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1986 944 2.5litres 190,000miles Despite what the Porsche purists believe, it is a real Porsche. Rock solid mechanics, great looks and a real head turner even at 17years old. It can't keep up with todays modern machines in the 0-60 arena but it'll top out at 130+mph and still feel rock solid. What really makes it a fantastic drive though is the presence and feel that the car has on the road, it corners beautifully, the suspension being firm but not so stiff as to make it uncomfortable. Undoubtably one of the best handling cars of the 80's. For a budget of 4-6000 you can pick up a mid to late 80's, oval dash 2.5l that would have cost between 20 -25000 at the time. Cheap to run and find parts for through independant Porsche specialists and suppliers (250 approx for a 12000 mile service). I purchased mine at 170,000 miles and put it on a limited mileage classic insurance policy. What a waste of time, I couldn't get out of the thing (even though I was running 2 other cars at the time) and clocked up my alotted 6000m in 5 months. I now insure through Direct Line who are extremely competitive. If 0-60 times are what stir you then look for a Turbo. The only downside, if there is one, is that it's a bit small, but then if you want a big car, buy an estate.
In my younger days, I had viewed the porsche from afar. My arms just weren?t long enough. Meeting my future wife was the first step as she wanted one, then suddenly it became feasible. Gradually we were able to afford one, though initially the sensible side (toy vs essentials) overcame and the purchase was delayed. After a long hunt, we found the one we wanted, a BLACK 944S2 COUPE, FROM 1991, a healthy 8 years old when it joined our family. We have been driving this beast for two years now. It is used as a posing car ( now let?s be honest here ) at the weekends, or if we are going somewhere nice. Bags of cement are relegated to the back of the mondeo, our other car. My knees squealed at me when I first entered the car. It?s a long way down. I soon become accustomed to the expedition into the driving position though, initially as I settled in the seat seemed to wrap its arms around me and pull me towards it. I wasn?t going to slide in this baby, that?s for sure. Half leather too. The interior doesn?t really look dated to me even now, though I have to confess the older 944 dash?s are undoubtedly late 70?s influenced and show the cars age. My car though, has all the gadgets that my current mid-range mondeo has. Sort of. I mean it has some ?leccy? toys including mirrors, windows, sunroof, a sort of ABS and some other non-important toys. The Sun roof lifts out too, so it is kind of a ?cab? as the sunroof forms about 80% of the lid. Enough wind in transit to merit a headscarf assuming you are a girly. The dash is well laid out, with all the important information easily accessible. It did take me a while to find the trip counter zero. Have fun, I?m not telling. Consider it a challenge, and if you read the manual, you are cheating. The seat adjusts in just about every direction, electric of course, well most of it, and it did not take long to find a most comfortable driving position. The head restraint looks ?cool?, is comforta
ble, and necessary as you will read later. I like the inside of this car. It is comfortable, practical, and it looks good. OK so I lied about the practical bit. The rear seats will contentedly accommodate a chiwawa, provided it is a puppy. But it can take a few bags of shopping under the tailgate. It?s just that I don?t want to. I put my shopping in the mondeo next to the cement. Every time I step into the black stealth machine I become more confident. One of the first things I noticed was that in negotiating a tight bend at reasonable speed, I don?t really have to tilt my head to compensate for car roll. I can push the accelerator or ease off and it still feels balanced. The same bend in the mondeo even at a slower pace, still requires some toe-tapping footwork on the throttle to maintain balance and keep the car on track. I should not compare to a mondeo but most people have driven one so I think the comparison is relevant. I was a little scared at first, all I really knew was that it is quite fast. 0-60 in a comfortable margin under 7 seconds and a top speed of around 150mph give or take. The 0-60 I can vouch for, but the top speed I?ll leave to the madmen, suffice to say that even driving dangerously fast is comfortable and only the speedometer gives the game away. I don?t know why first gear is there really. You can only use it for a fraction of a second. At first I could not change fast enough to keep up. It takes a little time to get used to it after piloting a mondeo for so long. Of course you have to demonstrate the acceleration to your pals, and that is where the head restraint comes into play. I didn?t tell my buddy I was going to accelerate on one occasion and his head rung ?middle C? as it vibrated off the head restraint when I took off. Some of the current hot hatches will easily give this beast a run for its money in terms of pure power, but it must be hard to beat in terms of handling. As my confidence gr
ew and I started throwing the car round some country bends, the car burst into life. A jet powered train with a pretend steering wheel. You don?t really need the steering wheel, the car seems to stick to the road anyway. You can try real hard, but only pure stupidity will spin the tail round. I had to check that the tyres were not made out of blu-tack. This car goes where you ask it to go. It goes there pretty fast, if you want it to. It is just as comfortable trundling along as well. You do not have to drive this car fast, though that is where the fun is. Road noise is acceptable (ok tyre dependent) but avoid the cobble stones and speed ramps if you can. I wondered if it is becoming dated aesthetically, but to me anyway, it is timeless. As the jags of old still hold their own visually, to me the 944s2 is a striking motor. I prefer the looks of the coupe rather than the cab, but the cab does have some benefits over the coupe. I live in Scotland however so for me that?s not an issue. I can still lift out the roof and pretend it?s a cab. For the purposes of removing ambiguity, I do not mean a taxi. This is not an expensive car to buy now. They are not that expensive to maintain. Get one that has been looked after and continue to look after it. Keep the service stamps up to date to maximise your return ?if? (rather than when) you decide to sell. It will serve you well, it will feel good to drive, you will feel good whilst driving and people do still look. Not bad for a ten years old car. Do not take my word for it, just go and buy one. Do not do what I did and wait for years. Oh yeah, check out some internet forums run by porsche enthusiasts. These guys are genuinely interested in all things porsche and are definitely not anoraks. They can and will help you make a good choice and will let you know what to look out for if you want to buy one. Try TIPEC on your search engine. Now hurry up, go and buy a 944.
I owned a Porche 944 85 over the period over 1994-96. Even though the car was bought second hand I never experienced any mechanical problems whatsoever. Even when the car was tested in terms of speed and control the car lived up to its expectations. Control with respect to road grip and suspension was exceptional and is the second best in my opinion only to the 928 model! Minor difficulties arose with the sun roof with a little bit of leakage and the clutch is very light and took some time to get used too! plus the back seats were far too small! This is my dream car and I hope to own one again soon! In fact I have promised my eldest brother this model if I can find one at the right price!
One of the BEST cars I've owned. I've had Rover 220 Coupe Turbo, TVR Chimaera, Audi A4 V6, Mazda MR2, none of them can match the overall feeling of the 944 S2. Mine was a 92 J reg, one of the last one's to be built (with the revised 968 style rear spoiler). It is starting to get left behind by todays standards, Fiat 20V Turbo, Scubby Turbo, Mits Evo, M3 & M5, Audi TT - are all quicker than the old '44. But none of them (except the TT) provides you with the same pleasure. I owned mine for alomst 2 years (almost 20k) and it still felt loverly after this time. The handling is first rate, it needs some more grip (when being pushed hard) but it never feels - unstable or loose. Service histroy is a must on these cars - as there are lots of them to choose from - and a lot of old dogs. I looked for 6 months to find mine - and it was worth the wait. Servicing is expensive - expect £400 for brake pads - if the slider plates need doing also (which they normally do). £450 for a service and £650 for a major 48k (cambelt service)
Please, can I have it back... I wish I'd never sold it. Since selling my 944 I've owned a 1996 Golf VR6 (lovely but a little dull) and a 1999 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo (don't star me - seem my opinion). Neither can compare with the poise, looks, quality or handling of the Porsche. The 944 (especially the S2) is a stunningly attractive car. It remains reasonably practical for a Porsche with a large boot and 2 'seats' in the back. There is also a large removeable sunroof for those lovely long drives in the country. Surprisingly, they're not that expensive to run. I paid £14k for mine (privately) and sold it a year and 15k miles later for £13,800. Total servicing costs were around £1000 for the period (services are every 12k miles) - I thoroughly recommend Ray Northway in Beenham Industrial Estate (not far from AFN Reading). Fuel consumption is reasonable. I achieved around 22-25mpg which is not bad for a 3.0l car with spirited performance. Overall it's easily the best car I've ever owned. It had done 90k miles and felt like it had just left the showroom. There wasn't a knock or a rattle in sight and the engine is good for at least 250k miles if properly maintained. Do yourself a favour. Find a good one (full Porsche (or specialist) service history essential) and buy it.
I have mixed feelings about this car, but it's not so much the car's fault as it's age, I think. We owned one for 12 months last year and I have to admit it was a monster of a car!! It had a 2.7l petrol engine and did about 15 mpg. There were 2 rear seats if you can call them that but if you had anyone in the front, the back passengers had better be dwarfs, kids or legless! It turned head though, you couldn't help but look at it. It was better than the previous style which had no bodykit/ styling, this one had shaped wheel arches and a rear spoiler and a few other extras. It was thirsty though, thirsty and with a tendency to be a bit of an attention seeker! Rad probs and other sorts of things, oh yeh, and kind of embarrassing having to call out the AA to fix a burst pipe in a busy town car park one afternoon! Aside from that, a great monster! just make sure you can afford to fix and maintain it!