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 Post subject: Re: Porsche 924 advice to noobs, opinions on ownership, etc
PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:32 pm 
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Location: Athens , Greece
Model: 1988 924S
Why do you own a 924?

Ι love driving sports cars and love all Porsche cars ( not the 4x4s !!!)

What do you love about it?

The exterior design and looks, the directness of the 924S when driving one, the sporty character, handling and sound


What other classic cars did you consider owning instead?

Porsche 944 (oops), Ferrari 348 TB

What does the driving experience feel like?

Love it. Very communicative and direct . Feels much faster than it is , sitting low and with a sporty handling and sound

What do you consider to be the best 3 things about the design of the car?

Nose, C pillar/rear window design and teledials

Why did you choose a 924 n/a or 924 turbo or 924S over the others?

Wanted the -not so- 'rare' 1988 924S with the 160bhp and the power steering

What 3 bits of advice would you give to someone who's interested in 924 ownership?

check it, drive it, enjoy it

And feel free to pose other questions to the membership I may have overlooked!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:50 pm 
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Location: Somerset
Model: TheOnly Way Is Turbo
Why do you own a 924?
I wanted a quick rear drive track/fun car

What do you love about it?
Booooost! Now handles like a go kart

What other classic cars did you consider owning instead?
BMW 2002 tii or turbo (owned a tii previously, turbo just out of reach), Escort RS1600i (owned 2 previously) or RS turbo, Sierra RS Cosworth, 70's/80's 911 was out of reach.... As was the CGT. 944 turbo. 968 CS (but no boost!!)

What does the driving experience feel like?
Boost = acceleration on top of acceleration. An event every time I get behind the wheel

What do you consider to be the best 3 things about the design of the car?
Solid galvanised body (except for the rusty bits that fall off when boosting). Solid mechanicals (except for the soft as cheese bits which limit boost). Solid 70's looks (except the for the dated bits)

Why did you choose a 924 turbo over the others?
Boost. And its faster than the others

What 3 bits of advice would you give to someone who's interested in 924 ownership?
1.Every £1500 and under turbo has £10k waiting to be lavished on it to get the best from the booooost
2. Boost it!
3. Join the owners club and gloat in the fact you've got boost

PS. Did I mention the Booooost :grin:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:36 pm 
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Model: 924S
Hi

Why do you own a 924?
I got speaking to Englander who talked me into buying another after realising I'd sold a previous N/a without making the most of using it and wanted to see what id missed out on, answer a lot! Plus I wanted a base car I could tinker with and turn into a car to go and do some track days in.

What do you love about it?
It has pop up head lights, looks fantastic and I grew up in the 80's. Find me another sporty Classic the same age and price that doesn't have bodywork in as good a condition as a 924 and it's one the best built cars of its time which is why they are so reliable, unless you own an S2 Turbo :whistle:

What other classic cars did you consider owning instead?
I didn't, as soon as I got off the phone to Englander I knew what I wanted so started hunting.

What does the driving experience feel like?
The S has nice amount of power and torque for a 30 year old car, it handles fantastically no matter which model you have and feel special when you drive it, I still enjoy driving it as much as my old Integrale Evo, just a different experience.

What do you consider to be the best 3 things about the design of the car?
Looks
Reliability and build quality
Handling

Why did you choose a 924 n/a or 924 turbo or 924S over the others?
Because I wanted the "Porsche" engine :woohoo: and as it happened the right car came up at the right price.

What 3 bits of advice would you give to someone who's interested in 924 ownership?
Buy the best car you can for your budget
Join the club
Ignore people who say Turbos are the best :woohoo: they're all great undervalued underrated cars

And feel free to pose other questions to the membership I may have overlooked!
JOIN THE CLUB it's only £25 for a whole year.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:03 pm 
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Joined: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:23 pm
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Location: Atherstone
Model: 924 na
Why do you own a 924?
Was the most competitive car I could find for historic rallying

What do you love about it?
RWD for power sliding, and the lack of rot

What other classic cars did you consider owning instead?
Escort Escort Escort, Sunbeam, MGB and almost anything else made before 1981

What does the driving experience feel like?
Still needs a bit more work to get it right, and possibly MORE POWER

What do you consider to be the best 3 things about the design of the car?
Rallying a Porsche, performance against other cars from that era, galv' chassis

Why did you choose a 924 n/a or 924 turbo or 924S over the others?
NA as its more suitable for motorsport regulations

What 3 bits of advice would you give to someone who's interested in 924 ownership?
do it.

And feel free to pose other questions to the membership I may have overlooked!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:44 pm 
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Location: Plymouth
Model: 924 2.0 N/A Lux
Why do you own a 924?
Because I wanted an interesting older car and my n/a more than fit the bill
What do you love about it?
The look and style of it, pop up lights are cool :grin: 80's nostalgia
What other classic cars did you consider owning instead?
Volvo 360 glt
What does the driving experience feel like?
Fantastic even though its far from perfect, as Pete says, even sitting in traffic is an event
What do you consider to be the best 3 things about the design of the car?
Pop up lights, the profile, the C pillar shape/design
Why did you choose a 924 n/a or 924 turbo or 924S over the others?
It was available close by so I bought it, Turbo's are currently beyond my means though if it had been an S I'd have still bought it
What 3 bits of advice would you give to someone who's interested in 924 ownership?
Ignore the model and just buy the best you can, best price for the best condition
Join this club for the best help and advice, community and events
Get out and enjoy using the car

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:12 am 
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Joined: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:50 pm
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Location: Warlingham
Model: 924 red 1981
Wow, thanks ever so much for the replies!

There's a good variety of comments there, which is encouraging. Also some recurring answers 'shape' seems popular... does anyone want to delve further and describe the appeal of the shape in more graphic detail?

Steve, I've been spelling boooost with only 4 'o's, what's the approved turbo owners' spelling please?

Cheers,
Richard

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:16 am 
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Timeless would be my term for the shape, which isn't something many cars can lay claim to.

Later, fatter variants certainly cannot...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:39 am 
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Timeless is definitely a theme Pete. In comparison the 944 looks very much of the 80's in a testosterone fuelled, pumped up sort of way and reminds me of big hair, shoulder pads, shouting into mobile phones and an era of excess generally.

The 924 is elegant, cohesive and subtle. Walk around it and it looks right from every angle. it's neither 'masculine' in the way a lot of supercars are, nor 'feminine' and therefore off-putting to manly car blokes who worry about being judged by their car choice. Mine gets as many positive comments from the ladies as it does from the gents.

The glass rear hatch works really well in lightening (visually) what could be a heavy looking rear end. This helps balance the low pointy front. It's curved shape also lessens the feeling of it being wedge shaped. It's not wedge shaped despite that name being applied to everything with pop up headlights. It's teardrop shaped. I think it had world leading aerodynamics when it was released, so that shape isn't just the result of being a slave to what was a popular look a the time. The big rear lights are about the only un subtle element to the design, but still work well, and due to the lack of a familiar 'face' at the front, play a larger part in the character of the car than most rear ends do.

I don't like that the rear wheels are sat a little too far into the arches, and the pop up headlights make the 924 look a bit anonymous from the front.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:42 am 
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Location: North West Essex
Model: 924 Turbo S1
Shape? Simplicity or the lines, perhaps an elegance and 'cleaner' look than later models. I think in the same terms as how clean and elegant the lines of an early 911 are compared to later 911 models for example.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:56 am 
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Location: Warlingham
Model: 924 red 1981
My answers to the questions:

Why do you own a 924?
Amazing value for money, at least for the time being,
Galvanized, so much less rust than any other car of tat age
I wanted to be able to learn car mechanics, and as a mid 80’s version of a 70’s design, it’s one of the last cars available where almost everything is mechanical rather than electronic
Rear seats and a good sized boot, so could be used as a practical second car for the whole family
Pop up headlights are cool.

What do you love about it?
Pascha interior
Brown dashboard
It makes a journey enjoyable, so the focus of driving isn't just getting there
That it’s misunderstood by car bores, and that most people don’t know what it is without looking at the badge
I like the sound it makes. I like driving with the window down a bit so I can hear it
It's proven to be a very easy car to work on, both mechanical and trim/body stuff
Owners Club support makes it very easy to keep one running.

What other classic cars did you consider owning instead?
A bit of a mish mash:
Fiat Cinquecento Sporting
MG Maestro
Ford Puma
Rover 200vi
Many other untrendy cars for about £1500.

What does the driving experience feel like?
Low to the ground, feet out and arms out
Really good visibility. This struck me immediately and makes it a pleasure to drive in traffic compared to modern cars with thick pillars
Really comfy seats and driving position make it a pleasure to drive over long distances
Good acceleration, if not epic. Certainly fast enough for most conditions and still pulls well at 70mph, which makes it an easy drive on motorways
Surprisingly fuel efficient.

What do you consider to be the best 3 things about the design of the car?
Covered this in my previous post

Why did you choose a 924 n/a over the others?
They seem to rightly have a reputation for simplicity, durability and availability of parts, they’re economical, I’m less likely to lose my licence, and I love the aesthetic simplicity of ‘bottom of the range’ cars.

What 3 bits of advice would you give to someone who's interested in 924 ownership?
1: Don’t buy the first one you see, drive a few if possible
2: Buy one asap while they’re overlooked/undervalued
3: Try to get one with service history and documented mileage
3 and a half: Join the 924 Owners club.

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924 Tech Specs https://porsche924.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=30151
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