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Tip for beginners Porsche 944: & # 34; A real Porsche in all respects & # 34;

Mutschler, Hardy
Tip for beginners: Porsche 944
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Let's not kid ourselves: The 9 44 has a problem, and that's 911 That is the icon, the monument, inextricably linked with the name of the manufacturer from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. If the 944 came from, say, France or Italy - we would kneel down in front of its efficiency, its technical logic and its clear design, not to mention its robustness and outstanding workmanship.

The transaxle construction works efficiently and ensures optimal weight distribution

On the other hand, a sports car with all these attributes can almost only be made by Porsche originate. Let's start with the technical logic: If the liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine (in principle half of the 928 V8, by the way) is supposed to be forward, then you can at least move the transmission block in the interests of better weight distribution and, above all, traction. The clever engineers then connected the whole thing with a tube in which the 20 mm thick drive shaft runs in four bearings. South of the Alps, a couple of not-so-clever technicians tried that without a rigid connection and forgot that the body occasionally twisted, which didn't do the drive so well.

On the other hand, the transaxle works with the 944. The design is as inconspicuous as it is efficient and, with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, ensures enormous performance with moderate consumption: 163 hp propel the two + two, which weigh 1290 kilograms, to 100 in 7.9 seconds and a maximum of 228 km /h - who that does not do constantly, gets by with less than ten liters of fuel.

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The high top speed is of course also due to the aerodynamic body, which with its wide cheeks is soothing 924 takes off, on which the 944 is based in terms of chassis technology. Because while the 924 with its Audi engine is only grudgingly accepted among Porscheans, the 944 has it all much easier thanks to the thoroughbred Porsche engine and disc brakes. The processing and material quality and the associated robustness are beyond any doubt. You have to have a well-maintained 200,000 exciting kilometersDo not look at 944.

Favorable entry-level prices, replacement parts prices at a high Porsche level

However, the 944 also proves to be a real Porsche when it comes to replacement part prices: A timing belt set including tensioning pulleys for the camshaft drive and balancer shafts costs just under 600 euros to book, a clutch set complete with 1,200 euros. However, the parts are rarely needed (toothed belt every 100,000 kilometers), and experience has shown that otherwise little breaks. As with the 911, a normal inspection costs around 500 euros.

On the other hand, the cost price is far below that of the icon: Usable 944s are available from 5,000 euros, very good specimens cost twice as much - not much for a sports car with excellent performance and extremely balanced driving behavior on the country road just as convincing as in the mountains or when traveling fast. And temptingly little money for a real Porsche.

Pros and cons: Porsche 944 from 1986

Pro A real Porsche - robust, suitable for everyday use, with high performance and low consumption, easily available

Cons High spare parts prices , some parts (cylinder heads) poorly available, many cars with maintenance backlog on the market

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