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Smile Ricemare! (Love to work on my Porsche)

So glad to have a 944 this morning!!!

Just spent a very long night working on a friends POS rice wagon which will remain unnamed. I hope he makes it home.

The funny thing is, I nearly bought one of these instead of the Porsche. Unbelievable!!!

The so called "high maintenance" of our vehicles is a pleasure compared to working on some of these poorly engineered PITA machines.

Can hardly wait to work on the 944 now.

Am I crazy, or do some of you guys feel the same way?

Tim

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Old 10-08-2003, 06:17 AM
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i find most asian cars are easier to work on. rwd makes it even easier - but there aren't too many RWD asian cars.

300zx TT is harder to work on. But either way, with the 944, even if you have to take one thing off to get to another - to get to another , it's still not terrible.
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I feel you Tim, I have a ricer friend who I sometimes help work on his car. He just got a fix it ticket so he had to get most of the things off his car.
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I love working on the 944/951, aside from a very few things I think they are some of the better engineered cars. And it just may be me but it seems like I can feel all of those parts working together in the preverbial "seat of my pants". But that just may be my sick and twisted way of saying I love making my motor sing at full boost!
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My ex had/has ricers. He's all the time outside working on them cause they break down. I don't believe there is anything as reliable as a Porsche.
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Yes there is. 1974 Datsun 260Z. I bought it as an extra car to tinker with but the damn thing won't break down. So now I drive it all the time. My 944 is reliable enough, but not bulletproof.

That being said, no other cars drive like a Porsche. I've driven a Boxster 2.7, 77 911S, and a 97 993 along with my 944. All of these Porsches have a feel that no other cars have.

Me and the 944 are in it for the long haul.
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don't get me wrong, I love my Porsche and wouldn't trade it for the world (well, maybe not) but ricers can be very reliable. we have a toyota that has about 220k miles on it and it's never required anything but the scheduled maintenance for that mileage. the chassis does not feel as tight as it did but the engine feels no different than when it had 10k miles, i swear. and i wouldn't be surprised if it went to 300k w/o a problem

and don't forget, this is 220k of NYC miles, probably some of the worst stop and go and potholes in the country
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Toyota's are pretty reliable also. I have a 1983 Tercel hatchback, when I first got it (a year after the 44), I took it offroading and drove it like hell. Car drives good and is very friendly to work on.
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Yeh, first sports car was a 76 fi 260z---I could almost stand inside the engine bay with the straight six while I was working on it. Very 944ish though much smaller.

I have found my 944 so easy to work on because I like it so much.

Very easy jobs on cars I don't care for are VERY tedious to me.

My car is more reliable, less money and treats me better than any girlfriend I've had!
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Don't get confused between an economical and reliable oriental import car and a ricer. A ricer is the former, forced to near porsche-like performance through the use of far to much short term credit to pay for numerous bolt-on/aftermarket parts that tend to make the overall contraption a very high maintainance vehicle.
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I gotta agree with Toyotas being reliable. My family has had a Lexus for over 10 years now, and the damn thing has not broken down once. With the exception of replacing the valve cover gaskets once, the thing has been bulletproof.

With that said, Porsches hold up pretty well also. Not Toyota-level reliability, but the major components are engineered and designed very very well, and the driving feel cannot be matched anywhere.
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Hi Nabeel,

I agree with the reliability issue on the lexus, but as a recent Car & Driver stated as a major downside to the lexus is it overinsulates the driver form the road and mechanical going-ons of the vehicle. Hell I had a toyota p/u that I put gas and oil in for 5 years and never did anything to it but it was a boring drive!

Plain and simple----The Porsche is fun to drive.
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