1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT Reviews

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 3.0 AWD-TT from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 AWD-TT Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Great Car: AWD-Twin Turbo Stock

Faults:

My crankshaft pulley (harmonic balancer) replaced at 65k. That's it so far.

Also, the stock 18" chrome wheels started breaking-off (need to re-chrome).

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails.

At 3000rpm the VR4 launches like a "Stealth Fighter". Have owned all the rear wheel drive sports car on the streets, lights by lights. The performance is just amazing if you know what you doing.

Stock by stock, it will "SPANK" all in its class on the streets like the overrated.. Supra, Cobra, Corvette, 300ZX, 350z, Camaro, etc.

However, the car is not meant for passengers, especially in the back. Not enough room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2009

28th Jul 2009, 11:21

Have owned all the rear wheel drive sports car on the streets, lights by lights.

- Well, maybe some day you'll be going up against a Veyron. Then you're dead.

29th Mar 2012, 09:59

To the comment above...

Actually the Veyron is AWD!!

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT Twin Turbo 3.0 twin turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 twin turbo Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired93950 miles
Most recent distance107750 miles
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

Beautiful and special

Faults:

Corroded rear steering rods, drivers side, 375GBP.

Corroded oil inter-cooler pipework round the front, 250GBP.

Stereo replaced due to sudden extreme volume changes on the old one, 200GBP.

Drivers seat worn where the seat belt rubbed.

Rear aero non-functioning and front aero cracked & worn in places.

No central locking (was there?)

General Comments:

The main things that attracted me to this car were the looks and the straight line pace for the money. Even at 8 years old, this car still looked stunning. Curves and swoops everywhere; low and wide with quad exhausts; mine was finished in the metallic mid-blue.

JDM models were held at 276bhp, but it was rumoured that the UK models were somewhere around 300-320bhp, so that is what I hunted down. Book 0-60mph was 5.7s, not sure if that was taken from the Japanese model or the UK version.

I had never experienced acceleration at that level, my last two cars were 0-60 ~ 7.5s, so I was totally blown away by how suddenly 1st gear took it to 40mph, and the howl was intoxicating! Each gear pulled that little bit less, but they all still pushed me back into the lovely armchair, hugging, leather seats.

The cabin was a very dark place to be, all in black trim, but it was big enough to not be claustrophobic. Each journey seemed like a special event. The car just made me feel good, driving it.

I was doing 300miles/20.75mpg between fill ups, 60-65GBP, during normal mixed driving, but on a motorway run with the cruise control on that went up, all the way to 500miles/34.6mpg.

I found the normal driving mode to be just fine for normal UK speeds and only really felt the need to use sport on twisty roads when pushing hard. The normal suspension did not seem to act quickly enough to contain the weight shifting around, but the sport mode performed adequately. However, I did not use this day to day as it made the car skittish on our roads.

I particularly enjoyed the overtaking ability offered by the turbos.

Things were not so good when it came to manoeuvring, as the car was so big and all the controls were rather heavy, plus it was really hard to tell the dimensions from the drivers seat.

Services were 275GBP from a main dealer.

I got rid of it in the end because I was paying for age/mileage repairs on an ever more frequent basis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT 3.0 SOHC from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

Looks like it is going 100 standing still

Faults:

Nothing yet, oh wait a small exhaust leak. 100$

General Comments:

The power is there, not street racer power, but this thing was built for the turns, not the drag strip.

Seats are slightly uncomfortable to get in and out of, otherwise they feel good, long trips are OK.

I don't mind it not sounding like rice beater, I like the quiet rumble.

Looks are awesome, but I have always wanted one anyway.

Interior is good not wonderful. I wish they would have just gotten rid of the back seats, as they are useless. I am 6'1 and my seat touches the rear seat behind me.

Shifting is OK, although I'm sure mine has been raced.

Paint is slightly oxidizing, cleaned up real nice though.

Great car all in all. I have always wanted one, and now I've got it. Can't complain too much until I'm done with the payments.

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

Review Date: 20th July, 2007

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 11 reviews