Pelican Parts
Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   Pelican Parts Forums > Porsche Forums > Porsche 924/944/968 Technical Forum


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Author
Thread Post New Thread    Reply
Registered User
 
The Chris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MA
Posts: 186
Porsche Crest Need some 968 shopping advice...

Hey all,

I'm looking to get a 968 in the spring (coupe, manual transmission), and I wanted to get your guys opinions on what to look for. This would be my first Porsche, as I've had Toyota's and Nissan's in the past.

What kind of mileage should I consider? I would like to keep the price under $20k if possible, but I would be willing to go a little higher if that's unrealistic.

How expensive would it be to maintain? I do most of the work on my Maxima, so I was wondering if the 968 is easy to work on (assuming you know your way around a car).

This is my "base" car right now...it has everything I want, but has a tip-tronic:
http://www.raycoeuro.com/html/95Porsche968CoupeBlack/car.html
Think that one is a good price?

Oh, and how's the aftermarket support?

Thanks for your help!

Old 09-27-2004, 08:00 PM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Blackfoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Post Falls, Idaho
Posts: 2,072
Garage
'95+ M3

_______________________
Cars
Old 09-27-2004, 09:08 PM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: No longer commuting to LA from Berkeley
Posts: 160
That car is way overpriced given 1) miles and 2) tiptronics. Browse through the "Buyers Guide" in the forum over at 968.net and you'll start developing a good feel for this market.
__________________
Joe Chen Current fleet: '93 Amethyst Violet 968 Cab "Lila" (back in the fleet!) ; '92 Cobalt Blue 968 Cab "Minjonet" - Canadian car
'88 Silberossa 951S "Rosy" - garage queen ; Secret project ; '99 Ford Ranger ; '00 Kawi ZX6R
Former cars: '94 Black 968 Cab "Steffi" (totaled) '87 Nautic Blue 944 S3 "Emma" (blown motor) ; '90 White 944S2 ; parts cars
Old 09-27-2004, 11:03 PM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SW FL
Posts: 242
Way overpriced indeed. For reference, my girlfriend got her '92 last year for 15K, one owner with 55K miles, all maintenance done. Read up on the pinion bearing, that is the one big thing to worry about other than the usual 944 stuff. 20K should get you a near concourse example.
__________________
'86 Guards NA 70K- driving 11yrs
'98 Techno-Violet M3 57K- since 4/04
'55 MiG-15 UTI - Mach.97 -rebuilding
'58 Cessna 175 w/GO-300
'98 Scarab Sprint, 4.3V, 62mph
'92 Guards 968 (my girlfriend's)

Gone...
'82 Camaro Z28 1st car
'84 VW Rabbit Cabrio & GTI
'77 BMW 630 4spd sport bilstiens
'84 POS Cavalier- drove to junk yard
Old 09-28-2004, 06:52 AM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
The Chris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MA
Posts: 186
Ok thanks guys.

Any other common problems I should keep an eye open for?
Old 09-28-2004, 07:29 AM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #5 (permalink)
Writer/Teacher
 
CJFusco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Wandering Connecticut
Posts: 9,277
Garage
Send a message via AIM to CJFusco
Just timing belt, really

Maintanence records are a must.
__________________
Current Stable: Black 07 Porsche Cayman S: FabSpeed Maxflo Exhaust; VividRacing ECU Tune; IPD Competition Plenum; 997GT3 Throttle Body; De-Snork'd.2011 Acura MDX. 2008 Mazda 3. Gone But Not Forgotten:Garnet Red 86 Porsche 951("The Purple Pig"). Silver 09 Mini Cooper S ("Mighty Mouse"). Alpine White 83 Porsche 944 ("Alpine Wolf"). Guards Red 84 Porsche 944. Green 97 Volvo 850 Wagon ("The Viridian Falcon").
Old 09-28-2004, 08:52 AM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #6 (permalink)
 
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Vernon, CT
Posts: 849
Pinion bearing is one of the more common problems. Affecting maybe 10% of cars. It usually shows up early (less than 50K miles), but can show up at any time. The only way to tell, is when the transmission starts making noise. There's no way to check, short of diassembling the entire transmission.

The other big 968 issue, is Variocam mechanism inspection. There is a chain and plastic wear-pads inside the valve cover that wear. Based on what i know about 968's, the wear of both parts seems highly dependent on quality of oil used and frequency of changes. This mechanism should be regularly inspected starting at around 60K, and inspected every 15K miles. It's not a difficult or expensive inspection to do, just requires removal of the valve cover, and a dental mirror. Inspection intervals are at your descretion based on condition observed during the first inspection. Neither pads, nor chain is expensive, but a failure will produce heavy collateral damage (many bent valves and possibly damaged pistons, which are all very expensive!)

As CJ said, Timing belts are an issue with the 944/968 series of car. Replacement at shorter intervals than most other cars is required. Factory reccomended replacement interval for the 968 is 45K miles. Most people replace them every 30K, since a failure, again, will produce heavy collateral damage. If you work on your own cars, the belts are not expensive, or terribly difficult to change. The 968, unlike the 944 does NOT require the very expensive factory belt tension measuring tool to be used, since it has an automatic, hydraulic belt tensioner.

Overall, i have found the 968's to be pretty reliable, and alot of fun. 968.net is the best place to go for specific questions.

__________________
Mike


'92 968
'01 VW Jetta TDi
Old 09-28-2004, 09:43 AM
  Pelican Parts Catalog | Tech Articles | Promos & Specials    Reply With Quote #7 (permalink)
Reply

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

 


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:08 AM.


 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2020 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page
 

DTO Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.