How to tell a 1984 from a 1985 944

Asked by Dec 29, 2010 at 07:03 PM about the Porsche 944

Question type: General

Hi.  New kid on the block.  NOAP... never owned a porsche.  I am looking for a 944 and saw a very nice one that is listed as a 1985.  I know that mid 85' the dashboard changed.  How can i tell from the pictures what year the car is?  It has the older style wheels, not the "phone dial" type.  

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Indeed the most obvious difference is the dashboard. To the middle of 85 they look like this: And from then onwards (also referred to sometimes as an 85.5 model) they look like this: Wheels are easily interchanged, so don't take the wheels as an indicator of the year of manufacture.

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Pre 1985.5 were built in the VW Rabit plant, not by Porsche in Stutgart, Has a VW rabbit chassis and suspension, not sure about the drive train however. So when I looked for my 944 I aimed for after the 1985.5 marker. Its now for sale (1987) since I bought a 911

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