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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.

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.

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.  

2.0L 924 GT Makes Racing History

In 1980, Porsche declared their intention to go racing with a special version of the 931 called the 924 Carrera GT.  With only 406 examples made for homologation, this rare Porsche had 210 horsepower, Fuchs wheels and a five-speed transaxle.  The front fenders are the same as were used on the 944 when introduced in 1983 with flares on the  outside of the rear fenders to accommodate wider track.

I Decided to Save My 944…

The sad fact is that our 924S and 944 cars are NOT Tri-Five Chevys or fifties Morgans.  They will never attain “classic” levels, and we won’t see an ’84 944 with 320K on the odometer bring 2.1 Million at Barrett-Jackson.  But these cars were made to be loved and driven, driven hard, driven at autocrosses and track days, and even in club racing.  So make a list, prepare a budget and get to work.