Mitsubishi GTO / 3000GT VR-4

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  1. Esoteric

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    Howzit guys. I see these GTO's around in NZ but don't really know too much about them (apart from what I've read on wikipedia).

    We do not get these in South Africa and have no idea if they're available in Australia?

    My main reason for posting is to try find out what the general opinion of these vehicles are. I think they're pretty big for a coupé but seem to have more torque than a Legnum/Galant VR-4, I'm guessing this is because of the 3.0L displacement.

    Wouldn't mind taking one for a spin

    Cheers
     
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    The basic run down is a good quick straight line car...but because they're quite obese (1800kg's or so), they don't handle as well as they should have.
     
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    geeez... that's pretty heavy
     
  4. clegga

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    They are a very wide, low slung car. Good cruising car but not one for handling. A nice set of 18"+ rims does wonders for looks. Non turbo ones are gutless, use mivec version of the later magna engine. Series 2 (no popup lights) much better mechanically....
     
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    Yeah, I noticed they have a GETRAG transmission on models Log in to view (Series 2?) and TD04-13g turbos (I think). Are those turbos just bigger versions of the ones in VR-4 Lgnm/Galant, the TD03s?
     
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    The turbo'd ones aren't bad cars and because they were sold in the USA there are massive amounts of aftermarket parts for them.
     
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    I've got vids of Matt Monet's (I think that's his name) 3000GT doing 10.88 down the 1/4...pretty damn impressive.
     
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    snickells I was driving a VR4 when your mum was still hot Lifetime Member

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    I love the look of the GTO, such a sexy beast. I seriously considered one a few years back, but was put off by the mechanical issues. One day, when I finally win tattslotto (lol) I'll get one, just for Sunday driving :p
     
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    I think they are a bit of a parts bin special.

    Everything the engineers could possibly want, jammed into a sexy body.

    Unfortunatley weight is the enemy of speed.
     
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    Cool, thanks fellas - went and had a look at that thread. These cars do impress me, doubt if i would get one though - have enough trouble with approach/departure angles on my drive as it is...
     
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  12. Mitsiman

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    They are a nice car but very very expensive to maintain and fix. Honestly the VR4 Galant is much much better value for money and cheaper to mainatin, theres at least some room in the engine bay. I have one customer nearly going broke trying to repair the vehicle. Any work at all starts at $1000.00 before you even open the bonnet.
     
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    i imported a 1990 gto tt last year,it was a great car to drive,great to look at,not very practical,speed bumps and driveways were a problem,i had no mechanical isssues with mine in the 12 months of ownership,not too bad on fuel if driven carefully,quicker than most standard cars once you were
    rolling,all turbo models had the getrag box early had 5 speed latter 6 speed.superb brakes
    cramped interior and boot for such a large car.
    i sold it after 12 months and made $1500 so i was happy.
    i would have a latter model as they look great.
    david
     
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    I've got a 3000GT as well as the VR4. As said above a bit on the heavy side but I think they handle OK. I was having a bit of fun with a Porche Boxter on a wet road road and he spun out on a roundabout but the 3000 stuck to it's line really well. Compared to the VR4 it has more torque although still only 280 BHP. Overall I prefer the VR4 to drive it's definately more nimble and has the "WTF was that" factor when you blow other cars away.
     

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  15. valmes

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    Thats old...

    Here is new one - 9.05 sec:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOetWUV9Ow8

    Btw, it's around 2950 lbs (1340 kg)... I wouldn't call that - "heavy"... :)

    Puma GTO - 1.02.250
    Falken GT-R - 1.02.755
    Project Mu GT-R - 1.02.632
    Wise Sports GT-R - 1.03.454
    Prince GT-R - 1.03.754
    Razo/BP GT-R - 1.03.898
    AIAUTO GT-R- 1.04.026

    http://3svideo.vidiac.com/video/edbc...7b0134d13e.htm
     
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    Does anyone know what are the best forums for these? Is there a local one, or is the US the best place to look? The reason I ask is my bro has one and he's about to start doing some work on it, but there is so little room in that engine bay it looks like a hoist jobbie to me!

    I'm looking forward to pitting the VR4 against it once I get it... Mind you if I own his GTO he'll bring out the 74 'vette with the frankenstein camaro LS1 which will eat me on straights (just hopeless on corners ;)).
     
  17. valmes

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    These should cover 99.99% of the questions... should they ever come to mind:

    www.3si.org
    www.stealth316.com

    Btw 3si has a lot of interesting things even for us.... after all we do share a Mitsu V6 design...
     
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    yeah those two sites cover everything you need to know
     
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    Valmes you've misquoted me...I was talking stock. Of course the ones doing 10's and 9's are not going to be that heavy anymore...

    And...with enough work you can make anything handle well. I was talking stock for stock.
     
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    Hey Guys,

    If I wasn't married (or had kids) this is what I would own now.
    Impractical for family use, but they are a lot of fun to drive.

    Regards
    Gavin
     

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