Looking to buy 1985 928S

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05 Aug 2012 21:57 #9965 by kevhou
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Hello, I want to join the club of 928 owners, am looking at this craigslist listing for a 1985 with a lot of miles (~140k)

Wondering if it's worth it. Meeting owner tmw to check service records and inspect car i.e. tb, wp, fuel lines etc.

Any advice would help! Thanks

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05 Aug 2012 22:17 #9967 by 928mac
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Tell him you want to think about it and post some ext and int pics alone with the price.

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06 Aug 2012 12:46 #9981 by kevhou
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Good: new tires (about 1,000 miles old), intake service complete (intake gaskets, hard vacuum lines)

Bad:
+ vacuum leak in HVAC system (all of the mix flaps are vacuum-operated), specifically the mix flap. You can hear it change back and forth occasionally based on acceleration.
+ AC is R12. recently it did blow cold, but does not currently. You can hear it coming on. The diagnosis is the mix flap which still allows hot air into the cabin, related to the above item.
+ radio is hard-wired and does not keep its memory stations.
+ replacement hood has structural bend; original hood had superficial dents on top. see pics.
+ odometer works; trip odometer only partially works and electrically re-sets itself every few miles.
+ hood pull is not attached to A-pillar, so it's more like a pull cord. (see pics.) I purchased but didn't install a good cable.

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Price 5000

What do you guys think?
Thanks

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06 Aug 2012 13:07 #9982 by kevhou
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Timing belt and water pump (rebuilt) last July, less than 4,000 miles ago
replaced three fuel lines / pieces: the Y junction in the fender, the "link" at the back of the intake, and the run across the front of the engine to the passenger regulator.

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06 Aug 2012 13:46 #9983 by kevhou
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Mentioned that
+ vacuum leak in HVAC system (all of the mix flaps are vacuum-operated), specifically the mix flap. You can hear it change back and forth occasionally based on acceleration.
intake service complete (intake gaskets, hard vacuum lines)

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06 Aug 2012 15:18 #9985 by xstepson
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140K is not a lot of miles on a 928 (for a maintained car). The car even has the 14 connector cover on the passenger side of the engine compartment. That tells me that someone cared enough about the car to keep that easily removed and lost piece on the car.

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06 Aug 2012 15:56 #9986 by kevhou
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Cool, thanks. You guys are always great.
And how 'bout JPL landing something heavier than a 928 on Mars yesterday?!

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06 Aug 2012 19:34 #9988 by 928mac
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Well I do not know what they are asking but I would pay between 5 & $7000

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11 Aug 2012 00:24 #10057 by Kiln_Red
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Check and relieve the flex plate of any pressure if you are to buy it. Crankshaft migration, though not as commonly reported on early 32 valve cars, is possible. I know of a few 85-86 us models that have been sacrificed at the expense of thrust bearing failure.

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12 Aug 2012 19:10 #10065 by lrpman
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I agree with Brad and the new buyers guide from Porsche shows about the same numbers. Great car bur look at all the SMALL STUFF, wiper motor delay and the dimmer for the dash lights, door locks, back deck release, seals around the glass. That kind of stuff will eat your lunch in pennies fast.

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17 Aug 2012 11:48 #10245 by N2O-928
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Looks like every part of it need some amount of work, 4k tops.
Another 4 to 5k on repairs and upgrades and then it could be worth 8k (it is an auto).
I see engine refresh needed (looks neglected), paint needs work and so does the inside (door panels, cracked dash, etc.).

does everything work ?

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