Written on: 24/04/2012
After Years of waiting to get my 85.5 944 since I first laid eyes on it 1986 and I am really glad I did.. it is a great car to drive, I was fortunate to find a car with 94k miles, the oem blaupunkt worked great [i did have to replace the light bulbs and add contact pads in the bottons] speakers were even just in barely used shape. The only 'problem' was the drivers door mirror.. it had been removed at one time and the wire was left unsecured so it eventually came into the path of the window and pulled apart.
It is a great riding car, solid and nimble and leaps and bounds above the 911 of the same era as far driver comfort and handling. The cabin is well insulated and has just enough sound deadening to make conversation pleasant yet the engine can always be appreciated.
The gas mileage is /can be much better than one would think. I recently went from my home in Hagerstown Md to the mountains. I set the cruise control at the speed limit, the 4 hour trip [2 out and and back] barely used half a tank..
It is prone to a few electrical problems becuase of the use of drain holes everywhere which need to be cleaned a few times a year.
Do take care in what shops the car is taken to and DONT let a car go in under the pretense of "Well we need to take a look first" I ended up having every valve bent and had to send it to another shop to get the head rebuilt!
In short try and find a car that has a service history or at least an owner that has kept records of recent repairs, Insist on a pre-purchase inspection of the timing and balance shaft belts, a missing thrust washer on the balance shaft sprocket can spell big $$ repair.
Compared to most new cars the cost of ownership vs car payments etc its not that expensive but do be prepared for some DIY projects and cleanup
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