We have had this car for a long time and my wife and I both love it. The AWD, low to the ground and powerful engine, all add up to the closest thing to the feel of a true muscle car in this age that I have seen. We bought it mainly because of the safety of AWD and that has paid off as the weather where we live makes control a real concern. This car has been great in that regard. It can be a bit hard on your driving record as you will have a hard time not putting your foot in it. And oh boy, when you do.
I purchased this car at 117,000. In just over a year and a half it's at 142,000. At 142,000, the factory turbo is still working just fine. Just make sure you don't miss the regular oil changes and keep up with your maintenance and the car will continue to work well for you. At 10 years old, there is no rust and everything works. Overall a great car, though keep in mind that with a turbo your maintenance is higher because so much of the engine bay is used up making it harder to remove and get to necessary parts.
Turbo of course, low profile, color (red), spoiler, fascia, 46g3 engine.
AWD should have been standard on this car considering the turbo. Too much horsepower for a 2WD, not that I'm complaining (oversteer is too much at times), not great in rain or snow, however keeping it in 1st or 2nd keeps it under control. Stronger headlights, stiffer suspension.
Bought this used in '98. I had no
idea what a great car I had
purchased. AWD and turbo for a
bargain price. I have mintained this
car very well and could not resist
adding some of the modifications
available. I took it out on to the
road racing track and surprised
Corvettes and RX7 turbo cars. This is
a very special car that unfortunately
Mitsubishi no longer makes. The
Evolution 8 is the only thing close.
It has to be the AWD and turbo, but
there is so much room under the
hatch. This is a great car for road
trips - as long as you watch your
right foot! It is very easy to find
you are going a lot faster than you
think you are.
The quality of the leather was very
poor. Tanned elephant skin. Changed
it out for a full Katskin interior.
The front ball joints need to be
looked after carefuly. There are some
minor faults, but there is nothing
like it for the price. I laugh at
Porches that cost 100 time what I paid
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