1985 Mitsubishi Cordia GSR Turbo 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
The best 80's performance car you can buy
I haven't had it long enough for things to start going wrong, but when I received it:
Engine burning oil - rings and seals are going.
Wheel bearings worn and steering is erratic.
The Cordia GSR is the best car you can buy in Australia if you are on a budget and after cheap speed.
From it's era, nothing else can touch it. I have blown off Nissan Exa's, Mazda RX7's, Subaru Vortexes and the like, and they simply cannot match the power or scorching acceleration of this car!
The Cordia's interior is very good for a car of its age, with tasteful interior colour schemes, easy to read dials, air conditioning, power mirrors etc. It has a boost gauge of sorts, but does not tell you how much - more an indicator of when the turbocharger is actually working.
It responds well to modifications, currently I am riding on 16 inch fats, 2 1/2 inch exhaust, hi-flow cat, lowered suspension and it looks really awesome.
You can park this car next to anything and marvel at the styling and how well the car looks. It is definitely a car that has aged well. Yes, it is angular, but comparing its looks to the Vortex or Exa, it looks stunning.
It's easy on the fuel until you start using boost, which is when you can actually see the fuel gauge moving - OK, I am exaggerating, but fuel usage under boost IS alarming.
Spare parts are hard to come by and expensive. Only buy this car if you can afford to fork out on expensive items and repairs.
The only thing I regret about my purchase (cost me $2400) is that I chose the unleaded model (AC) that got the smaller injectors and turbo - it loses 20kW to the leaded version.
All in all - the best 80's performance car you can buy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2003