1971 Porsche 914 User Reviews

1971 Porsche 914 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 5 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"handling" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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Don writes:
1971 Porsche 914 Review
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5

Pros

Handling & fun to drive

Cons

Rusting/rotting of frame

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If The Vehicle Is Clean It Is A Fun Car To Own And Drive That Still Turns Heads. — I loved my 1971 Porsche 914! It was the introduction poster car when the marketing of the then Porsche/VW 914 in Germany was introduced to the US market. It was the bright, vivid yellow with black interior. I was the third owner of this car. Ihad about 30,000 miles on it when I bought it and was in almost mint condition. The vehicle was a great driver. With only the 1.7 L engine (the same engine found in the VW 411/412, but with roller bearings instead of tapered bearings). While not the fastest off the line, the car held the road and felt wonderful all the way up to 125 MPH and cruised beautifully at 110 MPH. The other amazing trait that I miss dearly is the handling and cornering of the car. Because it is mid-engine and not too much longer than it is wide it cornered like no other car. Now for the challenges with the car. The design of the vehicle's engine compartment caused a vapor lock to occur at the most unpredictable times. When this occured you had to pull off the road, open the engine compartment and wait until it got enough air and decided to start again. The demise of the car came because of the next challenge common to all early 914s. The battery is mounted in the engine compartment up high. As the battery developes corrosion, it drops down onto the cloth/rubber hoses for the fuel injection system causing the possibility of fire. But even more dangerous to the health and well-being of the 914 was the corrosion that the acid residue causes weakens the frame of the vehicle. In the case of my dear car, the frame actually broke/cracked, and the car began to sink between the wheels. there was nothing to do, but part out the car before it broke in half! One sure way to discover if this is occuring or has occured in the past and is now hidden is to look carefully around the jack points on the frame. The majority of the deterioration occurs just behind the jack point on the same side as the battery mount. I would love to one day own another 914, a 914-6 would be the dream or maybe a conversion with the 911 engine in the 914. The 914 is a great entry car or less expensive alternative to 911, but with many of the same mid-engine characteristics. Great vehicle.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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booney914 writes:
1971 Porsche 914 Review
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4

Pros

handling, room, appearance

Cons

getting harder to find

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I Love This Car. — I have what is known as the performance conversion. 71 body, 73 Trans, 74 2.0 liter engine. This is a great car. It drives like everyone says: an adult go-cart! The power is my only gripe. 100 hp is just not enough. I am doing an engine conversion to either Subaru wrx sti 300hp of LS6 from renegade hybrids out of Vegas. This is my 2nd 914. When I sold my first one because it was my only car and I needed a truck. I was told that I would kick myself everyday till I got another one and ten years to the day, I did. Not letting this one get away. I plan to rebuild it so I will have it forever. You just can't beat the overall package in a sports car, dollar for dollar, pound for pound, only the lotus Elise comes close. But boy is that an ugly car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Robert writes:
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5

Pros

handling

Cons

performance

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Vw In Porsche Guise — Runs like a VW but handles like a Porsche. It was roomy believe it or not. Not much for sound deadening and you were like 2 inches off the ground. But it sure was a fun car to drive! Loved the bright orange color too.

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Rafael writes:
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3

Pros

Looks, handling.

Cons

Flexichassis, rust, underpowered.

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1971 914 Owner For 15 Years — Pros: Good looks, great cornering, good braking, easy to fix, good handling. Good suspension and balance. Cons: Underpowered to be a Porsche. Too flexible chassis, Rust is a 4 letter word for it. Some cheap VW terminations, as wheels and engine.

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Monica writes:
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5

Pros

If you seat in it once.. try it. If you like to have your but low on the ground, this is the car
for you! Strong personality!

Cons

..you may experience - here and there - some "spinning" situation.. central engine.

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Hate It Or Love It! — I know.. I know.. no one thinks this was a Porsche... but it doesn't matter. A real fun car. Hard top out, back in the trunk, eyes up. 100% 70's. Sexy design. A car of its own kind.

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1976 Porsche 914 Reviews

Great Nostalgic Summer Fun: 1976 Porsche 914 By Simon

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1975 Porsche 914 Reviews

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1974 Porsche 914 Reviews

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1973 Porsche 914 Reviews

I Wish I Still Had It. Sold It Right After I Restored It. By Abhay

The 914 was an amazing car! The quality was more than acceptable, the handling performance was outstanding however the engine was sorely underpowered. Mine was just the 1.7L air cooled opposed f... Read More

Go Padres. By Christopher

The 2.0 four cylinder in the 914 4's is potent with a little bit of work. I opted to have the fuel injection removed and 2 webber carbs put in their place. Still tinkering and working around some prob... Read More

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1972 Porsche 914 Reviews

The Fun, Forgotten, Posche By AnthonyMaranto

When I got the car it was a beautiful car, with nice seats, and it came with an authentic car manual, and the guy knew a place called Auto Atlanta and the car also came with a huge catalog with option... Read More

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excellent handling with mid engine. low to the ground, performance after market exaust, rebuilt sideshift tranny, converted from rear shifting pattern. rebuilt 4cyl, need to check. FUN to drive, quick... Read More

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