1986 Porsche 944 Reviews - Page 8 of 9

1986 Porsche 944 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

The number 1 example of pure driving pleasure

Faults:

The A/C alternator switch that tells the fan when to come on broke at 126,000 miles.

Need to replace right windshield bracket.

General Comments:

I drive up a part of highway 9 every day to get to my house, and every time, the car amazes me with its incredable handling ability. I wasted a 2001 Audi A4 in the curves the other day.

Very comfortable interior; almost no cabin noise.

For a 4 cylinder, 131 mph just always seems to impress.

Every one at my school refers to me as "the kid with the Porsche". I never get tired of giving rides :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd August, 2003

7th Mar 2007, 10:07

I have an '87 non-turbo, and I'm called "The kid with a Porsche" too. It's a great feeling when people ask you about it, but it gets annoying when civics and eclipses try to race me. Since I live in the south, there's plenty of twisty back roads to spank them on.

I wish my car was a manual, but since I paid $6500 for mine (It has 48,000 miles) I'm going to keep it for a while.

1986 Porsche 944 2.7 liter 4 cylinder from Hungary

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.7 liter 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles

Summary:

Fun when you actually get to drive it!!!

Faults:

The car seems to always have something wrong with it. The car is very poorly put together, that is why it costs an arm and a leg for dealers to fix it.

After my I bought my radar detector, the fuse blew. I replaced the clutch, and my current problem is the fan won't turn off and it keeps killing the battery!!! WOW, this car is amazing.

General Comments:

When the car is not broken and I get some time to drive in the car, it's awesome. It is also very comfortable.

Speed wise the car can beat most 4 cylinder cars out there. Very quick!!! If you want a cheap Porsche to impress your friends, this is the one to buy. After all, the car tops out at 155 mph and with a manual transmission, the tires spin forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2003

12th May 2004, 22:10

It is true, The Porsche 944 needs TLC almost all the time. But it is a fun and fast little Porsche to own. You can driver her hard and put her away wet, but you also have to take care of her all the time and DO NOT CUT CORNERS with Maintenance!

24th Sep 2010, 13:10

I have a 1986 Porsche 944 with 100,000 miles on it. Runs great, comfortable and handling is a bonus. The profile of the car is impressive. I have had some timing issues some days, which makes the car hard to start... but, then fine.

Quick shifting and cornering make the driver feel great. The respect you get from other car enthusiasts is obvious. It was the "Best Handling Car in the World" in its time... and it is still great. Find one, buy it and care for it... they are a great bargain.

I took mine to the Cruising the Coast event in Biloxi last year. What a great time! Everyone enjoys sports cars... and Porsches compete at the very top level. In a shoot-out between a 944, Ferrari and another make, the Porsche won! They say it is just a fluid, natural car with great ergonomics and Porsche design and engineering.

Investing in a dream car is a worthy goal. Go do something to make your heart and mojo better. Get a 944!

1986 Porsche 944 Std Std from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Std Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Its all about driving and performance

Faults:

Major repairs have included: front suspension work (rather extensive), timing belt, and what is generally regarded as all front engine stuff - timing gears, distributor gears, and moving parts behind the front covers. These are all things that many Porsche mechanics will insist on replacing when the front covers are pulled off to replace the timing belt. There has been no work whatsoever to the main engine components and the car still runs like a champ. Some mornings it feels like there's jet fuel in the tank.

I have learned to stay away from the dealers for service. The best Porsche mechanics are in the private Porsche shops.

General Comments:

I cannot imagine how any automobile could handle or run better than my 944. But I have never driven a Ferrari. The car is glued to the pavement. You cannot make the tires squeal on these cars.

There are cars on the road with more sheer power than the 944, after all it is only a 4-cylinder. It is not the fastest car on the road. But for overall performance, there really is no substitute. When I need to go somewhere in a hurry, or on a country road, I want to be driving, and I want to be driving my 944. People who drive Saab's and BMW's and SUV's don't understand. You won't either until you've owned one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

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