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Buyers Guide to:

Porsche 944 Turbo

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1985 to 1991

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The Porsche 944 had been launched in 1982 and sat between the 924 and powerful 928 in the firm’s range. With muscular styling and superb handling, it proved a hit with buyers but those wanting greater performance had to wait until 1985 and the introduction of the Turbo. With a 220bhp 2.5-litre engine it was certainly quick, cracking the 0-60mph sprint in just six seconds before going on to a 152mph top speed. Power was increased to 250bhp a few years later, and by February 1991 (the same year that production ended) you could also choose that turbocharged excitement as a convertible as well as a coupe.

  1. 1. Front wings
  2. 2. Windscreen surround
  3. 3. Sills
  4. 4. Rear wheel arches
  5. 5. Tailgate and screen surround 6. Around sunroof, if tted

The Checklist

  • For accident damage. Check panel alignment and examine the inner wings, boot floor, front chassis legs, and suspension strut towers for any signs of rippling or repair. It’s a good sign if original identi cation stickers are still present as it means panels are original
  • That panels are undamaged and rust-free. A new front wing is more than £800 before fitting and painting, so be warned
  • The polyurethane bumpers for scuffs and scrapes. The nose is susceptible to stone chips so paint repairs are common
  • That the pop-up headlamps work properly and sit flush when lowered. Wonky alignment could be signs of a previous impact
  • That lamp units are undamaged. Replacing a rear light unit is around £170 for the part
  • The windscreen as delamination can lead to milkiness around the edges – a replacement will be needed so budget accordingly
  • The condition of the seals for the tailgate and sunroof (where fitted); damaged or perished items will cause water leaks with the risk of corrosion and damage to expensive-to- replace trim
  • That servicing hasn’t been neglected. Regular oil and filter changes are crucial, while any signs of blue exhaust smoke should ring alarm bells. If the Nikasil cylinder bores are worn, then the engine is finished so get a compression/leak down test carried out for peace of mind
  • That cam belt and tensioner changes have been done on time. It should be every 48,000 miles/ four years
  • There’s no sign of oil leaks, or that oil and water are mixing which could indicate head gasket woes. And check for poor running or dashboard warning lights that point to issues with the engine management system
  • The exhaust system for damage or corrosion. A quality replacement from a specialist won’t leave much change from £700
  • For engine vibration at idle that signi es failure of the hydraulic engine mounts. The one nearest the exhaust often fails first due to under-bonnet heat
  • That the gearbox isn’t suffering from worn synchromesh as a rebuild is costly. An obstructive or loose gearshift could just be the linkage in need of attention which isn’t prohibitively expensive to sort
  • The transaxle for whines or oil leaks – the former is likely to be worn differential bearings. And make sure that the clutch is healthy as replacement is time-consuming and costs around £1000 at a Porsche specialist
  • For worn brakes, looking for cracks or corrosion of the discs. Lack of use could cause rear calipers to seize; an overhaul may be possible but otherwise you’re looking at costly replacement
  • That the suspension is healthy. Problems can involve cracks in the front lower arms, corrosion around rear torsion bar mounts, and worn anti-roll bar bushes. If the suspension has been uprated or lowered make sure you’re happy with the standard of any work, and the resulting driving experience; original is often best here
  • The power steering, looking for leaks from the pump and rack
  • For a scruffy cabin as damaged trim is pricey to replace or refurbish, and ensure that items such as electric windows and central locking are working okay

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