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Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994)

Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) It’s said that every car enthusiast should own a Porsche 911 at some point in their lives, but if you’ve never driven one you may wonder what all the fuss is about. Drive one though, and the chances are you’ll instantly be hooked. You’ll realise that many of those stories of tail-happy handling are hype – but despite this, that rear-mounted engine is what makes the 911 unique to drive.

The sound, the rearward weight bias, the shove from the back rather than the pull from the front, the delicious steering – these are all things that the 911’s rivals can’t match. While it’s true that the earliest 911s could be quite a handful, by the time the 964 was launched in 1989, Porsche’s evergreen sportscar had been in production for more than a quarter of a century. As a result it had been honed to become something truly fabulous.

Which one to buy?

This was the first 911 with rear- or four-wheel drive options. The latter gives extra security in hard driving or adverse conditions, but enthusiast drivers will find it robs the car of something when pressing on. It’ll still oversteer if provoked, but compared with two-wheel drive 911s, it can feel less responsive.

The four-wheel drive has a torque split in normal driving conditions of 31:69, biased towards the rear. However, in slippery conditions this can become 100 per cent to the front or the rear, depending on where the grip is. Buy a Carrera 4 and there’s no automatic option, but there is with the Carrera 2. The Tiptronic automatic transmission was popular with buyers of the 964 when new; we’d take a manual every time, but you might prefer the two-pedal option. There were also coupé, cabriolet and Targas to choose between – again, whichever suits you best is down to personal preference.

We’d gravitate towards the Turbo as it’s ferociously quick and will prove to be a sound investment. But running costs can be high and if driven hard, reliability can take a beating. If you want something more hard-core – or an investment – seek out an RS model. Of the 2364 RS cars made, just 47 came to the UK while there were only 50 or so Tourings, 129 RS 3.8s and 20 or so Lightweights. And they’re all extremely valuable...

Performance and spec

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6
Engine 3600cc, turbo flat-six
Power 380bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 384lb ft @ 5000rpm
Top speed 174mph
0-60mph 4.8sec
Consumption 22mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual

Common problems

• Poorly repaired crash damage is a strong possibility, so get an HPI check and also look carefully for evidence of rippled inner wings or outer panels that don’t line up very well.

• As far as the engine is concerned, it’s oil leaks that you need to check for the most closely. Start by see if there’s oil leaking from the cylinder base. Instead of a gasket here, the two metal faces mate to each other but they distort over time and repairs are very costly – post-1991 cars are less likely to be affected, but they’re not immune. It doesn’t help that there’s an undertray, which spoils the view – but don’t just buy and assume that everything will be OK.

• Check the pipework that carries lubricant from the oil tank (in the rear wheelarch) to the engine via a thermostat. There’s a mixture of rigid and flexible pipes and where the two join, corrosion is common. Remove the undertray and everything will be clear to see. Any sign of leaks mean there’s lots of work required to remove everything and replace it.

• The gearbox and diffs are very strong, so just listen out for rumbling or whining – both of which are unlikely. The clutch is more of a weak spot though, as it isn’t adjustable. It should be smooth and not too heavy; if it is, assume a new clutch will be needed soon.

• There’s a dual-mass flywheel designed to improve refinement, but it can break up on cars that have covered a high mileage or which have been driven in stop/start traffic a lot. Listen for clonks at low revs; there was a redesigned flywheel from 1993, which can be fitted to earlier cars to improve reliability. The RS didn’t get this dual-mass flywheel, although Touring editions did.

• The brakes are incredibly powerful, but the alloy callipers react with the steel-backed pads, potentially leading to severe binding. Fixing things means stripping everything down and in extreme cases it can mean replacing pads and callipers.

• While the rear suspension is reliable, issues up front are to be expected. The aluminium lower wishbones pivot on rubber bushes and the front ones perish and separate from their outer sleeve. The result is vague handling, but unless the bushes have been replaced recently, assume new ones will be needed before long.

Model history

1989: The 964 arrives in Carrera 4 coupé form; it’s Porsche’s first volume-production four-wheel drive car. A Speedster is also introduced; 800 are built.
1990: The Carrera 2 is launched. It’s 70kg lighter than the Carrera 4, and substantially quicker too. Standard kit includes ABS and power steering. The 964 Turbo also arrives, with a 320bhp 3.3-litre engine.
1991: The 964 RS appears, with the air-con, electric seats and windows, power steering, central locking and rear seats all ditched. There’s also thinner glass, an aluminium bonnet, composite Recaro seatsuprated brakes plus 17-inch magnesium alloy wheels. The bodyshell is also seam-welded for extra strength while the engine is boosted to 260bhp. There’s a Touring option too, which keeps most of the luxuries and retains the more powerful engine.
1992: The 964 RSR features a stripped-out interior while there’s a welded in roll cage as standard. The 300bhp Carrera 4 Lightweight was built for the track and features aluminium panels, Plexiglass side windows and a glassfibre engine cover. The Turbo S has a 376bhp 3.3-litre engine.
1993: The 3.6-litre Turbo replaces the 3.3-litre car, with 360bhp. It’s built for just one year, with just 1,437 made.
1994: The run-out Turbo S 3.6 has 380bhp; just 90 are made. Another Speedster arrives, in standard or Clubsport forms; 936 are made.

Key clubs and websites

• www.911uk.com
• www.tipec.net
• www.porscheclubgb.com
• http://porscheownersclub.org.uk
• www.porscheclubuk.com
• www.pca.org
• www.porscheclubus.com

Summary and prices

Prices of good 964s have moved significantly in the last few years. Carrera 2 models carry a premium over the four-wheel drive models, especially those with a manual gearbox. £10,000 will buy you a project, while £17,500-£24,000 is enough to pick up a decent runner. £33,000 is about top money for a great example, but dealers will probably ask a lot more for perfect cars. The rather special 964 Carrera RS can be picked up for between £80,000-£180,000 depending on specification and condition.

Words: Richard Dredge
Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994) Porsche 964 buying guide (1989-1994)
Last updated: 7th Aug 2015
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  • Porsche - 964 Carrera 4 (911) - 1989

    €67,000 - €87,100 est. (£59,737.20 - £77,658.36 est.) €67,000 - €87,100 est. (£59,737.20 - £77,658.36 est.)
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    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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  • 1994 Porsche 964 Widebody

    $109,000(£89,085.70) $109,000(£89,085.70)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1994 Porsche 964 C4 Widebody Coupe in Black with Black leather interior. 72,967 miles with one local So Cal, CARFAX Certified owner. Perfect rust and accident free body with superb original paint. Very good original interior - uncracked dash, stock stereo, soft leather seats, good door panels, carpets and roof liner. Mechanically superb. Just has a major service and a complete check over and all necessary repairs done. Comes with handbook, two keys, air pump and original window sticker. Summary: 964 Coupes were very limited production numbers throughout. '94 was the last year and the only year for the Widebody C4 Coupe of which only 250 were built. Black/Black is rarer still and a local Southern Californian one owner car is the icing on the cake - all of which go to make this a very desirable, drivable and collectible Porsche to own. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1994
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera 2

    £53,900 £53,900

    This 964 Carrera 2 makes for interesting reading. Yes this 964 may have covered a well documented 130,000 miles, however it has also recently benefited from an engine rebuild in the last 9556 miles with JZM. (The rebuild is fully documented with plenty of visual references)

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 130000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera 2

    £49,995 £49,995

    The 3.6-litre air-cooled engine is in excellent mechanical fettle having benefitted from maintenance recorded since the early nineties. The engine bay itself is clean and tidy with all mechanical components in great order. Having clearly been a well looked-after example, the Carrera 2 drives extremely well; the engine pulls hard and the five-speed manual gearbox operates with precision.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 80205 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RS America

    €129,500(£115,462.20) €129,500(£115,462.20)

    Year of construction 1993 displacement 3600 ccm KW 184 KW PS 250 PS kilometres 136850 km color dunkelblau leather Stoff grau one of only 701 examples built only 2 owners since new great overall condition fully documented histroy price 129.500,- EUR

    • Year: 1993
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Turbo Look cab Usine


    Features : 964 factory turbo look convertible. Log books . All file of invoices . 3 Owners car . Delivery new in Germany but in France since 1998. Comment : Car received a complete paint plus it receives also a new soft top . Wheels redone . Real stunning as looks on pictures.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 68365 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Turbo


    In stock now is this lovely Porsche 964 Turbo. A 1991 car it was first registered by the factory in Stuttgart for a UK Army Major living in Germany who ordered a RHD car for himself. Since new it has covered 86863 miles from new. The car was well specified, option codes are as follows: 139 - Seat heating, left 220 - LSD Limited Slip Differential with 40% lock 340 - Seat heating, right 498 - Without model designation on rear end 567 - Top-tinted windscreen 650 - Sunroof 935 - Draped leather rear seats 980 - Draped leather front seats The car has a beautiful service history: 30/07/91 at 3500 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 15/01/92 at 16000 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 25/02/92 at 24500 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 28/04/93 at 32000 kms - SHH Sportwagenvertrieb 25/01/94 at 39950 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 12/10/94 at 49730 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 21/08/95 at 60690 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 17/09/96 at 77000 kms - Porsche Zentrum Braunschweig 13/06/97 at 78493 kms - HR Owen Porsche Centre Hatfield 16/06/98 at 82316 kms - HR Owen Porsche Centre Hatfield 21/09/00 at 86417 kms - HR Owen Porsche Centre Hatfield 08/03/02 at 61391 miles - Martin's

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 86863 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 RS America


    In stock now is this rare Porsche 964 RS America. Having covered just 31,360 miles from new the car has been expertly set up to be quick and nimble for fast road or track use. Upgrades include: * Sparco Racing Seat * 18 gallon fuel cell * JRZ double adjustable shocks * Porsche Motorsports adjustable springs * Big Red Porsche Turbo Brakes * Custom front brake disks and hubs * Custom Rothsport integrated brake cooling ducts * 5 speed G50 transmission with short 3, 4 and 5th gears * Rothsport short shift mechanism * Auxiliary transmission cooler * GT limited-Slip rear differential * No sunroof The engine was built by Chris German of Chris's German Auto Service in Washington, a renowned engine builder, who produced a very powerful 3.8 litre engine, recently the car was dyno'd at a very healthy 375 BHP. Work included Motec engine management, upgraded pistons and cylinders, upgraded connecting rods and rod pins, custom cams and Porsche Motorsport 3.8 heads. Less than 500 miles have been done, all on road, since the rebuild and a new clutch has been fitted. A rare sight in the UK this left hand drive (they all are of course) RS America goes as well as it looks and can be delivered worldwi

    • Mileage: 31360 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964

    €249,000(£222,008.40) €249,000(£222,008.40)

    Caractéristiques Année du Modèle: 1992 1ère mise circulation: 20/05/1992 N° Châssis: WPOZZZ96ZNS491619 Couleur extérieure: Gris Couleur intérieure: Baquets Recaro en cuir noir et gris Kilométrage: 59 300 Kms CV DIN: 260cv CV fiscaux: 19 CV Cylindrée: 3600 cm3 Boîte de vitesses: Manuelle Carnet: Oui Peinture d’origine: Non Origine du modèle: Italie Historique et révisions effectuées Seulement 59 300km au compteur. Ce véhicule est un des 1423 « Lightweight » produit en conduite à gauche et celui-ci est matching number moteur et matching color. La boîte correspond à celle de l’origine mais n’est pas matching. Le véhicule possède des factures d’entretiens, un carnet d’entretien tamponné, ses doubles de clés ainsi que ses manuels d’origine. Garantie Le véhicule sera vendu révisé et garanti 3 mois ou 5000kms Prix 249 000 € Nous trouver et nous contacter Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / 04 79 88 66 36 - Jérôme Millias 07 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans Nos horaires Du Lundi au Samedi, de 8h00 à 12h00 et de 14h00 à 18h30 *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Specifications Year of manufacture: 20/05/1992 Chassis number: WPOZZZ96ZNS491619 Exterior color: Grey Interior color: Black and grey Recaro seats Mileage: 59 300 Kms HP: 260cv Engine displacement: 3600 cm3 Gearbox: Manual Service book: Yes Original paint: No Delivery country: Italy History and maintenance Only 59 300 km on the clock. One of 1423 "Lightweight" produced in left hand drive and is matching number motor and color. This car isn’t matching number for the gearbox. It has lot of maintenance invoices, original service book with stamps justify rigorous maintenance and original manuals. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 249 000 € Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 - Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Opening hours From Monday to Saturday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 6.30pm

    • Year: 1992
    • Mileage: 59300 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964

    £56,950 £56,950

    Electric Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Full Leather Boss Motor Company are delighted to present this extremely rare Porsche Carrera 2 Coupe TipTronic, Finished in the rare RS colour of Ruby Stone Red with Full Black Hide. This example has only covered 54,000 miles from new.This car not only benefits from being presented in a stunning and hard to find colour combination but is also preferably not fitted with a sunroof.JZM Porsche Serviced and will come with a new service. The car currently is fitted with genuine Fuchs forged alloy wheels but will come with its original wheels also.

    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
    For sale
  • 1989 Porsche 964 Carrera 4

    £49,995 £49,995

    Philip Raby Porsche Porsche Sales and Service This 1989 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 is a great example of an increasingly sought after 911. The 964 was a revolution for the Porsche 911, introducing radical changes, including power steering, ABS brakes, coil-sprung suspension and heavily revised exterior and interior styling. Today, a 964 offers a perfect combination of modern technology and traditional styling, and is a 911 that is easy to live with, great to drive, and is an appreciating classic. This example is finished in timeless Guards Red, with the original and correct Design90 wheels and rectangular door mirrors. The interior boasts Linen Leather seats with red piping. The car is in very good condition, inside and out. The Porsche benefits from a relatively low mileage and a well documented service history. Of particular note, was a top-end engine rebuild at 53,000 miles, when a new clutch was also fitted. It has just had over £4300 spent on a major service, minor oil leak rectification, new exhaust heat shields, new front brake discs and pads, new windscreen wiper motor and linkage, plus a myriad of other minor jobs to ensure that it’s in first class condition for the next owner.

    • Year: 1989
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Carrera RS RCT

    £139,995 £139,995

    The Carrera RS was fitted with a revised version of the standard 3.6-litre 964 engine. It had an increased power output as well as a lightweight flywheel coupled to a G50/10 gearbox with closer ratios. Featuring a RUF turbo conversion this particular example has all the benefits of the agile RS, combined with the awesome power of a factory wide body Turbo.

    • Year: 1992
    • Mileage: 36389 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 964 Turbo Flatnose

    £114,995 £114,995

    Make: Porsche Model: 964 Turbo First Registered: 01/08/1991 (J) Mileage: 75,765 Miles Previous Owners: 5 Engine: 3.4 Ltr Flat 6 Turbo Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Horizon Blue Trim Colour: Black Leather Carpet Colour: Black Doors: 2 Seats: 2+2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 75765 mi
    For sale
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