1986 Porsche 944 Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo 2.5 turbo from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance117500 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Born Race Car!

Faults:

I put mid-grade fuel in it (mistakenly) and it ran real bad... it started chugging, then dying, then backfiring... so a little word of advice DON'T use anything less than premium fuel, if you do put octane booster in and burn that tank asap.

Previous owner replaced taillights.

Leaky hatch.

Odometer is broken.

General Comments:

This car is fantastic.

It is quite fast, stylish, and really comfortable for a sports car. The turbo is a ton of fun especially once you get to about 1.5 bar. The car corners like nothing I have ever owned / driven. It rides very smooth as if it were a luxury car... the back seats, however, are a totally different story, they are pretty much pointless since no one over 4 feet tall can fit comfortably back there. The car runs like a champ and the turbo still pulls well at 117000 miles. The motor is pretty tight hardly any leaks. I would recommend this car to anyone with a sports car appeal. If you love getting all kinds of peoples attention this is the car for you as it turns basically everyones head. It's a Porsche what else can I say!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2006

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo 2.5L Turbocharged gasoline from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L Turbocharged gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired206000 miles
Most recent distance216000 miles
Previous carMG B

Summary:

Affordable Porsche super car for the masses

Faults:

The car weeps a little oil out of the oil pan gasket, and also some from the front camshaft seal. It also loses a little power steering fluid (actually, the car uses automatic transmission fluid in the power steering system) from the hose connection to the power steering pump. But none of these leaks are enough to worry too much about at the moment.

General Comments:

I think the 944 Turbo is one of the best performance bargains on the used car market at the present time. With some inexpensive computer chips, the car produces around 270bhp, and offers outstanding acceleration with a visceral rush when it comes on boost.

The steering is arguably the best I have ever experienced, with magnificent feel and feedback, and the grip and handling are balanced and confidence-inspiring. Of all the sports cars I have driven (and I have driven a LOT of them), there are only two cars I would want to be in if I were being chased by assassins down a winding road. One is the 1993-1995 Mazda RX7 Twin Turbo and the other is the Porsche 944 Turbo. There may be cars with faster zero-to-sixty times, or cars with more skid pad grip, or cars with shorter braking distances, but when it comes to going fast with supreme confidence, nothing runs away from a properly driven 944 Turbo. Nothing.

My car has over 200,000 miles on the original engine, and it still runs like a champ, makes proper boost, and feel like it will go another 200,000 miles. Every switch works, every gauge works, the air-con blows cold... it's just a beautifully built car.

Negatives? Maintenance is expensive, with a cam belt replacement often turning into a $2000 project, water pumps also expensive, and parts in general really quite outlandishly priced. Not as bad as a 1970's Maserati or anything, but some parts seem just crazy expensive. And it's a complex car that is often rather difficult to service yourself. I haven't fixed the slight oil pan gasket leak, for example, because it requires the complete disassembly of the front suspension to get at the oil pan bolts. Gak!

The car is also rather stiffly sprung, and it transmits a lot of road noise and harshness into the cabin, particularly when compared to a modern GT (like an Infiniti G35 Coupe or something...)

But those niggles aside, get yourself a well-maintained 951 of any mileage and you'll be happy. Every time it comes on boost, it's hard not to grin like a little kid...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 27 reviews