1994 Mitsubishi FTO GPX 2.0L Mivec V6

Summary:

An awesome car that grows on you

Faults:

Not long after buying the vehicle, I needed to get two worn brake pads replaced.

I've had to replace the passenger side front tyre.

A hose had burst and needed to be replaced.

The wing needed to be re-screwed and glued to the car.

General Comments:

Performance wise, the car has very few faults. The engine has a broad range of torque from about 3,000 RPM, right through to about 8,000 RPM where the torque tapers off, however upon finding another gear, this is not an issue.

The car doesn't have a high amount of pull below 3,000RPM, however the engine revs effortlessly to higher range RPM and is very responsive.

The car has the ability to handle corners at speeds most cars can't, thanks to the front wheel drive and lowness of the car. The steering around corners is precise and responsive, and with the car being able to handle corners at speed, evasive action in certain situations can be taken with a degree of confidence.

In a straight line, the car shouldn't be underestimated, going from 0-100KM in around 7 seconds. Driving the car to potential, my Mivec powered GPX model will go to 100KM in under 7 seconds.

The car sounds great at any point in the rev range. My car has fitted to it an HKS Super Dragger exhaust, giving the car a medium pitched sound up to about 4,500 RPM, and from there as it climbs through the rev range, it turns into a higher pitched scream.

Inside, the controls are rather ergonomic, with the front seats fully adjustable to suit the drive, and ample head and leg room is there. The gearstick is short, and requires little movement and hardly any time to change gears, and all other controls are easy to navigate and use, once you're accustomed to using them of course.

The visibility from the drivers seat isn't the best, the B-pillars on the rear of the vehicle act to denigrate your ability to see in blind spots to the rear of the car, and this does take some getting used to.

Comfort is fairly good, seeing as the fully adjustable bucket style seats hug the driver nicely, and the controls require minimal effort whilst driving. The only detriment to this is the stiffness of the car. In a typical sports car fashion, every imperfection on the road can be felt. Pot holes are best avoided. For rear passengers, however, there is absolute minimal leg room, and the rear window severely restricts head room.

From the outside, the car is stunning. There are not many of these cars around, and being a sporty design, coupled with the rarity of the car, it is a real head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2013

1995 Mitsubishi FTO GR 2.0 V6 Non-Mivec

Summary:

Power, economy and looks..

Faults:

Really not a lot..

Air conditioning did this funny pulse thing, but it's very temporary, and fixes itself after 10 minutes.

Starter motor stopped working (what can you expect from a starter that's done 200km+). And that's it..

General Comments:

Awesome car to own!

Despite mine having really high kms, it was still in really good condition. The interior was great (apart from a few Mitsubishi electrical gremlins with the A/C, everything worked as it should and nothing broke).

Mechanically car is still in awesome condition. The dreaded Mitsubishi tick is slowly getting worse, but a dose of MBL8 fixes that problem. Previous owner spent the big money doing the cam-belt and water-pump, and in the 8k I've had it, the only thing that needed doing was the rear brakes..

Car is a dream to drive, the V6 is incredibly torquey at low RPM, but keeps the power going until 7000 RPM! (doesn't redline till 7500, but I find it better to change earlier to keep in the power curve); easily gets 120kph in 2nd gear!

The ride is awesome, firm, but takes the bumps well. Only bad bit is it has a tendency to roll in the corners, I don't think the heavy V6 helps this. But in the handling section it's amazing, the best handling FWD car I've driven. Mine does have wider 205 tires than the standard 195s, which makes a huge difference, both in handling and getting the power down.

Fuel economy is actually quite good; if you keep the rpm low and drive nicely, it'll treat you nicely. 500-600ks from a tank is achievable on a long trip.

Definitely an underrated car here in NZ, would own another one in a heartbeat. Am going to struggle to find another car that has the same smooth power delivery, with the same awesome handling and economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2011