Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:54 am Post subject: 3000gt vr4/Stealth RT-TT
Seeking information on the car I wanted to own before I found my Impala: a Dodge Stealth or Mitsubishi 3000gt. Has to be AWD TT, so my sights are set. What I'd like to know is if anyone here has had one or heard from a friend if the maintenance and work on theses cars is a real pain or not as bad as the hype? Any reliability concerns, common failures, repair difficulties etc. vs the pros of the car that would either make me go for it or search for something else; unbiased opinions/criticism. Hoping to hear your thoughts on this, guys. TIA
I haven't owned one, but a buddy of mine in college bought one and I help him work on it all the time. It was incredible to drive, but a nightmare to maintain (plus you really need a second car for the inevitable down time). Parts were incredibly expensive and after he had to replace the engine block to the tune of 5000 bucks, his wife made him sell it because it was bleeding them dry.
At the end of the day, if you can do all the work yourself it may be possible to afford one, but if you are gonna need to pay a shop to do the work, you are much better getting something else.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
Mitsu 4 cyls. from 99-03 are indestructible (non-turbo).
I have no personal experience with the turbo'd motors, b/c I never worked on the Eclipse we had for a few winters.
I would have to agree with Iffy on the fact that unless you're going to do all the work yourself and have the funds to go all out ...
You may end up over your head. (These "sports cars" tend to be ragged on by their owners)
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I worked at a Mitsubishi dealership, in parts, a few years ago. It's not hype. What is not discontinued, is very expensive. Between automatic spoilers not working properly, or idle control valves going out, you'll need a parts car if you want to own a reliable one. Also, take a good hard look at the engine bay. You'll realize that in order to work on anything, you'll need to take something else off first, and so on and so on. LOL
Thanks for all the input, guys. I know maintenance is a big factor with these cars, but I feel like the discount from working at a parts place and having a friend who has a vr4 (which he recently repaired after 4 months of down time ) might help with taking some of the load off.
I agree with you on the appearance comment, PushrodPower, the vr4 do look better than the stealth
Im still thinking the decision through, that way I hopefully avoid a situation where I get stuck throwing money into it
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