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1983 Porsche 944Review
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Porsche, There Is No Substitute! —

I've always loved the swoopy, curvy, sexy lines of the 944. Bought an '83 model in 1999 and owned it for 3 years. I couldn't believe the car was 16 years old. Never driven a car that has handled so well or felt so tight. Absolutely no body lean or roll whatsoever. Not a racecar, but really came into it's own at higher speeds. Amazing brakes, comfortable seats. Be forewarned though that parts (and especially labour), are very expensive and can put you in the poor house quickly. The previous owner neglected a lot of the routine maintainance and I ended up putting a small fortune into the car. Drivebelts and cooling issues must be dealt with immediately. Ventilation is very poor in the '83-85.5 models. AC sucks a lot of engine power in stop and go traffic. Never cared for the interior layout. Like any sportscar, the ride is jarring and road noise is abundant. In summary, even though this car took a ton of my money, I would love to own one again....next time a turbo-charged 951 though! Save yourself a ton of potential grief and have a thorough mechanical inspection done prior to purchase. 944s are great cars provided you are dilligent in regards to maintenance.

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

Pros: Looks,  handling,  acceleration (at higher speeds),  braking.  

Cons: Maintainance is very expensive.

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Like New... 64,000 Miles — this is a great track car this is a great daily driver not for under age drivers...... if you like race style cars you will like this one... it really sells itself from looks to handling. the 1995 BMW M3 is nicer but not as cool. a classic

Pros: fun, well balanced ratio.....
a fast fuel injected stock car from yesterday

Cons: no power steering, no air bags
and a cassette player

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Baby 930 — love it wanted one for soo long and looked at 30 or 40 over 10 years...many stop starting after they sat n owner put up for sale alarm dme starter.lots of little things make these cars not start.............i made jumpers for all these problems

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

Pros: to many

Cons: lots of up keep

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A Great Inexpensive Porsche — A fun car to own and drive, but if you want a fast 944 buy a Turbo or S2. Where the car really shines is in the corners. Take it on a windy road and then you will really have some fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: The fun in the corners

Cons: Expensive repairs

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It's A Porsche — Pretty quick 5spd, great handling and fun RWD!! It's our project car so it's needed quite a few repairs -- and because its old and porsche, they tend to be pricey. Although its fun to drive, the center console is a pain to figure out (analog clock, who likes those? and the AC/Heater is just confusing in its setup) But the fact that it has a pop-out moonroof thats so large it feels like a convertable makes it great to drive in the summer. Despite that, its fun to drive and looks great!

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

Pros: Fast and fun

Cons: Expensive repairs

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Porsche 944 — This is 26 year old car that I bought for $1500.00. It is in pretty good shape, and fun to drive. Amazing how far car technology has come in this time. No ABS, airbags, 3rd brakelight, etc..etc. Overall, a fun toy, second car. Do not recommend as a primary family car.

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

Pros: primitive, fun to drive, feels like you are going 200mph at 50

Cons: primitive, rains inside, noisy, A/C not that good.  Old and beat up..

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944 — best car i've ever driven, it may be old, but you will be surprised, the car balance and handling is second to none. The back end very rarely slips out and it is fair when running the old classic. the car has amazing quick excellaration and will hold its own over many of the newer cars.

Pros: quick

Cons: not alot

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Fast, Sexy, German. — It's been a great car, but I've heard bad stories regarding reliability, and my flywheel came loose, so I guess I haven't had the best experience with it... It's harder than hell to fix it, though. Performance - wise, it's great. It doesn't have much for power, but it certainly doesn't have much weight to move. It sticks to the ground, and accelerates quickly all the way to 135 where it runs out of gear. The steering is amazing, manual so you can feel every bump in the road, and the transmission is slick, but not perfect (not in mine, anyway.) It's a great driver's car, and is extremely fun - plus it gets 30 mpg! It's a great car that you don't see every day (unlike Mustangs, Cameros, Firebirds, Civics, etc...)

Pros: Fast, fun, communicative

Cons: A bit flimsy, expensive parts, don't even try to work on the clutch. Remove engine,
transaxle, and everything in between... ugh

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Old-school Fun That You Can Afford! —

The Porsche 944 is a very easy car to drive. Not only that, but it is a true driver's car... manual steering, stick shift, no ABS, no traction control and no airbags. Definitely not for the faint of heart, since you can pull a four-wheel drift pretty easily. As the driver, you are constantly learning about the capabilities of the car, because they change with every new bump and texture on the road. The shape of this car is unreal. It's one of the sportiest designs I have ever seen, flaring out the fenders so they completely cover the wheels. In fact, looking into your side mirrors, half of your view is blocked by the bulges of the rear fenders... and I just love it! The transmission is an Audi-made 5-speed manual. To give the car a perfect weight distribution, it is mounted between the rear wheels, serving double duty as the gearbox and the rear differential. I have always been a fan of low-slung vehicles, and the 944 is no exception. The roof is only 51 inches from the road. The seats are practically flat on the floor, so you don't really "get into the car" as much as you simply "drop" into it. Hitting your head is a real danger here, something I have done quite a few times. I have done all basic (and not-so-basic) maintenance in my own garage, including injectors, thermostat, brakes, weather seals, and more. The only costly (and necessary) repair I have done is the clutch, which had to be replaced right after I bought the car. Considering that the first clutch lasted nearly 129K, it was a small price to pay for something that will now outlast the car itself... or will it? The paint was another matter. A few rust spots had formed on the lower body, and I knew they wouldn't go away on their own. I was interested in taking the car to a few local shows, so I bit the bullet and found a shop that would paint the car for me at a very reasonable price... less than the cost of replacing the clutch! Last but not least, the bling factor. The 944 is definitely a blast from the past, since a lot of people my age won't even recognize it. This year, in July of 2008, it will officially be an antique vehicle. I'm looking forward to many more years of excitement with this one!

Pros: Good looks, handling, sturdy engine.

Cons: Hard ride, finicky clutch, major repairs are expensive.

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Not Too Fast, A Little Unreliable, Head Turner Though! — Accel. is lacking. Handling is amazing, but it would be st have if it was faster.

Pros: handling, appearance

Cons: acceleration

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Reviews From Other Years

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

1990 Porsche 944 Reviews

A Great Car For Itage. By Chuck

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

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

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

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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