1992 - 1995 Porsche 968

The 968 was an automobile made by Porsche AG of Germany between 1992 and 1995. The 968 replaced the Porsche 944.

Gradual improvements were made over the years, so that the Porsche 968 is the most "well sorted" model of all. I have had the Cabriolet version for little over a year. It’s a 1992 model. I’ve found it to be pretty reliable, have an excellent engine, and great handling. I initially put money into the car by having all the brakes redone with drilled calipers and new pads, with some new sensor wiring as well. The AC compressor needed replacement and now works great. The Porsche climate control works very well, and the vents are huge and blow an enormous amount of air into the cabin.

Handling is very good, and since I’m close to Angeles Crest, I’ve taken the car up there many times and it has impeccable handling. The weight distribution is excellent, steering weighty but not uncomfortable, and the car hugs the road well with the Dunlops I had installed. The rear 6-speed transmission has excellent gear ratios, but the throw is farther than modern cars. It still shifts very lightly and positively.

The Porsche 968 engine revs without complaint up to its red line, and in its mid-range gears pulls hard on corners and on hills in canyon driving. Body lean is very controlled. Some wiggle in the rear but only when pushing the limits of the car’s adhesion. First gear very light, and the car doesn’t take off like a Corvette from a complete stop. It does its best when you’re around 4k RPMs and the variocam system kicks in. In any case, I tend to drive it smoothly and feel for when the car needs a gear change. Some tendency for the car to run a bit hot on hills on hot days. Had both the water pump and the timing belt and guide rollers replaced by the dealer when I bought the car. This is important for this model engine, and is one of the few maintanence issues. Some models had pinion bearing issues in the Getrag transmission, but it is not evident in every car and only a few seemed to suffer with this problem. My car now has slightly over 80k miles on it, and it still feels tight and runs flawlessly. They are a great value. Few people know what the car is, and I’ve had people ask if it’s a "new car."

Strengths

Terrific balance, good suspension, excellent steering control. Rear wheel drive appreciated. Interior holding up well, no rips or tears. Engine runs very smoothly, decent gas mileage on the road — up to 25 mpg, under 20 in city. Well made, good quality equipment that holds up well. Convertible top works well, has interior liner that keeps the heat off your head on summer day. Power top motor requires the key "on" but the engine not running. Storage areas behind seats are practical. Small leather covered panels can be swing down to allow long objects placed in trunk to extend inside car. Good storage capabilities for a sports car. Good drivers position, reasonably good instrumentation. One of the last cars with pop-up headlights that have sturdy lift mechanisms.


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