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Old 01-25-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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i met a guy (car salesman) who is selling a porsche 914 for 4k, he said the carb needs to be cleaned/rebuilt and it is a project car (but drives), it was his before he wanted sell it. thoughts?
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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You didn't really provide a lot of detail but sounds like a rusty money pit from what you describe.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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A buddy bought a 914 with good fresh paint, no rust, new Fuchs wheels and tires, and a Sabco racing-built 350 that dynoed at 400+ HP, all for $5500. All it needed to be completely ridiculous was a clutch, but everything worked and it was still very fast.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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the 914 isn't what I'd call an attractive automobile, but if it's something you want...go for it. In all honesty, the price is probably about right, i doubt there's a large market for used 914's...a used 911 however will command a pretty big penny, but the 914 is on the lesser end of the Porsche hierarchy.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Really depends on the overall condition of the car. If the body is not rusty, straight, the 914 has essentially a VW Bug engine (unless it's a 914-6) so it's not at all hard to work on mechanically, and parts are cheap.

The thing that raises my antenna, though, is if this guy is a car salesman, and the PO of the car, if it's an easy fix, why doesn't he fix it himself, or have a mechanic he knows fix it, then sell it as a stand-up car?
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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the 914 has essentially a VW Bug engine (unless it's a 914-6)
The 914 shares the same motor as the 1974 and up Bus, 411 and 412 and late Porsche 912's. These are all type 4 motors
VW bugs always used the type 1 motor.


Having owned one decades ago.
All Porsche 914 came standard with fuel injection. If the car is modified make sure it has not been hacked as well. Seating is odd as the seats are mostly like the cushions I now use on the kitchen chairs.
Headlights use the same relays as everything else in the car, carry extras as they seem to fail when least convenient.
Find a cross over catalog for parts as many are VW. The same center interior light fixture that you can buy at VW for $1.95 was $39.95 at Porsche dealerships.
They were not really recognized by Porsche or VW fans. Or even much by the dealerships.
The transmissions had the most problems, many fixed this by upgrading to the 911 tranny.
Driving the car was fun, also kinda scary like driving a go cart at 100 mph. The car is low and people will back up and hit you as you sit under their mirror view.
For the same money I would look at older 912's or 911's.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:28 PM
 
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...a used 911 however will command a pretty big penny, but the 914 is on the lesser end of the Porsche hierarchy.
That is like saying Pretoria is on the lesser end of urban design.

The 914 was a POS new and worse today by comparison. Having owned many Porsche cars, I'd be embarrassed to be seen in one.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The biggest thing that 914's have in common with VW's is that you will always be working on them more than driving them.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
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Biggest thing in older 914's are the front suspension!!! Make sure it is not rusty!! They are prone to rust under there.... 914's are not the "best" Porsche out there, but can be good looking and fun if you put some $$ into them.... For 5500 the car should be nice and need VERY minimal work!!
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