1989 Porsche 944 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1989 Porsche 944 S2 3.0 litre inline 4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre inline 4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Porsche, there is no substitute!

Faults:

Nothing yet, although it's still early as I've not had it long. I've heard the brake calipers are expensive and prone to seizure - since they are aluminium.

General Comments:

The car is amazing considering it's 13 years old. It drives like a new car, it's solid with no rattles, and it cruises excellently down the motorway. It really moves after 4k rpm and it is very comfortable.

The only gripe is the speakers are a bit poor, although I've managed to get them sounding a bit better with my better head unit, as opposed to the standard one.

I wouldn't drive anything else now!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2002

27th Jan 2007, 22:30

I don't like the Porsche 944. it looks like a Pontiac.

Not that Pontiac is a bad car, its just not a Porsche.

28th Jan 2007, 09:27

<<I don't like the Porsche 944. It looks like a Pontiac.

Not that Pontiac is a bad car, it's just not a Porsche.>.

If you think ANY Porsche remotely resembles a Pontiac you need to have your eyes checked.

1989 Porsche 944 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carSubaru GL

Summary:

The best poor man's Porsche

Faults:

I preventively replaced the timing belt.

The water pump cracked, but kept running.

The oil coolant line leaked.

General Comments:

It has the best handling of any car of ridden. In hairpin turns the 944 reluctantly slides, even at high speeds. I've come to trust the ability of the 944's handling.

The engine is a perky little 2.7L 4 cyl. that revs nicely. Once the power-band is reached, somewhere around 4000 RPM, this little car really comes alive. The engine roars and road-line becomes a blur.

The downside of this is comfort. It was never designed to be a comfortable car. The seats are made of tough hard leather. On long trips your rear-end will feel a lot of discomfort. I suggest lots of pit stops along the way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2002

1989 Porsche 944 S 2.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carFord Puma

Summary:

What you would expect of a Porsche

Faults:

Gearbox.

Interior leather trim.

Driver's seat wear.

Rear compartment cover springs.

Noisy wipers.

General Comments:

This is a serious semi-sports car and looks and behaves like one.

Be very careful with steering while accelerating - may not have a rear engine, but it can fool you with rear wheel drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2001

1989 Porsche 944 S2 3.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 3.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

I've had the car for three weeks and the fuel pressure regulator went (£43 inc VAT from Porsche). Could happen to anyone I'spose. Other than that no problems as yet (Touch wood!).

General Comments:

This car looks the dogs! Superb build quality and very responsive engine. Like most 16v's it's peeky at the top end. Handling is excellent and you feel at one with the car. Lots of grip and good balance means no nasty surprises either. Take it easy in the wet though as it's still a RWD. Good brakes too and ABS is reassuring.

Interior good and solid with no squeaks or rattles which is good for a 10 year old car. Handbrake gets in the way when getting in/out of the car and it difficult to get in if you have got long legs. Steering wheel not adjustable either. Speakers a bit naff and have no midrange, even on good head unit (this car has the 'luxury sound system' option too).

0-60 time is good, but it really comes into it's own when out on the motorway. Watch your speedo though or you'll find yourself doing 120mph!!

Overall I love it. You know you have the right car when you gasp every time you come out in the morning and see it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

14th May 2001, 04:36

I also own a 1990 S2. I have to say that like the other guys I have fallen for this car. I have driven lots of cars and I would say this baby has the safest and most balanced handling of the lot. You can push the limits at just about any speed and on any road surface. Some of the others comments are a little strange though. I would say the lack of throttle response is the worst thing about this car, followed by the tire noise (road roar).

The engine has loads of torque and pulls strongly from any engine speed. Very impressive for a normally aspirated motor.

Handling in the wet is very dependent on having the suspension properly setup and the correct, same make/pattern tires front and rear. When all this is done the car is as brilliant in the rain as the dry.

The best thing about this car is the brakes. They are just unbelievably good.

Stand on the pedal at 120 MPH on a bad road and the car just pulls up like/better a normal car does from 50 mph. The seats are also incredibly comfortable, probably the best amongst German cars and light years ahead of the awful things the Japanese put in most of their cars.

How good is the handling? Well 2 weeks ago a guy in a Lotus Elise couldn't match me through corners I previously struggled to just about make at 8-10 mph slower in Subaru Impreza turbo.

This is a real sports car! Don't believe the hype and boy racer rubbish put out by people that have never even driven a Porsche.

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