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10 hours for an '87s

Well, I'm, setting out tomorrow on a 10 hour journey to look at a low mileage '87s. The car is currently at a specialist for a PPI. My question is... "Do I really want to go down this path?"

I've had Gabriel (my '88na) for 21 years. She was a daily driver for 17 of those years. She's tired and needs to be put out to pasture.

I've thought about other, more modern cars, but I'm hooked on the 944 platform. I really enjoy the styling and handling these cars have to offer. They are getting to be a bit scarce (but not valuable) and I love the fact that in a city of 1+ million, I've seen about 5 in the last 2 years.

However the issues and maintenance costs that come with these cars has me thinking twice. Do I really want to do this??

.... Yes.

I'll give an update soon.


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Old 09-12-2013, 05:36 PM
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I think you've answered your question. With 21+ of experience with your current 944, looking at another you will probably notice the pros and cons on that one. Good Luck
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I have an '87S.

Bought it just to turn it into a race car, ended up using it as a daily driver for quite a while.

Then, with no more than some Sta-Bil in the gas tank, and disconecting a battery cable, parked it.

After two years, put the battery cable back on the post, turned the key, and it fired right up.
Called my insurance guy, and drove it back home to install a new timing belt.

Car has run flawlessly ever since. I parked it again for a while, and recently wanted it's garage space at home for another project. Once again, after sitting for several months, it started right up, and I drove it over 150 miles away to its new parking place, where it's currently on jackstands to keep the tires round, battery disconected, and Sta-Bil in the gas tank.

I'm pretty confident now that next time I want to use the car, it will drive just fine.

Porsche did a fantastic job engineering the 944S.
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It's hard to imagine not owning a 944 until you don't. Then you find yourself looking for another one whether you realize it or not. All of them have some problems, but you just can't beat the handling and style. I said after I sold my last 944 that I would never own another one. Then I found a pretty nice running guards red 944 for $1,500 and I bought it. I am now dealing with it's 1,500 issues, but it runs good and I enjoy driving it.
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My first 944 i had for about 6 months and the timing belt snapped on 9/10/01. Sold the car a few months later because i was in school and could not justify spending money on getting it fixed. fast forward 11 years and i bought another 944 which i now have had over a year.
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I've had my 944 NA since new in 1985. I recently replaced the rear wheel bearings, motor mounts and transaxle mounts. It rides smooth and quiet and is Amoy to drive. Are you sure Gabe is "worn out"? I would not even think of swapping mine for another unknown 944.
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Not to be

After 12 hrs (10 hrs driving) it's not to be.

The PPI reveled too many issues that the wanted purchase price would support. In fact, I could almost handle the repairs, but I couldn't handle the "Earl Schieb" respray.

I really should have know better. The current owner really didn't/doesn't have a clue.

To those of you looking to buy your first 944, please, please get a PPI... It really is money in the bank.

With all that said.... I do have a line on another. I'll keep you posted.


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Hi Chucked,

Believe me, I've thought about it... Still thinking about it actually... but we'll see.

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Who did your PPI?
Karl at Rennspeed KC, aka "PorscheDoc" on Rennlist.

He really knows his way around the 944 platform.


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I have never met Karl but seen him around reenlist and other places and he is top shelf and knows these cars cold. He has probably forgotten more than I know about them
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Good post.

Very sound information on getting a PPI done on the 924S/944s.

PorscheDoc is "the" grand master of knowledge.

Spend some time on his blog. At the bottom of each page "older posts" continue.

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i've had my 944 na since new in 1985. I recently replaced the rear wheel bearings, motor mounts and transaxle mounts. It rides smooth and quiet and is amoy to drive. Are you sure gabe is "worn out"? I would not even think of swapping mine for another unknown 944.
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Unforchinitly I am kind of on the fence about my car. I mean I love it but it was originally a track car and I have been slowly making it back in to something that can be used day to day. I am tired of driving a high strung corner eating car that when you run over an earthworm you can tell its sex. I want something a bit more mellow. Something with some compliance on the suspension and dare I say it. .. . .Tiptronic. For day to day driving in Boston traffic a clutch gets old really fast.
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Dean,

I have made a few trips from Chicago to Ely, MN about 640 miles each way. On the open road, my car is rock solid and a pleasure to drive. I know almost every nut and bolt on the car, squeak and sound. Driving thru Wisconsin, I can crack the throttle and easily hit 100 mph. In MN, the roads twist and turn as the area becomes very wooded and scenic. I will agree with you that is it a pain to drive in city traffic where the only thing moving is my foot on the clutch.

Good luck in your search!
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Not only that, he's a really nice person. He had already done the PPI when I arrived, but spent almost an hour with me going over the details.

I only wish he were closer. I'd send all my '44 work his way.


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.... Are you sure Gabe is "worn out"?.....
I know, it's very hard after all these years, but the deciding factor came not too long ago when some "person" backed into Gabby at the local ice cream shop, and decided not to find me or leave a note. The damage isn't that bad, but it's just that much more money (especially since I would want it done right). She really needs a new engine (180k and a wrist pin is going bad), new clutch (80k on this one), 3 yrs since the last belt change, and the body work mentioned above.

It's almost a "perfect storm".

If it were only the belts and clutch... no problem, but the wrist pin issue and the body work have me looking for another "gal".

She's been GREAT, but I'm thinking about donating her to the local charity... and continuing my search...


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