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2008 Porsche 911

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2008 Porsche 911 Review

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Few cars wear the mantle of automotive icon as gracefully or as righteously as the Porsche 911 Carrera. The basic Carrera lineup now includes Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet body styles, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations and standard as well as more powerful and sportier "S" variants. While the Carrera 4 all-wheel-drive models add an extra measure of cornering stability and all-season confidence, even the standard Carreras offer dramatic proof that Porsche has overcome virtually every potentially negative characteristic one might ever have associated with a rear-engine vehicle. Dynamically and stylistically, the 2008 Porsche 911 in any guise maintains an intangible mystique that is not matched by such competitors as BMW 6 Series, Cadillac XLR or Lexus SC 430.

You'll Like This Car If...

If owning the world's best all-around sports car has always been one of your life goals, a 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera of any stripe could well be the vehicle for which you've been longing. Steeped in tradition, this thoroughly modern version of Porsche's seminal offering delivers a spectacularly well-sorted combination of power, handling and braking, while remaining very livable as an everyday driver.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Cabin space is modest in all 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera models, a fact that may well put off taller drivers. Minimalist rear seating, limited cargo capacity and the purposefully firmish nature of the suspension tuning, particularly in "S" versions, also could be potential deal breakers.

What's New for 2008

All 911 models offer a new sport bucket seat with folding backrest. The recommended service interval for oil changes is raised to 12,000 miles, while spark plug replacement is recommended every 36,000 miles.

Driving the 911
Driving Impressions

The 2008 Porsche 911 is a true sports car, and displays all of the pluses and minuses that go along with the breed. Even the base models are exhilaratingly quick,...

... and all have surprisingly neutral handling characteristics that make it hard to believe you're in a rear-engine car. Most owners will find the slightly taut suspension tuning totally acceptable, especially given the outstanding level of control it provides, although some may feel the "S" types with their even stiffer settings and lower-profile tires are a bit too harsh on anything but ultra-smooth road surfaces. In keeping with its high-performance character, Porsche designed the 911's available all-wheel-drive system to always send at least 60 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels.

VarioCam Plus Technology
Introduced on the 2001 911 Turbo, computer-controlled VarioCam Plus technology varies both the timing and lift of the intake valves to improve the engine's performance and fuel efficiency over its entire operating range.

Sport Chrono Package
Linking the throttle, the Porsche Stability Management system and the Porsche Active Suspension Management, the available Sport Chrono Package permits any 911 model to be driven even more aggressively, and includes a supplemental stopwatch on the dash that automatically keeps tabs on lap times and segment intervals for those times when the car is on a race track.

2008 Porsche 911 Details
Interior

Although the ignition key still slides into a switch located in its traditional position on the left side of the dash, the rest of the 2008 Porsche Carrera 911's interior is decidedly contemporary. Its driver-oriented look and feel is highlighted by highly legible gauges – with black faces on standard Carreras and silver-white on "S" models – a tilt/telescoping steering column and firmly supportive but quite comfortable bucket seats. The diminutive rear "buckettes" are marginal even for kids, but the backs fold flat to offer a bit more stowage space. Despite jettisoning the conventional spare tire for a can of sealant and an air compressor, capacity in the 911's forward-positioned trunk is still a modest 4.5 cubic feet.

Exterior

While its details have changed over time, the 911's basic silhouette remains a universally recognized form. The current generation boasts a wider body, bolder fender flares and more upright headlamps than its predecessor but retains the now-signature rear decklid spoiler that automatically deploys at 75 miles per hour. All Carrera S variants are fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels in place of the 18-inch rims used on standard Carreras, and with even wider and lower-profile performance tires. Targa models have an oversized sliding glass roof panel, while Cabriolets are crowned with a fully lined and insulated one-touch power top that can be raised or lowered in about 15 seconds and at speeds up to 30 mph.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Both the 2008 Porsche Carrera and Carrera S include, as standard equipment, a full array of power assists, keyless remote entry, automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering column, six-speed manual transmission, the comprehensive Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and an anti-theft immobilizer. The "S" models add larger front brakes, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), an upgrade from 18- to 19-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlamps. All coupes have a power sunroof, all cabriolets a one-touch power top and Carrera4 models are fitted with full-time all-wheel drive. Front, front-side and door-mounted head-protection airbags are standard across the entire 911 lineup.

Optional Equipment

A key upgrade for all Carreras is the multi-faceted Sport Chrono Package that can keep tabs on lap times and intensify throttle response and tweak suspension settings when paired with the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Also offered are 911 Turbo-type 19-inch two-tone forged alloy wheels and competition-inspired Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). The S contingent can be further bolstered with a Power Kit that bumps engine output from 355 to 381 horsepower. Other extras include three different seat upgrades, a voice-activated navigation system and a Bose premium audio package, as well as numerous cosmetic tweaks, headed by full leather upholstery and a variety of available interior trim accents, in carbon fiber, aluminum look-stainless steel and dark and light wood.

Under the Hood

All 911 Carrera and Carrera S models are fitted with a rear-mounted flat-six boxer engine that uses Porsche's VarioCam Plus variable cam timing and lift technology to optimize responsiveness and operating efficiency. The Carrera's DOHC 3.6-liter makes 325 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, while output figures for the larger 3.8-liter version in the S models jump to 355 and 295, respectively. Either engine can be matched with the standard six-speed manual transmission or five-speed Tiptronic S automatic with shifter buttons mounted on the steering wheel spokes. Regardless of drivetrain configuration, any member of the 911 clan can hit 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds or less and top out at 170-plus mph.

3.6-liter Boxer-6
325 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
273 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (manual), 18/24 (automatic)

3.8-liter Boxer-6
355 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 17/24 (automatic)

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2008 Porsche 911 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 139 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

YIKES

By on Sunday, April 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "read above"

Cons: "At this level non ethanol 93 octane is real a must"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Hmmm, where to start ? This my third Porsche, so I guess one could say I have a fare amount of experience. Car, 2005 Turbo S cabriolet, AWE exhaust, H&R coil overs, Rennin Monolite 19" rims , EVOMS stage I engine and trans. upgrade, EVOM Club Sport intercoolers. First of all these are very very basic upgrades, nothing in any way radical here. Just keeping the car relatively current. The result is an absolute (Mezger Motor ) rock solid dependable holy terror in every respect. I really can say this with complete honesty this is truly a car that "the faster you go ,the faster you go " at third pulling 1.2 Bar, you better be looking a long ways ahead because you are going to be there real soon !"

Phenomenal Sports Car!!

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome Driving Experience.. NO Substitute!"

Cons: "Can't think of any..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Porsche 911 C4S Cabriolet

"I purchased this car in Nov 2011.. It rides extremely well and handles curves as if it was on rails.. On straightaways it's deceptively faaasssttt!! It just seems to have a bottomless source of power.. I've topped it off at 126 MPH and prolly won't do that too often.. Very easy to drive with the Automatic/Tiptronic in Chicago traffic.. a MUST around here. I love driving it top down.. It's a definite HEAD TURNER for sure.. Buy one if u can.. u won't regret it!!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Porsche 911 C4S Cabriolet

outstanding carrera S

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "outstanding car in every way. such a joy to drive!"

Cons: "pricey to maintain, but worth it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"second owner since 2008 well maintained and have dealer service records. arctic silver metallic with full black leather interior. fresh annual service with brake fluid flush just completed."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

2007 Classic white/dark brown C4S Cab.

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"2007 white/dark brown C4S Cab. Loaded. 51K miles. Always garaged and babied. A real looker with full leather dark brown interior and top."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Look at that S car go!

By on Thursday, September 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "accleration; braking and handling"

Cons: "metallic black impossible to keep clean"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have a basalt black '07 Carerra S coupe and i really have no complaints. Bought at 29k miles and it now has 35.5k miles. Very fast and superior handling! My 2nd Carerra. One of the things I find about owning a Porsche is that you become aware of the 'pecking order' of Porsche performance. The 911 comes in a broad array of powertrains from the base car to the Turbo S. I have come to believe that the Carerra S is just about the best combination of price and performance for me, and i've driven all the models. I will drive this for a while and then....another Porsche probably."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Dream Car

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive, lots of power, great styling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've always wanted a Porsche 911 since I was knee high to a grasshopper. This car is an absolute dream to drive with no lack in performance, handling, or style. Porsche 911 has stood the test of time and continues to be a desired supercar. People always comment on the car and love to look and talk about it."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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