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This is a 1984 Sunroof Carrera, 5 speed
brought to you in the rare and desirable color of Rubinrot (Ruby Red) over beige/tan leather interior. The car
(which I named “Emma”) has 175, 755 miles. She is an original Northern California car that, other than a five
year stint in Arizona, has remained in California ever since. According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
(which is included with the car) Emma was “born” on 12/01/1983 and delivered to Martin Johnson Porsche Audi in
Oakland, Ca where she was sold to the original owner on 01/17/84.
I have a 2” thick binder (which will be included with the car) filled with interesting history and service
records dating back to the mid-90s. It is fascinating that every owner added to the binder, with their
improvements. It even has all the bill of sales from each title transfer. It’s interesting to see the value
increase with every sale.
The original owner sold the car in the late 90s with 97, 881 miles. In the past 2 decades, Emma has gone through the
hands of 5 owners, each a care-taker of this beautiful ride and improving on it’s condition. The binder clearly
shows what each owner did to ensure that this car was reliable, functional, well maintained and most of all, a
blast to drive! Each care-taker made their improvement, enjoyed the car, then passed it on to the next care-taker.
The majority of the paint is original but there was spot painting in 2007. According to the receipt, this included
the front bumper and spoiler as well as the drivers door and right side quarter panel. The paint shows very well
considering it’s age but there are some scratches on the passenger door as well as some minor chips elsewhere as
would be expected on a car of this age. However the shine is great and the clear-coat is solid. The silver
“CARRERA" decals complement the silver spoked Fuchs wheels very nicely!
Here are some enhancements that the car has received over the years:
Lowered to European specs and a performance alignment. (Handles great!)
After-market oil cooler. (Runs about 1/3 the way up the temp gauge.)
After-market stereo is just so-so sounding.
It has “Turbo tie-rod ends” and a bump-steer kit.
After-market shifter bushings and a Weitmeister short shift kit, but the shifting feel is just so-so. (In my
After-market upgraded AC system that blows VERY cold! (This was install 11, 000 miles ago, by the Arizona owner.)
Here is a brief list of repairs done in the past 50K miles or so, and associated odometer readings and costs:
Chain tensioners and misc. 120366 $1, 348
F&R struts inserts and housings. 125914 $2, 110
“Major service” and misc. 128604 $1, 452
New clutch kit and misc. 135050 $1, 893
CV Joints, sway bar link 141371 $1, 399
“Major service” and misc. 142643 $1, 185
Rebuilt rack and new wheel bearings 160*** +/- ??
The seats and carpet were replaced with new proper materials, back in 2007. (They look nearly mint condition!) The
headliner is perfect.
When I bought the car, it had a sport exhaust on it that was installed by the previous owner in Arizona. In order
to pass smog in CA, I had to put it back to stock, with new CATS. I bought the car with 173K miles and here is what
I’ve done in the past 3K miles:
All new exhaust including new catalytic converters
Front and rear brake pads
New deck lid gas strut
New cap and rotor
New hood gas strut
Oil change with Swepco 20/50 (Twice)
New o-ring, vent hose and oil pressure switch (To eliminate minor leaks.)
After the above service, I drove it to the smog shop to get it smogged. The technician commented that there was
something wrong. When I asked him what it was, he mentioned that the emissions seemed impossibly low. (See picture)
I guess that’s what you get with new CATS and a complete tune-up!
All gauges and lights work. Sunroof and power windows work nice and smooth. Tires have about 60-70% tread left. As
mentioned above, the brake pads are essentially new, front and rear. Things that don’t work or need attention:
The clock doesn’t work.
I get an occasional grind into first gear. (Or m