Replacement Hartech Wishbone

The multi link suspension on later models (e.g. 993, 996 and Boxster) may well involve some unfamiliar costs as bushes wear in the long-term future - but offer less expensive repairs following light accident damage.

Steering racks. Steering racks are usually reliable, with fairly inexpensive replacement possible, although power steering pumps frequently leak. The "U J" connecting the steering wheel to the steering rack is a common MOT failure - however they are inexpensive.

Gearboxes. Gearbox-whine caused by wear to the main input bearing is common on all 924/944 models, and does not necessarily indicate serious unreliability. Grumbling noises at the rear usually indicates that the differential side bearings are worn, which are surprisingly inexpensive to replace. Bad clunking when driving or a knocking noise is more usually the outside rear wheel bearing on older cars (which can be replaced quite easily), CV joints or seized handbrakes and or cables.

The (pre-1987) 911 & 924 Turbo gearboxes were reasonably reliable but a little slow and lumpy in operation of the synchromesh, which often requires replacement -particularly for 1st or 2nd gear and it is difficult to predict when it might fail. This is not too expensive though and many specialists are experienced in the work involved.

Instrumentation. The instruments fitted to the 911, 924, 924S, and pre-curved dash 944's, are quite robust and reliable, and inexpensive to replace. By contrast the instrument system in the later model 944's (curved dash cars) and post 85 911's, are more complex and cannot be easily or cheaply split or repaired - thankfully they are very reliable and we do have both used and reconditioned units available.

ACROSS ALL MODELS. These are some of the difficulties of buying a good car. A Used Porsche can combine the very best of owning and driving a Classic Sports car. Superb looks, low later-life depreciation (or eventual appreciation), modest maintenance costs and insurance, economy, pride and excitement of ownership etc. Many cover 200,000 to 250,000 miles successfully (and are capable of much more) still looking and driving superbly. Apart from regular servicing, and consumables, the cars tend to go for huge mileages and several years, needing little else and then, suddenly need a lot of expensive work, to return them to full reliability. As a result they can also break owners hearts and bank balances if their car is bought or looked after poorly, or simply at the wrong time, becoming unreliable or expensive to run and difficult to dispose of.

They have very high quality design, manufacture, materials and production that make them capable of covering this high mileage's successfully and the excellent interiors and galvanised bodies, still look superb afterwards. Regrettably this often lulls owners into a false sense of security and small relatively insignificant and inexpensive parts that have not been replaced when needed, can result in huge repair bills as a result of the wider damage they cause when they eventually go wrong and the cost of parts that would not have been necessary if the maintenance had been better in the first place. A £13 Cam belt every 45,000 miles can avoid a blown up engine, as can a head gasket or water pump every 10 years or 100K miles.

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