1987 Porsche 944 S 2.5 inline 4 from North America
A pretty, but deep hole to throw your money
These cars are nice, but can cost lots of money to keep on the road, even if its well taken care. The top end of the engine was thoroughly rebuilt 600 miles before I bought the car. Shortly after I purchased it, the transmission broke and needed to be replaced (replacing was cheaper than rebuilding) so I replaced it myself as well as the clutch (these cars are very notorious for failing factory clutches). Maybe 3000 miles later, the chain that drives the twin cam broke and cracked the head- rendering the head needing to be replaced- again! So I sold the car as is and took a big hit on all the money I had put into it.
By the way, the engine compartment on this car was immaculately kept. The paint (original) was by far the most beautiful I had seen on any 944, and the leather interior was not perfect, but was extremely clean and exceeded my standards for how well it had been kept up. It goes to show that even a clean 944 can turn out to be trouble.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th September, 2006
Thank you for the honest review. My son owned a Porsche, and, as you have stated, running costs are insane, and even a well maintained car will need many, many expensive repairs. This is true for the 944 as well as the Boxster and 911 models.
Unfortunately, the Porsche Cabal makes these cars sound wonderful, in spite of the rubbish costs and insane lack of normal reliability. Those who have owned a Honda or Nissan will be shocked by Porsche "normal maintenance" costs.
And as for performance: my other son's Acura Integra was just as fun to drive as the Porsche, and MUCH less expensive to own. Thank you for telling the truth.