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D328i
07-13-2002, 06:43 PM
Ins? Outs? Pros? Cons?

The link below is to a car under consideration, although I hear the 1.8 is the underdog compared to the 1.7 or 2.0. Please let me know what you think before I make the trek down to check it out in person. ANY items of particular interest that I should focus my attention on while scrutinizing the vehicle would be helpful...

http://adcache.collectorcartraderonline.com/10/0/4/26309004.htm

Thanks, and God Bless,

David

RIMSPOKE
07-14-2002, 10:44 AM
SOME NICE OPTIONS LIKE THE CENTER CONSOLE . THE DUAL WEBER SETUP
IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST ONE FOR CARBS .
WHO SAID THAT THE 1.8 IS A DOG COMPARED TO THE 1.7 ?
MY 1975 1.8 IS PLENTY FAST WITH A SINGLE WEBER 38/38 .
THE CAR LOOKS GOOD AND THE INTERIOR LOOKS GREAT!I WISH MINE WAS BLUE.
LET THE BUYER BEWARE ! IT IS COMING FROM A CLASSIC DEALER SO I
ASSUME THAT THERE IS SOME SORT OF A WARRANTY ABOUT ITS CONDITION
BUT I WOULD CHECK IT FOR RUST AND BONDO THOUROUGHLY .
IT LOOKS LIKE A CALIFORNIA PLATE , THAT IS GOOD FOR RUST BUT BAD
FOR EMMISIONS SINCE THE CA. CARS HAD A DIFFERENT SYSTEM THAN THE
OTHER 49 STATES FOR 1975-76 914's . THE EXHAUST CAN BE REPLACED
WITH THE 2.0 EARLIER SYSTEM . IT WILL IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE
AND MAKE THE CAR SIMPLER , COOLER AND EASIER TO WORK ON .
THIS MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE . IF IT HAS , THE MUFFLER WILL
LOOK LIKE A BIG HOTDOG WITH FOUR OUTLETS FROM THE HEAT EXCHANGERS
INSTEAD OF TWO .
I HOPE THAT THIS IS HELPFUL TO YOU , I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO LEARN
ALL YOU CAN BEFORE YOU BUY , THERE IE PLENTY OF INFORMATION ON
THE WEB AND IN BOOKS .

Will
07-17-2002, 02:17 PM
is at Pelican (link). Rust is the number one issue, and because battery acid caused a lot of the rust on these cars, it's not enough just to get a western/southern car. I have a 74 914/1.8; the 2.0 is the most desireable, but the 1.8 is almost the same as the 1.7 except for the FI, and it has better heads on the engine. Some people don't like the L-Jet FI on the 1.8 and prefer the D-Jet on the 1.7/2.0, but that's probably because they (or their mechanic) don't know how to fix it. There's a ton of information at the link... and a very helpful BBS. Look in the 914 section on the LHS of the page. Good luck.

Marc Thomas Wegener
08-05-2002, 04:39 PM
Hi there over the ocean,
I own a 914 2.0 since 5 years and use it as an all-day-car in spring and summer time. If you like, send me an e-mail, and maybe I can tell you some interesting details about using and buying this perfect sportscar. If you are interested in german links go to www.mittelmotor.de it is one of the specialists over here. Greetings from Cologne, Germany

David
08-28-2002, 02:59 AM
I've a `74 914 1.8L and it is a very nice car. Couple of things to consider, first, if you live in CA you'll need to have the car smogged and that means you'll need the factory fuel injection to work. I had to replace the dual Webers the previous owner installed on my car with used FI. The end result is a car that passed smog and that runs much better than with the carbs. If you go with this model be very cautious on startup as this is when the greatest potential to damage the air flow meter exists. You want to start the car without depressing the gas peddle. This will reduce the possiblity of a back fire and avoid damaging the flap in the air flow meter. This is one of the most important precausions you should take with the car. When you inspect the car look for rust, and also pay close attention to the transaxle. Over time I've intalled a Bursch exhaust (excellent sounding) and pointless ignition on my 914. Also I've added Bilsteins on all 4 corners, performance springs in the back. I am planning on installing an original roll bar in the front. These cars a great fun, handle like go carts and, though not the fastest, they are plenty exciting to drive. If you've any questions shoot me an email. I've also plenty of pictures of my restoration project that may be of interest. Good luck. -David

Hi-Fi Guy
09-05-2002, 05:38 PM
Pros:

Clean
Looks nice
Interior & exterior appear to be solid
appears to have rear defrost option

Cons:

Aftermarket speakers cut into door panels
Appears to be lowered improperly
Aftermarket wheels (unless they are actually vintage panasports but that is doubtfull)
Painted rocker cover (should be black)
Interior of trunk lid is painted black... seems odd
Some vacuum lines appear to be missing


Nuetral:

Has carbs instead of original F.I. On a 1.8 this is not neccesarily a bad thing.
Ugly rubber bumpers of 75-76 cars
Original emmesions equipement removed

I have owned 2 914s with 1.8s they can be good cars but sooner or later the engine is going to cost you some $$$ this is an opportunity to "upgrade" to a 2.0 or a large Type-IV or even a six.

If it were me I would look for a more original car. 1973-74 seem to be the best but if you want a 75-76 there are better ones to be had for sure.

Best of luck,


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