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Red-Hot 944! From Car and Driver

In the specifications page for the 944, the car was priced as tested at $21,000, comparable to the Corvette.  Options included leather sport seats and a digital AM/FM Cassette radio.  The engine showed 143 HP and 137 torques at 3,000 rpm – and the article mentions that with peak torque so low, you don’t have to push it to the redline.  

The Mystery of the Sunroof

One of the most common 944 sunroof failures occurs in the latches in the roof.  The cable engages a nylon gear in each latch, spinning it and driving the latch up and down.  When something goes wrong, this $10 gear is the failure point – nylon vs. metal.  

Kills Bugs Fast

Bugs get on your paint, glass, chrome, rubber, and whatever else faces the front of the car, depositing their dead, rotting carcasses and releasing all kinds of hellish chemicals. Here is a quick, easy, cheap solution.

Make It Look Like New

This stuff is definitely NOT Armor-All or anything like that.  I have used those products for years, and they look good for a few minutes, then the shine goes away.  PTR is magic…if used properly.  Here is an example using an old bumper rubber.

The 944 Goes to the Track

Over 170 drivers and instructors registered to practice their skills at Sebring on the 3.74 mile seventeen-turn road course.  Several 944’s showed up to navigate the same course that hosts the 12-hour IMSA race each March.  The place bleeds motorsports history.

Fixing the Hatch

If you have to hold the key to the left and jiggle the hatch (or man-handle it) to get it open, the hatch is on its way to failure.  The pins-and-latch mechanism is dependent on proper alignment, so when the glass and frame start to separate, the whole thing goes out of alignment at the latch, making it difficult to open.

To Turbo or Not To Turbo…

So in searching the internet for nuggets of 944 information, I stumble across forum posts where people talk about 1) the low power output of the 944 8v engine, 2) the desires to install forced induction and 3) the desire to dump their 944 Turbo due to high maintenance costs.

924 Carrera GT – Replica

Among others, GT Racing has been making a kit of body parts that replicate the Carrera GT that was homologated and raced as a 924T (931) in the early 80’s.  I had the opportunity to build one of these kits in 2001, using a 1988 924S as a base, and it turned out quite well.

The Shame of Ownership

Will our cars ever get to the classic level that the 930 or 89 911 Speedster has attained? Probably not, but if you browse the national auction sites, you will find that these cars are bringing higher and higher prices on the block.