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HELP! 924, yes or no?

My huge dilemma about having one of these in my life...

3y ago

Turns out a 1978 Porsche 924 has come really close to my hands, and I'm struggling to decide wheter buying it or not... So Drivetribe please help me find out what to do!

I always wanted to have a Porsche, but I wanted it to be my daily ride, so this happened that one of these little guys appeared in my ads list, and well... Couldn't help but texting the owner and asking for a ride to see what happens.

What happened is that I kinda have a hit on it, but there are some issues to be done that are putting some doubt in my brains. To be fair, mechanics is more than fine, the guy did a full restoration and it rides just great (forgetting about the fact og fetting used to the gearbox, with a kinda weird configuration). Exhaust line is done, all the conductions and wiring are done, timing belt, ect with invoices and all. It has only 107k kms on the clock, so it has a lot of miles to do yet...

So, let's forget about mechanics. It's body and interior what is haunting me. There are some issues to be done, and I would like to know how much effort and money would I need to use to get it done, my myself if possible...

1. Painting job and some minor rust issues

Well, the car is 40 years old and it has its crackles and ages, but there are two main spots to be considered: there is some rust on the top edge of the windscreen, and some rust aswell on the driver's side, lower flap and the front bumper.

2. Dashboard

Interior in general is fine, but there is the dashboard, a filthy dammned old bunh of seriously injured plastic, which needs to be, at least, profoundly done.

OI have seen some guys in forums who fixed it by themselves, and some "dashboard covers" on the internet, but I don't know exactly which one would be the best and cheapest option.

3. Lights

Front lights, this beautiful waving system, are always up, so the poor Porsche can never sleep, and it's causing him big migraine problems. Is it easy to cure?


Those I am not concerned about, because are small things I can get done by myself. Like dashboard lights, and other thingies...

To help me decide, I have added this rating thing, so you can rate how hard should I buy it and give this small 924 the love it deserves... And, for bonus, if you have any ideas about how to fix it or the costs, it would be just great!

Many many Thanks!

So, should i buy it? 1=no 5=yes

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Comments (16)

  • Honestly I Love the 924/944. Always have, however these vehicles are for the most part unloved and therefore really cheap (with the exclusion of concours and turbo or s models) I’d say buy one that’s in better condition. A perfectly condition 924 can be had for cheaper then the cost of fixing this one unless you can do quality bodywork and paint yourself.

      3 years ago
  • 924 was always a hard vehicle to desire, but someone's got to love it, or else the world does not make much sense. 928, is a different story though. Both appeared about the same time, and I know which one I would pick.

      3 years ago
  • first run of 924's NO, they are of very poor quality and underpowered.

    944 yes. 944 has some issues but they are a good daily driver and reliable.

      3 years ago
  • I personally have started saving up for a 944 because I feel it to a good fit for me. This is because it’s small and sporty, and it looks expensive. So when I’m old enough to purchase a 944 (about two years), I will be looking. You might be able to go to a car junkyard and find the parts you need, if there in great condition. Some things I found out while researching the 944, is that there is a giant price gap between the “s” models and the “Turbo” models. So I would keep that in mind. Good luck on finding a car!

      3 years ago
  • If there is no service history , and rust, walk away and don't look back.

    My 924 required a new Torque tube at 90k. Then the thermostat stuck,

    warping the head. Then the fuel pump stopped pumping. Throw in all the normal

    wear items, and I threw in the towel.

    Plus, the 924 is really slow.

    If you must have a Porsche, consider saving up for a Boxster.

      3 years ago