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What do I need to know before purchasing a 944?

I was just wondering what some common problems, if any, that I should look for before I purchase a 944. I am also wondering what year and model you guys would recommend. I would appreciate any comments that will help further my knowledge of the 944 model. Thanks.
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Here you go.
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Be very, very careful. These cars have a way of getting under your skin and staying there.

The most important thing is the same as with just about any car: Take your time and spend some extra money at the beginning to buy a car that doesn't need a lot of work. You won't regret buying a nicer car initially and the decision will pay off with fewer repair bills.

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when i bought... i talked to A LOT of mechanics in the area.. Porsche trained mechanics anyway. I was warned about: engine mounts, timing belt (and bent valves), coolant expansion and the other obvious ones... but what they all said is that I there is a very good chance that the valves may be bent slightly due to lack of timing belt change. Most of the other parts can be detected, but internally this is tough to see.

The 951 has much few chances of banging valves (because less compression ration = lower pistion max height)... but the 951 brings on many more issues and can be a LOT more expensive if you arent patient.
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Once you get one you'll NEVER go back. you may sell it eventually for another one.. but be forewarned- it becomes an obsession overnight!!
The PM is about 100- 150 $ a month on an average- still much cheaper than a car payment. and Insurance isnt too bad either due to the 4-cyl.
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I don't agree with Chris, the insurance will be very expensive. I saw that you are 18-19 yrs. old and if you have any tickets the insurance premiums will cripple you. Don't skimp on maintanance, chirp third like gearhead, act like an idiot like 924S-Fast, or be stupid and sell it like me. Good luck.
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Trevor. I'm 42, drive the speed limit to 5 over(except on the track where there is none) and have had the same state farm agent for 10 years. True- this IS A HUGE FACTOR!
I envy the 18-20 YO's who are willing to accept the responsibility of doing an amazing piece of art that handles extremely well and will do thier OWN PM like I do.
be safe, sane and responsible to other drivers. and for god's sake DONT STREETRACE!!!! the life you save means something to everyone.
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Some additional FAQs:

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any car will be expensive even if your record is clear when you're under 25 years of age....
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ill agree to that. i purchased my 2nd porsche (944t) ...ummm in 1994.

I had a couple random tickets, but no accidents... and insurance co wanted $4500 a year for full coverage... and at that rate... if you own it for 3 years... you'll have paid the car off in insurance payments.

Of course i was 24 at the time... but it didnt change much when i turned 30.
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any car will be expensive even if your record is clear when you're under 25 years of age....

I completly agree with this. While looking for a car, this was one of the main points in choosing a car. The insurance seemed to go up as the year of the car got newer, not so much the type of car. I am paying a lot less insurance than I would have if I got a 96 honda civic. I am on my own insurance policy and am 20 years old.
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you need a 2 year course in mechanics, auto electrical and fuel injection preferably with certificates. :-)
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I'm 20, got the car at 16, and I have NO regrets, it's an amazing car and I love it, but insurance can be killer, I'm at a little over 1000$ every 6 months for full-coverage, and it's only that cheap because I'm away at school and the car sits in the garage a lot. Keep your record clean and you should be ok, I've got 2 tickets and an accident on mine.
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