never owned a porsche but at finally at 56 i will be comming into enough money to finally get another toy. its joe time finally.been looking and tracking prices and such on all 944s then been thinking on the 968 instead. in the long run which would be the best in the long run as far as using a few times a week and off the road for the winter. and what type of prices. pretty good wrench on harleys and older cars and trucks but never worked on a porsche.and what should i look at and for when i actually have money in hand,lol.thanks and def a 5/6 speed, doesn't really have to be a cab,more concerned with reliablity and performance per dollar to dollar and repair costs.
thanks joe cheese.
sorry to bug you,but been looking,wishing,944s,928,968.is the 928 a oain to own,out of the 3 which is more a drive a few times a weeker?hardest fopr parts,electrical or starting issues,watch out for this and that type of thing.hopefully i can begin actually looking for something by april or may.prices seem to be holding steady.plenty of 944s, a handfull of 928 but a good dozen or two of 968's.i was surprized.
anyway if anybody can direcdt me and give it to me straight,worked on plenty of bikes,cars,trucks.
or if anybody knows of something that may be up for sale march,aprile,may let me know. i am located just outside albany ny,upstate (schenectady)
Joe--see prior comments from Denis Wheary for great advice. Denis founded the national 968 Register and his opinion carries a lot of valid weight. I don't know much about 928s except they were V8, didn't remain in production very long, and Porsche dropped them from the line without further development. The 924 evolved into the 944, then the 944S, then the 944 S2, and finally the 968 which was originally going to be called the 944S3 but had so many new parts and engineering improvements to the 944S2 that they gave it a whole new type, hence the 968. If it came down to a 944 versus a 968, take the 968 every time--it's a better car.
If you want to run track events, get a 968 coupe as Denis pointed out. If it doesn't matter to you, get a 968 cab. You can autocross them without a rollbar, you just can't run HPDE. I don't run HPDE because I don't want to screw up my cab with a rollbar, so I volunteer in pre-grid inspections instead and catch a ride with someone else when possible.
Of your choices, the 968 is the way to go. Go for it, buy one, and have fun. If anything major breaks and you can't fix it yourself, all Porsches are expensive as hell to get parts for, so hold your nose and jump into the pool. As the old saying goes, if you can't afford Premium gas buy a bicycle.
Good luck, and most importantly, have fun.
thanks for the fast reply,i have no intention of tracking anything,just want to take it out like 2/3 times a week and enjoy the drive.i would imagine that the southern cars would be in better shape? what should i look for as the weak link in the 868,leaks,drips,door hinges,trunk rot,under carriage to look for, i know all the usual but my time is getting closer and with my bad italian luck i don't want ton get taken for a ride ,hey i know this goomba !!!lol..
starting issues,heads,exhauset,electrical??? but if i just cant cash out for the 868 what would be the best yr for a 944 the s , the turbo,and what does a pretty good shape 969 go for out that way,here i see 7,000-20,000 no wy will i spend 20 damn can get a lot newer car for that.
Joe, Porsche fixed almost all the problems in the 944 when they brought out the 968. Look for maintenance history records. Especially look for replacement/service on the top end, stuff like timing belt, cam chain, chain guides, head gasket etc. If the belt is old and you fry it you lose 16 valves, the head, and probably a few cylinders, major cost and pain in the butt. As Denis pointed out, no history = mystery car, run away. Other than paying close attention to the valve train, 968s are pretty bulletproof.
If you lean towards a 944 instead, get a 944 S2. You're savvy, so find a good car. Drive it before you plunk down the cash. California/Arizona cars will likely be rust free, cars from the Eastern South will likely show a few humidity effects. There's nothing wrong with buying one close to you if it's been garaged and not driven in salt each winter. Use your head and decide accordingly. Like Denis, I only put a couple thousand miles a year on my 968, weekends and occasional errands as an excuse to go out and exercise it. Get a good quality trickle charger so you know it'll start Saturday morning and you'll sleep better each night.
I'm done with this thread and signing off. Good hunting.