Mitsubishi 3000 1997 gt
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1997 Mitsubishi 3000 GT review

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This is my Mitsubishi 3000 GT. It's a very well built car, goes like sh*t on a shovel, takes every launch like a champ and hasn’t let me down once after about two years of ownership/15,000km.

Fuel economy is terrible, but the way it repays you in smiles is worth every dollar. Parts are hard to get, but easy if you don’t mind shopping from Japan or ’Murica. I treat this car like a motorbike – you cannot drive it without smiling, getting constant looks and having a blast. Only 112 were sold in Australia and collectors are snapping up every one as even though the imported models are still rare, the Australian-delivered ones are even more so.

A six-speed manual gearbox, adjustable girth in the driver's seat, adjustable exhaust and four-wheel steering are some of the toys you get to play with on top of the supercar competing all-wheel-drive system.

The years 97–99 came with Sumitomo brakes and thicker rotors over the previous model, which actually got a better braking rating than F40 Brembos (yeah).

Don’t overthink it: if you’re coming into the corner a little hot, and feel the front tyres skipping slightly, don’t panic, just point and go, she will power out and take off.

To put it simply, the main reason I kept my GTO is because I could not find a worthy replacement without spending double the money. As she sits she owes me about $25K. I could get something faster for that. I could get something more modern with two doors. I could get something just as reliable/more reliable. But not all together!

The rate these Japanese icons seem to be inflating is great if you already own one, but considering R34 GT-Rs have doubled in the last five years, and RX-7s and Supras are worth $10K more, this car will either follow suit or be left behind, but right now the value couldn’t be better. I laugh at the idea of paying six figures for an R34 GT-R considering it still has plastic door trim, but that almost does the GTO a big favour. Six figures for plastic equals disappointment, but $15–$20K for a ’90s supercar equals ecstatic thrills!

Can you imagine owning a vehicle that’ll do 0–100km/h in 4.6 seconds 100 per cent stock that you can service yourself for $90? I think I’ve said enough.