are unlikely to see your car going the other direction on the road. GREAT performance, exclusivity, beauty, and modern amenities (especially when you consider the design goes all the way back to 1971 and was basically unchanged), and a value that can't be touched and how can you resist. Bolt a rear muffler by pass pipe on the last section of exhaust on your 1986 or newer 928 and you will hear one of the most beautiful sounding engines this side of a 360 Modena at 8000 rpm!

Similar Products Used:
I would put the 300ZX Twin Turbo in the same category though I have never owned one.



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Reviewed by:
ghadley


Review Date
December 12, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.38 of 5, 16.00 votes

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Review 3 of 69 , from Portland, OR

Price Paid:  $0.00 from Private seller

Year / Model Reviewed:
1993 928 GTS

Strengths:
Fast, stable, comfortable. I've driven some pretty fast cars, but this one is my favorite!!

Weaknesses:
Uses a bit of oil, a small price to own this car!

Summary:
The 928 has been my dream car for years. I've owned 2 in the last couple of years. The '88 was gorgeous, fast and well handling. I was in heaven. When I picked up the '93, there was no going back. The power, looks and comfort of this car is amazing. I keep pinching my self while I'm driving it and can't help but look at it.

Similar Products Used:
1969 GTO 400 1969 Corvette 427 197? 911 Turbo (belonged to an Uncle) 1995 Mustang GT 5.0L 1988 928 S4



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Reviewed by:
Paul Jager


Review Date
September 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.54 of 5, 28.00 votes

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Review 4 of 69 , from Sproat Lake, B.C.

Price Paid:  $50000.00 from Mercedes Dealer

Year / Model Reviewed:
1993 928 GTS

Strengths:
Very reliable, faithful, willing and clean burning V8 engine. Body construction is first class. Suspension and other components top quality. 4 seats, hatch design is a plus. A practical super car.

Weaknesses:
A lot of horsepower and heat in a tight package. Cars from hot climates need to have fluids changed - transmission, power steering. Heat from exhaust affects motor mounts, driveshaft bearings and steering racks. But this is after 10 or more years of use. Not a city car, the 928 is best run in the country or open and scenic highways.

Summary:
After owning 87S4, 90S4 I was quite prepared to jump on the opportunity of the black on black GTS. For 928 ownership it's important to appreciate the performance, handling, and history of the car. You must be intelligient and informed regarding service and maintenance. There is a lot of equipment on the 928, and it takes time to keep on top of things. The car should be garaged and kept out of the sun, winter driving not suggested to keep brakes and running gear corrosion free. The 928 is a real work of road going art, but that is in the eyes of the beholder. With some upgrades, they are really a good experience. But we've seen many that have deteriorated to "project" status. Still they are worth the time if you can source good used parts. See our website at www.jageng.com for more!

Similar Products Used:
Audi V8Q, Audi S4/200, VW GTI'02, Porsche 944, Jaguar Xj6, Alfa GTV6, MR2-X1/9, Xr4Ti, BMW 320



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Reviewed by:
Wayne


Review Date
July 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.15 of 5, 20.00 votes

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Review 5 of 69 , from Toronto, Canada

Year / Model Reviewed:
1992 928S

Strengths:
Power, acceleration, handling: incredible change in character on high speed roads from a heavy car in city traffic to a nimble sports car on the highway at speed.

Weaknesses:
Expensive to maintain properly; it gets to a point where money spent will not be recouperated because the market value of these cars are so low these days and unlikely to appreciate in the near future. Bad investment but fun toy. Aluminum hood, fenders, doors may make later body work difficult but not impossible if you can find the right body shop.

Summary:
An absolutely fabulous and prestige toy for the one who has more than one car and can afford to maintain this car properly. A stylistic icon that will never become "dated". A poorly maintained 928 brings shame to the owner. If you are thinking of buying one previously owned, make sure you have a Porsche trained technician to go over the car before purchase. After purchase, only service through Porsche trained technicians (not dealers...too expensive). There seems to be a stronger following of these cars in the US than here. I sold my perfectly maintain specimen a few years back and am waiting for a smaller, more nimble roadster. The 928 is a big and HEAVY car! But what a beauty and commands a presence that rivals other exotics. Then there's the unmistakable 928 exhaust note from the V-8!



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