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Legnum in America

Leaving Skid Marks
Premium Member
Location
Chicago
First Name
Mike
Drive
1997 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 COTY
I'm in Chicago!
02/97 Legnum VR4 COTY

Here is a little back story about the purchase of the car.
Spent a few months looking for a new car but couldn't find the right one. I knew I wanted a turbo AWD car but didn't want all the beeping, auto braking and other safety features newer drivers could use. I grew up driving in the 90s so I don't need all this nonsense. So I decided to see what was available from that era. Not many options came up. 92 Celica GT-S but couldn't find one with decent miles. Subaru's but my wife already drives the 22 Outback Onyx XT. I looked for a Nissan R33 Sedan but impossible to find one with the right motor I was looking for. Then I stumbled upon the Mitsubishi Galant VR4. Fell in love right away. Couldn't find any in the USA so I started to look overseas. I came across @goonet_exchange out of Japan. Found a few Galant's but then stumbled upon the Legnum. USA rule states the car must be 25 years old. Without physically seeing the car in person or test driving I took a gamble on a 97 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4. I just had a feeling about her when I saw her online. She only has 32,000km (20,000miles) !!! I requested a Shaken report which is America's verison of a Carfax. She had one owner and very well taken care of. I don't think anyone has ever sat in the back seat, not a wrinkle in the leather and the buttons on the dash look like they never were touched. I will have many more posts coming. Just finished her brakes, all fluids and coolant. The car price was $14,000 plus $3,000 for shipping then with all the custom fees and taxes. I ended up paying close to $20,000USD for the car.
 

Leggie

Leaving Skid Marks
Premium Member
Location
USA
First Name
Cody
Drive
1996 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 Type-S
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
I'm in Chicago!
02/97 Legnum VR4 COTY

Here is a little back story about the purchase of the car.
Spent a few months looking for a new car but couldn't find the right one. I knew I wanted a turbo AWD car but didn't want all the beeping, auto braking and other safety features newer drivers could use. I grew up driving in the 90s so I don't need all this nonsense. So I decided to see what was available from that era. Not many options came up. 92 Celica GT-S but couldn't find one with decent miles. Subaru's but my wife already drives the 22 Outback Onyx XT. I looked for a Nissan R33 Sedan but impossible to find one with the right motor I was looking for. Then I stumbled upon the Mitsubishi Galant VR4. Fell in love right away. Couldn't find any in the USA so I started to look overseas. I came across @goonet_exchange out of Japan. Found a few Galant's but then stumbled upon the Legnum. USA rule states the car must be 25 years old. Without physically seeing the car in person or test driving I took a gamble on a 97 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4. I just had a feeling about her when I saw her online. She only has 32,000km (20,000miles) !!! I requested a Shaken report which is America's verison of a Carfax. She had one owner and very well taken care of. I don't think anyone has ever sat in the back seat, not a wrinkle in the leather and the buttons on the dash look like they never were touched. I will have many more posts coming. Just finished her brakes, all fluids and coolant. The car price was $14,000 plus $3,000 for shipping then with all the custom fees and taxes. I ended up paying close to $20,000USD for the car.
Great story and a great idea.

My story:
I had been contemplating selling my fun car to get a more family-fun car. However, my wife and I couldn't agree on what would be a good choice. After going on a JDM binge at 2AM, I stumbled upon a local dealer (who I won't link here just in case of rules) who had several cars in inventory. I was immediately drawn to the 110k mile Legnum VR4. I found out it would be at a car show and drove down the next day (well, same day, technically). After seeing it in person, I had to have it... and the next week went and bought it.

The car has miles on it, but mechanically is great! I have a ton of service records from Japan which is nice too. A little bit of blow-by, but that's to be expected for the age and mileage. Interior feels new. I ended up paying around $12,000 USD. So many plans! I can't stop driving it and my family loves it.
 

Mattalot

Sparkly Oil
Premium Member
Location
Morayfield
First Name
Matt
Drive
2006 Subaru Liberty Spec.B Manual

1998 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 Auto

1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 Manual (Aus Spec)

1998 Mitsubishi Galant VR4 Auto
I'm in Chicago!
02/97 Legnum VR4 COTY

Here is a little back story about the purchase of the car.
Spent a few months looking for a new car but couldn't find the right one. I knew I wanted a turbo AWD car but didn't want all the beeping, auto braking and other safety features newer drivers could use. I grew up driving in the 90s so I don't need all this nonsense. So I decided to see what was available from that era. Not many options came up. 92 Celica GT-S but couldn't find one with decent miles. Subaru's but my wife already drives the 22 Outback Onyx XT. I looked for a Nissan R33 Sedan but impossible to find one with the right motor I was looking for. Then I stumbled upon the Mitsubishi Galant VR4. Fell in love right away. Couldn't find any in the USA so I started to look overseas. I came across @goonet_exchange out of Japan. Found a few Galant's but then stumbled upon the Legnum. USA rule states the car must be 25 years old. Without physically seeing the car in person or test driving I took a gamble on a 97 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4. I just had a feeling about her when I saw her online. She only has 32,000km (20,000miles) !!! I requested a Shaken report which is America's verison of a Carfax. She had one owner and very well taken care of. I don't think anyone has ever sat in the back seat, not a wrinkle in the leather and the buttons on the dash look like they never were touched. I will have many more posts coming. Just finished her brakes, all fluids and coolant. The car price was $14,000 plus $3,000 for shipping then with all the custom fees and taxes. I ended up paying close to $20,000USD for the car.
That's an awesome story to hear man!
FYI Black Leather Interior is pretty rare and highly saught after, hope it treat you well!
Great story and a great idea.

My story:
I had been contemplating selling my fun car to get a more family-fun car. However, my wife and I couldn't agree on what would be a good choice. After going on a JDM binge at 2AM, I stumbled upon a local dealer (who I won't link here just in case of rules) who had several cars in inventory. I was immediately drawn to the 110k mile Legnum VR4. I found out it would be at a car show and drove down the next day (well, same day, technically). After seeing it in person, I had to have it... and the next week went and bought it.

The car has miles on it, but mechanically is great! I have a ton of service records from Japan which is nice too. A little bit of blow-by, but that's to be expected for the age and mileage. Interior feels new. I ended up paying around $12,000 USD. So many plans! I can't stop driving it and my family loves it.
100k miles isn't that much for one of these, they will easily do 200-250k Kms (what ever that is in miles no idea)
If you're getting blow by, first and easiest thing to check is your PCV valve on the back of the front rocker cover.
Replace that and the little grommet and see how you go.
Also isn't uncommon at this age for the turbos to start failing, especially if they've had a hard life.
 

Leggie

Leaving Skid Marks
Premium Member
Location
USA
First Name
Cody
Drive
1996 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 Type-S
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
100k miles isn't that much for one of these, they will easily do 200-250k Kms (what ever that is in miles no idea)
If you're getting blow by, first and easiest thing to check is your PCV valve on the back of the front rocker cover.
Replace that and the little grommet and see how you go.
Also isn't uncommon at this age for the turbos to start failing, especially if they've had a hard life.
Yeah, I've swapped it out and put a catch can in the middle, and it is catching stuff. Startup blow-by is a lot less now. I suspect I should check the rear as well. It only happens on cold start and only for about 5 minutes.

edit: also, the oil was horrendous. Which, probably wasn't helping lol.
 

Lesac

Stateside
Premium Member
Location
United States
First Name
Kevin
Drive
1996 Legnum VR4
1991 MR2
1991 Sambar
Ive been absent from the forums for a bit, but I have a 96 legnum vr4 in Nebraska that I purchased at the tail end of last year. Glad to see more in the USA!
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Mr Smurfington

Idling at the Lights
Location
Denver
First Name
Sean
Drive
Legnum VR4
Meister Blue 97 VR4 Leg here in Denver CO. I do my own work with importing and have done several cars now, this one being my 8th along with other cool Mitsubishi's like an L400 Delica, a couple of diesel Pajero's, and an Evo 3. Have also owned 3 E39A VR4's so this is kind of coming full circle. Car runs awesome but leaks ATF lol appears to be the TQ converter seal which I was able to deduce with the help of this awesome forum. I bought mine off the USS Tokyo auction house, it was a 3.5 grade car though if I'm being honest I think that was a very generous grade for it as it does need paintwork and has a little bit of underside rust, 127k km, all in about $8500 but it does need paint work and the trans work, and I get to deal with all of its title processing.
 

Legnum in America

Leaving Skid Marks
Premium Member
Location
Chicago
First Name
Mike
Drive
1997 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 COTY
Meister Blue 97 VR4 Leg here in Denver CO. I do my own work with importing and have done several cars now, this one being my 8th along with other cool Mitsubishi's like an L400 Delica, a couple of diesel Pajero's, and an Evo 3. Have also owned 3 E39A VR4's so this is kind of coming full circle. Car runs awesome but leaks ATF lol appears to be the TQ converter seal which I was able to deduce with the help of this awesome forum. I bought mine off the USS Tokyo auction house, it was a 3.5 grade car though if I'm being honest I think that was a very generous grade for it as it does need paintwork and has a little bit of underside rust, 127k km, all in about $8500 but it does need paint work and the trans work, and I get to deal with all of its title processing.
Glad to see more Legnum's coming to the states.
 

Mr Smurfington

Idling at the Lights
Location
Denver
First Name
Sean
Drive
Legnum VR4
There are two more in Denver, one black one white, the black one is a 5 sp owned by an exporter I work with but he got it from the UK and its in rust hell. Any help convincing him to part the car out so I can get the 5 sp swap would be appreciated lol
 

Legnum in America

Leaving Skid Marks
Premium Member
Location
Chicago
First Name
Mike
Drive
1997 Mitsubishi Legnum VR4 COTY
There are two more in Denver, one black one white, the black one is a 5 sp owned by an exporter I work with but he got it from the UK and its in rust hell. Any help convincing him to part the car out so I can get the 5 sp swap would be appreciated lol
Very cool, I know of one in Georgia and Phoenix. I am in Chicago, I got a unicorn. 20,000 miles, no rust, no scratches, super clean leather. No issues besides brakes and change out the fluids. Timing belt water pump and bearings are being done next week. I added rims, a Mishimoto Intercooler and a carbon fiber engine cover. Exhaust and ECU are to follow after the timing belt.

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