1987 Porsche 944 S 2.5 from North America
There really is no substitute for a Porsche
I let the cam belt break, and had to rebuild the head. Owning a shop helped to keep this expense reasonable.
The guy I bought the car from had rebuilt the engine (for the same reason), he had lowered it, changed the shocks and maintained it in wonderful condition.
I had a 944 8 valve prior to this, and find the power very adequate. It's a great road car, wonderful on a day to day basis and very underrated if used car price is any indicator.
I had a 911s just prior to these two 944's, and think that the 944 is much easier to live with. It has a real heater, gets good mileage, and you don't need to worry about the rear end chasing you around curves.
This car is easily fast enough for me, and certainly outhandles anything else I have come up against on public streets - to the embarrassment of a few other drivers who thought they would show me how a "real" car handles - especially SUVs.
I will keep it until I find a 968 that is in as good a condition and reasonably priced - though I am amazed that Boxsters have fallen into the 8.5 to 11K price range.
These cars don't have the hand built feel that my 356 model Porsches had, but they are, once again, usable on a day to day basis with heaters, luggage space for more than a weekend, and the ability to stay up with today's traffic.
I assume the prices for used 944s will eventually follow the 914 and get into the 6 to 9K range. It's too bad so many are just being driven into the ground because they reasonable to buy, but expensive to maintain.
I have always driven Porsches, and these make me realize why - they're great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd March, 2010