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-85/1 dash vs 85/2+ dash

Alright folks, new to this board (I'm a BMW enthusiast convert) and I'm planning to purchase a 944 shortly. My question from current owners is which dash seems to be better suited to the Porsche "experience"? The early dash seems to have a little bit more of a "sporty" feel to it, with the seperate recessed guages... however.. the newer dash seems to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing. The exterior of the vehicles seem to be nearly identical.. so this is the main question that plagues me. Also, any tips for a newbie? Oh and one more thing.. do you think it's worth it to blow all my money on a 944 in excellent condition to use as a daily driver, or should i buy a "mechanic's special" to use as a sunday driver and a boring sedan for a daily driver. As always, any info is greatly appreciated.
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Speaking as the owner of an early dash car, I think the later dashes are much more appealing. I've read that they offer better ventilation as well, but I've got no complaints about mine.

As for condition: usually the guide is how you intend to use the car and if you intend to keep it. If you aren't collecting it, then get as nice and well-maintained a car as you can afford and use it as a daily driver until you're ready to dump it. If your goal is to own it for life and you want to preserve it, get some cheap reliable used car as your daily driver. Take what's left and use it to start saving for as nice a 944 as you can locate on the continent. In my experience, it's always better to start with a good car than to to buy a fixer-upper; it's less frustrating and you get to enjoy the car more often.

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i like my early dash
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I have to say I vote for the early dash - reminds me of the cockpit of a Mooney if you've ever been in one. . .
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Welcome Mr. Sideburns!! I agree with the early dash although it is not steamline in design as the post 85 dash. That is where I have grown to like the early dash as it adds some dimentional characteristics vs. flat as the late dash is. But I own my car because of other reasons and cosmetics is not one of them. So I am cool with the early look!
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Speaking as the owner of an early dash car, I think the later dashes are much more appealing. I've read that they offer better ventilation as well, but I've got no complaints about mine.

As for condition: usually the guide is how you intend to use the car and if you intend to keep it. If you aren't collecting it, then get as nice and well-maintained a car as you can afford and use it as a daily driver until you're ready to dump it. If your goal is to own it for life and you want to preserve it, get some cheap reliable used car as your daily driver. Take what's left and use it to start saving for as nice a 944 as you can locate on the continent. In my experience, it's always better to start with a good car than to to buy a fixer-upper; it's less frustrating and you get to enjoy the car more often.

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Not only differences in the dash. The early suspension is stamped steel while the later is aluminum.

The early suspension is much cheaper to rebuild, specially the ball joints, and provides much the same handling as the aluminum.

Seen a few attemps to swap in the later dashes. None fully successful. The AC and fresh air controls are not the same. Nor are the door panels and mirror controls.
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I prefer the later design...But find out what you like the best...perhaps just finding the right car in your area of search...
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Personally I would like several of each!
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Welcome to the board!

A fixer upper 944 can be alot of work but rewarding. Don't get one unless you plan on doing some major work on your own. Otherwise the expen$e is quite large.

I do like my early dash and interior although it needs a little updating. The later cars have many more "gadgets"....neat but more to go wrong too.

That said.....I plan on keeping my early AND getting a late as well..
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... if you are in the car quite a bit...

The A/C and Heat have a much better layout on the late model....

but a nice clean example of either would be my first choice....
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I'll cast my vote for early dash. I like the secluded guage look.
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I love the classic feel of the early dash; the later model design is way to close to every other car I've driven - but the early is truly "older" looking... just my opinion
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How tall are you? Later dash has a repositioned steering wheel, gives a lot more room for taller drivers with longer legs. Also, the early dash has the radio/stereo controls mounted way down, the shifter wil block it partially in 1st, 3rd, and 5th gears. Other than that, I like the simplicity of the early dash, but given the choice I'd say teh later dashboard would be better, expecially considering you will be using the vehicle as a daily driver.

In regard to the other question, I think buying the best condition 944 you can find is the way to go. Mechanic specials be a pain if you want to use this car as a daily driver.
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Yeh, the leg thing is my only complaint (albiet a small one) with my early styling. I am almost 6'3 and 200lbs and have to watch the knees getting in.

You may think I am full of it by looking at my signature line because it says "custom interior" as one of my projects. In reality I like both dashes about the same and think they both could be a little better.
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