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Question Anyone got an extra 944 laying around

I have a buddy who is about to buy (possibly) a 85 black 944 for $1500 plus tax and tags.

All appearances say it is a dog. Not really cared for. Dealer says new headgasket (belts should have been done then) and friend says it drives good. Wires running everywhere inside. Trashed seats and carpet. Hatch doesnt lock/shut. and on and on. (I personally wouldn't give more than $500 for it).
I have yet to check it out but I told him if the mechanicals are right it could be worth it. (I am highly suspect though.)



Anyone in Florida got one that might be a bit better on the cheap.....?

He can probably go closer to $2000 if necessary.





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Old 10-05-2004, 12:32 PM
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Sounds like a real dog. He should save up and hold out for something better. This car sounds like it will suck up $$$$ if he wants to make it decent.
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I agree. I am offering him the best advice I can ....but you know how enticing those P-cars can be.

I think it might be worth it if the mechanicals are in order...that is a big if in my opinion though considering the amount of 'rigging' I saw in the interior.

I will snap some photos if I find anything really funny in there (socks, lampcord, airhorns...you know).
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yeah, better to spend a little more and get better quality than get a money pit in your driveway. my '86 is a good example. I can't keep a power steering belt on 'er or the p/s pump wheel rubs a hole into my bottom hose the first time I get on the brakes real hard. 3 hoses later, I just don't have a p/s belt anymore.
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I concur. He doesn't want to buy a rat and spend years and a wheelbarrow full of cash to get it going. I am experienced in that, seeing I am at that level and no cash left to pour into it thanks to Frances and Jeanne.

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I am going to give him a full heads up on the situation.

Like I said, I wouldn't give more than $500 for it....but I like projects.


Rick - Congrats on the 968 wheels...just saw it in your sig line...now if we can just get that damn thing running. Again- anything I can do to help. ( I think we are all recovering from the canes. I schedule patients on thursdays and have been dead for a month. It didn't get the house/property but it is still getting the pocketbook)
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Not really 968 wheel, just look a like knock offs

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Is it late '85 or the early model?
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Early 85.

Update.

I checked it out today and was rather surprised with it mechanically.

Very smooth and quick on acceleration.
Head has been redone recently (bright and shiney from the machine shop)
No overheating issues at all.
Idle is fine.

Oddly ...and probably thankfully...the engine bay looks nearly untouched...whoever monkeyed with the interior/electricals didn't touch the engine bay to clean it or work on it....only thing I could tell was done is a throttle response cam...

...The acceleration felt really good though...I wonder if it was also chipped.

I would probably go $1000 based on the above...maybe....maybe.
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If it is a late 85, and the motor and tranny are in good shape, with a recent belt job and head gasket, sounds like a decent starter project. You can buy some of the parts used (from me, from me), and get it back together. If it is a early 85, 1k would be a better price. But,,,,, the early 85 is a lot less complicated under the dash......, lot eaiser to work on some of the electrical stuff.

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