Philip Raby Porsche

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Porsche Boxster/911 emergency bonnet release

I did something silly yesterday. I looked the keys in the front luggage compartment of a 2005 Porsche Boxster S – the 987 model. And, yes, the rest of the car was locked, too. I knew that there was an emergency bonnet release hidden inside one of the front wings, its main reason being to allow access to the battery in the event it goes flat and the electric release won’t operate. The problem was, I wasn’t sure which wing, as it has moved around since the device was first used on the early Boxster and Porsche 996. The obvious […]

Old Porsche 911s rust

Old Porsche 911s rust – there’s no getting away from it. Actually, though, there is as some unscrupulous sellers go to great lengths to hide corroded bodywork under filler and paint. Then, six months after buying the car you start to see bubbles appearing in the paint. The problem can be expensive to rectify, especially if the rot is in the complex sill and door shut structures. Wings, front and rear, also rust and aren’t cheap to replace. I was in a bodyshop today and spotted an early 911S up on a ramp. Someone had paid £50,000 for it and […]

Porsche 944 S2 buyers’ guide

Porsche 944 S2 buyers’ guide The Porsche 944 S2 was the last and best of the front-engined 944 line, which began way back in 1982 as Porsche’s entry-level model, replacing the 924. The Porsche 944 was initially powered by an eight-valve, 2.5-litre engine developing 163bhp, but by the time it had developed into the S2 in 1989 it had gained a 3.0-litre, 16-valve powerplant putting out a healthy 211bhp and a muscular 207lb/ft of torque, the combined result of which is acceleration and maximum speed little short of a contemporary 911’s, and mid-range performance which you will scarcely believe. The […]

Porsche 911 rear reflectors; a brief history in pictures

The launch of the new Porsche 991 Carrera 4 heralds the return of the full-width reflector between the rear lights – a Porsche 911 trademark for many years. The latest reflector is very thin and some would say a pale reflection of previous attempts (sorry, couldn’t resist). However, I like it. It’s very elegant and, to my mind, better integrated into the design than that of the 997 Carrera 4. Today, the reflector signifies four-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4s but when it was first introduced in 1974 it was fitted to all 911s, and remained so for many years. Back […]

Porsche 911 broken door pockets

Here’s one of the most common problems I see in Porsche 911 interiors. The front end of the door pocket is cracked around the mounting screw. It’s so common, that I’m surprised when I find a 911 door pocket that’s not broken! In the great Porsche 911 scheme of things, it’s no big deal and it’s certainly not up there with IMS failure and rusty inner sills. In fact, many people don’t even realise they’re driving around in a Porsche 911 with such an affliction. Almost as common as the broken 911 door pocket is the over-sized washer fitted in […]

Can you buy a Porsche 911 for £10,000?

I’ve just been asked this question. My immediate reaction was to say no. Or rather, yes but be prepared for trouble. The big killer with cheap older 911s (and expensive ones for that matter) is rust. What looks like a few bubbles on the paintwork can turn out to be very pricey to rectify, especially if the sills and B posts are affected, while one front wing is about £800 to replace (don’t even think about filler). However, if you go in with your eyes wide open, there’s no reason why you can’t have a bit of fun with a […]

Auction sales – bargains or risks?

I’m not keen on buying Porsches at auctions. I’d much rather deal with an individual – private or dealer – who knows the car and can let me test drive it. I looked at a 911 Cabriolet at auction recently that was particularly disappointing. It was advertised as a 1985 3.0-litre 911 which immediately puzzled me – at that age, it should be 3.2-litres. When I saw the car, it didn’t take long to realise that it was, in fact, a 911SC – the rear badging and the engine were giveaways. A flick through the documentation showed that it was […]

Buying a 1980 Porsche 911 Targa

I had a message from a lady in Ireland wanting advice on what to look for when buying a 1980 911 Targa, and could there be a problem with a car that’s been stored for 10 years? Here’s my reply: With any 911 of this age the big killer is rust – check carefully for rust on the front wings, rear wings and, most importantly, the sills, inner sills and door shuts (above). Rust can be very expensive to put right. Be wary of a car that’s just been repainted – it could be hiding rust. Targa roofs can be […]

Financial crash?

From time to time, a damaged 911 appears for sale and, at first sight, they can look very tempting. Take a look at this one, for instance. £13,500 for a very low-mileage 2003 996 sounds a great deal, doesn’t it? Now, it’s impossible to assess fully the damage but I can see it needs a couple of front wings, bonnet, front bumper, at least one front light, front panel, while the inner wings and body structure are probably distorted, too. Looking at the puddle of coolant under the car, I’d bet it’ll need a new radiator and probably air-conditioning bits, […]

Is it a bucket of rust?

If you’re looking at an early 911 (by which I mean 1989 and earlier) then keep your eyes wide open for rust. These cars can corrode badly – and repairs aren’t cheap. You may think that a bit of bubbling around a headlamp is no big deal but the only real solution is a new wing, at a cost of at least £600 a side, plus fitting and spraying which can bring the cost to £1000 – or two grand for a pair. Front wings also rust around the fuel filler, along the top rear edge and down the rear […]