1989 Porsche 944 Reviews

1989 Porsche 944 LUX 2.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carChrysler Neon

Summary:

I love it, a pleasure to drive and own

Faults:

When I first got the car it had done less that 500 miles in the previous year and a 1,000 miles the year before that, so initially there were a few small problems. The secondary fan cut-out failed and since I was on a trip when it happened, I had to manually turn it off each time I stopped the car. This caused the bonnet release catch to be put under strain and it too failed. The two items together cost about £300.00 to fix, I had this work done at the local Porsche dealership. I also had problems with the alarm being over-sensitive, but the problem was fixed by a quick adjustment.

General Comments:

My car is a joy to drive and own. It is in mint condition and has a full service history and all the supporting documentation. Including all invoices and tax disks since it was first registered and MOT certificates since the first one.

It is a beautiful car to look at and has been very reliable and a great deal of fun to drive.

I am continuing to baby this beautiful car and was delighted to hear from two Porsche dealers that it is the best car of its age they have ever seen and with the lowest mileage. I am regularly stopped in the street when parking and asked about the car. On two occasions I have actually received offers to buy it, but the car is staying with me for the foreseeable future.

As well as being beautiful my car is fast and responsive and a real dual-use car. Driven like a sedan it is comfortable, quiet, economical and reliable. But take the sunroof out, roll down the windows and put your foot down and it becomes a real sports car! The first time I drove it the power actually took me by surprise. I pulled out to over take one car and ended up passing three with no effort at all.

My main comment is that these are wonderful cars, but need to be treated with the love they deserve. Regular maintenance and care for the bodywork and interior is money and time well-spent and my car is a source of endless pleasure. I love to drive it, care for it and look forward too many years of enjoyment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2005

1989 Porsche 944 2.7L from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance169000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Beautiful Garbage

Faults:

First things first, I had the checked out by a Porsche mechanic when I was thinking about buying the car. He charged me a hundred and twenty dollars to tell me it needed a timing belt, which I had already figured. He said besides that it's a good car.

Long stories short, I had the car for a year. It spent six of those months at the shop.

I bought it for $3,500.00. I spent just over $4,000.00 keeping it running.

General Comments:

I think the 944 was one of the most beautiful and disappointing cars ever made.

I think I'll stick with Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2003

12th Aug 2003, 21:36

I'm more inclined to believe that you could have had just the same problem with a Honda that was poorly looked as much as you could with a 944.

I purchased an Integra off a Mechanic who owned it, and even he couldn't predict all the things that might go wrong with it. Sorry to hear you had a sour experience, but I also know a few 944 owners that swear by their cars.

1989 Porsche 944 S2 3.0 Litre from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Love it - best deal on any sports car

Faults:

Had to replace Ball joints all one piece - rather expensive.

Just general maintenance after that!

Sound system a little weak.

General Comments:

Great Car well worth the money, I wouldn't trade it for anything, maybe the cabriolet.

Great handling cars, love to see those Mustangs and Camaros trying to catch me on a winding road - not a chance.

Best performance at 4000rpm and up.

Better than a Boxter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews