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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:46 PM
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I took my 911 turbo to TPS. Crooks in my book.
Maybe, by they right by me.

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Old August 28th, 2012, 12:58 AM
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I've been thinking about buying a 944. Anyone here have experience with these? I've heard they are good and robust, but very expensive if something goes wrong. Looks like a good one can be had for $6500 to $10k. Any thoughts?
Don't buy one because you want a cheap Porsche. It's like buying a Rover. You're going to have to dump money into a 6.5-10k 944 to make it nice. Unless you're totally stuck on a 944, dump the money into a 911 instead.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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You start talking 911 you really up the entry price.. Don't count the 944 out of the entry level fun machine Porsche.. Besides if you do choose to track it it won't hurt as much as a 911 if you dent it up...I found my 911 was harder to drive fast in the slower stuff than the 944.. The 911 needed speed to generate the down force on the front to stop it pushing the front wheels straight in corners..
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Old August 28th, 2012, 10:32 AM
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For a front engine rear wheel drive 4-banger, my only concern is that the parts and aftermarket for some other cars may be better/cheaper. Miatas, E30/E36 beaters, etc. But I guess in the end, it's what lights your wick!
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Old August 28th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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For the money I'd pick up a nice BMW 2002 or 2002tii, far better and cooler looking than a 944, plenty of fun and handling, resale will keep climbing. I've had 3 love them. I have been a Porsche mechanic for 13 years, I can't stand 944's. tried to embrace them and couldn't, I still choose not to work on them. I know people out there really love them, but I'm not convinced. In the end it's your dream, don't let us tell you otherwise.

I hate the power arguments also.. can't pit a a boosted 2.5-3.0L car against an NA of similar or less displacement. In the end where is a lot of power going to get you? IMHO there is as much fun to be had under 100mph if not more.

We built a 720 WHP GT-R, straight line acceleration was incredible, unmatched, but it was boring after a few romps. I flogged the shit out of an XK120 for an afternoon, it looked cooler, sounded better and was a ton more fun to drive.. never got over 50mph.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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I used to have one. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it was a pre-86 dash facelift. It had the older wiring setup and was tricky at times to track down small electrical gremlins. It had a few other small annoyances, like the hatch and sunroof leaked until I resealed them and the headliner material was cheaper.

I got it for $1000 because of a few electrical issues, it would randomly die and not start back up occasionally even with a new battery. Simple resistance test and it turned out one of the alternator power wires had corroded completely internally. Replaced that and it ran like a champ.

It was also non-turbo, but it was a fun car to drive around town. It was definitely a head turner being the triple black setup with the rare Fuch's wheels on it. There are quite a few of them around Orlando and www.Fizerracing.com is here as well. Here's a few pics:

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Old August 28th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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Of the same vintage, coolness, price, and thinking outside the box here, if you can find one, the 85-86 MG 190E 2.3-16V is the ultimate sleeper. Not many on the track, but these cars rock in the budget endurance (16 to 25 hr) racing series. Faster than E30 and 944 for sure. But God help you if you blow the head. And here we think NAS cages are NLA?
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Old August 28th, 2012, 02:17 PM
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I thought that was of the same era as the Ford or Mazda 2.3, not interchangeable? Must be thinking of something else.
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I know where this Al Holbert 911 2.4 S is now if anyone is interested. Apparently it was his daily driver.
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I know where this Al Holbert 911 2.4 S is now if anyone is interested. Apparently it was his daily driver.
Over or under $100k?
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Old August 28th, 2012, 04:51 PM
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I'm not sure, I can check. I'm pretty sure it's over the OP's original budget of 10K though!
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Old August 28th, 2012, 05:01 PM
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I remember reading about Holbert at Lehigh.

It says it already hit the block and sold last week.

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_de...=CA0812-134307
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Old August 28th, 2012, 05:58 PM
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I read a few years ago that the 944/928 didn't really handled too well due to it being designed with the engine up front/rear wheel drive. I think 928s are cool, seen a pic of one that had a blown 350 small block. Last week I installed an Agency power exhaust kit on my 911. Sounds like a GT3 cup car now.
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Yep and now it's here in Asheville. I took those pics this morning.

I don't know Al from anyone but I was told those who are in the know just might drool a little over this car. It's apparently pretty well built up and hauls ass
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Old August 28th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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Hey have you guys ever heard of singer porsche here in Los Angeles? They biuld up custom pre 993 911's with carbon fibre body parts with up to 425 hp all aircooled. Pretty sweet.

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Singers are sick!! really well done in my book.. need the coin though. Agency Power huh? How was the fitment? Quality? Off shore? Big fan of Akrapovic myself.
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Singers are sick!! really well done in my book.. need the coin though. Agency Power huh? How was the fitment? Quality? Off shore? Big fan of Akrapovic myself.

Fit perfect actually, everything was polished stainless steel. No complaints. Best of all I got rid of all 3 mufflers and saved about 50 lbs and gained about 40 hp & 90lbs of extra torque at peak. All dyno proven on youtube. So I imagine it makes my 0-60 time to about 3.5 instead of 3.7 when using launch control. (458 Italia does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds)The whole exhaust is replaced by an GT3 like x-pipe that basically has 2 glass pack mufflers on it. Whenever I hit the gas in a parking garage it sets off every single alarm in there. Makes people break their necks when they hear me step on the gas. The car w/ this exhaust gets a lot of attention.
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Mmmmmmmm!!!! vid links? Love that Agate (?) grey. Respectable color.
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I read a few years ago that the 944/928 didn't really handled too well due to it being designed with the engine up front/rear wheel drive. I think 928s are cool, seen a pic of one that had a blown 350 small block. Last week I installed an Agency power exhaust kit on my 911. Sounds like a GT3 cup car now.
Actually the 944 is known for it's great handling characteristics because of the near perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Don't know about the 928 since they are two totally different cars.
I really like the old school 911 Targa but the new ones just don't do it for me. I think it's because of the people that normally get out of the newer ones when they stop.
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