In the 8 years I have owned the car, I drove it
for about 7000+ km each year in any weather condition.
The car proved to be very reliable but of course needs maintenance.
Original parts for a 911 are expensive but of very good quality.
For some things aftermarket parts are available.
In 2005 the complete exhaust and hot air systems
were renewed. After 23 years, the original stainless steel exhaust
was corroded away and the cabin temperature controls did not
work properly anymore.
Because of handling problems, also the rear suspension
struts were renewed in 2005.
Recently the clutch was renewed.
Meanwhile, the obsolete front seats have been replaced with
leather, electrical operated, turbo seats.
Altogether, the car is in good condition. It is
a joy to drive it although it cannot be compared with a new
luxury car (you really need to work in this car). Top speed
is around 240 km/h and for the rest the car is also more than
quick enough for present day traffic.
The car has about all options that were available
at the time. Power windows, Powered sliding roof, front and
rear window electric heating, fog lights, powered mirrors, etc.
A Porsche is a car to drive. Although it does not make too many
Km's each year, there are always some nice trips to be made.
On multiple occasions the car brought me to the alps in France
for a ski-ing holiday and every once in a while it is used for
track days. Also Germany is frequently visited. Despite the
age of the car, on the German roads it regularly hits its top
speed. I have to say that, even with the rear spoiler, driving
the car at top speed is a challenge. The front starts to lighten
and all concentration is required to keep the car steady and
to avoid other traffic driving at half the speed.
As one of the earlier Porsches, the car lacks
electronic assistance systems such as ABS, traction control
etc. Herewith it is not a car that can be driven fast by anyone
who lacks experience in older 911’s. You really need to respect
the car. For example, if you feel you are too quick in a corner,
there is only one option: Hit the throttle! Braking (your intuitive
feeling) will make you loose control of the car. Hitting the
throttle will make the car push itself through the corner as
if it was not there.
About the aesthetics of the car: The colour is
the original grand prix white. For many people not a preferred
colour but, be honest, this colour suits the car, with its black
accents, perfectly. I decided to leave it this way. Further,
I often hear people, who have some Porsche knowledge, that they
prefer the older, non harmonica bumper, models. In itself I
can agree with them. The SC can perfectly be converted to the
older look. Although this is no simple procedure, the end result
is a 1970’s look with superior technology. Mainly in England
this conversion is popular. Not for me however. I respect the
present looks of the car. The harmonica bumpers were introduced
following changed safety legislation in the US. And in fact,
the way the Porsche engineers adapted the car is in my view
“a triumph of creative design over legislation”.