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Offline Aircon

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For a 30 year old car, I'd say they're pretty reliable.

Our 1984 S hasn't needed too much maintenance given its age - there is a small oil seep in a gasket somewhere that needs attention at some point in the future, and recently the power antenna stopped working, but otherwise it's just had a service every 12 months and no big surprises.

My 1987 S4 needed the steering rack to be reconditioned and kept venting all its AC gas every few months but again was pretty reliable otherwise.

Like all old cars though if they're neglected by previous owners it might be a different story.

that's nothing!!

The stories are usually about very expensive electrical issues, though.

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Offline LotusLee


  • Joined: Jun 2012

  • Drives: Lotus Esprit Turbo, Porsche 928 SE, 1948 GMC Pick-up, 1970 240Z
  • Location: Perth
that's nothing!!

The stories are usually about very expensive electrical issues, though.

I haven't owned mine that long, but I have a very comprehensive history file and can't find anything of significance that has been done.
My car was very well looked after, has 90% Porsche service history and 10% specialist, so at least it's been looked after.
I do have an electrical gremlin (sometimes cuts out on idle once warm), but it doesn't stop me driving it, other than that, great car.



Offline anotherforumuser

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ARE they reliable, though?? I keep hearing stories...all 10th hand, though.

I have two friends that use them as a daily with no real dramas for the last 6-8 years. One is a 928S the other a GTS, both very reliable. Maybe its the cars that sit around not getting used much that have problems, the same as Ferrari's that sit around.



Offline LotusLee


  • Joined: Jun 2012

  • Drives: Lotus Esprit Turbo, Porsche 928 SE, 1948 GMC Pick-up, 1970 240Z
  • Location: Perth
I have two friends that use them as a daily with no real dramas for the last 6-8 years. One is a 928S the other a GTS, both very reliable. Maybe its the cars that sit around not getting used much that have problems, the same as Ferrari's that sit around.

Same with the Lotus, they have very bad reputation, which in the main, is because british cars are put to sleep for two thirds of the year (which would effect most classics in a bad way). Use them regularly and they are pretty reliable.



Offline jeff selwood


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Hi Lee. Glad you love the car. Do you still have it? I used to own it back in 2005 and it was me that had it filmed on discovery with Alex Riley at Milton Keynes theatre.

 What a day that was. I also had it in GT purely porsche twice and still have one of the articles somewhere. I loved that car and never dreamed it would end up there.
 Would love to see some photos of her now. I bought her from Peter Smith sports cars in Burton on Trent for ten grand! Dont think he knew what he had lol. Had a few issues at first with over heating as the rad was full of leaves and doing the cam belt was fun...all seven feet of it but what a car! Had the front painted for cosmetic reasons and sills to get rid of the stone chips and wheels refurbished with new centre caps. The air con didnt work and the seats piping had gone white! Painted them back to red! What a job that was. Email me if you get chance at gayle2222@hotmail.com. Should never have sold it to Alan Little. Never mind seems like shes in good hands!



Offline TomE


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Hi Lee. Glad you love the car. Do you still have it? I used to own it back in 2005 and it was me that had it filmed on discovery with Alex Riley at Milton Keynes theatre.

 What a day that was. I also had it in GT purely porsche twice and still have one of the articles somewhere. I loved that car and never dreamed it would end up there.
 Would love to see some photos of her now. I bought her from Peter Smith sports cars in Burton on Trent for ten grand! Dont think he knew what he had lol. Had a few issues at first with over heating as the rad was full of leaves and doing the cam belt was fun...all seven feet of it but what a car! Had the front painted for cosmetic reasons and sills to get rid of the stone chips and wheels refurbished with new centre caps. The air con didnt work and the seats piping had gone white! Painted them back to red! What a job that was. Email me if you get chance at gayle2222@hotmail.com. Should never have sold it to Alan Little. Never mind seems like shes in good hands!

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