1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carToyota Toyota 4Runner

Summary:

The car is beautiful, quick and reliable

Faults:

Door kick panels needed replacement.

Temperature gauge works intermittently.

General Comments:

The car is exquisitely beautiful.

Even the base model 3000GT has plenty of get up and go.

The car handles superbly.

The brakes are the best I've ever seen on a car, strong and dependable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2005

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Twin turbo from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi 3000GT

Faults:

Nothing major.

Belt broke on me once, easy to replace.

Replaced the clutch a Twice, one was my fault, other was from wear.

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I have never had any clutch/ transmission problems, and was.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, Fun to drive.

Extremely quick for its price point.

All wheel drive and steering is makes it handle nicely.

I replaced the seats to match my tastes at about 70,000 miles they still looked in very good shape.

I also replaced the steering wheel to something a little... smaller. Anyone who has set in this car knows that it is gigantic.

Back seat was really unnecessary. The "bucket style" seat made it almost impossible for you to even fit a child seat in the right position.

Also the trunk was also a tight squeeze, have to shove my golf bag in there, but it will fit. I would have personally liked it if they had made the trunk deeper and taken the back seat out all together and moved all the spare/etc to that location.

The only thing I recommend for this car is to get some good tires if you plan to drive aggressively.

I take mine to the local road course a few times a month and the wear on the front tires mainly the only drawback.

Might I toot my whistle, I make very good lap times.

Other than these few things the car is perfect in every aspect in my opinion.

I greatly recommend this car to anyone who is interested. Engine is the most bang for your buck that you can find.

If I was given a choice whether to purchase one of the new Corvettes or a Low-Mileage 3000GT VR-4, I would choose the 3000GT without question.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2005

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL 3.0 V6 non-turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 non-turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles

Summary:

A great bachelor ride

Faults:

The clutch went out at 103000 miles. This was about $600.

The water pump went out at 95000 miles. This was about $450.

I have had minor electrical problems.

The spark plugs and wires were changed and upgraded at 100000 miles. This was about $170.

Seats have began to show a little wear, not major negative.

General Comments:

The car is a chick magnet. Ever since I have gotten it, the number of women requesting my company has increased considerably.

I wash for some more power. The 222hp that the V6 pumps is decent and I can outrun most "Fast and Furious" amateurs.

The handling is great. I can corner at high speeds and it handles like it is on rails. The only set back with that is the uncomfortable feeling when the front end begins to lose traction. The reason for this is the front wheel drive, which I don't understand why Mitsubishi chose for this system for the 3000GT.

The seats sit well and it isn't a bad "trip taker" for you and one passenger. The back seats are a joke however, only kids and small cargo can fit comfortably.

The exhaust could have a little more rumble, but still has a low mumble that doesn't sound too much like a "grocery getter".

I wish that performance upgrades were a bit cheaper for the car, when you do actually find them.

This car is not for a family, or an older gentleman or lady. But it fits most ideas of a mid-life crisis car for a man. Or, the car is nearly the perfect bachelor ride. I want Mitsubishi to begin making the car again. I think they could be quite successful with a newer and faster 3000GT.

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

Review Date: 2nd November, 2003

22nd Jul 2004, 21:59

Zzzzzz It's a V6... removing the plenum exposes 3 more spark plugs in the back, please study this more (person who left comment before me)

10th Aug 2004, 19:43

Very true. I feel sorry for that first guy who thought that it was a in line six...

14th May 2007, 06:24

I agree with the writer of the article about wanting Mitsubishi to start making them again, but with a few changes.

1. Make it lighter. Self explanatory.

2. Selectable AWD/ RWD. Launch it from the lights at insane speeds or smoke it up till the tyres pop.

3. Go back to the original styling. I love the ferrari look, and the 'face lift' model looks too boring for me.

4. Either make the rear seats usable or remove them. They are taking up space and precious weight.

5. Make it cheaper to fix. I know this one will spark arguments, but the fact remains that if a car is difficult to work on, more time will be spent, which means more cash going into the mechanic's pocket (great for us by the way). Really simple things like making bolts easier to access will save massive amounts of time and money.

Please don't get me wrong, I love these cars, they are the sexiest you can get without going Italian, and the engines are veritable powerplants. I reckon all that is needed is a few refinements here and there, and Mitsuishi will have a real supercar slayer.

2nd Jul 2008, 23:28

I agree, the car is awesome! The car would benefit from and RWD system due to its hard to get to belt system. This in turn would give the car an easier repair.

They should bring it back. Redesigned new turbos, give it a lot of new upgrades. No more 60k services... way too much.

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