I owned a 1992 and a 1993. Common problems include transmission synchronizers after about 50k miles and turbos after 100k miles. And you don't want to forget to change the timing belt at about 60k miles. Overall this car is outstanding to drive. Crazy acceleration off the line but less when you hit 2nd gear. Still a super nice sports car with 50/50 power split between front and rear wheels which makes for wonderful handling especially if you use the throttle to lift the front end a little and power through curves with the front wheels pulling you in the direction you want to go. The car is capable of amazing speed in rally type conditions. Snow, gravel, or ice won't slow you down.
50/50 power split between front and rear, limited slip between front and rear wheels, enough power to pull through curves with the back kicked out and the front wheels pulling the direction you want to go.
The shifter is almost perfect being right where you want it and very short throws.
Heel and toe is definitely possible if you have the skills.
Find a transmission with synchros that will last.
There are some.
And a turbo swap for the next size up from Mitsubishi will make a big difference in power.
I have had my Laser RS non turbo for 14 years. It has 85,000 KM or approx 50,000 miles on it and has been the best car I have owned, except for the paint job which started to crack at around 4 1/2 years and no one knew what the problem was -- was just like fibre glass cracking. Found out it was the undercoat that had not been applied properly and seeped up through topcoat. I ended up having to have painted. I have only had one set of new brakes and 1 set of new tires in the entire 14 years. She is painted black and when washed and cared for shines like you wouldn't believe and the interior is pristine. That year in the RS model had beautiful seat covers.
Love how she handles, and how she moves on the open highway. The pickup is incredible and maneuvering around corners, parking etc. Even now in 2006 she fits in with the newer cars, as it's a timeless model. Have had the younger guys want to buy my car many times.
What has happened now is the belt came off which is attached to the steering column and it is shifting and starting to ping. Apparently I need a whole new engine or buy a new car. I love that car, I will put in a new engine!
fun car, but has some quirks that are
inherent to all the DSM cars. After
100k miles expect some problems, with
engine and trans. The AWD sticks like
glue to curves, the turbo gives a kick
to this little 4 banger like the muscle
cars of the 60's.
Remember, the eclipse and talon were
the same cars for these years. You can
find the Lazer at lower prices. This
engine has produced over 500hp. This
might be the best domestic tuner
compact out there.
Turbo, AWD, 195hp, 203ft/lbs, 2500lbs.
Cant argue with that.