The water pump failed.
The radiator cooling fan switch failed. This caused the fan to run continuously.
The brake master cylinder needed replaced.
The CV joints on the drivers side axel failed.
The steering rack was replaced because of excessive leakage.
The windshield washer pump has failed. I replaced it with a generic item for $9.00.
The rubber hub of the clutch disk failed. I replaced it with a spring centered turbo clutch disk.
The rear shocks were worn out. I replaced them with stock Boge units.
I had all timing and balance belts plus rollers replaced.
The cam chain tensioner has been replaced. This was done as a precaution.
The spark plug wires have been replaced.
This car is only car I have. It is driven daily and driven pretty hard.
The car was not regularly maintained by the previous owner. Consequently I have spent quite a lot on repairs and preventative maintenance to keep it in good shape.
I have wanted one of these cars since the came out in the 80's. I am very happy with the car's performance, comfort and build quality. I travel a lot and drive a variety of new rental cars. I always compare their power, build quality, and handling to my 15 year old Porsche. The only thing better I have experience in new cars over my Porsche is that new car smell. Old German cars tend to acquire a funky mechanical odor as they age.
I Love the handling of my car and it's still pretty impressive that Porsche was getting 190HP out of this 4 Cylinder engine 15 years ago.
Speaking of the engine. It still runs 4.5 bar on the oil pressure and does not burn any oil. The Engine still runs strong and acts like it will easily go another 100,000 miles.
This car is actually pretty practical with it's fold down rear seat and hatch back. I have hauled some pretty unbelievable things in it.
I plan on keeping it for years to come.
When it finally dies I will probably look for a newer low mileage 944S2 or 968 to replace it.