1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT 3.0 twin turbo petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 twin turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres

Summary:

A money pit

Faults:

Drivers side power window died at 175,000km.

Passenger side followed shortly thereafter.

Clutch had to be replaced at 177,000km.

ECU had to be repaired at 180,000km.

General Comments:

Engine never sounds quite right, but I've heard other GTO's and they sound the same.

Decent acceleration and average handling.

Very very small interior, especially considering how big the car is.

Uses LOTS of petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th February, 2009

11th Aug 2012, 13:04

Sounds to me like you just bought one that'd had the crap thrashed out of it.

I'd say you just got screwed by the previous owner, and were rather unlucky.

1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 3l V6 twin turbo from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3l V6 twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Still looking for something better

Faults:

At 85,000 the ignition control module died.

At around 100,000 miles I had a roll pin slip out of the shift linkage in the transmission.

All other expenses have been maintenance items.

General Comments:

I bought this used in 1999, looking for something to replace my skittish and sluggish rear-drive early 90's Cougar. I expected to keep the vr4 for 2 or 3 years. I still haven't found a better car.

These are amazingly capable, solid cars. If you're looking for a used 3000 (the only kind) spend the extra couple of bucks and get a vr4. Performance is competitive even today, 12 years on. Strong acceleration and amazing brakes, especially for a 3800lb vehicle.

If I have any complaint, it's that the car is too competent. No matter how hard you push it, it seems to take it all in stride. With all wheel drive, I slap snow tires on it and cruise all winter. I've driven it without so much as a fishtail in conditions that were leaving SUVs on the side of the road. The braking is cartoonishly fast. For a 5 second car it's almost boring.

Problems have been minor to insignificant, especially when compared to other high performance vehicles. Maybe I just got lucky, but 120,000 miles on and the car still purrs.

The only truly annoying problem I ever had was with a dealer. I took the car in, and later in the afternoon they called to ask how to disable the after-market alarm system. Since the alarm system was stock, I told them to read the shop manual. I decided to avoid that dealer from then on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2006

10th Jul 2008, 12:20

What kind of problems did that cause when the roll pin slipped out? How did you fix it?

1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL 3.0 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance191000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Nice style, performance, and handling, but expensive to maintain

Faults:

ABS system motor stays on after ignition is cut off. ABS system relay can be pulled for a day or two and reinstalled and the problem will go away for a few months.

Idle Control Speed (ISC) unit in the throttle body failed and lead to poor idle and stalling.

Electrical cooling fan resistor failed.

Rear wiper switch broken due to a poor design of plastic parts used on a pivot point.

Valve guides failed and lead to oil burning ($800) repair.

Electronic suspension went to firm setting by default when actuator in one strut failed ($550 to fix).

Infinity radio amplifier failed.

Passenger window electric motor fails to work once in a blue moon.

CD changer stopped reading Cds.

General Comments:

This car is a nice model to own only for an enthusiast who likes the unique wide and low body style of the 3000GT. VR4 models are even more expensive to own because they have AWD, electronic climate control, etc.

NEVER buy one in bad shape in hopes of doing a "fix up". The parts are expensive for these cars and they require more and more care as they get older and out of warranty.

If you are looking for a sporty looking and fun to drive car it's for you. If you want cheap transportation STAY AWAY!

This car is also not well suited for urban areas with heavy traffic. It's a heavy car and kind of sluggish to use in stop and go driving. It's a dream on the interstate though.

I would buy another Mits car, but I'd expect to spend more $$$$ on things this time. My old Toyota Celica was a cheap car to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2005

1st Jun 2005, 10:11

I just bought my 92 3000GT and the electrical system is going haywire. I think my alarm tripped and won't turn off partially. I now have to tow my car to the dealer and diagnose the problem how crappy is that...

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 9 reviews