Bill’s Porsche 944 Maintenence and Driver Tips

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Porsche 944

Buying a 944: a highly out-of-production car.

If you have $4 $15K to spend on a real fun I have some standard go looking advice. Lower cars are older, high-milers, mechanic specials. Higher cars are often later (say, ’88 onward) and are low cars, or a 944S, S2 or turbo

I n general, late 944’s more than early turbo (the Porsche and S models cost even and the cost of maintenance are higher.

the newspaper, the internet, of find with a Porsche Club of membership and get their used from Panorama magazine. maintenance records carefully. See the timing belt was last and find out if the owner ever had to a water pump. Believe me, be glad you did. If the records are not incomplete, or suspect, take the car to that knows 944’s and it checked.

In fact, do this anyway. The of this can help you save on big repair bills later. Of if you:

Like to gamble

Are a or have the knowledge, tools and time and motivation to fix things

Or just looking for a project car

. never mind about the history.

Factory Options: were a few notable, major to keep in mind and note: (although most 944’s with this option), radio (Blaupunkt), five-spoke Fuchs wheels, leather (partial or full), full seats, metallic paint, and a slip differential.

Visual Look at the coolant overflow for swelling and white cracks crazing — that indicate the motor had been once. Bad. Of course, that it might have replaced once. Does it really new, no grundge? look for oil leaks under the and around the oil cooler assy (to of motor as viewed from behind/below oil filter.) The cooler can out seals, which will water and coolant to mix if seals for any reason.

This is very bad. If happens, the oil on the dipstick will be a color, much like a You might also see a brown like color in the coolant tank.

Body: Look for damage that might the car was in an accident. If something is bent up in the suspension, like a tie rod, never get a good alignment and will vibrate and be weird. You not get 100% of the 944’s legendary Plus you’ll burn tires more quickly. A look at the plastic wheel shrouds inside the front

If it’s cracked (or gone!) the end took a hit someplace along the

For any vehicle over 150K expect to replace front seals, front wheel rear carrier bearings, all pads, shocks/struts, and maybe CV if these items have not serviced already. Also a very good idea is to the motor mounts with the 944 turbo mounts. This, and is what I did to an ’84 944 with a motor and 150K miles on it.

or 951 Cars: I’m not the turbo having only driven but owned one. On a turbo after 150K miles, it probably also need a rebuild to make it fresh Look for, and ask about, PO Owner) modifications.

After You Bought It: Once you the car, the cost of maintenance can On a previously owned, well-maintained you need only do tune-ups and the timing belt every 30K and pay attention to the usual stuff brakes, fluids, tires and Replacement parts are the most if you buy them from a Porsche so don’t do that unless you cannot find a part any way.

Porsche 944

The above is pretty a getting-started procedure. Lots of and legwork in checking cars out pay off in the longer run.

Check out the 944 FAQ It has lots of great info on years, changes, and other Another place of great to the present or prospective 944 owner can be by joining Rennlist, THE online forum for all Porsche cars. To go to

944 Dashboards

I now have a page which shows the two different 944 including a description of all the controls. area of the car changed significantly in the model year. The late and subsequent 944 got a nicer-looking and much-improved The new layout is not only better but the efficiency of the air vents was greatly On this latter point, me; I’ve owned both and almost no comparison.

The late dash is much better in of functionality, and, I believe, in aesthetics.

944 Fuse Panels

I also a page online which the two different 944 fuse panels. area of the car also changed in the model year. Early fusepanels are located inside the to the left of the driver’s feet, the dash. Fuses are the glass type, which are cylindrical in

The Late 944 fusepanel is located the hood, driver’s side, at the It is under a black plastic which is gasketed to seal out. The cover is firmly in place with 2 wire

Fuses are the newer, small type with two spade

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