1991 Porsche 944: 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet
The 944 S2 is the first porsche I've owned, and I regret absolutely nothing about purchasing this amazing runner.
The first thing to be noted is the stellar handling, achievable by its perfect 50/50 weight distribution. I've dangerously spun out a few times and was instantly able to steer it back under control without even thinking about. The car feels light, extremely responsive and tight-fitting like a perfectly-sized glove.
I've upgraded the chip with a custom-designed one by Rossokev (sp?), which gave me an extra 8 to 10 HP, upgraded the catty to a high performance, free-flow design and besides this, everything is stock. I'm pushing about 220 HP. The engine/exhaust note is simply amazing and never disappoints; truly, when I'm feeling depressed, a little jaunt in my S2 chariot up on Mulholland Drive and I'm high again.
The rarity factor is pretty cool, too (though occasionally annoying, having to answer questions and refuse offers to buy). Almost constantly, people are not sure what make of car it is and I smile looking in my rear view mirror at their scrunched up eyebrows while they try to figure it all out. It's also nice that most of the time I get pulled over, I'm let go without citation; I'm positive the officers just want to check out the car.
Hmmm, on the negative side ... the only thing I can report is that I only wish this was not an "interference" engine ... meaning not an engine given to expensive rebuild should the timing belt or cam chain or cam chain tensioner should fail. Of course, timely maintenance should prevent this, but still: really? Porsche, you couldn't have designed this masterpiece 100% worry-free?
Secondly, the rear window on the convertible top is plastic, instead of glass: bother. Have to be real, real careful to keep it looking pristine.
The only other issue is the stock sound system: one of the worst I've encountered in any car. My ex's Hyundai had a superior sound system than my car. But this is obviously quite minor.
Maintenance is not cheap, as with any sports car, and parts are not cheap, either. This year, having replaced the convertible top, clutch, all belts, front engine seals, water pump and thermostat...I've dished out somewhere around $4,000. But believe me, it's all worth it.
I will never sell this car. Despite many attractive offers, I just can't get anything else that gives me as much satisfaction for this price point. I'm hoping by next year to be able to supercharge it, something that will run me about $7,000.