I owned one of these that I bought, literally.. from a "little old man" for $1,500 in 1989. The original owner had installed an intercooler... MSD ignition... minor other things and I could consistantly pull high 12's... but would have no rubber by the end of those runs.
I really miss my old turbo... such a shock ride. twin stick shifting was like... a gift from God. and was ALWAYS fun to brag about being able to even race in reverse with two reverse gears :P.
Hi. I owned an 84 colt turbo for a year about a year agao. It was a fun and fast car. But Dodge didn't make the car. Mitsubishi was the manufacturer.
My Colt has rust spots all over, it looks bad. Well, the less metal the less weight. The car runs great though. It has 3 inch exhaust, inter cooled, and it pushes 10 to12 lb of boost. It runs lean when its cold and rich when warm. I'm in the middle of rebuilding the front end, tie rod, hubs, etc... Love this car.
I wrecked mine in 1985. I still have the Turbo scar on my forehead. The twin stick was awesome.
I just got my GTS a couple of months ago. It had been sitting for five years. I cleaned out the gas tank, replaced the in-line pump (85 psi) and filters. The compression is even in all four cylinders and the plugs are firing. It starts instantly, but while running it surges.
Does anybody have any helpful comments?
The surging may be caused by a vacuum line leak. I've got a 84 that had that problem, & checking the hoses fixed the problem. If that doesn't work, check the temperature sensors.
Just came across your posting.
If no one has told you yet, your idle control sensor and valve are bad. The cost to fix was about $550.00 in 1988.
I bought my 84 GTS Turbo Colt new.
I had a 174,000 miles on it when the idle control sensor/valve went out. Idle surged a few times, then stuck at 4000 RPM. With that many miles on it, the cost to repair was way more than the value of the car. Still had the original turbo in it.
Sorry to say I sold it for $125.00.