1996 Mitsubishi FTO 2.0 Mivec V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Fun car to drive within the speed limit
Upon purchase there was an exhaust leak and oil leak.
Rocker covers needed replacing ($500) as well as the entire exhaust system ($300).
Once repaired, it ran fine mechanically. It is in immaculate condition despite it being 18 years old. The MIVEC sound is very strong and right on par with Honda's VTEC.
I bought the car with a 3 year warranty for $5,000 and it has been running extremely well so far. This thing will give a Subaru BRZ / Scion FRS a run for its money, despite it being almost 2 decades older.
It isn't the fastest car on the lot and it's far from being the most comfortable, but it is definitely the most fun I've ever had in a car ever. The FTO revs really high and doesn't redline until around 8000-8500 RPM.
Sure you can pay 1000s more for an S2000, Elise, RX8, Supra, and Skyline... but why would you want to? All of those cars are amazing and fun to drive, but the price you pay to tune an FTO is on par with the price you'd pay for any one of these cars, except for an older stock Supra.
This car is not a track car by any means, but represents how a driver can have fun on the road... legally. Nothing will throw you back in your seat and put a grin on your face, while still looking amazing, like this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2014