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Porsche 944 Parts and Porsche 944 Accessories

Interesting Trivia about the Porsche 944

  • Considered as a redesigned 924, the 944 was given an updated bodywork. It also received a new spoiler, front air dam, bumpers, and other Porsche 944 parts.

  • The Porsche 944 was designed under the direction of an American car designer, Tony Lapine, who was most well-known for conceptualizing the front-engined Porsche 928. Before working for Porsche, Lapine started his automotive journey at Daimler-Benz before traveling to the US to work for General Motors. After being transferred to GM's research center in Germany, Lapine was then taken in by Porsche beginning 1969.

  • In 1986, Porsche introduced the 944 Turbo, which was a turbocharged, intercooled version of the original Porsche 944. The Turbo was the world's first car using a ceramic port liner to retain exhaust gas temperature as well as new forged pistons. In 1987, it also became the first production car in the world to have driver- and passenger-side airbags as standard equipment.

  • In 1987, the Porsche 944S Super was introduced. The car featured high-performance driving that was normally aspirated. It was also the first Porsche 944 version to use 408-valve-per-cylinder heads and DOHC. The S version was short-lived, however--its production ended in 1988.

  • The Porsche 944S2 was introduced in 1989, a year after the 944S was phased out. It bore the largest production four-cylinder engine of its time. The car also got a revised transmission and gears to better suit the 3.0-liter powerplant. It had the same rounded nose and rear valance found on the 944 Turbo as well. This version was the first to use an integrated front bumper, wherein both fender and hood profiles merge smoothly with the bumper. This design feature was only seen on other cars starting 1990. The 944S2 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds at the top speed of 150 mph. It was also used in racing applications around the world including the Porsche Motorship Championship. However, this version was only produced until 1991.

  • Well-renowned for its fine handling, the four-cylinder, water-cooled Porsche 944 was very popular in the US. This was in spite of many critics saying that the model was not considered a "real" Porsche.

Porsche 944 Articles

  • Porsche 944 Common Problems 17 January 2013

    The Porsche 944 was built from 1982 to 1991 and was manufactured on the same platform as the 924. Although it was intended to last into the 1990s, major revisions planned for a 944 "S3" model instead brought out the 968, which then replaced the 944. The 944 was a successful Porsche model in the United States. However, because production of the car had stopped, these cars would be sold with used, aging Porsche 944 parts. For those looking to buy a used Porsche 944, here are some things about car parts wear to take note of.


    Control arms

    The most basic problem with the alloy control arms is that the ball joint keeps riding inside a nylon cup or sleeve, which is inserted into the aluminum housing of the control arm. This, in itself, is not a huge problem. However, because of the geometry of the control arm, spindle, and ball joint housing orientation, a pre-load is created. This prematurely wears out the nylon cup, housing, and ball joint pin. When the pin is worn, it develops cracks and shears completely. This problem is more prevalent if the Porsche 944 had been driven extremely hard.


    Timing belt

    As the Porsche 944 becomes more inexpensive to buy, many owners have put off their car's maintenance. However, components like the timing belt is not an item that should be neglected. When inquiring about a used 944, ask for a record of its repair and maintenance history. If the owner doesn't have any, ask how long ago the timing belt was last checked or replaced. This component has a lifespan of about 30,000 miles.

    For those who already own a Porsche 944, know a little about servicing the belts, or look for a mechanic who can do this work well. Failure to maintain the belt could result in the component turning faulty.


    Water pump

    While this is not a major issue, the water pump is a component that can and does fail, and in a car like the Porsche 944, there is a fair amount of work needed to get it replaced. Some owners take it as a wear-and-tear car part and just swap it out at the same time they change timing belts. Some might find this an overkill, but it's a workable, precautionary detour that can help Porsche 944 owners avoid some hassles.