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Jim2 Jim2 is offline
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Back to Downerman's question:

"Is there a known year that is known for it's balance between power and reliability? I have heard that the 78-79's are big on H.P. and anything 82-86 is a euro. 87-89 have the G50 and so on. Positive and negatives? Any?"

HP went from 234 in 76/77 to 258 in 78/79, then to 300 for 80s euro cars, 320 for 91 and 360 for 94. Minor mods including exhaust will bring a 78/79 to 300HP like the 80s euro cars, but they are not “big on HP” unless modified.

I have a copy of a road test done by a magazine with back-to-back comparisons of 76, 78, ~88, 91, 94, 96. Pretty near the same performance until 94. As the power increased so did the weight (a little). None had any significant performance increase until 94.

The euro you mention, also referred to the grey market era 80-86 is the period when individual dealers imported 930s. Porsche Cars North America took a break from importing 930s due to the widely publicized injury/death lawsuit. Euros have minor changes like sport seats and lights, but no changes in reliability.

As Spuggy noted all 930s were 4 speed through to 88, then five speed onwards.

The lack of response regarding reliability displays how similar these cars are. Your best bet may be to weigh your budget against age of 930 you are willing to accept. Mileage aside, older is cheaper but having a late 80s car with componenets being about 10 years newer than say a 78 should reduce maintenance in terms of oil lines, fuel lines, brake calipers, CV boots, wiring, interior vinyl and leather, door and window seals etc.

Modified cars create unknowns which some buyers shy away from and instead pursue unmolested examples to avoid potential headaches.

Regarding service, turbos do have a few more components in the engine bay than a 911 but they are otherwise similar or identical to work on.
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