• One of the best factory cars ever. So much for so little …be prepared to spend a little more for parts, but nothing compared to it's peers..

  • To my eye the lines of the 3000 GT have held up very well over the years. A bonus is that it doesn't look like anything else. The Twin Turbo is the one to get because these cars weigh close to two tons.

  • Mitsubishi's built a few brilliant cars (anyone remember the old – I mean OLD, like 1982 old – Colt Turbo? My appreciation of the Evo line ends with IX, the tall, slabby, tubby X just doesn't cut it (was interesting to look back at that Lightning Lap article posted under the Cobalt SS and note that the Cobalt beat the pants off both the Evo and the STi), but a wingless Evo VIII or IX in gray or white is a nice stealth rocket.

    These…I'm less convinced. They were part of that era when the Japanese – think Infiniti Q45a – were doing all kinds of stuff that looked great on paper but wasn't really all that on the road. These things were right on 4000lb if I recall correctly and you could definitely feel the averdupois.

  • I like the VR-4 as well as the 300zx but the true king of this generation is the Supra. It is just a nasty car, especially with 1000hp.

  • The subject of “chick cars” has appeared before here on DT, but if there was ever a “dude car”, surely this model must be included. I can’t ever recall seeing a woman driving one of these.

    I must admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of these, which is surprising for me. They’ve always seemed odd to me; too big, fast but with very little feeling, faddish, overly laden with gadgets and not quite a GT. And yet, they still catch my eye when I see one.

    The Spyder is the pick of the litter, obviously. If there ever was a 90s Japanese car that has all the making of a future collectible, that would be a good bet. 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder VR-4 with 40K miles for sale.

    It would also be worthwhile checking out the identical Dodge Stealth R/T if I were interested in one. Which I’m not, I swear. But by skipping the Mitsu badge, the value drops even lower. Here’s one for less money that sounds like it survived a minor fender-bender. That may mean this isn’t a good purchase or it might be just fine.

    Some interesting data; the car featured here on DT weighed roughly 3803 pounds. Weight varied a bit over the years, with the heaviest in 1996 for the Spyder VR-4 coming in at 4123 pounds and the lightest, also in 1996, for the Stealth R/T Turbo at 3671 pounds. Clearly, the convertible hardtop added weight. My guess is that the 96 Dodge had fewer gadgets or something, in addition to the smaller wing.

    Driving a non-turbo version of this car would make me distinctly unhappy.

    So here’s my question for my fellow DTers; Spyder aside and the stock performance specs (easily overcome, as testified to multiple times here on DT), why would you choose this over a DSM coupe, especially given the higher residual value? Obviously, the market spoke and the DSMs outlasted the 3000GT/Stealth twins, but DTers are not your everyday, average consumer…

  • the downfall of Mitsu saddens me. I have a 1995 Montero as a 3rd vehicle and it makes me smile every time I drive it. You can tell they were trying to make the best car they could and it still shows. I wish they made something today that remotely compares.

    • Agreed. Their current lineup is anything but inspiring. Which is too bad. I also miss the Montero/Pajero, but sales were dismal towards the end, so who can blame them for killing that model here in the States. The L200 is ancient too, but maybe they'll bring it back if the new Colorado takes off (hopefully). But the real crime is that they don't offer the Delica D:5 here. But NOBODY (except me) would buy that. So they're in a pickle, with no new, compelling offerings. It's starting to look a lot like a certain Swedish company. cough *Saab* cough

      I recently mentioned the Delica here on DT. Much merriment was made and it caused quite a stir. As in, a dialtone…Bueller? Bueller?

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  • I have a friend who designed the current but aging Eclipse. He actually quit his job over the management of his design.
    His Prototype:
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    What it turned out as:

    He said that the demographic studies showed that women that drove FWD automatics were going to buy the Eclipse.
    His concept was much more radical.
    I still think it is super cool that he has designed a car that you see all over the place. He doesn't feel the same way.
    He ended up quitting and going to work for Jesse James. Those are some good stories!

    • He went to work for…Jesse James!?! Wow, that is weird. What a strange direction in career. His concept car was amazing and his ideas are still recognizable throughout the range since. Thanks for sharing that, Sean!

  • Mitsubishi has been sold under various names, including Mitsubishi Space Wagon, Mitsubishi Nimbus and Mitsubishi Expo. Get this car repair manuals pdf of Mitsubishi in that website.

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