purchasing advoce

Asked by Apr 30, 2017 at 05:49 PM about the 1987 Porsche 944 S Hatchback

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Test drove a 1987 Porsche 944S w 119,000 odometer miles for sale for
$5500. FUN ride. like butter. great roads for a test drive too.  limited/lacking
service records, the seller had "a porsche guy."  engine replaced with an S2
engine (50,000 miles on the engine vs. 119,000 on the body) he forgot to
mention  this engine replacement in the ad. some panels replaced,  new
tires, clutch, brakes, blower fans, fuel pump, shock and front struts. Quick
online vin report "vehiclehistory.com" shows conflicting mileage info- 95,000
in '02 and 125,000 in '08, exceeding odometer  reading of 119,000.
tachometer needs replacing or rewiring. oil coated oil pan
is this a shady deal? or worth it? i want something cheap, cosmetics i dont
care about, i understand i'll have to put a few hundo into it every year or so
in upkeep and repairs, but is this likely a money pit? i'm thinking of offering
maybe $700 below asking and going from there... should i offer less? he
mentioned ther's little  interest so far and im the first to drive.
any advice greatly appreciated.

1 Answer


With the shaky odometer readings. The S2 motor has a 3 litre displacement, DOHC and about 212 HP. Good engine, but check the camshaft tensioner pads. They should probably be changed. With the oil covered pan it looks as if the front seals or bushings are leaking, there are 5 in all. Oil at the front also means you should change your timing and balance shaft belts, soon. I would would offer less than the 700 you want off, maybe $3-4k tops.

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