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Now, it took the 924 to evolve into the 944 then into the 968 before liking this Porsche turned into wanting one of them (the 968). The only experience I have of these cars is being sat in the back of a 924 when my friend's mum span it off the road in the snow on the school run.

I think the 968 is a 3,000cc. And that's the bit that's not working in my head; a 3.0ltr, 4
cylinder. It can't be that horrible or Porsche wouldn't have done it. And yet...

Anyone have any 968 experience or knowledge they want to share? I'm not that fussed on the stripped out ClubSport version; but the boggo road versions. I thank thee :)
 

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I had a clubsport and it was probably the best handling car with the best brakes I have ever experienced. The 3 litre four cylinder is actually very smooth running. Good power all the way through the rev range. It was a surprisigly quick car. The only downside was it was really expensive to maintain.
 

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I have a tiptronic 968 cabriolet but I prefer my TS GTV...

It handles beautifully in the dry, and I believe the manual coupe was quicker around the Nurburgring than a same year 911. 911 owners still look down their noses at it though in my experience.
 

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I really couldn't two beans what 911 owners may think (I'd be buying it for my needs, not to please them); what I like, is I'm hearing good things about 968 brakes, handling and acceleration - tell me more, please :)

thanks chaps :)
 
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I really couldn't two beans what 911 owners may think (I'd be buying it for my needs, not to please them); what I like, is I'm hearing good things about 968 brakes, handling and acceleration - tell me more, please :)

thanks chaps :)
To be fair, 911 drivers mostly don't seem to like anything other than 911s so, unless you buy a 911, they won't be happy. Even if you bought a 911 they'd probably say you should have bought an '83 instead of a '79, or a 2.4 instead of a 2.2, or a 996 instead of a 993. buy a Targa or a cabrio and they'd dismiss you as a simpleton.
 
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For what my opinion is worth... I think they are becoming a bit of a cult classic with their own owners clubs and forums. I always keep an eye on their prices and they seem to be heading upwards. I thought it was a fantastic car apart from the obvious expense of owning a porsche. The only other thing I think that let it down was the engine didnt make a particulary exciting noise. Thats nothing a decent exhaust and induction kit wouldnt sort out!!!
 

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re: 911 owner's snobbery - i don't have to swim in their pond, so I don't care much for their snootiness. It's the 968 I like, and I'd like it as it is if it was made by Alfa, Lada, Renault or Porsche. So I don't need the 'it's not a proper Porsche' baggage. Those aren't my woes, concerns, nor do I care for Golf-club status ranking kudos. A good car is a good car :)

but, back to more practical stuff :) When you say it's Porsche-expensive to run, what are we talking cost-wise? Annual service, back box, clutch, battery etc? What goes wrong? What are common 968 problems and what do they cost to fix? Are these cars galvanised?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance :)
 
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I haven't had any major problems in 15 years of ownership. The one big Achilles heel on these cars relates to the camshafts, they are renowned for shearing teeth and Porsche never accepted any responsibility for this design fault. An inspection is essential before buying.

I haven't found maintenance any more expensive than my Alfas tbh, but then I was lucky enough to buy a reasonably low mileage one which had been well maintained and I continue to have it religiously serviced at a specialist whilst doing low miles per year. 5 year cambelt service is around £800 to £1000 depending on how much additional work you choose to have done at the same time.

See here for camshaft details

Jackals racetrack

They are lovely cars but there are plenty of abused ones out there.

Worth buying this book to get some good and interesting info on the lineage. The 968 Forum on the link is also a mine of useful information and worth signing up to.

http://www.porsche968uk.co.uk/shop/product/porsche-924-928-944-968-a-collectors-guide_635.htm
 

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I like Porsche, once upon a time I wasn't fussed, but I had my mind changed.

Absolitely brilliant cars, build quality it so far above bmw, merc, audi it's nuts.

They do have their mechanical issues it seems, but then what car doesn't?
 

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Forgot to mention, that because of the age of these cars, some parts are hard to get hold of and tend to be expensive because of it. It had a very limited run as a stop gap before the Boxster was released and was seriously expensive for the time. They didn't make that many and the cult Club Sport was Porsche's way of shifting more cars as the Club Sport was a stripped out and cheaper version. Ironic that it is now the more desirable and expensive model!

Pop up lights can give problems and a Porsche exhaust system is over 2k. They last for years and tend to need replacing because of loose baffles that rattle like hell rather than corrosion. From memory I think they are stainless steel. I replaced mine with a stainless steel Janspeed one at a fraction of the Porsche cost and it sounds better too.

I would certainly recommend the 968, if you can find a decent one. It is certainly the only car that I have ever bought that I could sell for more than I paid for it!
 

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I always really liked the 968CS. I wish I'd bought one 12-14 years ago when I was looking at them and 964's but got neither due to a major change in circumstances.
 

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They are galvanised and rust does not seem to be a problem. Another issue to be aware of with them is the differential pinion bearings. From what I remember they were set up wrong in the factory when they were built (by getrag I think). Mine went and it sounded like a jet engine!!! It cost about £1500 to repair properly. I smashed a front front foglight hitting an errant partridge, the replacement was £300.... Having said all that I didn't find basic servicing that expensive.
 

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I still recall a piece written by a very respected engineer who pointed out that in gas flow and thermodynamic efficiency terms the ideal 4 cylinder engine displacement was 2.3 litres, so a 3 litre is just as legitimate as a 1.6 litre in those terms. Expensive sports car buyers would really have wanted a 6 cylinder, so quite a brave decision to spec it with a 4. Though it did avoid stepping on the toes of the 911.

If I remember correctly the engine is basically half of the 928, and in build and body terms, Porsche cars from that period seem to be very well built. It's nice to have a car of that age with minimal body corrosion issues. It looks good, it goes fast and handles well, it's quite a practical (comparatively) option. So it's time for you to join the owners forum and start looking for cars I reckon.
 

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very interesting stuff chaps, and thanks for sharing your knowledge and advice. I bet that glass tail gate is rare and expensive :) Time for more research and general sniffing around :) thanks again!
 

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Not a 968, but my stepson had a 944 Turbo which he used for blasting backwards and forwards to Germany when he was in the Forces over there. When he was finally ready to sell it (with over 200K miles on the clock) it was still fine. My mate bought it and stripped it and converted it to a race-car - whilst leaving the engine and box untouched - and he, and latterly I, did 5 season's racing in it, before selling it 5 years ago as we sort-of retired from racing. (Just returned to the track in a 75 V6 ;) ).

When I drove it as a road car it was strong and well-screwed together, generally feeling bomb-proof. As a race car it was great fun even for me as a novice racer - powerful, although less so than the 968s that raced with us ;), handling well and with superb brakes.

I had a few cheap 944s - only early 2.5 non-turbos, and even the cheapies were fun. I'm sure the 968s are great - I caught myself eyeing one up in traffic the other day. All I'd say is make sure you have a good local independent specialist - ours was great!
 
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Good Porsche independent in Chertsey, GT-one have been kind enough to relieve me of large amounts of money.

I think you have been extremely lucky with the 190 on maintenance bills so you may need to be prepared for some larger ones if you are considering a Stuttgart based device. But it's always got to be worth a lot not to suffer depreciation and if the bodywork is rust resistant then that's worth a lot too.

I'm told to budget £1-2k a year in the long term and that's a fair figure I reckon, A 968 might be a bit less. That might mean one year is £2-3k and the next £300.

I have costed mine as being more cost effective than a £25k new car on mileage up to 12,000. After that the 20MPG takes its toll.
 

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I could really go with a 928. At a car show (Didsbury) many years back the guy next to me had one. V8 lovelyness.
 
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