1995 Mitsubishi FTO GPX 2.0 MIVEC from Australia and New Zealand


Cool stylish car, some performance, but needs a turbo


Stepper died - Used to make the car change gears and rev. Basically whilst driving the car it would go a little crazy and accelerate a little late (as in I would put my foot down and 1 second later it would catch up), also when slowing down the car would try to change gears down but would instead rev accelerating you forward and then change down gears (fairly dangerous).

The car tends to steer by itself when driving over ditches or bumpy roads (if you let go or not holding on firm enough, you could see yourself in a ditch).

The stepper problem once worked out by a electronics technician, and only cost me about 100 dollars to fix, so pretty cheap. I think they just put another cars stepper in (similar make).

General Comments:

Got some performance, always first off the line at the lights, half decent fuel economy for a V6.

The car looks like a new car, despite being 13 years old (as in it fits in well with anything made today).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2008

6th Jul 2010, 05:04

Do you prefer it over your Integra?

1995 Mitsubishi FTO GS 1.9 16v from UK and Ireland


優秀 (Excellent)


Heater matrix is leaking a little bit, but it'll give me something to do at the weekend.

General Comments:

Brakes - 2 thumbs up

Acceleration for a 1.8 - 2 thumbs up

Top speed - 125-130MPH

Tiptronic box - 2 thumbs up

Handling - Best 2 door front drive car I've driven

Looks - TO DIE FOR. (I wish I had more thumbs)

Fuel Consumption - £15 at 94.9 gives 100 miles at 27 mpg. Good enough.

Finding things under the carpets and under the seats when you take them out - Priceless.

* Japanese coins

* Japanese condom

* Plastic cups and a pen

* A few pennies

Space for a coupe - great, couldn't call it a family car, but it fits my wife, our 2 kids and myself in with comfort.

Boot is even capacious. Shopping buggy and sub.

Bad bit - cheap Japanese plastic interior that breaks when you take bits off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2007

1995 Mitsubishi FTO GPX 2.0L V 6, 24v MIVEC from Australia and New Zealand


Appealing sportscar with everyday practicality


Shock absorbers needed replacing at 110,000ks - and it looks like they have been replaced previously too. Note it is HARD to find genuine replacements, most mechanics will recommend Bilsteins, but they do not fit without an adapter.

Muffler needed replacing as the baffle had melted, but this was an HKS aftermarket one.

Other than that, just regular servicing such as cam belt, oil changes.

General Comments:

The FTO is a fun, practical and quick sports coupe. It has distinctive and bold styling, and in the MIVEC form it has performance to match. These cars won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (in fact, in NZ they are often looked down upon as a car for certain ethnic groups) but if you have fallen in love with the looks, then know there’s a real car to back them up.

Firstly, I took my girlfriend camping, with all our gear in this car. And it was great – it all fit in the cavernous boot! It’s a surprisingly practical car! There’s even OK real legroom for a short trip, though the headroom is a little cramped. However, my mate endured 7 hours on a roadtrip once, and didn’t really complain!

Right, you want to know about performance? Mine was the GPX Manual version, and the performance was great! The GPX version has MIVEC, which effectively makes the engine like a town cruiser low in the rev-range, but a race car when pushed. It’s like Honda’s VTEC, in that it varies the profile of the valves to achieve this feat. Not only does this add 30 more horsepower to the little six cylinder, but it also gives the car its best feature, which is:

THE BEST ENGINE GROWL EVER. When the MIVEC kicks in at 5,500, it puts out serious induction noise (air rushing in to the engine). Some say it’s an animal snarl, but whatever it is, it’s so seductive. My car was running with the HKS ‘green hairnet’ air filter, which would have made this louder, I believe (highly recommended for this car, it also adds another 9 horsepower). The great thing about this growl is it’s ONLY when the MIVEC kicks in, so you can have a nice quiet car when cruising, but makes all hell break loose when you’re going hard.

And hard it does go! With default gearing, you can hit 100ks in second gear, nearing its attainable 8,000 RPM redline. This makes sprints to the limit quick and satisfying, I’d say just a hair under 7 seconds in my car (which also had modified exhaust).

I have a few car enthusiast mates, and the realised the car is a lot faster than it’s given credit for. (Note that the tiptronic semi-auto cars are much slower – go for a manual!).

And handling? Accurate and enjoyable! It’s certainly a nicely build chassis, and at around 1,200 kgs, it’s nimble too.

Personally I love the looks of this car. Mine had 17” wheels and a full veilside kit, which make it look quite evil. If I bought another one, I’d probably go for the post 96 model with the revised front spoiler – it’s a nice update which adds a touch of class.

The engine itself seems bulletproof. Just remember to service it regularly (every 5,000ks for oil), and let the car warm up a little before using it. I really like how the heat gauge sits in the middle when it’s warmed up so you know it’s time to unleash MIVEC! And the gauge NEVER wavered on me, no overheating problems at all.

The only mechanical cautions I’d have is with the 5 speed gearbox. The syncro was worn a bit in second, so wasn’t as forgiving using that gear as I’d like. It’s indicative of a car that’s been pushed hard. Even with new gearbox oil, it wasn’t a great as I’d like. However, I’ve driven other FTOs with 80,000 on the clock and the gearbox has been fine.

So in summary – two thumbs up! If you’re looking at buying one, here are my top tips:

-Get the MIVEC version (GPX version). It’s faster and the sound is intoxicating

-Buy an aftermarket air filter. Don’t bother about doing the exhaust

-If you’re performance inclined, get the manual. There’s over a second difference in the 0-100k sprint

-Buy good rubber for the car and REPLACE ALL FOUR TYRES AT ONCE!

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

Review Date: 17th June, 2007

30th Aug 2007, 10:25

Well done. That is an excellent review! Answered a lot of my questions. I'm after your exact car - the MIVEC in manual. Quite hard to find : (

24th Jul 2008, 05:20

Excellent review, I heard the FTO was one of the most underrated cars from Japan but never knew anyone who had owned one, I too am from NZ. There aren't many in my town I've seen about 3. Thanks for your help.

28th Jan 2009, 03:02

Cool thanks guys - hope you found the cars you were looking for. If you're interested check out my review of the Toyota Will VS, which is the 'sensible' car I've moved on to.

24th Apr 2009, 03:44

Great review, explained a lot of thing I was unsure about. I'm from Oz and I've seen a few FTO's around, but I am seriously considering getting one, Specifically the GPX Manual, but I have heard that both parts and repairs can be pretty expensive and hard to find. Is the FTO worth it even with hard and expensive parts???

5th May 2009, 21:22

It's a lot easier and there's plenty of people willing to give advice and help out if you join the FTO Club of Australia. They'ce been a huge help for me with my FTO :D

Also have heaps of fun on cruises etc! Not to mention IT'S FREE!!!

17th Jul 2009, 09:02

Go get one!

I have a GPX manual and loooove it! It feels amazing to sit in, much more modern than similar age MR2's etc. It looks great, and there are not tonnes about so you feel like you have a special car... which you do!

Get the GPX or you will forever be checking badges of others to see if they are faster!

GPvR is pretty damn cool too!