I couldn't think of a better used Porsche to purchase! The 50/50 front to rear weight ratio makes for astounding turning/handling capability. I would buy another! Actually, I found one with very low mileage, and did buy it. Wonderful car, with great gas mileage. 20-21 in town, and 25-29 on- the-road at 80 MPH. And people can't quite figure out what it is, so you get a lot of questions, and people talking to you at stop lights. Great fun! And don't forget to join the Porsche Club of America after you buy.
Put some stickies on this car, clean it up and go! Better than most drivers, really a civilized track car. If you can hit the apex the car will reward over and over. Needs regular, and expensive maintenance. Figure $2000 every 10,000 miles routine stuff, and another $3000 for whoops.
The 968 Cabriolet is a hoot! It has great styling, goes when you step on the gas, and handles like it is on rails. It also has a practical side with a reasonable trunk (enough for a couple bags of golf clubs), and some storage space behind the seats. The 968 is well built and reliable. It was great as my every day driver. The engine seems bullet proof and runs as well with 100k miles as it did when I got the car.
Cruising around on a nice day with the top down can't be beat. The 968 is well designed for both style and performance. There is nothing to "trick out" because the Porsche engineers already took care of that for you.
The spare tire system is a bit funky and leaves something to be desired.
My '94 968 coupe, shipped from Florida to Southern California, replaced an '88 924S that gave me 360K miles before some kid with the ink still wet on his license rear-ended me and totalled it. That car absorbed the jolt and I'm convinced it saved my life. The 968 is the ultimate evolution of the 924, and if there is is better handling, more fun-to-drive automobile on the planet it has to cost 10 times what you'll pay for a 968, assuming you can find one. Repairs are costly, but then again, things seldom break. If there isn't an independent shop specializing in old water-cooled Porsches nearby, think twice about buying. If there is, go for it! IMO, best-looking car ever.
It's a great touring car, with comfortable seats and plenty of room. How many sports cars can haul 4x8' sheets of plywood? But the best thing of all is that wonderful Porsche engine. Keep her full of oil and she'll be running when that new 'Vette is razor blades.
This wasn't built to drag-race. The power comes in past 3,000 RPM. Make sure your seat belt is tight before you drop down two gears and punch it. She really benefits from the best rubber you can afford (Michelin PS2s work great). That big back hatch will rattle if you don't replace the rubber seal.
The 968 is one of the great "secrets" of the Porsche world. It's fast, reliable, comfortable, even reasonably economical (> 20 mpg), and most of all blessed with _superb_ cornering. The twisty-road handling is so agile and graceful that it's easy not to realize how fast you're going. It has the precision feel of a surgeon's scalpel; a Corvette feels heavy and clunky in comparison. Another fun aspect: the 968 is one of the rarest Porsche models, so few people know what it is. It's a gorgeous car and people realize it's something exotic, it's fun to watch them try to figure out what it is. Watch out for people driving erratically while they cruise by staring at your 968 (not kidding).
It has superb handling, head-turning exotic styling, solid reliability, sweet-music engine sound, and most of all that unmistakable Porsche feel of precision and quality. Traction control is standard and so are large disks with ABS - hitting the brakes feels like dropping an anchor.
As with most high-performance cars, the ride is stiff. Road noise is rather high on less-than-smooth asphalt roads. The heater and A/C are very powerful, but the climate-control system is a bit primitive. The large roof hatch is nice, but is awkward to remove or replace; is best done by two people.