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The 5 Best Bargain Porsches – Part 1: The Porsche 944

By   February 13, 2018

Porsche 944 S2

A Porsche 944 S2

When it comes to sports cars there are a few marquees that show you have made it. Included in this list are Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Of these three Porsche is the most attainable of the bunch, yet they build cars that rival the performance of the Italian cars we mentioned. All this while largely being dependable and relatively practical, for the type of car.

New Porsche sports cars, even the “entry level” Cayman (for those not aware the Boxster now sits above the Cayman in the model lineup) are too expensive for most folks (with the 718 Cayman starting at over $55,000 and you know you’ll want some options on top of that). Fortunately, the used market provides enthusiasts with plenty of options. Below are what we think are curt the best 5 bargains for those looking for an affordable Porsche. This list includes cars that can be found in fair condition for low as $3,500. This means Porsche ownership is available to just about anyone in the market for a sports car.

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight the below models with their current market value as well as common issues that you need to know about before purchasing a cheap Porsche. If you haven’t subscribed to Daily Rides do so now to make sure you don’t miss an article (scroll down to the end of this article to signup).

  1. Porsche 944
  2. Porsche 914
  3. Porsche 928
  4. Porsche Boxster (986)
  5. Porsche 911 (996)

Today’s post will cover the incredibly handling Porsche 944.

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5 Best Starter Porsches – Part 1 The Porsche 944

By   December 12, 2016

Porsche 944 S2

Porsche 944

If you have not owned a Porsche and are thinking that it is time to get into one, what should your first Porsche be? Sure it would be easy to just saw the latest 911, 718 Boxster or 718 Cayman and call it done. However, if you have the cash for a new Porsche then the cars in this series are not for you. These are cars for someone that is wanting to get their first Porsche, but they don’t want it to break the bank. All of them can be had for under $30,000 with some being as low as about $5,000 for a running car in good condition.

With a lower budget a buyer is likely to want a car that they can do routine maintenance themselves. It also needs to be fairly dependable as it may double as a commuter car and a weekend driver. Below is the list of Porsche’s that we think best fit this criteria. Over the next few articles we will cover each model, so make sure to subscribe to our updates now (scroll down to get our daily updates in your email box for free).

  1. Porsche 944
  2. Porsche 914
  3. Porsche Boxster (986)
  4. Porsche 911 (996)
  5. Porsche 928

The first car on our list is the Porsche 944.

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What To Buy A Porsche 944 S2 Or 986 Boxster

By   April 12, 2016

Porsche Boxster or 944 S2

Porsche Boxster (986) or 944 S2

Both the Porsche Boxster and 944 are two of the best handling cars that the German performance car maker has ever produced. Both have very neutral handling and performance figures of the early 986 Boxster and 944 S2 are very close. They are now both very affordable Porsches but what should you purchase on the used market?

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Porsche 944 Service Costs – Car Q and A

By   November 23, 2015

Porsche 944 Turbo

How Much does it Cost to Maintain a Porsche 944?

Question:
I’m thinking of buying a Porsche 944 because they are cheap, but how much do they cost to maintain?

Answer:
The Porsche 944 is a real value in the used car market. You can find decent cars for just $2,500 and if you go up to about $5,000 you will find some that are near show quality. Up your budget to $10,000 and the higher performing 944 Turbo and S2 are within reach.

That standard 944 may not be the fastest car in a straight line, although it is quick enough to stay up with modern traffic. With just 155 horsepower (a bit more for some of the later years) it won’t win many drag races, but thanks to its near perfect 50/50 weight distribution you can carve a canyon road like nobody’s business. That is what the car is all about.

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What To Buy: Porsche Boxster, 928 Or 944

By   August 25, 2013

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Boxster, 944 or 928

Recently, I’ve been looking at a few different used Porsches (thinking of adding another one to the garage in the near future). In my searching I’ve noticed that in the $7,000-$12,000 range you can find 944s, 928s and early Boxsters.

Porsche 944 S2

In that price range you can afford most 944 models in good condition. You can get a standard car, S, S2 or even a Turbo in that range. While a good cabriolet or Turbos S is a little out of the range, you have plenty of variants to choose from with the Turbo and S2 costing a bit more, but offering much better performance.

Porsche 928 S4

In that price range you can also find quite a few 928s. You can even find a better performing 928 S4. Some of the later cars have more modern styling and are pretty fast V8 cars. The 928 was the first production Porsche with a V8 engine and sat at the top of the model lineup for most of its production run, so you are getting a lot of car for the money.

In this price range you can afford an early Boxster (1997-2000). I’ve seen these cars as low as $7,000, but about $10,000 is what you should probably expect to pay. While not blazingly fast these early Boxtsers are capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and have a top speed of 155 mph. The great thing about the Boxster is that, at least from the front, you may get mistaken for a 911. With the mid-engined flat-six you get a great sounding car with styling that people will know as a Porsche when they see it (with the other two you may have to tell people that don’t know much about Porsches what kind of car you are driving).

It is a tough choice between these three cars as they all have great neutral handling and in this price range you can get decent performance. If you go for the 928 you are getting perhaps the best GT car ever made, but the Boxster feels more like a pure sports car and the 944 offers a good balance between the two.

All three of these cars are great Porsches, but if you had that kind of budget what would you buy? Let us know in the comments below.

Picture Source: Porsche Boxster, Stahlkocher; Porsche 928, Flickr; Porsche 944, Randy43