944 Turbo PPI

Mar 11 2012 wes Editorial 5 Comments

Guy from Houston found us online and wanted a PPI on this 180K 1986 944 Turbo.  His plan was to fly in and drive home.  Car just had a local P-car shop help with an engine “rebuild” and minor service.  Car drove out very nice, made boost quickly,  great sound from a Lindsey exhaust.

Pretty clean little car but not a ride to take off cross-country in as she sat.  First thing noted on compression test was that “rebuilt engine” means different things to different guys.  Right front wheelbearing was way out, both CVs super sloopy, and this:

Darn near all the way through the sidewall.

Also, on the rebuild there was this issue:

Fresh oil, dumping right out of the pump.

Once again, we save people much more money with a PPI than is spent.

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March 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

OK, maybe a PPI has a small role to play in an auto transaction….

But, on the other hand, look at the lifetime of Porsche ownership experiences and wierd friends this buyer has been denied! Tough to put a value on that.



    March 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I never considered it from that perspective. If he had taken off in the car and headed for Houton he would have a very colorful story to tell and also would have met some interesting mechanics, tow-truck drivers, and such along the way. I hope he still purchased a Porsche, maybe even this Porsche, after appropriate repair.


March 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Wow, I looked at that car myself on Autotrader too. I really like Lin’s perspective on it though! LOL.


March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Supposedly this guy has gone through the engine 2 times and it leaked both times looks like maybe he just needed to replace the pump. Hopefully Karl got them fixed up.


    March 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    That is exactlty what I quoted him. It was a pretty solid car 180k otherwise.

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