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1986 Porsche 944 User Reviews

1986 Porsche 944 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 13 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 25 1986 Porsche 944 reviews.

Andrew writes:
1986 Porsche 944 Review
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Handles better than most cars on the road today, takes 87 octane gas and is capable of 30+ mpg highway, a remarkably comfortable cruiser.  There is a STRONG following with these cars to date, rennlist.com, rennbay.com, clarksgarage.com, etc are some of the most helpful places to look to for help and brotherhood with the 944.  These cars are track beasts, and even a beginner can use its balance to gain an edge against more powerful cars.

Cons

0-60 times rival that of today's Civics; a 22-year old motor with 163 hp at the crank makes less to the wheels than a civic, too! like any 22-year-old car, new parts can be as hard to find as reliable used parts sometimes.  For this car to be affordable, you can't be afraid to do a fair amount of maintenance yourself.    Finding one with a good history is sometimes a challenge -- and occasionally even a good one has its share if issues to sort out.

Oh, and some cars -- no ABS or airbags.   That teaches you to be a better driver, though -- so maybe it's a pro?

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Over 2 Decades Old And Still Going Strong! — I've owned this car since December of 2005. It's been tracked, it's been hit, it's been a rugged daily driver. I'm happy with it and wouldn't want anything else -- insurance is pretty cheap on account of it being over two decades old. To date, I've spent less than ten thousand dollars on the car -- and that number includes the 6100 initial purchase price, the 400 bucks to recharge the AC, the 700 bucks to fix everything from a hydroplaning accident that banged up the front pass. side pretty good, oil changes, etc etc. I could have spent $11,000 on a new Hyundai, but I didn't want to spend that much -- so I got a Porsche instead! Sure, there's some intricacies and unique stuff to the car that can be a bit of a pain every now and then -- Timing belts have to be changed religiously lest the interference engine explode on itself when the belt snaps and force a top end rebuild. Like most old cars, there's going to be stuff that needs sorted and refreshed -- rubber, seals, gaskets, etc -- but once you take care of those issues, you basically have a reliable car at your disposal. People knock the NA model in favor of the turbo variant, and while the 944 Turbo is much faster, the regular 944 can be just as maneuverable, if not more so than it's boosted bigger brother. On track days I've passed several turbos, even some Boxsters -- the best feeling I've had in my car was knowing I could do more with a less-powerful car than some folks were able to do with their $60k boxsters and $18k 951s. In addition to summer weather driving, my 944 has seen winter duty since the end of 2005, and there have been no problems to date. I purchased a set of nokian winter tires and haven't had any problems with driving in bad weather. The handling is exceptionally precise while remaining very forgiving.

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Douglas writes:
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4

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Total fun to drive, great torque spread, good acceleration and great gas mileage!

Cons

Maintenance costs, finding one that isn't a parts car

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Great Fun Car That Can Be Purchased For 1/10th Of Its Original Cost — I bought this car about 2 years ago from a mechanic friend who had tried to restore her. He also had repainted it with a good respray job. Car hadn't been on the road for about 10 years so it naturally needed a lot of work once it was back on the road. After going through 2 other mechanics, it is now in very good mechanical shape. However, be very aware that you will need to do a fair amount of maintenance in the beginning if you restore one of these to get it in good shape. Most running around now have been neglected or not properly maintained. Find a mechanic who works on these regularly and has special knowledge of them. See if he has any customers with one that want to sell theirs. It will save you a lot of time, frustration and money to buy one that has been properly maintained. Most parts are reasonable but a few cost an arm and a leg. The car is just a blast to drive. That near 50-50 weight distribution really does make the car handle like no other I have ever driven. It isn't fast by today's standards (0-60 in 7.9) but you get nearly maximum torque per gear starting around 2,500 RPMs which makes it really fun to drop it down and get up and go. AC actually works in these (if you fix it properly). Parts are readily available from Bap GEON and numerous online speciality websites. For about $10,000, you should be able to find one in very good mechanical shape, repainted within the last 5 years and in very good to excellen cosmetic shape inside and out.. You can find them for a lot less but be prepared to rebuild the engine and spend thousands in parts as well as a paint job. The car gets GREAT gas mileage. On premium, I get about 28 mpg on the highway and 23 around town. If you have a lead foot, that will drop considerably. Running the AC also costs at least 2 mpg. The transmisison is in the back so the car handles great in snow even though it is rear wheel drive. I drive it as many days a week as I can. Once you get it back in order, it can be a good dependable commuter car. Do your research and take your time in finding one in good mechanical shape. All of these cars need maintenance. If you are looking at one, see how many of these big jobs have been done as each one is a pile of money. Top end engine rebuild. These cars tend to get leaky seals and worn rings after a 100,000 miles or so. Big money. $5000 to pay someone to do it. Fuel lines. You do not want a fuel leak and catch on fire. Not a costly one but necessary. Breaking system with new hard lines, rotors, pads, rebuild the calipers, plus new brake lines. $2000. Cooling and hvac. You need the car not to overheat and unless you live in a mild climate, you need ac. Big parts price tags. Radiator and condenser alone will run you $700 for parts. $2000 - $2500. Suspension. Old parts and bushings wear out. You'll need to go through and replace everything at some point. Assemblies, bushings, links, etc. Big money. $2500 for basic stuff and $5000 or more for track suspension. Clutch and transmission. Clutch kit is about $650 just for the parts. If the car you are looking at hasn't had many of these done, move on. Expect a car with these things done to cost more and even a lot more. The car may have a $6000 book value but more than $20,000 invested in it with these things done. As a result, pay more for one of these.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tim writes:
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5

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Handling, Sound, Fun

Cons

Could be quicker

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Porsche 944 Review — Not enough horsepower but decent pickup and long revs, handles better than most cars, voted #1 handling car of it's time, unique drivetrain, 50/50 weight distribution, flooring it on an off-ramp is flattering, i like the look, one of the most fun cars ive driven, love it just as much as the day i got it.

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Justin writes:
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5

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Phenomenal handling, great seats, eyecatcher due to relative rarity

Cons

Lackluster 2.5L NA engine, expensive repairs

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Love At First Drive — I test drove a 1985.5 944 while considering it's purchase. The car was a rock. I absolutely loved it. Entry/Exit is somewhat tough due to the very low seating position, but once in place, the seats are extremely supportive and comfortable. The engine leaves a bit to be desired, but is more than adequate for a 2600 pound car, returning 0-60 times of around 7.5 seconds. Where the car really won me over was with it's handling. It drives like it's on rails, at any speed. Braking is firm and responsive, direction changes are an exercise in wishing the wheel to turn, and the car almost reads your mind when you're driving it. In 1986, Car and Driver named the 1986 Porsche 944 the best handling car in the world, and I feel that it may still have a shot at that title, especially for the price that you can pick a great one out for.

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Seth writes:
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Fun to drive,  flawless handeling,  looks great.

Cons

Brand parts are difficult to come by.

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86' Porsche 944 — The 944 is an excellent vehicle to own. Stylish and a lot of fun to drive, the Porsche 944 is a perfect car for a person whose passion is cars. I would recommend this care to anyone and everyone, and it costs less that most cars on the market. Enjoy!

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Brian writes:
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5

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everything other then whats under cons

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the only thing that I do not like about the car is the front end on the non-turbos but it's really just out of date and can be replaced with a great looking one for $500 from 9xauto.com, and the water pumps have to be changed and it's not cheap.

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944 — This to me is the best car in the world! the 944 is great and not just because its a Porsche everything from the motor to the window wipers work with super human strangth. I never had to remove the ice from my windows because the defrost and heater worked almost as fast, in the snow its still a rear wheel drive but the 50/50 weight makes it great in the snow I never got stuck even once. cant say that about my evo 8. plus I could push this car to get 37 mpg, and still have the power I needed to pass someone.

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Robert writes:
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fast, fun, nice handling, great on the track as it is

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getting old, timing belt worries, power steering racks don't last

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Great Bang For The Buck — handles great, easy to modify to make crazy HP, still feels superfast, lots of great parts to buy to make it even more fun

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Daan writes:
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the looks, the handling, the sound, the build quality

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costs for parts

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Great Car For A 22 Year Old One, ... Nothing Bad To Say About It — The car is still great, it may lost a few horses over the years but it's still all right. ok the car needs a paint job, but it still looks great. The sound is also good, and it drives well. it's a real classic car...

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Aaron writes:
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5

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design
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nothing :)

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Best Handling Sports Car — with a perfect 50:50 weight ratio and a super precise steering feedback, this car is a blast on windy roads. handles superb and although the one i bought had problems, still a adorable car.

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Bonnie writes:
1986 Porsche 944 STD Hatchback Review
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black and sexy

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poor gas mileage as it's for all sports cars

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Fun But Easy To Get Speeding Tickets In My Porsche 944 — Great performance and it ran great once you hit above 85mph. I loved cruising it down to LA/ Santa Barbara in this car. Fun car to drive but it's very low to a point where you feel like you are almost sitting on the ground. I mostly drove it on the weekends for fun. Not the most spacious car interior wise -- if you know how to keep it in top notch shape, this car is highly reliable.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1991 Porsche 944 Reviews

Still A Nice Car To Have If Looked After And Has The Right Badge By Andy

As u can expect I loved this car It brought back memories hadnt had the chance to drive many Porsche's at the time and it felt safe to drive fast it just gripped and handled so well. Its classed as a ... Read More

Love It By Liz

Very fast at over 220 BHP, comfy love love love it best car I have ever had, parts are sometimes expensive and hard to get hold of, fuel economy not too bad body styling good and its FUN FUN FUN Read More

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1990 Porsche 944 Reviews

A Great Car For Itage. By vinmtrs

This is a great car for the buyer who enjoys cars. Despite its age this car shouldn't go down in value. It will be a joy to drive every day or weekends. Where can you get more car for the money in a c... Read More

Porsche For Everyday By Victor

Great Car, infact too perfect. Not like my British cars owned in past. Will sit and idle in traffic all day long with the ac going. People get out of the way when you start pulling up behindthem ... Read More

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1989 Porsche 944 Reviews

I Would Keep This Car Forever If I Could, Just A Few Mods Here And There. An Ls1 Would Be Nice By Patrick

Really a solid built car. Original German steel is extremely thick and sturdy. It holds its ground really well in corners and has a great get up and go. Getting to 60 may take around 7 or 8 seconds, b... Read More

My Porsche 944, Great: Yes; Best: No. By Daniel

The handling is outstanding. In 1989 Car and Driver called it the "best handling car in America," I think it deserves the title. Accelleration is good but could always be better, as it is not the tu... Read More

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1988 Porsche 944 Reviews

Fun, Car, Great Value For Money By Leighpilot

I bought his as a present for myself. Not wanting splurge, this was an affordable classic. Looks great, handles well. Definitely a two seater. Love the sound and the feel, the smell of the leather wit... Read More

Looking For A Used 911 Next. By Jazzman1

It is just a lot of fun, and in Northern New York it stands out. This is my first Porsche. I have had MGB's Triumph, and a number of American car but I like this most of all so far. I am working my wa... Read More

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1987 Porsche 944 Reviews

Classic Show Car - 16 Valve Model - Very Rare By doctorgrm

The engine is a design that is one half of the Porsche 928 engine. A balance shaft was added to steady the engine. This is a very unique design for its time. It is difficult to find many of this mo... Read More

1987 Porsche 944 By bobs_yer_uncle

This sweet heart of a car has spawned so many manufacturers to copy it's styling you'll run out of fingers and toes counting how many. I bought mine sight unseen due to it's rare color combination a... Read More

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