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Dieselgate, Bosch, and the Series 1 Porsche 944

Nearly every early 944 has “The 944 Shudder.” When lifting off the throttle from any position, the revs drop below idle, and then the engine recovers.

So what’s that got to do with the surprising, unsettling, completely unprecedented mass deception event that is dieselgate? More than you might think.

The Answer is Always 944

“But I want to do all of it.”
This is where the 944 shines. This is why the 944 is the perfect enthusiast’s car.
On Saturday you can go to the PCA autocross, and embarrass a Boxster or two. Sunday morning, you can go to Cars and Coffee, and park your classic Porsche up front.
On Monday, you can drive your 944 to and from work, read some forums when you get home, and order that coil-over kit you’ve been looking at. Next weekend you’ll embarrass three Boxsters.
When – especially when – you want to do all of it, the 944 has you covered.

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.