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What to look for?

Okay,
I've been hanging out a few weeks here. I am wanting to get a Porsche in a few months. I would like a 944/951/968 as my "second" driver and a 914 as my "project". Some may recognize me from 914club.
What should I look for mechanically in a 944/951/968? I will need a very good runner that will not require me to put much more money into to be a daily driver. Are there specific quirks to each model/year that I need to be paying attention to? Parts that need replacing at certain mileages? Etc..
I like the `86 and above 944/951s. I like ALL 968 body styles. Any feelings on what to stay away from in these?
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Okey Dokey...guess it was a stupid question.

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Ive had my car for just 5 months, but I would consider it reliable and have no concerns driving it anywhere. I purchased my car from a mechanic that recently did a belt change, water pump change, front seals and clutch. I think those are all the major maintenance items.

A full service history is nice, knowing when the belts were changed is a must.
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An S2 or 968 makes a better daily driver than a 951. Gobs of low-end torque, and no turbo lag. Also, the turbo is geared quite a bit taller. Less friendly for city traffic. That being said, the turbo is much easier/ cheaper to modify into a seriously fast car.

All of the late cars, 1985.5 and newer, have better electrical systems than the early ones. They also have aluminum suspension arms, which are lighter, but do not have replaceable ball joints. If your ball joints go bad, you're looking at an expensive fix over an early car.

With all of these cars, the weakest link is the timing belt. Put a new one in. A broken belt is a destroyed head. Very expensive on the 8-valve cars, and you don't want to think about fixing a 16-valve head.
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Thank you for the replies. Okay, let's say I found a good 968 and I did not know if the timing belt had been changed; how much would it cost just to have it done "just to be sure"?

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I would flame you, except your avator is pimp *****.
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I guess that means I need to do a search on this subject, huh? Quick...everyone stand behind my avatar for protection!!

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