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77 924

howdie folks,

i'll switch sides here.. have a 911, but that one's a bit to delicate (old and not in shape) to use as daily driver..


found a 77 924 for sale and going to go have a look at it...want to use it as a daily driver ( the one that doesn't get pampered with a garage and a cover or any other perks)

what are the specific things to look for on a 924 , the weak points, other issues to look out for???

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Old 10-19-2003, 02:48 PM
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Rust. Check the battery location and the fire wall next to it.
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other than rust, are they otherwise reliable
enginewise?gearbox?the other bits? i presume they aren't that delicate as a 911 when it comes to oil leaks, given that it's a wet sump and a more simple engine
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The next biggest concern is the injection system. The Constant Injection System, CIS, can be quite cranky. Nothing that can't be tweaked. Replacing it with a set of Webber side drafts make more sense.
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Fuel sending unit fails
Odometter fails
Cooling system problems. Mostly related to the fans not running properly
Electrical problems due to bad grounds
Rear hatch seals separates
Fuel injection problems
Leaking usually on the passenger floorboard due to holes in the battery tray
Bad fuel pump relay

Alot like most 26 year old cars
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924s are touchy at best.

Personally, I do not recommend as a daily driver.

Same CIS system as on a 911 - the component locations are a bit different, and they seem to be a bit more problem prone as compared to a 911 CIS system.

If you are looking for a Porsche as a daily driver, I would recommend a well maintained 944. Fuel injection system as well ans the engine is a bit more stable.

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went to see it
2 little rust spots on the paint, and unside of the spoiler, nothing that can't be sanded and repainted in half an hour.
suspension and tires in excellent condition , no rust on the inner wheel arches or anywhere else on the chassis
engine turned over instantly

i'm worried now, 2 porsches in 2 months , i'm afraid the good old doctor is going to present me a certificate for clinically compulsive Porsche buying syndrome...

thx for the advise !!
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also wanted
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911 coupe RSR
914

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Look into a modified 944 turbo, seems to be all the Porsche I need
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to late
besides can't find a 944 for that price
and not as oldtimer = taxes and heavy insurance
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I was making that comment kind of lightly. I like 944 turbos a lot, personally. If you haven't driven one, I suggest you do so at some point.

Anyway, that's not to say that 924s can't be fun. I'll agree with the other posts though, I think a 944 (or 924S) would make a better daily driver. They're however not quite nostalgic in the way a 924 can be, I secretly want one too!
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I think the 924 makes a good daily driver. The engines are stout and take lots of abuse without complaint. The gearboxes are strong as well. The CIS system is decent as long as the car is driven regularly. If the car seems to run and start fine hot or cold, you've hit the jackpot. Most 924's have fuel system problems of one kind or another. The rear drum brakes need to be adjusted about every three months (they are not self-adjusting). Most parts for the car are quite cheap. The 924 makes a good car for someone who doesn't want to have to take their car to a shop for maintenance, since most procedures are easy to do yourself or don't need to be done regularly (no $700+ timing belt service, no re-tensions between services, etc...the normally-aspirated engines are non-interference). Most fuel system problems can be diagnosed with a simple CIS fuel pressure guage (~$60 from J.C. Whitney) and the individual components replaced without much trouble. You may want to remove the valve cover to check if the plastic elbow on the camshaft oiler tube is in good shape. If the elbow cracks or the tube becomes clogged, the camshaft and lifters will be ruined in short order, and good replacements can be difficult to find.

The biggest problem with the 924 is that it is slow, but since your car is European-spec (125 horsepower), you're well ahead of your North American counterparts.
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thx Jon , that's the sort of car i need
i've got the 911 for speed and summer driving
the 924 will be for more boring stuff
i could have gone for some other small/cheap second hand thing ,but why put two horses from a different pedigree in one stable...
this one had been sitting still for a month , outside, and it turned over instantly ... it had a little bit rough idling , and the engine flooded the first minutes when the gas pedal was pressed, but since it was cold (5 degrees celcius)and had been for over a month , i guess that's not such a big issue.. it did start instantly when it was hot too..and idled sweet when warmed up too..

just noticed something ... the average number of my cars
911 + 924
devided by 2 = 917.5
sign of god
anyone has a 917 for sale???
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944 for sale

im selling my baby, shed be a great daily driver.
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I have a '77 924 and the car rocks. Not the most power, but a B L A S T to drive. It is also really forgiving on the new mechanic too. Cheap repairs and easy to work on. Watch out for electrical problems
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well , went to pick her up today


i just looove those headlight popping out !!!
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Congrats hope you enjoy it
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i just hope BB ain't to jealous bout old cranky...
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Cool. I like the color. I don't see a sunroof, that'll = several less leaks.

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yeah , the color is really nice in the fall, with them orange leaves and stuff...

i introduced the 924 to the 911 yesterday, and they made friends...

the familly resemblance is noticable

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