1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 (Page 2/2)
jaredaltizer JUN 09, 03:49 PM

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Originally posted by Patrick:

Different strokes for different folks. I much prefer the clean front styling of the earlier models.




I completely agree with you. Pop-up headlights are probably my favorite car trend and I am sad that they died out. Even though mine doesn't have the pop-ups, I could not refuse to own an all-wheel drive twin-turbo japanese halo car from the 90's that no one sees anymore. It's just like my Fiero in the ways that little kids see it and think its awesome, older people see it and get all nostalgic about it, and people my age like to have endless conversations about the cars.
railshot JUN 09, 04:15 PM

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Originally posted by jaredaltizer:


I completely agree with you. Pop-up headlights are probably my favorite car trend and I am sad that they died out. Even though mine doesn't have the pop-ups, I could not refuse to own an all-wheel drive twin-turbo japanese halo car from the 90's that no one sees anymore. It's just like my Fiero in the ways that little kids see it and think its awesome, older people see it and get all nostalgic about it, and people my age like to have endless conversations about the cars.



You did very well on this purchase.
I would love to have another VR4 (pop ups or not) someday, but still prefer the later years.

I am 65 and know what you mean about endless conversations, and the looks I get from some of the younger guys is priceless when they find out I actually owned and drove car x, y, or z.
Patrick JUN 09, 08:44 PM

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Originally posted by jaredaltizer:

1995 3000GT VR4 ...transmission synchros need replacing... I bought it for $850.00





Sweeeet!!! That's a lot of car for $850... with or without bad synchros and/or pop-up headlights.

Just how bad are the synchros? Perhaps you should read over the thread below. I had posted in it (copied below). but moved on when I instead went a different direction with the Subie. It would be great if possibly a different type of tranny fluid might be enough to alleviate the synchro issues with your VR4.


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Originally posted by Patrick in This thread:

I've been interested in this thread from the very start as I have a Formula with the infamous "Getrag rattle".

However, I've now also got added interest in this topic as I'm currently on the fence making a decision on whether to buy an earlier model Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4... which came from the factory with 5-spd Getrags... and which often suffer from "tired" synchros.

I don't wish to send this thread off in a totally different direction (let's keep it Fiero oriented), but if anyone has any comments or advice on what oil might be helpful to use in the 3000GT Getrag tranny, please send me a PM. Thanks.

[EDIT] I decided against buying a 3000GT VR4 (bought a JDM Subie instead), so I no longer require insight on the Mitsubishi's Getrag tranny.



[This message has been edited by Patrick (edited 06-10-2018).]

hnthomps JUN 13, 10:18 AM
Dodge Stealth and a Mitsubishi 3000 GT, both with the VR4 engine once resided at my house (at separate times of course). Both belonged to my youngest son but I did much of the maintenance on them and he did the turbo upgrade on the 3000 GT. They were fun to drive with a manual transmission and all wheel drive and very comfortable even at high rates of speed. The engine compartment is very crowded and somewhat difficult to work in/on when maintenance was required.

The Stealth engine blew one morning at 3:00 AM when the son was doing drifting in the parking lot after finishing work. He sold that vehicle and then purchased a 3000 GT. That car lasted much longer than the Stealth even after he installed upgraded turbos and some alcohol injection capability so he had that one for several years until he deployed to Iraq and left the car with a friend on base. When he got back, he discovered that the engine had a knock, there was a dent in the side of the car where it had been hit by a Hummer, and the paint and interior was damaged due to blowing dust, high winds, and dessert sun so it eventually also departed.

The weak point for both vehicles appeared to be the engine. It generally worked fine until around 75,000 miles and was then subject to main bearing failures. That is what happened to the Stealth. Based on research, this was not an uncommon circumstance with the VR4 engine (especially if it was driven hard). The 3000 GT also needed a new/rebuilt engine after a year or two but that was an issue caused when his ECU shorted (I saw the burned and arced board) and the car lost RPM control and went into an over speed condition that tossed a rod through the block. $6000 worth of engine repair/replacement and it was working fine until it was left in Texas on base (with a friend who had a key) for 18 months during his deployment. His "friend" departed the Army shortly after my son returned to the US and I was never able to determine what he really did to the car to cause the knock.

My summary is that both vehicles were fun to drive, accelerated nicely, handled well for a heavy car, and had good braking capability with an unique looking body style. I would consider buying one again but would be prepared for engine work around 75,000 miles.

Nelson