I followed precisely zero of these rules when purchasing my 1984 928S.
A few days later my Father and I stopped by to take a look at the car. My Dad is a 60’s American Muscle car guy and had never thought too much about Porsches. Helping him work on his 1967 Camaro and 1965 Mustang while growing up was what turned me into a car fanatic in the first place, but soon thereafter I also developed my own love for exotic cars. Even my Dad thought this car was seriously cool. If I recall correctly, the asking price in the window was around USD$8500, but it may as well have been USD$1,000,000 to me at that point.
Fast forward several years and the car was still sitting outside in that same gas station parking lot, but it had been moved to the back of the lot and the for-sale sign had been removed. It essentially sat outside abandoned in the New England elements. At this point in my life, I had moved back home with my parents while finishing my Master’s degree online. I was also working part-time at our local NAPA store. In other words, I was in absolutely no position to even consider buying a Porsche.
"I remember him throwing open the door and yelling 'what the **** is this!?'”
One day I made the decision to take it for a test drive. I was instantly hooked. It felt incredibly low to the ground. The V8 rumble was intoxicating. The heavy feel of the steering and the smell of the leather just made driving seem like a special occasion. There were problems though. The car made a horrible rattling sound from the engine and had zero service history. I decided it was worth a gamble and made a low ball offer. When my offer was accepted, my first thought was that I hope my parents don’t throw me out of the house!
It turned out that there was no reason to be nervous about their reaction. We immediately parked the car and began tearing into it to find the source of that aforementioned ‘engine rattle’. It turned out that the old timing belt was so slack that it was rattling as it slapped one of the idler pulleys. We rebuilt the factory tensioner, installed a new water pump, and put a new timing belt on. New fuel hoses, fuel filter, distributor rotor, spark plugs, plug wires, all new fluids, brake rotors, pads, and stainless brake hoses got the car back on the road. Soon thereafter we performed some paint and body work to address a few areas of peeling paint (bottoms of the doors and the top of a fender) and rust underneath the rear quarter windows.
The story doesn’t end there though. I ended up accepting a job in California and took the 928 with me. Within four months of my move, my parents had a 1988 928 S4 sitting in their garage. In the end, my ill-advised 928 purchase became one of the best decisions I’ve made.