And Now, An Angry Letter From A Porsche 944 Owner

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Earlier today, we posted an AOTD headlined "Ten Nightmare Cars You Can't Resist" about cars we love but, for one reason or another, present some ownership challenges. This list included the Porsche 944, which pissed off Mr. Seven...


I request you remove the 944 from the nightmare list on the basis it is the only car on that list that you can literally BUY ANY PART FOR NEW FROM THE DEALER.

I own and have owned several cars and several 944's. I have owned three other cars on the nightmare list.

I purchased my first 944 in 2000. a year after getting out of high school. it was my third car after a 78 blacked out trans am 4sp w ttops (i still own) and a 81 Volvo 242 turbo factory rally car (used to be my mothers). That 242 rally car was BY FAR more unreliable than the 944s

I STILL own that 944. With over half a million miles on the chassis it has not a single spot of cancer despite being a daily hooned car.

i currently own 2 turbos (and the n/a). having been though every nut and bolt in the cars i can honestly say there is no safer or more reliable car i have ever owned.

my 944's are as reliable as the timing belts and the DME relay (keep a spare in the glove box)

in fact, a lot of the parts on the car are used on vw's ie my 94 passat vr6 shares tie rods with it.

parts are CHEAP... CHEAP! (save for a few select items (mahle pistons) and parts purchased from a dealer)

they are easy to work on too!

so what you gotta pull the trans out of the ass of the car to do the clutch

cars i have owned and worked on:
78 trans am
81 Volvo 242
86 944
79 coupe deville
84 regal t-type
NIX #38_
2 86 951s one white one black
2 95 civics
1998 saturn sc2
2001 civic
1994 passat VR6 GLX

and then there's the list of cars i have worked on which is another matter all together as I was a professional mechanic and car restorer during my 8 years of college. (I'm a mechanical engineer btw_)

PLEASE JALOPNIK, show the 944 more love or I'm gonna stop sending your links to my Friends


PS. considering how many of them are on the road... you're gonna piss off a lot more readers than any other make/model by talking trash on the best handling car you can buy for less than 5g

pss i attached pics for you non belivers

psss upon request i will find and scan (ownership predated digital photography) pics of the 242


PSSSS Snap Snap Snap Snap...

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turd ferguson

A person who doesn't know much can be dangerous, although a person who knows he doesn't know much is far less dangerous than someone who doesn't know much but thinks he knows it all. Seven seems to fall into the latter category.

While he has a point (the 944 is not particularly unreliable), relying on the dealer as a source of parts is insane and will drain your bank account faster than four ex-wives. There is decent aftermarket support for the car; many parts can be had for far less than dealer prices.

That being said, his reference to his mother's "factory rally" Volvo is suspect, as is his example of VW/Porsche parts compatibility. The 924/944 did intentionally use a certain number of VW parts—from VWs that were in existence prior to 1977, such as Type 2 CV joints, Audi 100 transaxle (early 924), VW Rabbit front control arms, strut bearings, etc. Saying that the 944 "shares" tie rods with the B3 Passat (which didn't come to market until 5 years after the 944) is kind of like saying that my Range Rover Classic shares u-joints with my Volvo 240. It's true—the Volvo u-joint will work on my Range Rover, but it is a happy coincidence, not by design.

Also, calling it "the best handling car you can buy for under 5g" is a stretch. When it was new, the 944 was consistently rated as one of the top-handling cars. Of course, time has marched on, and there are plenty of other cars that have surpassed the 944's handling that are also available used. The problem with cheap 944s is that they usually haven't been very well maintained, so your under-5g car is going to have some or most of the following: sloppy bushings, worn shocks/struts, crappy tires, bad ball joints and tie rods, etc. Let's put it this way: a brand-new Chevy Aveo will outhandle a 944 with shot suspension.