Porsche 928 (1995 and older) Sports

928 (1995 and older)

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.

User Reviews (69)

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bidlowbidonce   [Oct 28, 2007]
Model Reviewed: 928 S
Strength:

Fast, great looks, turns heads, great value. Great support network out there via the PCA and several good parts housed dedicated to the 928.

Weakness:

Engine is a tight fit makes working on it a challenge. Do the work yourself to save money.

One of the best exotic sport car values out there. Fast and still turns heads even though it is 20 years old. A real joy to drive the faster you go the better the car feels. Be sure to keep your eye on the speedometer you may be going a lot faster than you think. Best to be knowledgeable or have help when you buy your car have it inspected. Get in touch with the local Porsche Club of America people. They will help you buy and maintain your car. I always have help when working on my car. Can be reasonable to maintain if you work on the car. Yes you can change the timing belt yourself if I can you can.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike   [Jul 17, 2007]
Model Reviewed: 86.5 "S"
Strength:

quality of materials, ageless design, comfort in duration driving, owner community support, availability of used parts, rebuildability of many used parts

Weakness:

complexity, cost of "new" parts

These extraordinary cars are full of contradictions. They were painstakingly designed to be safe and reliable at high speeds, but age has made their complexity their Achille's heal. A new buyer MUST purchase a known quantity, because every owner is essentially taking hand-off of the maintenance baton. New owners are most successful, if they are DIYers. Cost of ownership becomes much less prohibitive for those types. Highest quality of materials helps these aging princes to keep their charm. New looking leather and rehabilitatable interiors are not uncommon.

Similar Products Used: Alfa GTV6
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
pelayo   [Jul 25, 2006]
Model Reviewed: 4.5 v8
Strength:

every inch of this sexy powerful F14 of cars.

Weakness:

You need very deep pockets and patiance
because a month at the shop waiting for expensive parts is not uncommon.

Wow! Faster than a cheetah shot out of a cannon! I have had mine for a year and I have not seen another one on the road.
keep it clean and young folks think it's some new porsche.

Similar Products Used: Trans Am
Camero
300z
firebird
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
LukeDXB   [Jul 06, 2006]
Model Reviewed: Porsche 928 S4
Strength:

Awesome acceleration;
Nice corner handling;
V8 roar

Weakness:

Spare parts!

Where do I begin? Becoming a classic car, the 928 S4 is truly worthy of legend status. The dollar:horse power ratio is very good. True, parts can be expensive but look after the car and it won't let you down.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
rhansen   [Jun 06, 2006]
Strength:

Great looks, exceptional performance, well made. A lot of fun to drive. Way ahead of its time when produced. Cult following so many parts are available from several sources although they are expensive.

Weakness:

Expensive to maintain. Although there are many specialty places to get parts, consider yourself lucky to get it back from any repair for less than $250, even minor items. The only problems that I have had is a leak in the a/c at a $38 switch, otherwise, so far, so good.

I bought this car from the web and have no regrets. Finally an honest used car dealer who guaranteed the car was as advertised. The car is 21 years old and is impecable. It was one owner, garaged an dealer maintained. The car runs and looks like new. Turns heads and I receive comments every time I drive it.

Similar Products Used: There is nothing else like a 928. The front mounted v8 sounds like nothing else out there.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Arel mokhtar   [Mar 26, 2006]
Model Reviewed: 928
Strength:

Beautiful design, fabulous V8 engine, long distance panache, awesome handling, intoxicating exhaust sound.

Weakness:

A bit handful in traffic(heavy steering, stiff clutch, wide stance), tall 1st.gear kills off-the-line acceleration, high maintenance cost.

Absolutely the best car for the money. Can't believe the car is 26 years old and still looks up to date in design. Torquey, long legged V8 powerband makes it an absolute delight to drive, not having to downshift very often. Though not a drag racer, once you get to 100 km/h, speed increases fairly rapidly.Though 240hp is a bit paltry by today's standards, it can still outgun most "commuter" cars on the road overhere. Long distance driving is a great pleasure, as a GT ought to be, but it can still do some canyon carving with the best of them. Of all the cars I have ever owned, this one is by far the best. Its got it all; Looks, performance, comfort, reliability, and aura.

Similar Products Used: 1982 Datsun Fairlady 280ZX(not even close)
1985 Nissan Fairlady 300ZX(same as above)
2000 Alfa Romeo 146 Twin Spark(not even in the same league)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
preluderacer   [May 05, 2005]
Model Reviewed: 928 S4
Strength:

Speed very nice interior Porsche engenering handling (what this car is known for) collector and club intrest

Weakness:

You shouldnt buy this car if you dont intend on spending $1000 on a tune-up. and even more if something major goes wrong like the trans. Very hard to find someone who will fix the car and not screw you over at the same time.

I am writing this review for my father who has owned a 928 for about 2 years, and WOW! Is you are concitering buying a Boxter,944,or older 911 smack yourself forthinking that and buy a 928 S4. THis is the best car for the money you can buy ( I think ). The 928 is a $80,000 car that decreaced in value because they cost alot to fix ( a new trans cost $5000 not including the instalation price that was another three grand ). Below is the 928 S4's kill list -Corvette z06's (the lisense plate reads Vettkler) -Japanese imports like candy -other Porsches -Mustang GT's -Bmw 850ie V-12 -Viper SRT/10 ( in Atlanta ) and many others

Similar Products Used: 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrara 1992 Porsche 944 Turbo
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jeff Dodson   [Nov 12, 2003]

Very good

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Paul Jager   [Sep 06, 2003]
Model Reviewed: 928 GTS
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
shawn yoyo   [May 14, 2003]
Strength:

this car is great for streat racing also.

Weakness:

this car has no weaknesses.

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

Similar Products Used: Used the porche 911
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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