I only owned the 944 for less than a month, but in spite of all the reliability issues, failed systems, less than adequate power delivery, poor fuel consumption, etc. it was an absolute hoot to drive - the chassis was amazing, with perfect weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.
I own a 1998 M3, which has outstanding performance, but the 944, even with its narrower and taller tires, still out-cornered the M3 with little to no drama.
The 2.5L non-turbo I-4 really had to be pushed hard just to keep up with traffic, but once at highway cruising speeds and above, it handled like a dream!
The seating position is very low and awkward to settle into, thanks to the low-set and nonadjustable steering wheel, but once seated, it was surprisingly comfortable for long trips. The seats aren't nearly supportive enough for lateral g-forces, but felt extremely luxurious compared to the M3's very firm sporty seats. Controls were rather heavy and notchy, but it was a welcome touch.
In the short month or so that I owned the 944, I had to get about $1500-$2000 worth of repairs done - none of which seemed to address the running issues. The broken radiator fan wasn't much of a problem, provided the heater was cranked and stop-and-go/idling traffic was avoided. There were however more than a few occasions when I was unfortunate enough to be caught on the QEW towards Hamilton, where the engine would overheat, and the only thing I could do to fix the problem was hope for traffic to hum along, and air-cool the engine.
The 944 met its demise shortly after some 1/4 mile runs, when the staff informed me of an oil/gas leak, and sent me to the pits to investigate the problem. They later brought me what looked like a broken fuel line, which they assumed had come off of my car. While parked, I could find no evidence of leaking oil or fuel, though the gas smell, which I had gotten taken care of a couple weeks earlier, had suddenly reappeared. I drove carefully to the nearest gas station, and about a block away - while stopped - something blew up near the front of the engine compartment, and the engine caught fire. By the time the fire was put out, there was so much fire damage - the paint on the hood was burnt off, all the belts and hoses had melted, the radiator fan was hanging on by a thread, and some charred lump was resting on the pavement after the 944 was towed to the scrapyard.
I had plans to swap the underpowered I-4 with an LS2 Corvette engine, which I'd heard are cheap, small and light - only 70 lbs heavier than the four banger. It's too bad the 944 came to such an untimely end - with a strong, healthy powerplant, it would have made a truly thrilling track car!
I would like to own a Porsche again, but I would have to save a lot of money, to either find one in very good running condition, or to spend the money to get it fixed up.