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Looking for my first 944 and need some help

Is it always better to go for a lower mileage car, one w/ 75k vs. 125k? Seems so to me, but how long can they go before needing serious money (by that I mean more then a grand)…what’s the first big ticket item? Valve job/top end?

Is there any reason other then dashboard aesthetics to go for 85.5 as opposed to say ’84?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Old 10-20-2004, 06:05 PM
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I bought mine with 136,000 and it's still going strong, mileage isn't a huge deal on these cars as far as I know.. I've heard of a couple of people that have around 300,000 and still going.

The important thing is to look for a car that has maitenence records, make sure the timing belt has been done recently, make sure the clutch has been done at some point, among a couple of other things that I'm too tired to remember right now, and you should be good.

Most things are relatively cheap on this car if you are willing to work on it yourself.
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Welcome to the board. I have an '83 and love it. Power steering was not an option (or a requirement) and therefore, one of the MOST onerous quirks of the 944 is avoided. The power steering racks are infamous for leaking, shortly thereafter taking the pump run dry with them.

The early cars also typically do not have the power-assisted opening hatch (another frequent failure). If you wanted it, it could be added.

The early cars typically also had manual sunroofs. Imagine that, I think that is most failed drive mechanism #1.

Of course, I am partial, and YMMV. Too bad you are not in SoCal, I could show you what a perfect Guards Red 944 looks like and will do.

No, I don't sing. Based there for too long.
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83's are the best.

Try to find one that's got records & has been taken care of, of course. First thing is to change timing belt & rollers and whatnot. It's not a big deal, but you'll be spendin' $2k for a valve job if you don't. (ask me how I know)

Mine's got 234,000 miles right now, goin' strong.
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Originally posted by bryanthompson
83's are the best.

I couldn't agree more....I've been nothing but happy with mine.
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I think that the #1 big ticket item of routine maintenance is the clutch. $1400 or more. Regardless of the number of miles, I believe that only original clutch will be in the process of falling apart from age and that the number of miles on the car is irrelevant. I would try to find a car where the rubber plate had been replaced with a spring plate.

You'll see lots ot reminders to replace or adjust the timing and balance shaft belts because a broken timing belt leads to a non routine $2000 of engine repairs. Replacing the belts should be around $450. However, replacing the belts is an opportunity to replace the front engine seals and the water pump for $200 increments in the bill. Adjusting the belts should be close to $100 but needs to be done soon after replacing them. Theory is that the belt need to be replaced every 30000 so I'd be looking for a discount in the absence of solid evidence that they were replaced in the last 20000 miles.

Check the engine mounts. Replacing them is another $400 or so.

Note that the prices are very rough guesses and based on quotes for some of the work I had done a year or so ago in my part of the world where there is a choice of Porsche shops. Your experience will be different.


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