1992 Porsche 944 Reviews

1992 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet 3.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 3.0 16v
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

I have owned my Cabriolet for 3 years now. Apart from general servicing (including new brake discs and pads), the only thing that has gone wrong is that the differential had its internals destroyed when a bearing inside broke. This was fixed under manufacturers warranty. These cars are extremely reliable if properly maintained and serviced, don't skimp or it'll really hurt your pocket.

General Comments:

A true Porsche in every sense, don't worry about comparisons to the 924, people don't know unless they have driven one and let's face it, most people have never even SAT in a Porsche so comments should be treated with the respect they deserve. The Cabriolet model is different to the Coupe in that not only does the top drop electrically (no pun intended!), but the rear styling is completely different with a classically designed flat & square back end, in fact many times passers-by have commented on the nice Ferrari they think I'm driving past in, I really don't mind the car being mistaken for a Ferrari even though I love Porsches!! This car is fast, it can beat 911's (non-turbo) which are older than about 1987 so performance is very respectable. Not only that but the weight distribution is 50/50 making it one of the best handling cars of all time - important when you consider that prohibitive speed limits in the UK mean that top-speed isn't really exploitable (if you want to keep your license that is!). Every time I drive this car I get a big stupid grin on my face - not many cars can have that effect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 1999

15th Oct 2001, 10:48

Thank you.

I am in the market for a 944 S2 Cabrio and would like to know if any of the 1989-1992 models have air con or climate control? Also, I would love any tips or things to look out for before buying? Where would I also find a good garage who can service and maintain my car properly without going to a Porsche dealer?

20th Jun 2006, 09:30

Hi

I have just bought a 944 cabriolet and I would welcome comments on the rather heavy steering.

Is this the norm and does anybody have vibriation through the steering . This vibriation disappears at 80mph

Thanks

Steady Eddie.

1992 Porsche 944 S2 3.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 3.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

This car has covered 95k miles and I have owned it for 2.5 years and quite a few things have gone wrong. Brakes and discs replaced all round (£450), lower front aluminium wishbone balljoint went, complete unit replacement (£500), front shox (£300). Wrong balance shaft belt fitted by specialist (watch out for this - use only the genuine part!) this caused the oil scavenge pipe to fracture in the engine.

Early shutdown of engine prevented disaster ... cost (£300). Clutches are expensive, my replacement cost (£600) albeit it did last until 90k and was original and I drive this car as it was intended ... hard!(when warm of course)

General Comments:

This is a fabulous car to drive in all aspects. It has a wonderfully flexible engine which is virtually unburstable if correctly maintained. The handling is very sure footed and highly forgiving for those who are over-enthusiastic. The only downsides are a boring engine note, the 'forever compared to the 924 cliche' as this is a true porsche. If you are considering buying one this is probably the best model to go for and make sure you don't jump at the first one you see. Get it professionally inspected. Most specialists are happy to do this and it's well worth the cost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 1998

5th Jan 2001, 08:57

I bought a late 89 944 S2 five months ago. It will need a new clutch in the summer (cost approx 2700 DM).

I have just got a new two year MOT, the only problem being a loose handbrake. Otherwise no problems.

It's got fantastic accelerator and handles like a dream. Cornering is great fun and she sticks to the road like glue.

My last car was a 928, but this is faster and less costly. I get 14 litres - 100 kilometres here in Germany. It's a great car.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews