Porsche 944 Coupe – review and opinion – Porsche 944 – The cheapest car on the road!

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Porsche 944

– The cheapest car on the

The extravagant claim in the title is on the fact that these no longer depreciate noticeably, and can be on classic insurance. They are very long lived and reliable, and don’t do too badly on Essentially you can run an old Porsche for a fraction of the of a new Mondeo!

The text below the features, weaknesses, and benefits of the 944 variations.

First a bit of history. The 944 was introduced in 1983 based on the earlier 924 model. However the 944 many changes and upgrades to the earlier model, the most visual clue being the wheel arches to cover the track of the new model, the air dam and the rear

Perhaps the biggest change was in the engine department.

The 924 used a VW 2 litre engine, but the 944 was fitted a Porsche developed four engine, effectively half of the 928 model’s V8. The first Lux model around 165bhp from the 2.5 engine, this was increased various model increments up to the of the Turbo version.

This new made the 944 acceptable to the Porsche that had previously rejected the 924 as a VW, and led to the recovery of the company through the sales success.

The standard was enough to power the car to 60mph in 8 seconds, figures as low as 7.4 have quoted for the Lux, quite even by todays standards.

The S from 1986 featured 16 but offered few extra horsepower and was in slower in magazine tests the time. A possible cause for was the extra weight of the new S model.

The S model increased in capacity for to 2.7 litres, and for 1989 as the S2 it rose to 3.0 litre capacity and 211 bhp. The S2 is regarded as ‘the one to have’, but with the performance hike a raging thirst for fuel. The S2 0-60 in around 6s, while the really moves and is down in the low

Fuel economy varies with usage and the weight of the right foot. Early were sometimes fitted a fuel economy meter as an extra, later models 85 on (with the face lift had this vacuum driven fitted as standard. My 944 Lux averages in mixed use, on a long run this can increase to 36mpg if carefully, although 33mpg is usual.

The Turbo and the S2 drop the low 20s in fuel economy, I’ve told it’s all but impossible to get to pass 30mpg no matter how they are driven.

So the newest 944 you can buy is 14 old, the oldest 22! At this age cars will start to trouble at some point, but as all cars there are particular to watch for that will be

Possible Problem Areas

– All

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the variants have surface cylinder bores very tough, but if you run them low on oil impossible to repair, no simple is possible on these engines. The is fed by a fuel injection system 8 valves on the Lux model, most features are straightforward making for simple maintenance. The engines are very long lived, capable of 200,000 miles

Fuel lines – are steel, and run from the rear of the car to the injection pump. A new set from is about Ј500, but some have a cheaper replacement which brings this to Ј200 ish.

Oil seals The engine is fitted with a shaft to eliminate vibration, this has an oil seal that with age or use! The crankshaft end oil also fails, so whilst the belt is off for one do the other. The seals are but the time to do the belt is costly.

leaks / rattles – is very common on these and is fixed by fitting new catches on the Not cheap, Ј100+ from Ј50 from a specialist.

Heater on – Boil yourself if the heater sticks on, if combined the tailgate leak can proved as the car will … exhaust gas in the tailgate if driven with the open to let cool air in. The part fails is a simple solenoid that moves a flap in the relatively cheap to fix for someone knows where to look. Ј40 from a specialist.

Valve oil seals – The seals can over time causing the to smoke and use oil. This is not to be with bore wear is much more terminal! the valve seals the problem can be for around Ј250-Ј300, most will be able to do the job without the cylinder head.

Engine due to low oil – All Porsches of this age use they all did when new. the oil frequently, and check the levels If the level drops too far below the mark on the dipstick the engine be written off, with no possibility of repair.

Clutch Clutches wear on all cars, but on the 944 a replacement can cost Ј500. seen 40,000 miles as typical, although mine 149,000 miles on the clock has had one. Recently the clutch cyclinder failed, this the pedal on the floor with the still engaged.

Not good. The master cylinder was Ј70 Porsche and easy to fit. is apparently relatively common and can be with a failed clutch a potential bargaining lever

– As with all cars the rot. If planning to keep the car it may be investing in a stainless pipe, but the part distrubutors all carry to fit.

Wheels and tyres. The for the Lux model are 15 wheels, but many later or optional extra 16 fitted. The offset for many of wheels can be wrong for the 944 and the fitting of is common.

This had been frighteningly badly on mine I bought it, I had to buy a full set of wheel to correct it as the originals had been to fit.

Tyres last in most circumstances, abnormal may be a sign of crash damage

trim. The drivers seat badly if cloth covered, can still supply the original and a trimmer can repair the seats. models have an electric seat, at least one of the motors have failed by now!

Not a big as long as you can get comfortable either or otherwise. The 944 was not fitted with seat belts as standard, are available at extra cost. models did not have air conditioning either, although this was a optional extra.

Electrical. Age comes into play, cars will ave electrical at some point simply to age. Nothing specific to for except for perhaps the heater which are all electrical.

So what’s it like to drive.

It can be a car is not for the faint hearted. The 165bhp is than enough to kick the end out in the dry, let alone on a greasy wet However if you are an experienced driver not a bad thing, as the near perfect weight distribution makes it all and if I’m honest, more a little fun.

You can really on and push the limits in a way very in more powerful and recent The limits are closer, but no worse for

The car has excellent brakes for its age, and the is sporty rather than Again these contribute to the experience of the machine.

The driving is all day comfortable, just as long as you have to get in and out too often. I’m and there is enough head and leg for me, in fact I find it quite a car to drive. On the down side I want to be sat in the +2 seats behind me, only and if the driver’s tall me it might mean feet on

Porsche 944

The boot is surprisingly generous, the top of the seat folds down style. The original German campaign showed a Porsche 944 several crates of beer in the something probably not allowed to be on TV these days!

Perhaps the bit of having one of these is the ‘extra’ that owning a car like gets you.

There are garages that will it and can be trusted to do a good job. are owners clubs (Alternative Owners Club is less than the Porsche Club of GB) are invaluable sources of parts and

There is cheap classic available which lowers the of ownership, plus depreciation is slow on these – ones will be more or the same value if looked in fiver years time. are even web-rings, unofficial clubs, online registers and so on. can really become involved in cars, far more so than that is merely transport.

The and pose value are almost the negative for me, I love the car but don’t it’s anything to be snooty Accomodation for the most part is most modern hatches are appointed. So the Porsche is still (just) than most that really isn’t the nowadays.

So what to pay?

The 944 Lux from 83 is the cheapest option, a one on ebay can go for as little as Ј750, a lowish mileage one with history can fetch Ј3000 privately.

A later 944 Lux, the version with extras for a little more, maybe an few hundred pounds.

The 944S cammand a small premium the Lux, but price is more on condition between the two.

The 944 S2 ups the price range, a roughish one can Ј2000, whilst a low mileage history example can go for Ј5000

The Turbo prices seem to be much in line with the S2, the remaining variant is the Cabriolet. The you can expect to pay for one of these is about the last S2 models in good could fetch as much as Ј10k.

Non-running project for restoration should be avoided they are virtually free. will cost a fortune to put

Whichever one you buy, make you set aside a decent amount to fix problems, Ј1000 can easily on service items and minor even on a Ј10k minter. The ones can be a false economy, as to them reliable you may have to as much as buying a decent one in the place.

Buy a good one and it is a lot of fun that is cheap to own. Get a bad one and get the cheque ready!


I still own the and having fixed all the major with mine I’m it to commute once or twice a to Liverpool from Nottingham. In the years I’ve had the car it has been reliable, it has never broken and always, absolutely always, first time. 155,000 up, and every intention of making it 200+

I’ve also to enormously improve the handling. My car with 16 wheels with 205 and 225 rear tyres, I sold on ebay and replaced them the original size 15 teledial and fitted Dunlop SP Sport tyres all round. The corner with these is absolutely utterly transformed in fact. Now to corner much faster, bends leads to very understeer on the way in, and very sliight only on bumpy exits.

I hesitate to recommend this to anyone, the only drawback an increase in road noise the tyres.

Prices have a bit since I wrote the review, but cars still fetch money, they are just a rarer!

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