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Question 930 vs 965 as a partial Daily Driver

I am on the hunt for a new 911 or 930. Having owned an 86 cab, I am fairly familiar with the 84-89 3.2 Carrera's. I sold the cab when I took a job in Denver that would require a daily 62 mile each way commute. While I still work out of the Denver office some, I do spend a significant time out of state, so I do not make the drive every day. I also ride my HD when the weather is cooperative, and have the Tahoe for the bad weather if need be.

With all of that being said, I am looking for a 911 that I can enjoy on the weekends, and drive to work some. I like the look of the 89 and earlier 3.2 Carreras, and even the 964 911's. The 993 and newer look really does not do much for me, even though I have read that they are easier to live with on a daily basis. I am not looking for a garage queen by any means, as whatever I choose will get driven.

I have read that the pre 89 4 speed 930's do fine on the road, so I don't know if the premium for the 89's is worth it. If I understand correctly, the 965 engine is basically the same (up until the 3.6 turbo).

I know my question is quite vauge, but what are you guy's impressions on an 89 or earlier vs the 964 based turbo for a semi daily driver.



Old 11-16-2006, 05:12 PM
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I've got an '86 turbo. I can speak to the transmission difference between the 4 speed and the much-coveted 5. I haven't felt the need to swap to the G-50. I even have a shorter ring and pinion in mine. (about 10%) I might like the G-50, but having grown up on the older Porsche synchros I don't notice that there's a shifting problem, it's just how a Porsche should feel to me. I haven't wanted 5th yet. If I do get interested in more legs for the car I'll probably put the stock R/P back in first and give that a try.

I would say drive one of the G-50 cars if you can, but I'm haven't gotten interested in a swap just for that. I like the non-computer, low-tech of my CIS car. I work on it for fun and found that I bought the right year for me. I'm a little biased though, in 1986 I was working as a line mechanic in a local Porsche dealer. I still have the 1986 new model year posters that came out back then. :-)

Andy Glass
'86 930 Kokeln IC, K27-7200, SC cams, GHL headers, Fabspeed muffler, Short R&P , misc other mistakes made...
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Bill - There is a 5+ long page discussion on this board on the 930 vs a search its enlightening.


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