1986 Porsche 944 User Reviews

1986 Porsche 944 Review Ratings

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  • 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: 4.6 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

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PROS
"ride" 14 reviews
"power" 13 reviews
"handling" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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Performance, Reliablility, Feel good factor when driving.

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My 4th Car — With a little regret I px`d my lovely Rover 800 for this Porsche 944. I had always dreamed of owning a Porsche, and the 944 was a quality entry level car. She was in good condition when I bought her, just some oxidisation on the roof and bonnet, which I got resprayed, I purchased a heater unit from Porsche, and replaced one of the fuel pipes, that`s all in four years. Due to an accident I could not use the car for around a year, and she waited patiently for me in the garage. When I eventually was okay to drive her, she stared first time. There was real sadness when I let her go.

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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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1986 Porsche 944 STD Hatchback Review
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the car had a 50/50 weight distribution low drag fun to drive rual

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it was like shifting my old type three wv

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The 944 Experience — the car was not made for city traffic some nice country roads worked on it and found out more than I needed. the 2.5 l was a chopped down 8 cylinder and they had a balance problem and they used a patent from Mitsubishi they used the silent shaft 4 cylinder on Chryslers mini vans before the had there own replacement. motor had some over engineering and a list of problems don't know if the balance shaft took away some power a lot of the maintenance was done by the to owner before me and that's the only reason I bought it I have seen them in need of everything I sold it to a father and son and they will take good care of it if you are looking for one get the 8 cylinder or the turbo and keep some cash on the side you will need it and I have a z28 with the tpi fuel injection system an it's a bosch design almost the same . iban

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

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Fast — Performance - Very good ( ~330WHP) What you expect from a Porsche Build Quality - Good (Audi factory) Appearance - Very good design (allmost timeless) Cost of Ownership - Not great . average 10L/100km Fun factor - On race track great drive . But turbo lag is noticable .

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

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

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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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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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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

Great All Around Car By dward650

Its a Porsche, and it drives like one even though its 25 years old. Handles Great and acceleration is very good for a 4 cylinder. 0-60 is only 7 seconds, but roll on power on the freeway is fantastic.... Read More

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

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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

Porsche 944, A Classic Little Sports Car With A Lot Of Potential. By Mister67

The overall appearance of the 944 seemed to be in the same category as the Dodge Daytona or Chrysler Conquest TSi of the 80's. These zippy little hatchbacks have been brought back to life in various f... Read More

Love It But Need More Power. By Billy

I think it is a stunning and unique looking car and I am pleased with it but I am into the automotive modification game so i have a tendency to go fast and want more power.I feel that the standard 944... Read More

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