Supposedly new water pump, replaced by previous owner, developed a leak shortly after I bought the car and needed replacement along with the (also new) timing belt which began to wear away due to improperly installed water pump. Resulted in a $1,500 expense I wasn't counting on so soon after purchase.
A/C blower motor only works on low or high, but is supposed to be a simple fix.
Second gear syncronizer is slow when cold so it will grind if shifts aren't slow until warm.
Power door locks don't work.
Car is awesome! It was very well maintained and original black paint and interior looks almost new brand new. Have all records since new.
Get a car with records so you can plan for maintenance accordingly. Its not cheap, but as long as you take care of it, it shouldn't be a nightmare. The cars run 200,000+ if properly maintained. Still, with turbo cars being at least 15 years old now, its probably better not to rely on them as your daily transportation.
Check motor oil regularly. My car has burned about 1 quart in 3,000 of hard driving.
Simple modifications of chips, exhaust, and air filter make noticable improvement in power. Probably adds easy 80 horsepower. And, there is potential for much more power.
Car is seriously fast; much faster than my 968, which I still have for direct comparison. Upgraded brake pads grab much better than 968's as well.
Extremely strong highway acceleration in any gear.
I've had the car on a race track where it simply blew by older mid 1980's 911's, 1990's Corvettes, and other cars. I've also owned a 1990's Pontiac Formula LT1. This car is much faster on the highway.
Stunning performance, pedigree, build quality, fit and finish, and value for the money.
Cars in good condition seem to hold or be increasing in value lately, as more people come to appreciate these great cars.
Its interesting that the addition of the Porsche SUV has forced some of the old Porsche 911 snobs come to accept "other Porsche models" as part of the family. The 944 series definitely belongs there with the other greats.