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Newbie 944 question

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I am the newbie owner of a 1983 944 (Sebring). I was wondering what type of oil filter is used/recommended and how much oil the car holds. Thanks in advance,
Darcy
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Mobil 1 is always a good choice. The car holds about 5 quarts if I remember correctly.


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use a Mahle filter if you can order one, try tweeks, or any other porsche magazine, and it holds like 5 and a half quarts or right around that if i remember correctly, but someone else probably knows the exact ammount here is tweeks though: http://www.tweeks.com/ Mahle seems the best in my opinion!
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Use the OEM filters (sold here I believe) which have a backflow valve. I also think the car hold a tad over 5 quarts.....
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Hey Mac,

Not very tactful to post competitions website for buying products when Pelican sells oil filters
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woops, haha do they have the mahle ones on here? honestly i've never bought them from pelican, but i will from now on if they have them... my mistake yeah that was pretty bad, Magnet don't listen to me, buy from pelican!!!!
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I bought mine here...a mahle
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what is the sebring option, exactly?
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get a mahle oil filter.
it's OEM and not expensive. i've purchased a few from Pelican
5 - 6 quarts is appropriate
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forgot to add, synthetic oil (Mobil 1) is definitely a far superior oil than conventional motor oil. the question is whether or not it is worth the cost (costs like 3 - 4 times more)

my belief is that, for most drivers and driving conditions, as long as you change your oil and oil filter regularly (3k - 5k miles) then synthetic oil is not worth it.

one other thing, if you have a older car with high mileage (which most of us 944 users have) and the car has been using conventional oil the majority of its life, then switching to synthetic oil may cause leakage. the reason is because synthetic oil is thinner and has more cleaning agents than conventional motor oil. with a higher mileage car, you may have worn seals that are actually protected by years of gummed up conventional oil. switching to synthetic oil may clean those seals but also pronouce their wear therefore causeing oil leakage.

i currently use mahle oil filters with conventional 10w-30 motor oil.
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You might consider getting a cheap lot of mahle's from ebay. They're in there for ~$21 for four. Haven't done that myself, but I might next time.
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I think some of the Sebrings had 2 tone paintjobs? Thats why I want to see a photo... I bet it looks cool
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My 1983 Sebring is option rpo 429 which I think is a European model that was never to be exported to the US or Canada. The serial number I think is a little wierd. It has the signal light on the fender behind the front wheel like the 2003 jetta's. Also the front and rear bumpers are extremely different looking. It has normal headlights, fog lights, and another unusual set of of driving lights where the american bumper bumper pads are. The rear bumper doesn't have the large rectange stop pads, it just has a 1" strip of rubber and brake/air vents below the bumper on the rear valence/spoiler. I just got the car, so I havn't found all the differences the the American 944 yet...
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Congratulations on your purchase. Is your car two tone? If so what are the colors? I love unique 944s.
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944boyfutureman - Thanks, I received confirmation from the serial number on Friday from a Porsche dealer that in fact my car is an European car that was never expected to see Canada/USA. I also found out that the Euro model had more power rating. My car is not a two tone, it is completely white in Colour with black interior. The guy that sold me the car told be about a button/switch on the dash beside the lighter that has 3 setting..setting on 1 is in the off position, setting 2 (middle) turns on the fog lights in the front spoiler and setting 3 manually turns on a big red brake light in the rear only on the left side. He said it was used in some kind of racing tactic in Europe to throw fellow racers off by being able to manually erradicate braking points. Has anyone ever heard of this before? I am not really sure....
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My firends Audi has that manual brake light. It is for driving in fog and bad weather. It is so other drivers behind you can see you better.
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UconnTim97...Thanks for the info. I saw your car on your website, and think it is very nice.
By looking at your car I see differences. For example, mine has the 16" Phone dials and my front bumper has the plastic front license plate bracket for a European plate. I have a Euro personal licence plate on order. My car has no side markers on either front/rear and it doesn't have the body side molding. I don't know much about Porsche's, but am constantly learning. Any information is greatly appreciated.
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I wanted to put a European plate on the front, but I don't think it will fit on my car
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my 87 944s holds over 6 quarts to get it to the full mark after an oil and filter change.
I personally don't spend alot on oil filters, I buy whatever I can get at Autozone. I buy good oil and change it often, no more than 3000 mile intervals. (obviously change the filter at the same time).
I run sae 20-50 in mine year round here in Oklahoma.
160,000 miles and my car still showd nearly 5 bar oil pressure at cruise speeds.
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