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First car / 944


Hawkstein
05-27-2013, 10:12 AM
First off thanks in advance for any advice!:biggrin:
So I am looking to buy my first car, and I absolutely love the 944. Here are my main concerns:

-Reliability: I understand it is a relatively old car, however I have seen very mixed reviews as to the upkeep and repairs necessary for this car. How much can I expect per year in maintanence?

-Safety: Given that it is an older car, how safe is it? People say they are built well, but how might it hold up in a collision? (hopefully no accidents haha, but its good to know just in case:P)

-Ability in bad weather: How well does it work in the snow? The Rain?

-Options: (not really about the porsche) Are there any other used cars that are similar to the 944 that are reliable and affordable?

The main issue I have with these thing is that people don't describe how they use and maintain their car. I would not be launching this car, pushing it to its limit, reving it etc. (I do like performance, but I have always ben more interested in this car for its handling and looks than straight line speed). Basically, it would be my every day car (beater if you will) but I would be treating it very nicely, driving safe, and not pushing it too much.

Also, just want to mention that while I have no real experience with working on cars I am willing and eager to learn with normal things like the interior and oil changes etc. I just don't want to deal with anything huge very often.

fredjacksonsan
09-23-2013, 12:47 AM
First off thanks in advance for any advice!:biggrin:
So I am looking to buy my first car, and I absolutely love the 944. Here are my main concerns:

-Reliability: I understand it is a relatively old car, however I have seen very mixed reviews as to the upkeep and repairs necessary for this car. How much can I expect per year in maintanence?

How old? One thing about a Porsche is that ANY maintenance will be expensive. Think over $250 for a set of spark plug wires.


-Safety: Given that it is an older car, how safe is it? People say they are built well, but how might it hold up in a collision? (hopefully no accidents haha, but its good to know just in case:P)

Google is your friend on this one. (https://www.google.com/search?q=porsche+944+crash+test+results&rlz=1C1AFAB_enUS448US448&oq=porsche+944+crash+test+results&aqs=chrome..69i57.7038j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)



-Ability in bad weather: How well does it work in the snow? The Rain?


Google it. I knew a guy that had one in the 80s, he wouldn't drive in bad weather. But he polished it a lot....


-Options: (not really about the porsche) Are there any other used cars that are similar to the 944 that are reliable and affordable?

The main issue I have with these thing is that people don't describe how they use and maintain their car. I would not be launching this car, pushing it to its limit, reving it etc. (I do like performance, but I have always ben more interested in this car for its handling and looks than straight line speed). Basically, it would be my every day car (beater if you will) but I would be treating it very nicely, driving safe, and not pushing it too much.

Until every dude with a fast car wanted to race you? If this will be your first car, I am willing to bet you won't be driving like Grandpa!


Also, just want to mention that while I have no real experience with working on cars I am willing and eager to learn with normal things like the interior and oil changes etc. I just don't want to deal with anything huge very often.

For reliability it might be better to get something a bit less exotic for your first car. Everything on a Porsche is going to be difficult to work on, parts are expensive and something this old WILL require a lot of maintenance.

I hate to be negative but this isn't a good choice, unless you have a lot of extra money lying around.

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