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  1. I guess what I’m trying to say is ‘will you appreciate the handling, mechanical nature and driver involvement?’. If feeling these characteristics will put a smile on your face every morning then any blood, sweat and tears will pale in significance. If it’s just the badge then any extra maintenance over a Toyota 86 will likely get tiresome. As others have said, go and test drive a kind forum member’s car and you will know pretty quickly. Hopefully you’ll be grinning from ear to ear wanting to buy theirs.
  2. Hi Simon and welcome to the forum. You’ve certainly generated some interest in this thread. I’m surprised that nobody else has asked this question yet but the obvious question is why are you looking at a Porsche? What are you searching for in your replacement for the Mitsubishi Mirage? Do you want reliability, practicality, looks, engine performance, handling etc? While I agree with others that these cars can be reliable and not that expensive (relatively speaking) if you buy the right one, there may be other makes and models that better fit your criteria. As a passionate owner I would love nothing more than for you to join the ranks but you should be doing it for the right reasons. These cars (especially the older 80s versions) are true driver’s cars and demand a certain type of owner to truly appreciate. This is your car if you want perfect balance, excellent handling with great feedback in corners, very mechanical inputs and sounds, smooth engines (but lethargic by modern standards depending on the model you choose). If you get excited by the thought of chucking it into a corner and feeling every road imperfection, feeling the steering load up and the engine growling away then a 924/944 could be the one. If you want something a bit less mechanical/more modern but still want the Porsche badge then I agree a Boxster could be another option. You will lose some storage space in them compared to the 80s front engine cars though. Exciting times ahead for you.
  3. Wow Timm, she is really coming along! Congrats on the latest round of mods. The power and torque figures are looking very healthy. You might crack 400hp with E85... How is your transient response below 3500rpm now? I'm keen to take a gander at the next C&C if you're around.
  4. I was a little shocked to read this news about Dan last night but after reading some commentary on it today I think it's a brave move. I can understand his desire to build a new team around him as a number one driver and with a team that has the desire to reach the top step. Alonso succeeded twice with Renault in recent years to here's to hoping Dan's timing is right. He deserves a car to be fighting for the championship. I just hope Renault get their engine performance and reliability sorted in the next 6 months...
  5. I’ve got a couple of 944 shirts Brian. Got them from a Rennlist member about a decade back. Great shirts. Will wear one to C&C in the future (when it’s warmer) and see if you notice.
  6. Nobody owning up to purchasing the black 89 Turbo? I know some forum members were interested...
  7. Yep some nice examples have changed hands recently. If anyone is in the market for a decent S2 (burgundy in Brisbane) I might have a lead for them.
  8. Curious to hear if any forum member snapped up either of these Turbos? Black 1989 944 Turbo with a GTX3071 upgrade (was gone in a couple of days): https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Porsche-944-1989/SSE-AD-5516854 Nik’s White 1990 944 S2 Turbo (someone scored an amazing buy): https://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Porsche-944-1990/SSE-AD-4212111
  9. Yes a definite perk. Did you have any leaks in the headers to sort out before coating? I've read it's pretty common for cracks given their age.
  10. Sounds like a fair price for the bling you're now rocking.
  11. Looking good mate! Can I ask what Comp Coatings charged you to silver ceramic coat the headers?
  12. Sounds like a plan. I’ll be curious to hear what you think of the Powerflex black and whether they’re too harsh for the street. They have the slightly softer purple ones too.
  13. Interesting read Rob. I have often wondered how much variation there should be but have never done back to back like you to know for sure. How does the RS drive now with the poly bushes?
  14. Hi Tim I just ordered a set of the 968 castor blocks for my S2. They were $167 for the pair from BWA if that helps. Probably worth finding a cheaper used set if you want to put poly in them though. I might put Powerflex black bushings in mine when I wear them out. Could be a while though.
  15. Amazing looking example Sean. How many hours do you think you’ve put into it to get it to this point? That engine bay is a work of art! I bet Bruce will take the long way home each day.
  16. Thanks for sharing your insights Mark. It's always nice to read direct comparisons between models, especially from a single owner familiar with them. I think you came to a good conclusion too (though I might be biased)...
  17. Thanks for the shots WOKA. Nice to see a few fresh cars - I've been to a fair few of these but haven't spotted the 996 GT3 RS before. The F40 definately seems to get a lot of love each month...
  18. My 2c: If going local I would recommend BWA Auto. Always very helpful and prompt. Paragon products and Lindsey Racing have a good range of products, including performance upgrades. 944Online have a good range though their postage is high. FCP Euro are excellent on postage cost and quick delivery though they don’t have the largest range of products for the front engined Porsches. Sonnen Porsche Parts have excellent genuine Porsche parts pricing though their postage is pretty pricey unless making a bulk order. Only944 have a small range of original replacement and upgrade parts. Parts quality is excellent, as is postage price and communication. Can’t recommend Kyle enough. What parts are you specifically looking for?
  19. Looking good. Can you repost your head gasket photos from your earlier post as they don't seem to be showing?
  20. Are you north or southside TAV? I've used Ken at Accurate Suspension (southside) for my last two cars and have always found he does good work. He does corner weight setups for a lot of track cars and knows his stuff. http://www.accuratesuspension.com.au/
  21. Shame about the head gasket Cabs. Probably irrelevant given the age but how many km’s on your engine? Hopefully will be nice and reliable once you get that batch of work sorted.
  22. I've had two exhaust setups on my S2. The first was a high flow cat and a FlowMaster muffler. This muffler is tiny and borders on a straight through setup. It may have been ok for a track car but it was WAY too loud for the street. My house would shake when I started it up and it had horrible drone. I ended up removing it and having Custom Exhaust Specialists (CES) fabricate a new muffler in 304 stainless. The new muffler was much larger than the FlowMaster but it still sounds really nice in my opinion. It is reasonably quiet at low revs and has minimal drone compared to the FlowMaster. It has a nice deep tone to it, probably akin to a Magnaflow which I've had on a previous car. Sounds great in tunnels too!
  23. Definately YES. I don't see the feminine side of things, besides red goes faster!
  24. Thanks. I ended up getting an Amaron 74AH, 690CCA. My S2 now starts much quicker than with the tiny Odyssey. Very happy with the battery and it fits nicely in the battery tray, even being a 190mm high top model.
  25. Congrats Vinny. Can I ask what state she's headed to?

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