Here's What a $180,000 Porsche Was Like In 1994

Here's What a $180,000 Porsche Was Like In 1994

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this is a 1994 Porsche 928 GTS you may know a little about the 928 maybe your uncle had one or some guy down the street from you has one or you owned one yourself back in the 90s but not that many people know this the 928 GTS the ultimate final iteration of the 928 this one sold new back in 1994 for eighty eight thousand dollars which is equivalent to one hundred and eighty thousand dollars in today's money today I'm going to take you on a comprehensive tour of the 928 using this
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one this ninety-four 928 GTS I'm going to show you all this cars weirdnesses and corks and cool features there are many I'm going to start by giving you a thorough tour of all the weird corks and features of this 928 GTS which by the way comes to me from platinum motorcars an exotic car dealer here in the lovely Detroit area whose inventory is so wild and vast and varied going in there is like a cars and coffee then I'm going to take it out on the road and see how it
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drives but first an overview the 928 was sold from 1977 to 1995 nearly 20 years with the same basic design it's a front engine v8 unlike every other Porsche sports car and it was originally intended to replace the 911 but it never did more on that at the end of the video this 928 is an odd car a weird hodgepodge of 70s and 80s and 90s and this GTS is the ultimate version it was sold for only three years at the very end of the 928 run and it had 350 horsepower which is still a lot today
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and was really a lot back then if the 928 ever becomes collectible this is the one that will shoot up in value okay time for the courts and features starting with the front and one of the 928 s most famous design trades its headlights now pop-up headlights were not uncommon on cars from this era but most other pop up cars concealed their headlights when they were down in this car the headlights were always visible but when you turn them on they did indeed pop up it comes like a frog when the headlights were off it was so strange and when you put them away they
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work and feel they just sort of rested in speaking of lighting let's discuss the key for a minute this car than a keyless entry or any of that newfangled stuff but it does have one little trick there's a giant button on the key and when you push it it becomes the world's dumbest flashlight next up let's discuss possibly my favorite cork on this entire car that would be the 928 crazy rear window you're looking at this rear of three quarters we know back here is one of the strangest I've ever seen on any car this oddly shaped rhombus that starts upright and somehow finishes flat
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in various different angles throughout this window has to be one of the strangest things to make and I strongly suspect it isn't cheap to buy now if you order 928 you probably living in fear that someone's going to break your rear 3/4 window next let's talk about the field door it opens up just like a normal fuel door and inside there is a fuel cap with a lock on it which was common cars that came out of the 70s due to the gas crisis what's less common is the little flap between them on it it says oil ok a little reminder to check your oil oil ok and since we're around
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back let's discuss the rear wiper which is a rather large piece so large in fact that the wiper arm connects to the tailgate in two separate places I don't think at all are there two separate wiper arms no no the two separate places they eventually and connect into one and I kind of need this complexity you can only get from a Porsche another interesting quirk about this car always was the sunroof which has had the smallest opening of any sunroof from the entire car industry it only opens up about 7 inches which makes me wonder why they even bothered with the Suttons at all now a lot of cars have storage in the door panel usually
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it's just some of your throw stuff and sometimes it has a lid and this content always does have a lid but it has a little latch you have to push in order to get it open you push the latch and only then can you access the door storage the craziest thing about this is when it's closed and where you haven't unlatched it you can still put stuff in there which kind of rendered the whole latch system moot I bet if you ask Porsche engineers they would say yes this is the most brilliant solution all cars should have it the rest of us just think it's kind of weird and needlessly complicated the 9 20th door panel had some other weirdnesses too like for
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example the door panel mounted air-conditioning vents and the sideways seat memory control button but the strangest thing by far was the door lock circle thing that would be this now this car has central locking so you could automatically lock and unlock the doors but if you wanted to unlock or like an individual door you didn't just pull up on the door lock instead you twisted this circle which is actually rather hard to twist no idea why this happened but it happened once you get inside the car you start to notice a few of the other interesting quirks like for example the transmission selector now in
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some cars when you shift into gear the gear you're in lights up Porsche decided they develop their own solution there's a little triangle coming off the transmission selector that points to whatever year that you're in it's a rather novel solution to an interesting problem next up we have to discuss the button that gets you into the trunk which is probably my favorite piece of switch gear inside this cause a latch or a lever anywhere in here instead it's this weird rubber button down the floor and you don't push it you pull it up and now the trunk is open another interesting quirk of the 928 there's not
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that much storage space inside the cabin unless you count the trick over-engineered or pocket so you get to the center console in your thinking yes I suddenly have somewhere to put stuff they should be open it up and oh no there is just not any space in there could probably hold a credit card maybe let's talk about the central locking button this interior is a weird hodgepodge of shapes and colours and sizes as things were added throughout this cars 20-year production run the lock button a great example it is bright red it's backlit and has a picture of the key on it everything else is black but this
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particular button is a red when you push it it's lit when the doors are locked and unlit when the doors are unlocked another strange switch in this car is one that controls the windshield wipers not the one that turns them on and off that's just a stock coming out of steering column like in a normal car instead it's the one that changes the speed of the intermittent wipers it's actually a little dial hidden at the base of the instrument panel behind the steering wheel and it's rather strange next up we have to talk about these little buttons over here the first one makes sense it controls the headlights twist it and they go on the next one controls the fog lights the third one is
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completely unrelated to the headlights in fact it's the odometer viewing button hold it down and rows the trip odometer this has to be the single largest odometer zeroing button in world history it's bigger than the button for the door locks also unusual this car doesn't have some fancy electronic screen in the gauge cluster like most modern cars but it does have a few functions for example if you pull a little lever to the left of the steering wheel the entire car turns metric with the temperature reading in Celsius pull the lever again in the entire car turns back to miles
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and the temperature rating is back to Fahrenheit one little dial to change to an entire measurement system and unit of temperature but if you want to access the pocket on the door you have to pull a little switch before you're allowed to lift the lid next up let's talk about the back seat now Porsche intended for this car to be a Grand Tour a practical car you could use to take the whole family and see the world evidenced by the fact that they actually put some stuff back there for example there is a Sun Visor for the rear have you ever seen that in any car before the rear passengers have a Sun Visor
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the other interesting thing the back seat says there are four climate controls for rear seat passengers there's only six up front and yet in spite all that thought towards the rear the back seats are actually really hard to get into as I shall now demonstrate oh well I'm glad they included for air-conditioning vents and these Sun visors because I could really use some extra comfort now before I move on from the back seat I want to touch on that Sun Visor one more time I've moved the front seat all the way forward so I can be comfortable back here I'm gonna go to
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put down the Sun Visor and hello I now no longer think that this is a Sun Visor for the backseat passengers instead I think it's a wall so the front seat passengers can block out the backseat passengers and probably also the Sun but while the rear seats aren't big enough for any normal-sized person they do have one benefit this car supposed to be more practical than a 911 and indeed there's a little bit more rear seat room but also there's more room in the back these seats fold down and then you have this entire cargo area to do with what you
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want which you didn't have in the 911 of course because it was we are intimate so now you know all about the 928 you know all about its weird quirks and features which are surprisingly plentiful for a Porsche since they're usually so perfectly meticulously engineered but how does it drive to find out I'm going to take it out of the road and from where my thoughts click the link below to go to autotrader.com slash oversteer where I've written a column about all of my thoughts on the 928 GTS all right so I'm getting in the car to drive and the first thing I've discovered here is that the entire gauge
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cluster and all the buttons on it move when you tilt from the steering wheel there's no telescope for the steering wheel but even a turn signal stock moves this thing it was crazy driving a 928 GTS I've always wanted to drive one of these actually I've always kind of thought they looked cool even though I know that the prevailing opinion is they kind of look dated there is a pond Eng find behind it so that's a very exciting experience there's only about four the prefer in Detroit there's 100 of those it also feels silhouette there's top 9 7 X I think I'd just sit here and watch poorly selling
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american-made cars owned by now I happen to be of the opinion that for especially for the GTS model the automatic was the correct transmission manual 920's are pulling more money now this was intended to be the Grand Touring car for whatever that was worth the automatic is the right trans which is a big heavy front engine v8 car kind of car you want to just put your foot down and go like a bullet the road manners are pretty good at lower speeds cars actually pretty comfortable even 23 years later the weirdest thing about this car is the
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simple amount of force required to push the accelerator you wanted to really commit to the accelerator before you you were allowed to go anywhere but he really opened easily and it's hard to push to stab the throttle before you can get them and this car this car you know it's only a four-speed automatic and so its dulled a little bit by that I kind of wonder how this thing this priced 350 horsepower I wonder how it would feel if it had a good transmission I Drive some one of these older automatic cars like
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the Prowler that were just killed by their automatic transmission and it's such a shame because if you put a modern automatic in it it would liven up the car to the point we're gonna have modern performance the thing about this car doesn't build power furiously but when you get high in that range Floy it really makes them power it isn't as fast certainly you know a modern sports car thing like that but it has that grand touring car sort of you get the sense need to go 150 and not break a sweat kind of power building everything is very quiet the car is actually really well insulated surprising how quiet it is
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when I'm driving it it's it's almost weird maybe they were able to do this 23 years ago this is like a Panamera feel place the steering is really heavy the most power ceiling you have to really give it some effort in order to make it move this is actually nice I have to admit driving down the street most 23 year old cars no matter how nice they were they're a bit cumbersome in modern times partial and early 90s you don't want to be in them this car as perfectly glowing a sea of nice as any modern car isn't in the right quality is pretty good it's a little harsh but this is Michigan where the roads are
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a little bad the seats are tremendously comfortable they have an enormous amount of support there very soft leather you feel like it kind of fit in this was really intended to be a touring car like all Porsches this car feels very well put together obviously also all the materials are pretty high and there's some weird button placement in some odd things in those cars 1994 there's no weird squeaks or rattles or shakes from strange places the steering is just so heavy if I'm almost amazing to me how heavy the steering was you gotta remember this car was designed in the seventies just from a different era for
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a 94 car the steering just seems crazily heavy obviously it lightens up when you start moving but it still is heavier than any modern car the thing that I'm kind of taking away from this experience is this car feels heavy it when you floor it it takes a while to build power the accelerator you pushed it take some time the steering feels heavy this car was was not intended to be the light possible sports car that a lot of Porsches today and even portions back then really were it was no 911 and so that's the 928 GTS but I'm not
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done quite yet earlier in this video I told you the 928 intended to replace the 911 but it was saved at the last minute indeed the 911 was saved by an American this is a good story I promise we made it this far it's worth sticking around here's the situation the American was named Peter shoots and he was Porsches global CEO from 1981 to 1986 the story goes that the 911 was supposed to end production in favor of the 928 and shoots was in a meeting with other Porsche executives in an office discussing the future of the brand morale was low sales were off and the
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workers all loved the 911 and they were sad it was going to be replaced but the 928 was the hot new model and that was the next generation of Porsche sensing the feeling among his employees about this shoots walked up to a diagram on a wall in the office where they were meeting that showed all of the Porsche model life cycles with the 911 coming to an end soon he stood up grabbed a marker walked up to the chart on the wall and drew a line from the 911 off the chart and on to the wall in the office prolonging the 911 life cycle indefinitely immediately after that
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Porsche began retooling the 911 for a new generation rather than attempting to kill it off and replace it with the 928 this story is Porsche lore now the guy who saved the 911 with a draw of a marker onto a wall and who knows if it's really true right well it just so happens that a friend of mine is acquainted with Peter shoots who is now retired and living in Florida and my friend went over to shoot this house for dinner a couple of years ago when he asked him the question did you actually draw the line from the chart on to the
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wall and save the 911 since his response was you bet I did and I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat when I did it and since then the 928 intended to be the 911 replacement has faded into obscurity while the 911 is stronger than ever and with story time over it's time for the Doug score beginning at the weekend categories and styling I don't like how a lot of the early 9 28 slug but they're ugly early 80s wheels and a lot of them were painted gold but by the GTS they had it
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pretty well down it gets a 7 out of 10 acceleration it did zero to sixty and five point four seconds giving it a 5 out of 10 handling is above average but not on par with modern sports cars and steering seems needlessly heavy it gets a 6 out of 10 cool factor is high the 928 is rarely seen and the GTS is particularly special it gets a 7 out of 10 as for importance this is a significant portion of the longest-running models and a staple of the brand's lineup for almost two decades the GTS is the most important version so it earns a seven out of 10 that gives it a total weekend
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score of 32 out of 50 placing it predictably below the modern sports cars I've already scored next up for the daily categories and features and equipment the 928 GTS was pretty well equipped in its day but this category is judged by modern standards and it's pretty sparse for 2017 it gets a mere 3 out of 10 luxury measures comfort and the 928 is above average but not hugely it gets a 6 out of 10 quality measures materials and reliability materials are nice but there are some poor ergonomics and oddly placed buttons meanwhile reliability is
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starting to become a little uncertain and potentially expensive as this car ages it earns only a 5 out of 10 practicality isn't bad and has about 15 cubic feet of cargo space giving it a 4 out of 10 it would earn extra points for those back seats but they're just so small finally value depends on why you're buying it by modern standards it's not an impressive performer or a great luxury car especially given that nice ones can sell for more than $60,000 but I do think the 928 GTS will eventually be regarded as a valuable classic and that's enough to earn a 6 out of 10 that
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gives it a total daily score of just 24 out of 50 bringing the total 928 GTS Doug score 256 out of 100 the 928 is a cool car but it just can't hang with the modern stuff you

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