Last post on Jan 18, 2008 at 7:47 AM
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Porsche 911, Porsche 944, Coupe, Convertible
#1 of 3 Used 911 vs. Used 944 Turbo
Oct 15, 2007 (2:56 pm)
I am looking at a mid 1980 model 911 or 944 and would like to know anyone's feeling regarding the pros/cons of these two vehicles. It would be used for weekend cruising only. Thanks.
#2 of 3 Re: Used 911 vs. Used 944 Turbo [tccc]
Oct 22, 2007 (5:54 am)
A neighbor down the road has an old 924 that has been sidelined for 4 months waiting for parts. When I was out waxing my 911 (2005) a few weeks ago, he commented that he should have bought an older 911, as they are easier to get parts for.
I have no direct knowledge of whether the parts availability or reliability of one is better than the other. But if you are considering a 20+ year old car as a weekend cruiser, I would suggest researching it yourself, to make sure you don't end up with a 1+ ton paperweight in your garage. Maybe you could check with your local Porsche Car Club of America to get some info/referrals.
#3 of 3 Re: Used 911 vs. Used 944 Turbo [habitat1]
Jan 18, 2008 (7:47 am)
I've owned both a 1987 911 Cabriolet & a 1989 944 Turbo. Very different cars, each having positive attributes the other doesn't have. I used each as a "weekend" car also.
I'll cut to the chase - the 911 was hands-down my favorite. The 944 Turbo was a better performing car - faster, easier to drive harder, great suspension/balance, etc. But the 911 had that rawness to it and all the other intangibles that you can't really summarize on paper. The one area I can quanitfy is the immediate torque of the engine while moving from a standstill as opposed to waiting for the Turbo to spool up on the 944 (but when it did ... !). As far as reliability, I sold each by the time they had 50k miles (911) and 80k miles (944Turbo - a lot of freeway miles and some DD use). I've owned two 911's and both have been bulletproof. The 944 Turbo pinged me to death. It was always a $300-400 bill for a motor mount, sunroof motor, window relay/motor, etc ... you get the picture. I don't know how the 20yr old cars will hold up, but i have to imagine the 944 will cost you a lot more. I advise purchasing from a private owner/enthusiest who knows the car's service history - that's your safest route to happy Porsche ownership!