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Old April 8th, 2009, 04:04 PM
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Porsche 928

Anyone have any experience with the 928? The lease on my RR Sport is ending in a couple of months, and I'd like to save on payments and go in a bit of a different direction (I've still got the 90, of course). I've always loved the 1980's 928, and it looks like I can pick up a pretty decent 89-91 for under $20K. Thoughts or suggestions? How much can I expect to pay in maintenance costs?
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Old April 8th, 2009, 07:48 PM
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I have heard that they are pretty $$$ maintenance wise for a car that lacks the 911 pedigree. That said, I think they are pretty cool.. especially the newer early 90's bodystyle. You should check out RennList.org for more info. If you are interested in Porsche, I am a big fan of the 964 (early 90's 911).
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Old April 8th, 2009, 08:09 PM
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That is definitely a different direction then a RR Sport. lol. Searching for a nice 928, I would look on Rennlist.com and through PCA to finda model that has all the documented service history and has been owned by an enthusiast who has cared for it properly. A well maintained 928 should last a long time, one that is mistreated won't last and will be a maintenance nightmare. Definitely do you research, again rennlist and pelican parts are ideal sites to browse for solid information. The amount of maintenance costs will be in correlation to how well the car has been cared for, some say you can expect to set aside at least $5k for the first year of maintenance. Best of luck.
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Old April 8th, 2009, 08:27 PM
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Thanks so much for the advice, I'll definitley check out rennlist and the PCA. I bought my Defender sight-unseen four years ago (won't do that again), and it needed over $3K worth of maintenance in the first year, not to mention another 3 in body work. So I have a little bit of an idea what I'm getting into, and I'll be more careful.
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Defenders are cheap by comparison. I had a new 928S and loved it, just real glad it was under warranty, if that helps.
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front engine Porsche's are not Porsches as Ferrari's with front engine are not Ferrari's ;-)
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Old April 8th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Gustavo, don't you mean "rear engined ferraris" or are you just a Mondial fan?
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Old April 8th, 2009, 10:31 PM
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No Jim I meant it.

I don't think front mounted engines belong on Ferrari ( or Porsches )

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Old April 8th, 2009, 10:48 PM
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Isn't the Mondial better known as "Ferrari's Shame?" Damm that car was ugly. And it hasn't aged well either.
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My 89' 951 out handles most 911's up until a 996. Certainly will hang with every 911 on the straights up until again, a 996. The 928 isn't that quick of a car. If you want to pick something up cheap to have tons of fun with get a 944 turbo and swap about the DME box. 40 extra HP is literally plug and play and costs about 300 bucks from Lindsey Racing. Unlike the 911s, parts are relatively cheap and in the hands of a good driver can be faster. If it's cold out, you will walk away from most 911s longest it's not, again a 996.

However, if you can find a 995 for your price range, get that. When searching rennlist, make sure you check the race car section as a lot of guys post their D.E. cars there. You get bargains because people modify the cars with upgraded suspensions, motor work, brakes etc. but lower the price since it's been on a track. I bought my race car from a guy who raced for 10 years. All I've ever done is change the oil and brake pads. It's the most reliable car i own unlike my beloved Defender it's parked next to.
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My 89' 951 out handles most 911's up until a 996. Certainly will hang with every 911 on the straights up until again, a 996. The 928 isn't that quick of a car. If you want to pick something up cheap to have tons of fun with get a 944 turbo and swap about the DME box. 40 extra HP is literally plug and play and costs about 300 bucks from Lindsey Racing. Unlike the 911s, parts are relatively cheap and in the hands of a good driver can be faster. If it's cold out, you will walk away from most 911s longest it's not, again a 996.

However, if you can find a 995 for your price range, get that. When searching rennlist, make sure you check the race car section as a lot of guys post their D.E. cars there. You get bargains because people modify the cars with upgraded suspensions, motor work, brakes etc. but lower the price since it's been on a track. I bought my race car from a guy who raced for 10 years. All I've ever done is change the oil and brake pads. It's the most reliable car i own unlike my beloved Defender it's parked next to.
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I had the most fun with my 944T on pca sanctioned events ( Lime Rock, Watkins, Poconos..etc ). Mine was bought modified as well, the only pain to use as a street car ( for my Fat Ass ) was the roll cage, other than that, awesome.

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I love my rollcage. I wish I could but them in every car I own. I saw a dude flip his street car during a track day once and compared to my car when I flipped, I'm surprised he lived. I rolled 7 times from 120 MPH and the roof didn't come in an inch. This guys Mini was a pancake after 2 rolls. I'm a big fan of roll bars! I want to believe I would take the inconvience of having one in my street car for the added safety.
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I am bias by my LOVE of 911s, and being the original owner of a 1993 911 RS America. That said, I have always like the 928. I know many people that do not consider the front engine porsches, OR the water cooled Porsches to be the real thing..........I am not one of those people - BUT I SAY......

Put the same money into the newest 911 you can buy. The market is a bit depressed now. I bet if you keep it nice and running you can sell it for the same amount or more years later.

I think the 928s just keep dropping in value little by little.

April 25th is the largest Porsche swap meet on the East coat in Hershey PA. Wait and check the weather forcast for PA. If it is going to be nice - it is worth there from LA..........it is a tremendous event, and you will see a ton of cars (a bunch will be for sale) and parts and stuff for sale.........I mean like 700-1000 Porsches if the day is great. I go just about every year.

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"April 25th is the largest Porsche swap meet on the East coat in Hershey PA."

I forgot! Got to get the 911 out of the garage.

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Ron,

How could you have a 911, and live in PA, and forget this event Perhaps I will see you there. Look for a black RS with a stainless 4 point Roll Bar.

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just start downbidding guys for 911's; you are bound to get hit at a very reasonable price from a "motivated" seller. The downmarket P-cars have typically not held their value well and the cost of ownership tends to be quite high/
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Bottom line is what are you wanting it for? The 928 isn't a track candidate, it is a true GT, Grand Touring for which it is great- albeit expensive to keep. The 911/911 Turbos were to me the Defenders of the Porsche marque- minimalist and task oriented, while the 928 was the RR. And maintenance mimics the comparison. Nothing beats a late 80's 911 Turbo cab lowered w/ a little engine performance upgrade- until you want to drive coast to coast... quickly in comfort :-) Lastly, the 911s demand the drivers attention, as it only takes a second for the tail to wag the dog.
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Bottom line is what are you wanting it for? The 928 isn't a track candidate, it is a true GT, Grand Touring for which it is great- albeit expensive to keep. The 911/911 Turbos were to me the Defenders of the Porsche marque- minimalist and task oriented, while the 928 was the RR. And maintenance mimics the comparison. Nothing beats a late 80's 911 Turbo cab lowered w/ a little engine performance upgrade- until you want to drive coast to coast... quickly in comfort :-) Lastly, the 911s demand the drivers attention, as it only takes a second for the tail to wag the dog.
Now you guys are talking my language. The "best" ever built 911's were the 87 and 88 and early 89's before the went to C2's and C4's. and rarley are seen for sale. The late 89's and on aren't worth much and are extremly exspensive to have seals and such replaced. I could go on and on but I stop here , at least for now. I have owned several in my time and it just so happens that I have a cherry 88 carrera that I have to sell along with my D90 if this raise anyones brow.
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