A car for enthusiast, Many say it's unreliable, but I am here to sway opinions.
Being a DSM (diamond star motors) enthusiast for quite some time, and this being my 2nd DSM, and my brother having 5, I know my way around these cars well. If you have a stupid off the wall comment like your Civic SI beats these all day, please keep to yourself. Thanks.
The car is great, 187xxx on the clock, and the paint shows no wear!!! DSMs 4g63t engines have been known to take the stock 195 hp to 1200hp (John Shepherd, Brent Rau...) and street cars have done 500 WHP numerous times!!! An ultra solid power plant consisting of an iron block, alum head. Can handle 400 WHP ALL stock any day if in good condition.
AWD grips like glue, have launched in 4 inches of rain at 6000+RPM with no spin...
Has some mods, new 14b turbo, new stock log manifold, MBC@15psi, K&N filter, Apexi N1 t-back. Getting quite a bit more, GT32 turbo, support mods...
These cars have been put down into the 11s in the 1/4 with simple, cheap mods... So if you're one of the 5.0 Mustang boys who wants to reply to this to get heard, think twice...
Tranny does grind, most DSMs do, but what do you expect out of a 16 year old high hp turbo car that has been beat since new?!?!?!
To sum things up, the common DSM stereotypes typically are not true, and I drive mine every day, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
John Shepherd holds the 1/4 mile record, 7s on a stock bodied car even!!!