1985 Porsche 944 2.5 liter from North America
Ecstatic it's my first car
Right after I bought it, the A/C broke. There has also been a nasty oil leak under the car.
Also, the car is not as quick as I had hoped for, but its still fun to drive. People will try to race you and it gets annoying. Oh, and cops notice you much much more.
Its not as fast as the old family Audi V8, but its just so darn pretty it doesn't matter.
It really does handle effortlessly. When confidence in the car builds, you can really test how great the car is balanced. It's a head turner too, and I hate it when every punk who's seen "fast and the furious" wants to race me. This isn't a race car (the turbo is, however), this is a piece of art.
All in all, it's a wonderful car who won't disappoint in the long run.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2006
I hear everyone saying that it's a great handling car, and it's a great car to look at, no questions asked, but as a fairly young driver lookin to lose my dad's Ford Taurus, is it worth the investment if I'm on a budget?
I agree that this is a really neat car, however with the one I had, maintenance is really horrible. Timing belt must be changed every 25-30k miles, it takes 6-7 quarts of oil, tires cost $700-$800, and there are only a few people you can trust to work on it, as the engine is very temper-mental. I would not recommend this car for someone who doesn't have a steady job to support it. Also, the non-turbo 944 is much faster if you have the 5 speed transmission vs the automatic.
I wouldn't recommend it if you're on a tight budget. On mine (I wrote the article) the water pump failed shortly after I wrote this. It cost me $1100 to fix it. I had to take it 40 miles to a mechanic who knew how to replace the pump and install the updated kit.
It's a great car and I'm glad I bought it, but I have to work 30 hours a week to keep it running sometimes.
I've had my early 1985 944 for a year and a half now, and I wouldn't change it for anything. The driving experience is a pleasure: the driving position, the way the car handles, the unmistakable sound of the engine, the tight suspension, and the powerful brakes all add to it. I smile every time I turn on the engine, close the door, or even look at the car.
That being said, the majority of these cars are 20+ year old, high-end imports, so maintenance **is** expensive, as are repairs. Learn the ropes of automotive maintenance on a Toyota or Honda, then upgrade to a P-car. Do your research before buying one, and keep in mind there's no car more expensive than a cheap Porsche.