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2019/08/30 13:41:05 (permalink)

1986 944 Lux for sale

Hi all.
 
Well, it's a sad day - my 1986 Porsche 944 Lux is up for sale. I have a toddler, a new baby on the way and a long train commute and the 944 isn't getting the use it deserves.  It was MOT'd at the end of July, MOT expires 15th of August 2020. The MOT did have a few minors, but they're nothing to worry about in my opinion and that of my mechanic. (See details below).
 
So, it's a black 1986 2.5 litre Lux with 165BHP originally, and it's done a little over 119,000 miles. This will go up a bit with time as I still use it. I've owned it for at least 10 years and around 50,000 miles and enjoyed every minute of it. These cars have near pefect 50:50 weight distribution with the engine at the front and the gearbox at the back. Every drive is an experience! It's had 2 belt changes under my ownership, though is possibly due another one - on time alone, not mileage. The mileage is low for the year, and I looked at about 10 cars before buying this one. I also had it checked over by a specialist in Rockhampton before buying it, and it's a good one. (Only points I remember he noted were a loose door handle and a missing sun roof liner - still got his report somewhere, I'll fish it out). Mostly full service history (last done in Aug 2018), by myself for the basics (oil, filter, plugs etc.) and by a couple of local independent / specialist garages for trickier bits. I put new Dunlop Bluresponse tyres on the 15" wheels that are on the car in 2015 (I've only done about 6000 miles on them), and it also comes with a set of 17" Cup 1 alloys (replicas I believe, genuine ones are very expensive) - good tyres on the front, bit worn but still legal on the back.
 
Good mechanical condition, always starts, Cat 1 immobiliser fitted. The sills are pretty good, though both sides had a bit of patching for the MOT in 2018 (nothing needed this year). All thoroughly sealed underneath, and waxoyled inside the sills. Only used for medium - long journeys when it will warm through properly.
New battery, new (second hand) rear brake callipers, new DME relay and new power steering belts in 2018, plus a brake fluid refresh. New ARB brackets / bushes in Aug 2014. A new second-hand lower steering coupler in 2015. New brake and fuel lines over the past three or so years. A couple of new bits in the brake vacuum system in July 2013. Probably lots of good bits that I've missed. Big thick folder of receipts, invoices etc.
Clutch was replaced at 65,000 miles, it's not original.
The front seats are half leather and in great condition, a little wear in the usual spot on the driver's side bolster, but not much even there.
2019 MOT minors. My garage (run by a 944 enthusiast and owner) said that none of these are of great concern.
 
Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
noise in lower steering column but no free play.
suspension components have surface corrosion.
fuel pipes corroded.
Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material all (1.1.11 (c)) **actually it's underseal to prevent / reduce further corrosion!**

So it has a few niggles, but is generally mechanically sound and is still in regular use. If it doesn't go, not the end of the world. If it does go, I'll be upset! But I'll be back to 944s, probably with an S2 in the future when the kids have grown up...

The main niggle, if you want concourse condition, is the paintwork. It's a bit tired. The car lives on my drive in all weathers, and it has a few scrapes and bumps (and one car park wound). I bought it to drive and use, not to be a garage queen. A polish would improve it (I've never polished a car in my life!), but if you were after perfection it might need a respray.
The dashboard is cracking and the clock doesn't work. (Both common with these cars)
One of the sunroof micro switches doesn't work, so the pins do not automatically stop retracting - you just have to choose when to stop them - not rocket science!
If parked with the bonnet pointing up a slope in heavy rain, there is a small drip into the passenger side footwell. Drains are clear, but I think there might be a screw missing behind the fuse box or similar that lets water in when rain is really heavy.
The belts and rollers are due to be done, on time (5 years ish) not mileage (I've done less than 10,000 miles in the past 4 years) - I will check exactly when. But as it's regularly used and not left standing (allowing the belts to mould to the rollers, kink and possibly jump off) I would and do happily use it as is in the meantime. It had a new water pump at the last belt change, and new rollers at the first belt change, possibly the second as well. I will check the paperwork.
Heating system blows either cold or hot only, and the vent to the windscreen can't be fully closed. I replaced the TCU, but this didn't seem to fix the problem. I understand there's a servo on the left of the HVAC system that can stick and cause these problems, but haven't had time to investigate further.

Given the above, I'd be looking for somewhere in the £4000 range, but am open to reasonable offers. (I see Luxes for sale for a lot more, £5 - £10,000 but that may be optimistic and I don't know if they're actually selling for these prices) It's an honest car that is fine to use as is but would benefit from more use and perhaps some TLC. I won't be upset if it doesn't sell, but I'd like it to go to someone who will use it. Car is based near Chepstow.


 
Some more pictures here, but these pictures are from September 2018. I will take new ones when I get a chance. https://imgur.com/a/5gyqEkj
 
post edited by Sandspider - 2019/08/31 20:16:51

Giles
1986 944 Lux. Black. 17" Cup 1(?) alloys.

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    Re: 1986 944 Lux for sale 2019/08/30 13:42:17 (permalink)
    I can't load pictures here, the server gives me an error message!
     
     

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    Re: 1986 944 Lux for sale 2019/09/18 15:58:26 (permalink)
    Hi all
     
    Had some enquiries, and people generally seem impressed by the car and the detail in my advert, but no one has actually been to look or made a serious offer yet. Am I asking too much? Looking around, I really don't think I am...

    Giles
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    Re: 1986 944 Lux for sale 2019/10/10 14:43:31 (permalink)
    An updated ad with current pictures can be found here: https://www.gumtree.com/p/porsche/1986-25-litre-porsche-944-lux-for-sale-119000-miles-mot-aug-2020/1354110885
     
    Also, tried a bit of polishing on the slightly matt wing, and it's made a big difference. (Pic hopefully attached). Maybe a bit of polishing is all it needs!
     
    And maybe I'll keep it

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    Re: 1986 944 Lux for sale 2019/10/10 14:44:31 (permalink)

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