1980 Mitsubishi Scorpion GH 2.6L Astron
Cheap sports car for the first car buyer :-)
Bought second hand for $200.
Has a lot of rust around the bottoms of the doors and in the rear passenger side wheel well.
Screwy electronics, broken fuel light, etc.
Pool of oil in the air filter.
Gets into third and doesn't change down automatically.
Busted rear shocks.
I'm currently doing this car up, hence the problems it has. Despite the problems listed, I believe it has potential to be a really sweet little cruiser :-)
It has a good body shape and I find it to be a generally smart looking car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2001
27th Mar 2001, 05:36
I've got a GJ Scorpion and the only thing to rebuild is the gearbox (manual) and body as it has rust as well. If you have a strange vibration my suggestion is to get the tail shaft balanced with new unies and it will feel like a new car. I done it and the thing is better than my mothers brand new Accent. 315,000 km.
25th Feb 2002, 15:44
I have a 1979 2.0L 5 Speed I bought recently in Adelaide, The paint's a bit chalky and the clutch is about to pack it in. But what do you expect for $600?
Body and motor are excellent and it goes like no other 2 litre I've driven. Also have an '81 2.6 L 5 speed that for some unknown reason deprived #1 bearing of oil, seized and spun the bearing, wrecked the crank and then let go. My local mechanic informs me that the imported 2.6 is not the same as the Sigma (local) motor and will be difficult to replace. Any comments?
2nd Mar 2006, 20:50
I have a 1979 GE Chrysler Scorpion convertible which can be seen at freewebs.com/scorpionhome. It's been one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I also have a SEL Mercedes, but I'd rather drive the Scorpion any day... except rainy ones :) Lucky for me here in Adelaide South Australia, it's mostly hot and sunny.
Anyone considering a Scorpion, can find very good examples that have been looked after over the years for less than $AU 2000.00.