1st Generation (1969—1983) 911 Problems

This generations ranks 17th out of 21 Porsche generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (100%), We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Broken Head Bolts 1 complaints at an average of 32,000 miles in the 1983 Porsche 911.

What 911 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Porsche model years.

Watch out for the 1983 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1983 1 1 1 2.3
1969 0 3 0 0.0

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