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Life is Fast 1985 944A by RussRDH on 04/18/2012. Trim: 1989 Porsche 944 Coupe.
Pros: Mine is actually an early 1985 944. From styling to quality to performance, this car is tops for the amount paid. 27 years old and in fantastic original survivor condition. The hatchback design makes it useful and there is plenty of room for two for extended road trips. It's also an affordable car to drive fast. Gas mileage runs between 26 and 32 depending how and where you drive. Nothing will touch it when the road get twisty.
Cons: The dash will crack eventually and maintenance can be expensive. Don't buy one if you have a Toyota budget or if this will be your only car. I found a good mechanic in Layton, Utah (RSR Motorsports) who services my car at reasonable rates (for a Porsche). Dreading the day when something major goes wrong, although my previous '84 944 was builtproof.
Overall review: Buying Tip: Find a good looking one, check it out throughly, drive it on an extended test-drive, if it has records showing the upkeep, GREAT! If not, offer 2-3K less than what they want. I paid $4750 in Nov. 2011 for mine with 75000 miles (They wanted $6900). It hadn't been driven but 3000 miles since 2004 (garaged stored). It needed a new radiator, waterpump, timing belt (last done in 1999 30,000 miles ago at Strong Porsche in Salt Lake City) miscellaneous counter-balance shaft seals and other belts and hoses. Cost: $2100 (about half of what porsche wanted for the same job). I just drove it fron Ogden, Utah to California and back over 4 days. 1200 miles...and it ran like a top!
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