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We Like To Drive…

 I mean, I like to drive, and that means that I control it all…and I want everyone else to be in control of their vehicles, too.  While I don’t ever see myself consciously getting into an autonomous vehicle, the thought that there will be fleets of these things out there with me is a little troubling.

Hagerty Cars and Coffee – ACE Cafe Orlando

Sparky was parked next to the front door next to Nort Northam’s 1970 Dino 246L – yes, a “real” Dino.  This one was built with an alloy body (instead of steel, hence the “L” designation for “Light”), the 2.4L 195HP V6 was fully restored in the past few years.  

Buying a Used 924S

Acquiring 924S and 944 cars is a disease for which there is no known cure.  We find parts cars, neglected cars and even good cars, but it seems that all of them have something that needs to be fixed or improved – thus the symptoms of the disease.

Mechanical Myths

“I will put some of this in it, and it will be fine.”  If it is leaking, it will continue to leak.  Magic fluids may help in an emergency, but eventually the leak will come back and it will need to be fixed properly.  Magic leak-stopping fluids may get you home, but they are not a permanent fix.

Is There Already a NEW 944 Out There?

On April Fool’s Day, we posted a fake announcement that Porsche was bringing back the 944, and the response to that joke was off the scale.  Stories are still circulating online with people reading that story, referred to us through online forums and social media – even today.  It was by far our most popular story.  Conclusion?  People want a new 944.
Well, it may already be out there.

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.