1986 Porsche 944 Turbo 2.5 Intercooled turbo from North America
The more you drive this car- the more obsessive the ownership experience becomes
Oil, coolant leaks abound.
Seats, dash worn badly.
Power mirrors need to be rewired.
Sunroof leaks, and partially operable.
Poor road conditions resulted in bent tie rod end.
Shifter in need of refreshing (bushings, adjust linkage)
Seriously fast in stock form, rivaling 90% of new cars built today.
Decent fuel consumption.
Turbo boost is addictive, with intense pull at full boost- other vehicles just disappear rapidly.
Timeless good looks, that never fails to turn heads even today- I still cannot find a single bad angle to view this car at.
Handling is what you would expect from cars costing $100,000 or more.
Extremely easy to self-service.
Build quality is excellent throughout.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd January, 2005
25th May 2005, 23:23
My experience with my 1986 Turbo was that I was down $12,000 in repairs in maintenance in 2 years. Yes, it's a great car to drive, but part of the "obsessiveness" will be in regard to the amount it costs to service a car like this.
I owned mine from 1998 until 2000 - 100,0000 miles until 126,000. They were fun - and very expensive miles.
25th Oct 2005, 23:25
"Extremely easy to self-service."
What service have you been performing? This car is easily one of the most complex front-engine cars from the 80's. I have come to terms with the fact that physical injury will often result from working on my 951.
14th Aug 2012, 22:39
I have a 1986 944 Turbo. I am experiencing the following problem. Sometimes it will crank up, I drive about, then stop, park and go to dinner etc., and the car will not start. I have put a good bit of money and time into this car. I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem? I am thinking it is either fuel pump or ignition issue.