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Smile tips on buying used

I've got an opportunity to buy an 83 Porsche 944. It's got 208,000 miles, all highway (literally), and has been babied its whole life. The current owner is my small-town highschool councellor. The only damage on it is a little rear quarter panel dent, which the body shops have said would cost about $300-400 to fix. Other than that, this car has been taken really good care of. He said he would sell it to me for $2000.

anyway, What do i need to look for when making a decision on buying it? Also, what questions should i ask, and what kind of answers do i want?

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Here is the questions:

When was the timing belt changed?
When was the water pump changed?
When was the clutch changed?

All of these are fairly large repairs. The timing belt is an expensive maintainance item that must be changed every 4 years or 40k miles, if it breaks, so does your engine.

$2000 sounds like a good deal.

Remember, 20 year old daily driven cars will need attention.
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More important than any of the above mentioned, ROD BEARINGS!!! Anything w/ more than 150K will have worn bearings regardless of how much it has been babied. Spin one and you'll be rebuilding the motor.
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this was helpful to me when i was buying my car:
http://www.connact.com/~kgross/FAQ/944faq.html
if hes babied it he may have service records in which case i would say go for it
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how do you know if you have worn bearings?
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Only way to know for sure if rod berrings are worn is to pull the oil pan and check them. A symptom of worn berrings is low oil pressure. Oil pressure should be over 5 at start up and over 2 after the car is warm. over 200k the engine will need a rebuild soon. Run a compression and leakdown test.
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you can't tell w/ oil pressure on these cars, and if you're already in there checking them, you should be replacing them, only about $65 w/ new nuts. Might as well install a new pan gasket too.
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have you seen the 3 piece crossmember to drop the pan, too cool!$$$
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I second the suggestion of a compression test and close observation of the oil pressure. You'll be greatly dishearted if you have to rebuild the motor shortly after you get the car.
If you can find someone who has run these cars before, that would be helpful to get a feel for steering, suspension, clutch and trany health. However, if you know and trust the guy selling the car, he should be able to tell you what services were performed on it. It should have gone through at least one clutch.
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1. Could you replace the rod bearings to make the car run longer, without worrying about other things until they cause a problem?

2. Aint that what they do on semi's?

3. Can you do this with the engine still mounted to the vehicle, with the car on jack stands?

Thanks, Josh
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Having JUST finished the oilpan gasket, I must agree-its a ROYAL PITA.

on the original topic- I have been looking for a 944 for many many months, waiting to find the right one, right color, right options, and right PRICE. If you are mechanically inclined, and dont really NEED to rely on it right away, go for it. Get a PPI- its cheap insurance.
I have seen 944s in the 2500-4500 range and expect to have 1000$ in the bank as a backup just in case.

Welcome Bryan- you'll be hooked before you know it.
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Look for any smoke it may expell.
Like the others saied. when was the timing belt changed?, Clutch etc.
But for 2000 its very worth it. A very addicting car i got mine when i was 16 and i cant live without it. Fun to drive but not too fun to work on. but besides that go for it.
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I've seen people use a 4X4 and some chain to do the clutch and a few other things on fords and hondas. I admit, those weren't porsches and it probably wouldn't be such a good idea, but you could do the oil pan and rod bearings without spending much money.
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Also drive it....Not just around the block but spend at least an hour behind the wheel in all driving situations...Get to know the car, does it feel right? Its should feel like your falling in love!
Good luck/skill!
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