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How many miles can I expect from an '87n/a?

I am new to porsche ownership, I was wondering how many miles will the engine last if maintained properly? I currently have 108,000 and it runs great. Is there anyone who has more than 150,000 on the original engine?
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if the car is properly maintained, there is no reason why it shouldn't go 200K+ without needing a top-end rebuild. Expect some repairs along the way - clutch, timing belt, oil leaks,maybe CV joints, etc.
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Andy is driving an 86 NA with 305 K miles. Michelle has a 85.5 NA with 287K miles (currently down with a headgasket, it was original!) Wade is driving on the original clutch on his 944 at 290K miles..

I know all these people personally, and have been in all these cars while under power in the last year. Andy's is STILL a daily driver. Wade's gets weekly duties as well.

Maybe this will satisfy your curiosity as to the reliability and longevity of these mechanical gifts to man!
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Properly taken care of, they are virtually indestructible. Done on the cheap, they're less reliable than a Hyundai. The key, as with every German car, is maintenance. Follow the schedule and you're golden. Forget things or dismiss little things as "unimportant" and you're flirting with disaster.
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Properly taken care of, they are virtually indestructible. Done on the cheap, they're less reliable than a Hyundai. The key, as with every German car, is maintenance. Follow the schedule and you're golden. Forget things or dismiss little things as "unimportant" and you're flirting with disaster.

Well Put.

Properly maintained, they are indestructable - I have several customers cars in the 300K range with no top end rebuild.

On the other hand, I work on a few 60K - 70K that I wouldn't give you $500 for

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Well Put.

Properly maintained, they are indestructable - I have several customers cars in the 300K range with no top end rebuild.

On the other hand, I work on a few 60K - 70K that I wouldn't give you $500 for

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That is true.. and at the same time very strange.

It goes completely against the grain of logic that "Less miles is good" that most other vehicles subscribe to.

At least it's not like Ferrarri where I have seen engine rebuilds at 14K miles.. sheesh.
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That is true.. and at the same time very strange.

It goes completely against the grain of logic that "Less miles is good" that most other vehicles subscribe to.

At least it's not like Ferrarri where I have seen engine rebuilds at 14K miles.. sheesh.
Porsches don't like to sit - none of them. A low mileage car has been neglected, same as one that hasn't had the oil changed regularly. I've got a 911SC and they seem to break out into high-mileage cars that seem to go forever and low-mileage cars that have had rebuilds.

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I've got an '84 with about 175K on it, and it runs fantastic.

One of my friends has a 924 Turbo that he bought brand new in '81, with over 300K on it now.

As others have said, cars that were abused and not taken care of, might not go more than 60K
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My 1987 944 n/a has 180,000 miles and runs like new, no rebuild. It's pampered, yet driven hard...since it's a Porsche.
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wow, with 164k i feel like i'm low mileage compared to some of you.
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Porsches HATE to sit. Hear that, MikeCT?

Seriously, I have heard from many - including my mechanic - that it is better to drive a 944 every day than to let it sit in storage.
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Bought my '86 NA last year with 148K, it now has 160K, all on the original engine. In fact, at the last timing belt the cam cover gasket was replaced because it was weeping, and the gasket was original. Car has obviously been both maintained and driven, and that seems to be the key.

Drove from Seattle to San Diego (and back) recently, and it wasn't hanging about (especially through Klamath Falls in OR - that road rocks!!).

Absolutely no drama whatsoever - in fact, my endurance was generally somewhat wimpier than the car - I needed to stretch and fill water bottles before it needed gas. I filled up at 1/4 full, about every 450 miles. That's one long-range car....
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168,000 miles and counting on my "S", and it keeps running better and better. I swear that it even gets "grumpy" if it isn't driven for a few days - can anyone relate? Drive it hard and wrench on it hard, IMHO. My goal is to get to the 250K mark.
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yeah johhny, my car always runs better the day after being driven hard. If i let it sit for awhile, it seems to resent it.
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199,530 miles on 944s2 cab, daily driver. She's my only car I'll put another 30 on her driving home.
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My 86 has 152,000 on it only major problem was a clutch. rebuilt the trans while I had it out. still runs great, burns a little oil. but still going strong. just stay on top of those oil changes.
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