1994 Mitsubishi FTO GPX 2.0L Mivec V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

An awesome car that grows on you

Faults:

Not long after buying the vehicle, I needed to get two worn brake pads replaced.

I've had to replace the passenger side front tyre.

A hose had burst and needed to be replaced.

The wing needed to be re-screwed and glued to the car.

General Comments:

Performance wise, the car has very few faults. The engine has a broad range of torque from about 3,000 RPM, right through to about 8,000 RPM where the torque tapers off, however upon finding another gear, this is not an issue.

The car doesn't have a high amount of pull below 3,000RPM, however the engine revs effortlessly to higher range RPM and is very responsive.

The car has the ability to handle corners at speeds most cars can't, thanks to the front wheel drive and lowness of the car. The steering around corners is precise and responsive, and with the car being able to handle corners at speed, evasive action in certain situations can be taken with a degree of confidence.

In a straight line, the car shouldn't be underestimated, going from 0-100KM in around 7 seconds. Driving the car to potential, my Mivec powered GPX model will go to 100KM in under 7 seconds.

The car sounds great at any point in the rev range. My car has fitted to it an HKS Super Dragger exhaust, giving the car a medium pitched sound up to about 4,500 RPM, and from there as it climbs through the rev range, it turns into a higher pitched scream.

Inside, the controls are rather ergonomic, with the front seats fully adjustable to suit the drive, and ample head and leg room is there. The gearstick is short, and requires little movement and hardly any time to change gears, and all other controls are easy to navigate and use, once you're accustomed to using them of course.

The visibility from the drivers seat isn't the best, the B-pillars on the rear of the vehicle act to denigrate your ability to see in blind spots to the rear of the car, and this does take some getting used to.

Comfort is fairly good, seeing as the fully adjustable bucket style seats hug the driver nicely, and the controls require minimal effort whilst driving. The only detriment to this is the stiffness of the car. In a typical sports car fashion, every imperfection on the road can be felt. Pot holes are best avoided. For rear passengers, however, there is absolute minimal leg room, and the rear window severely restricts head room.

From the outside, the car is stunning. There are not many of these cars around, and being a sporty design, coupled with the rarity of the car, it is a real head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2013

1994 Mitsubishi FTO GR 2.0 from North America

Summary:

My FTO is a blast to drive and economical to own!

Faults:

As I have only owned this car for two months, nothing has gone wrong.

A previous FTO that I purchased has been very reliable. The only part that had to be replaced on my other FTO was the "idle control valve".

General Comments:

The Mitsubishi is aesthetically pleasing. Its rounded graceful lines make it look very muscular. The front and side view of the car make it look quite aggressive.

The car can accommodate some very wide rubber.

The engine and drivetrain are smooth and powerful. The Tiptronic transmission is almost as good as a manual transmission.

While the rear seats are negligible, the front seats are well made and quite comfortable, offering good lateral support and lots of adjustment for different sized drivers.

There are significant blind spots and a driver must be very conscious of the view behind and beside when making lane changes and turns.

In Canada, this car is very rare. It is a real head turner. If you don't want attention, don't buy this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2010