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BMW Roundel 944 maintenance costs with comparison to E30

Hey guys,

This is my first post on the PP Porsche forum. Here is my question. I am looking for a new car, so far I own a 1982 BMW 320is, as well as a 1991 BMW 318is. Both of these vehicles have been light on my wallet as far as maintenance goes, and I have become quite familiar with their mechanics. I am thinking about picking up a 1987 944, but am wondering if it will be as easy on my wallet as my two bimmers.

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Not a chance, all of my experience with e30s has been very light on the wallet, and the 944 has been anything but. That said I love the 944, but if you're looking for something as easy to work on and as easy on the wallet as an e30 there is a very good chance the 944 will dissappoint you.
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Agreed. Timing belt change at 45K max alone kills the budget ride factor!
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I have had 2 e30's and a 944 for a very short time. The thing you have to remember is that an e30 is a daily driver so it is beaten on on a daily basis. The Porsche on the other hand is normally a weekend toy so may have less milieage and less wear and tear. 944 parts will be more expensive and finding a good mechanic may be more difficult and will probably be more expensive.

I guess 6 of one , a half dozen of the other.
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What about the 924S ? Any difference in maintenence prices ? I just test drove one, and I think im hooked..... Hauled ass, handled like a dream. WOW.
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Pretty much the only difference between the 87 924S and the 87 944 (apart from price) is the lack of wheel flares and they don't affect the maintenance costs.

Naturally, it is cheaper if you can do your own wrenching and shop around for parts. The other thing is that the biggest hit is always the fixing of the things the PO neglected that seem to show up in the first 6 months or so. Last summer mine was more off the road than on but this summer it has been my daily drive with no more effort than changing the oil filters and plugs (the tires wore out but that is a different story).

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In the past I have done my own work on my 2 bimmers.... and thus have saved alot of money. My main concern is whether Porsche parts are going to be more costly, and if so.... How much more? I am a college student and dont have a ton of money to keep feeding into a car, however the occasional maintenence here and there will not be a problem.
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...... One other question. Are there any big differences between an 87 and 88 924S ?

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