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11-15-2001, 03:29 PM
Can anyone comment on the difference in the cost of maintanence between the 964s and '87-'89 Carreras? I can afford to pay for a C2 but and not sure I can keep her running. I probably would only be doing oil changes myself, everything else would be at an independant shop. My friend that owns a 993 pays $500 for oil change and $1200 for 15k service. How would an older 911 compare? thanks!


11-23-2001, 11:23 AM
I've got a 1991 C2 Cabriolet with 45K miles on it. Oil changes run about $170. and the interval my mechanic recommends is every 7,500 miles. I'm using Mobil-1 oil so that brings up the cost. Dino oil would run about $120.00.

12-01-2001, 02:40 PM
I had both a '89 911 and a 964 at the same time for a while and my observations are as follows: (1) oil changes cost about the same using Mobil 1; (2)although maintenance frequency is similar, tuneups on 964 are more expensive because the catalyst and secondary muffler as well as sound proofing box must be removed to adjust exhaust valves and change lower 6 spark plugs; Note that 964 exhaust parts are made of stainless to facilitate ease of removal and long life; (3) also 964 has 12 plugs vs 87-89 with 6; and (4) 964 distributor has dual heads and eventually will need cog belt replaced. Early 964's had some problems with dual mass flywheel and cylinder head oil leaks, although these were apparently rare (I haven't had either problem). Although I loved both cars, I eventually sold the '89 911 because the 964 was so much faster and more technically advanced. Good luck in making your choice!

01-02-2002, 10:44 PM
I have an '87 coupe and oil changes (using dino oil) run about $100. 15K oil change and valve adjustment averages about $500 as there are always some minor things to fix (eg. power window switch, brake light sensor, etc). Keep in mind that rear tires last about 10k miles and you'll get about 20k out of the fronts (with street tires). Brake fluid should be replaced every two years or so and recharging the AC will run about $300.

As you can see, there's a lot more to maintenance than oil changes and valve adjustments. These are fine, reliable cars when well maintained. I would be very careful purchasing an early 964 ('89 - '91). Personally, I prefer the '87 - '89 coupes or even an earlier SC over the 964s. If I wanted a more modern car, I would get a 993 or 996.


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