Likes

  • Arguably the forgotten JDM performance hero.
  • Makes for a superb GT car.
  • Loaded with tech and features.
  • Excellent support community.

Dislikes

  • Quite the list of common reliability concerns.
  • Availability of parts is becoming very difficult.
  • Many have been abused and poorly modified.
  • Maybe not for everyone.

Stuff you should know

The Mitsubishi 3000GT and GTO (1990-2000) was the flagship performance car for Mitsubishi, produced during the 1990s

  • Featured advanced technology like all-wheel drive (AWD) and adaptive dampers.
  • All-wheel steering (AWS) and active aerodynamics enhanced handling and stability.
  • Bi-modal exhaust system offered variable exhaust sound and performance:
  • Powered by a 3.0 L V6 engine in all variants.
  • The majority of models, especially in Australia, had a twin-turbo setup.
  • Twin-turbo models had significant mechanical differences from naturally aspirated versions.
  • 6G72 engine is also used in various Mitsubishi, Dodge, Chrysler, and Hyundai vehicles.
  • Known as the GTO in Japan; grey import models in Australia are also called GTOs.
  • Called the 3000GT in most other regions; some North American models are branded as the Dodge Stealth.
  • Some North American base models had front-wheel drive only:
  • 1994 update added more technology, and power, and removed pop-up headlights:
  • 1997 update included a subtle facelift and removal of some features due to economic factors:
  • 1999 update introduced more aggressive styling and the VR4’s inverted airfoil spoiler.
  • Variants included GTO SR, GTO MR, Beckenbauer Edition, 3000GT VR4, 3000GT SL, and Spyder.
  • 3000GT outsold Nissan 300ZX, Mazda RX-7, and Toyota Supra combined.
  • Despite strong sales, it does not receive the same adoration as other JDM classics.
  • Current prices start around $10,000; many examples have been poorly modified or mistreated.
  • Affordable pricing has led to a range of conditions and potential issues in used models.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • Active Aerodynamics:
    • Generally reliable but some owners report issues where it stops working or works unevenly.
    • Repairing active aero components can be challenging after an accident due to the difficulty in sourcing parts.
  • Pop-Up Headlights:
    • Check all functions and ensure they do not foul on the bodywork.
    • Updated non-pop-up headlights may accumulate condensation, especially if modified.
  • Exterior Components:
    • Outer door rubbers are prone to degradation over time.
    • Red models are particularly susceptible to paint fade without proper care.
    • Inspect for scratches, dings, and signs of accident damage or poor repairs, common due to previous owners’ tight budgets.
  • Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS):
    • Issues often related to age; flashing light on the selector could indicate sensor wire problems or ECS controller faults.
    • Mitsubishi no longer manufactures ECS controllers.
    • No light on the selector might be due to a blown bulb or deliberate removal to hide issues.
    • Many owners replace the ECS with aftermarket struts; ensure quality components are used due to the car’s weight.

Interior:

  • Electrical Components:
    • Verify that all buttons and switches (mirrors, windows, climate control) function correctly.
    • Non-working components could hint at larger electronic issues like ECU capacitor failures.
  • Dashboard Lights:
    • Ensure all lights illuminate upon ignition; missing lights may indicate unplugged bulbs to hide problems.
  • Aftermarket Installations:
    • Check the quality and installation of aftermarket head units and features.
  • Interior Trim:
    • Sun exposure can damage fabrics and plastics; replacements or re-trimming might be necessary.
    • Interiors tend to withstand sun and wear better than similar-era Nissans and Mazdas.

Mechanical:

  • Engine:
    • Mitsubishi 6G7 engines (mid-80s to 2005) are reliable but prone to leaking valve stem seals.
    • Naturally aspirated (NA) versions are less performance-oriented, similar to Mitsubishi Magna underpinnings.
    • Turbo models are mechanically different and more complex but not inherently unreliable.
  • Maintenance:
    • Common “old car” issues include timing belts and rubber components.
    • Early ECU issues involve failing capacitors and circuit boards; Generation 3 ECUs are more reliable and can be retrofitted to older models.

Transmissions:

  • NA Automatic Transmission:
    • Common issue with the Transmission Control Module (TCU).
  • AWD Versions:
    • Generation 1 transfer case is weak and prone to breaking; Generation 2 and later models use a

Exterior:

  • Active Aerodynamics:
    • Generally reliable but some owners report issues where it stops working or works unevenly.
    • Repairing active aero components can be challenging after an accident due to the difficulty in sourcing parts.
  • Pop-Up Headlights:
    • Check all functions and ensure they do not foul on the bodywork.
    • Updated non-pop-up headlights may accumulate condensation, especially if modified.
  • Exterior Components:
    • Outer door rubbers are prone to degradation over time.
    • Red models are particularly susceptible to paint fade without proper care.
    • Inspect for scratches, dings, and signs of accident damage or poor repairs, common due to previous owners’ tight budgets.
  • Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS):
    • Issues often related to age; flashing light on the selector could indicate sensor wire problems or ECS controller faults.
    • Mitsubishi no longer manufactures ECS controllers.
    • No light on the selector might be due to a blown bulb or deliberate removal to hide issues.
    • Many owners replace the ECS with aftermarket struts; ensure quality components are used due to the car’s weight.

Interior:

  • Electrical Components:
    • Verify that all buttons and switches (mirrors, windows, climate control) function correctly.
    • Non-working components could hint at larger electronic issues like ECU capacitor failures.
  • Dashboard Lights:
    • Ensure all lights illuminate upon ignition; missing lights may indicate unplugged bulbs to hide problems.
  • Aftermarket Installations:
    • Check the quality and installation of aftermarket head units and features.
  • Interior Trim:
    • Sun exposure can damage fabrics and plastics; replacements or re-trimming might be necessary.
    • Interiors tend to withstand sun and wear better than similar-era Nissans and Mazdas.

Mechanical:

  • Engine:
    • Mitsubishi 6G7 engines (mid-80s to 2005) are reliable but prone to leaking valve stem seals.
    • Naturally aspirated (NA) versions are less performance-oriented, similar to Mitsubishi Magna underpinnings.
    • Turbo models are mechanically different and more complex but not inherently unreliable.
  • Maintenance:
    • Common “old car” issues include timing belts and rubber components.
    • Early ECU issues involve failing capacitors and circuit boards; Generation 3 ECUs are more reliable and can be retrofitted to older models.

Transmissions:

  • NA Automatic Transmission:
    • Common issue with the Transmission Control Module (TCU).
  • AWD Versions:
    • Generation 1 transfer case is weak and prone to breaking; Generation 2 and later models use a stronger steel transfer case, which is interchangeable with earlier models.
  • Twin Turbo Models:
    • Equipped with Getrag transmissions, which may develop synchro problems and require specific oil.
    • Repairs can be extremely expensive if serious issues occur.

General Concerns:

  • Neglect and Modifications:
    • Biggest issues arise from neglect, mistreatment, and poor modifications by previous owners.
    • A pre-purchase inspection is critical to identify potential problems.

Exterior:

  • Active Aerodynamics:
    • Generally reliable but some owners report issues where it stops working or works unevenly.
    • Repairing active aero components can be challenging after an accident due to the difficulty in sourcing parts.
  • Pop-Up Headlights:
    • Check all functions and ensure they do not foul on the bodywork.
    • Updated non-pop-up headlights may accumulate condensation, especially if modified.
  • Exterior Components:
    • Outer door rubbers are prone to degradation over time.
    • Red models are particularly susceptible to paint fade without proper care.
    • Inspect for scratches, dings, and signs of accident damage or poor repairs, common due to previous owners’ tight budgets.
  • Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS):
    • Issues often related to age; flashing light on the selector could indicate sensor wire problems or ECS controller faults.
    • Mitsubishi no longer manufactures ECS controllers.
    • No light on the selector might be due to a blown bulb or deliberate removal to hide issues.
    • Many owners replace the ECS with aftermarket struts; ensure quality components are used due to the car’s weight.

Interior:

  • Electrical Components:
    • Verify that all buttons and switches (mirrors, windows, climate control) function correctly.
    • Non-working components could hint at larger electronic issues like ECU capacitor failures.
  • Dashboard Lights:
    • Ensure all lights illuminate upon ignition; missing lights may indicate unplugged bulbs to hide problems.
  • Aftermarket Installations:
    • Check the quality and installation of aftermarket head units and features.
  • Interior Trim:
    • Sun exposure can damage fabrics and plastics; replacements or re-trimming might be necessary.
    • Interiors tend to withstand sun and wear better than similar-era Nissans and Mazdas.

Mechanical:

  • Engine:
    • Mitsubishi 6G7 engines (mid-80s to 2005) are reliable but prone to leaking valve stem seals.
    • Naturally aspirated (NA) versions are less performance-oriented, similar to Mitsubishi Magna underpinnings.
    • Turbo models are mechanically different and more complex but not inherently unreliable.
  • Maintenance:
    • Common “old car” issues include timing belts and rubber components.
    • Early ECU issues involve failing capacitors and circuit boards; Generation 3 ECUs are more reliable and can be retrofitted to older models.

Transmissions:

  • NA Automatic Transmission:
    • Common issue with the Transmission Control Module (TCU).
  • AWD Versions:
    • Generation 1 transfer case is weak and prone to breaking; Generation 2 and later models use a stronger steel transfer case, which is interchangeable with earlier models.
  • Twin Turbo Models:
    • Equipped with Getrag transmissions, which may develop synchro problems and require specific oil.
    • Repairs can be extremely expensive if serious issues occur.

General Concerns:

  • Neglect and Modifications:
    • Biggest issues arise from neglect, mistreatment, and poor modifications by previous owners.
    • A pre-purchase inspection is critical to identify potential problems.

Should you buy it?

Out of all the halo Japanese performance cars of the 1990s, the Mitsubishi 3000GT might have initially seemed less appealing when new. However, today, it could be the best choice for enthusiasts.

All 90s JDM legends require care, attention, and a substantial savings account to maintain. The 3000GT stands out with an asking price often tens of thousands of dollars less than its more celebrated counterparts like the Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra, and Mazda RX-7. The 3000GT is potentially more usable and easier to live with as a daily driver. With the right modifications, it can hold its own in terms of sheer performance against its more famous rivals.

The cost of modifications and general maintenance for the 3000GT can often be more affordable compared to its more obvious alternatives. It’s crucial to find a well-maintained example and have it thoroughly inspected before purchasing. Allocate a few thousand dollars for potential upkeep to ensure the car remains in top condition.

In summary, the Mitsubishi 3000GT offers an appealing combination of performance, usability, and affordability, making it a special car for the right buyer.

Out of all the halo Japanese performance cars of the 1990s, the Mitsubishi 3000GT might have initially seemed less appealing when new. However, today, it could be the best choice for enthusiasts.

All 90s JDM legends require care, attention, and a substantial savings account to maintain. The 3000GT stands out with an asking price often tens of thousands of dollars less than its more celebrated counterparts like the Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra, and Mazda RX-7. The 3000GT is potentially more usable and easier to live with as a daily driver. With the right modifications, it can hold its own in terms of sheer performance against its more famous rivals.

The cost of modifications and general maintenance for the 3000GT can often be more affordable compared to its more obvious alternatives. It’s crucial to find a well-maintained example and have it thoroughly inspected before purchasing. Allocate a few thousand dollars for potential upkeep to ensure the car remains in top condition.

In summary, the Mitsubishi 3000GT offers an appealing combination of performance, usability, and affordability, making it a special car for the right buyer.

Should you buy it?

Out of all the halo Japanese performance cars of the 1990s, the Mitsubishi 3000GT might have initially seemed less appealing when new. However, today, it could be the best choice for enthusiasts.

All 90s JDM legends require care, attention, and a substantial savings account to maintain. The 3000GT stands out with an asking price often tens of thousands of dollars less than its more celebrated counterparts like the Nissan GT-R, Toyota Supra, and Mazda RX-7. The 3000GT is potentially more usable and easier to live with as a daily driver. With the right modifications, it can hold its own in terms of sheer performance against its more famous rivals.

The cost of modifications and general maintenance for the 3000GT can often be more affordable compared to its more obvious alternatives. It’s crucial to find a well-maintained example and have it thoroughly inspected before purchasing. Allocate a few thousand dollars for potential upkeep to ensure the car remains in top condition.

In summary, the Mitsubishi 3000GT offers an appealing combination of performance, usability, and affordability, making it a special car for the right buyer.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

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$30

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Models, pricing & features

Mitsubishi GTO-5

3000 GT / GTO

Price when new: $118,970

Price used: $10,000 - $70,000

Features (may vary depending on model)

  • Sports seats
  • Dual power remote side mirrors with electric defrost
  • Projector fog lamps
  • 7-way adjustable driver’s seat with 5-way power adjustments
  • Leather interior seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and side panels
  • Fabric upholstery (base models)
  • Automatic climate control with magnetic clutch AC, manual disable
  • Electronic pictographic display
  • CFC-free refrigerant
  • Power windows with power reserve
  • Power door locks with security logic
  • Full function cruise control (two-stage with stand-by)
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Security system with electronic disable controls and transistor-controlled engine disable
  • Infinity stereo system (AM/FM-2, cassette, 6-disc CD changer), 240 watt, 8 speakers, separate amplifier, graphic equalizer, anti-theft control, steering wheel-mounted remote controls, diversity dual antennae with motorized mast
  • Passenger door controls lock out
  • Auto side window down
  • Active-aero overrides
  • Rear window and side mirrors – electric defrost, front and side windows – heat defrost
  • Removable sunroof with removable sunshade and front deflector
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Auto-dimming interior lights with overrides
  • Vanity mirrors with light

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 2-door lift-back coupe


Engine Specs

  • 3.0 L V6, DOHC, 24v (6G72)

168 kW (225 hp) and 275 Nm (203 lb-ft)

  • 3.0 L V6, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo (6G72)

210 kW (281 hp) and 407 Nm (300 lb-ft)

239 kW (320 hp) and 427 Nm (315 lb-ft) from Series 2


Transmission

  • 4-speed automatic (INVECS introduced 1992)
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual (1993 onwards)


Fuel Consumption

  • Don’t ask


Length

  • 4,600 mm


Width

  • 1,840 mm


Height

  • 1,285 mm


Wheelbase

  • 2,470 mm


Kerb Weight

  • 1,420 kg – 1,695 kg (3,285 lb)


ANCAP Rating

  • N/A

Body Styles

  • 2-door lift-back coupe


Engine Specs

  • 3.0 L V6, DOHC, 24v (6G72)

168 kW (225 hp) and 275 Nm (203 lb-ft)

  • 3.0 L V6, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo (6G72)

210 kW (281 hp) and 407 Nm (300 lb-ft)

239 kW (320 hp) and 427 Nm (315 lb-ft) from Series 2


Transmission

  • 4-speed automatic (INVECS introduced 1992)
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual (1993 onwards)


Fuel Consumption

  • Don’t ask


Length

  • 4,600 mm


Width

  • 1,840 mm


Height

  • 1,285 mm


Wheelbase

  • 2,470 mm


Kerb Weight

  • 1,420 kg – 1,695 kg (3,285 lb)


ANCAP Rating

  • N/A

Body Styles

  • 2-door lift-back coupe


Engine Specs

  • 3.0 L V6, DOHC, 24v (6G72)

168 kW (225 hp) and 275 Nm (203 lb-ft)

  • 3.0 L V6, DOHC, 24v, twin-turbo (6G72)

210 kW (281 hp) and 407 Nm (300 lb-ft)

239 kW (320 hp) and 427 Nm (315 lb-ft) from Series 2


Transmission

  • 4-speed automatic (INVECS introduced 1992)
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual (1993 onwards)


Fuel Consumption

  • Don’t ask


Length

  • 4,600 mm


Width

  • 1,840 mm


Height

  • 1,285 mm


Wheelbase

  • 2,470 mm


Kerb Weight

  • 1,420 kg – 1,695 kg (3,285 lb)


ANCAP Rating

  • N/A

Warranty & servicing

WARRANTY

  • N/A

SERVICING

  • 12 months / 10,000 kms

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