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Bill's Porsche 944 Site -- Early and Late 944 Dashboards

Updated: 5/February/99

Early '85 Dash

This is the dash layout for all early 944 models. It is basically the 924 dash. The Early dash's side air vents don't work too well; in fact they're pretty wimpy. The glovebox has much less volume, and you have to take your hand off the shifter to adjust the radio.



1

Side window vents

10

Fresh air vents

19

Fog light switch

2

Turn signal / headlight dimmer switch lever / Automatic speed control

11

Glove compartment

20

Air volume control switch knob

3

Fuel gauge and water temperature gauge, with warning lights

12

Hatchback release switch

21

Switch for prop-up roof

4

Speedometer

13

Front hood release

22

Cigarette lighter

5

Tachometer

14

Light switch

23

Loudspeaker balance control

6

Windshield wiper / washer lever

15

Horn

24

Heating and ventilation control levels

7

Oil pressure gauge

16

Ignition / steering lock

25

Safety belt, brake warning lights and brake lining wear indicator

8

Air conditioning controls

17

Rear window defogger switch

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9

Clock

18

Emergency flasher switch

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Late '85 Dash

In late '85, the 944 got a nicer dashboard. Cleaner layout, more graceful curves...much like the 928 of the day, similar to later 911's and almost identical to the 968. You can press the buttons on the radio without taking your hand off the shifter. I miss this in my current '84, not that I listen to the radio that much...I don't. The side air vents are larger and move more air. Point them inboard and down and they blow directly onto your hands. Nice in winter. Other controls were relocated somewhat, and one control disappeared from obvious view -- the odometer reset switch. Something of a 944 trivia item, the reset switch looks like one of the air vent vanes. It is a simple pushbutton, located as item number 24 in the image below, taken from my late '85 owner's manual.



1

Side window vents

11

Rear window defogger switch

21

Turn signal indicator

2

Fog light switch

12

Fresh air vents

22

Ignition / steering lock

3

Instrument illumination dimmer control

13

Center dashboard vent cut-off slide

23

Wiper / washer lever

4

Turn signal / headlight dimmer and flasher switch

14

Temperature rotary switch

24

Trip odometer reset

5

Left instrument cluster / coolant temperature gauge and fuel gauge

15

Emergency flasher switch

25

Air volume control knob / defroster switch

6

Speedometer

16

Glove compartment lock

26

Fan switch

7

Central warning light

17

Hatchback release switch

27

Heating and ventilation control levers - dashboard / floor

8

Tachometer

18

Front hood release

28

Air conditioning switch

9

Right instrument cluster / oil pressure gauge and voltmeter

19

Light switch

29

Clock

10

Intermittent wiper control

20

Horn

30

Cigarette lighter



I often get the question "Can I update my old style dash to the newer one?" The answer is mostly... no. Not unless you have money to spend. There are mechanical fit issues, and some electrical differences. These are not insurmountable, but the cost is high. Also, the steering column angle changed from Early to Late 944's and this would of course have to be addressed. Also, there's the cost of updating to the new steering column controls for cruise control and wiper operation, etc. I like these controls much better in the Late style dash.

If anybody has ever attempted this upgrade, I would be very interested in hearing how it went!


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