RE: Mitsubishi 3000GT: Spotted

RE: Mitsubishi 3000GT: Spotted

Thursday 6th December

Mitsubishi 3000GT: Spotted

No, it wasn't a proper rival for the Honda NSX. But the 3000GT didn't lack technological ambition



Some cars are brimmed with so much tech that you have to wonder if anything inside them will work in a few years time. Just look at smartphones; they have a tendency to become laggy and unresponsive in just a couple of years. Will scrap yards of the late 2020s be filled with mechanically sound cars written off for a completely failed dashboard infotainment system or unresponsive active suspension technology? It's a scary thought.

It's also not a new one. People have been nervous of complex cars for years and with good reason. Scare stories about used cars worth less than the cost of fixing a complicated electrical gremlin are legion, after all. But not all high tech models fit the bill. Take the Mitsubishi 3000GT, for example.

When this low-set Japanese two-door arrived in 1990, it was stuffed with digital kit. That it had four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering made it seem advanced enough, but it was the electronically controlled suspension, active aerodynamics and digital climate control screen (with colour graphics!) that left it looking like a car from the next century. And yet Japanese build quality was such that even with a gazillion things to go wrong, most remained faithful to their owner.


It's a shame then that the 2+2 model never quite captured the hearts and minds of customers in the same way the Honda NSX did. Sure, the 3000GT looked a bit like someone described a Ferrari to the designer over the phone, but it had exotic hardware, with a twin-turbocharged 24v 3.0-litre providing the muscle to that intelligent, digital chassis setup. Of course that made it heavy, too, meaning that it could never hope to rival Honda's mid-engined supercar where it counted.

In fact, despite being quick in a straight line - it used 280hp to hit 60mph in 5.7 seconds - it couldn't have been more of contrast to the NSX. The 3000GT felt lazy around corners with a numb variable steering system and the dynamic balance seemed to prioritise understeer over enjoyment. Truth be told, it was a bit unwieldy on a British B-road. Which is a shame.

Think then of the 3000GT as less of a performance car and more of a well-equipped luxury machine dressed in exotic clothing. Driven at seven tenths it was effortless and comfortable, and with all that kit to play with it felt like a premium machine. It needed to be, of course, with a list price of around £42,000, which made it pricier than a Porsche 968 was in the mid-90s.


Today, however, when cars like this are bought less for their driving dynamics and more because of nostalgia, coolness and investment value, the Mitsubishi is looking increasingly appealing. Which is probably why someone has gone through all the trouble of importing one from Japan to offer it as one of the cleanest available in the UK market.

Our latest Spotted is a fresh import with "low mileage" - although the advertiser declines to report exactly what that means - aside from saying the car is in "superb condition". Just look at the underside - with no British road salt to have graced its bottom there's little more than a couple of rusty bolts. An investment opportunity? For anyone who first encountered the car while holding a Playstation controller, the sentimental value alone might make it worth the £9k asking price.


SPECIFICATIONS - MITSUBISHI 3000GT
Engine:
2,972cc, V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Power(hp): 280@6,000rpm
Torque(lb ft): 315@2,500rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1997
Recorded mileage: One to check!
Price new: £42,000 (1998)
Yours for: £8,991

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jzakariya

Original Poster:

36 posts

54 months

Thursday 6th December
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Loved these at the time, Dodge sold them as the Stealth in the US. I prefer the look of the non-facelift models though. The facelift to the front lights just isn't as cool as the originals.

Loplop

1,645 posts

121 months

Thursday 6th December
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One of the few vehicles that always seemed cooler on Gran Turismo rather than in the flesh.

Wonder if the later VR4 models with the big pie rack on the back are any better in the twisties...

theholygrail

210 posts

104 months

Thursday 6th December
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Have often been tempted by these, they do look quite good value really. But a bit tacky-looking IMO. Ended up buying an unmodified imported 90s Supra which was fast and extraordinarily comfortable but ultimately not in the least sporty, disappointingly.

406dogvan

5,295 posts

201 months

Thursday 6th December
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2 of the most amusing jobs I've done were on one of these...

The first had a misfire - not difficult to find and fix (they may have computers galore but they still have distributors!!)
The owner had stored a lot of spare parts in the boot of the car - we were to use whatever we needed.
The owner had also fitted a large wing which bolted to the rear wings so you literally could not open the boot more than about 4" to access said parts!!

The second had recently had a gearbox overhaul and wouldn't shift correctly - I spent a while with the HUGE amount of online specs/manuals (the existence of these as Dodge Stealths increases knowledge about them enormously) which included the "never gets boring" diagnostic methods of "sticking paperclips in sockets"
I eventually found that 2 of the harness connectors were identical (same shape/key/colour) and were simply plugged-in the wrong way around ;0

Never a dull day with a 3000GT - the 'space age' dash is lovely ;0

Iamnotkloot

218 posts

83 months

Thursday 6th December
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A good looking thing but they were slated for their dynamic failings back in the day (EVO use to slate it on a regular, humorous basis) - I guess the stodgy steering and soft suspension can be fixed but at what cost?
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MX6

3,856 posts

149 months

Thursday 6th December
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I always really liked these, along with the various other '90's Japanese sports coupes. Unfortunately they are attracting quite chunky money now, mainly becuase they have become old, and hence rare and interesting.

I'd say these 3000GT's, like Supra's, Skyline's, etc. want modifying to turn it into more of a high performance proposition as opposed to the GT-ish standard set-up.

It was more fun when these coupes of the period were just cheap old RWD/4WD coupe platforms to dick about with, now the values have gone north and they are becoming "classic" cars then that is much harder to justify. Personally, if I had one of these I'd want to pull out all the superfluous electronic gubbins and run a more simplistic set-up with coilovers and the minimum needed to run the motor. Plus more boost, of course.

RuthlessGK

48 posts

52 months

Thursday 6th December
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Still to this day i want a Mitsubishi GTO/3000GT.
One day i will get one. Regardless of some of the possible issues lol.

Zaff

borat52

119 posts

144 months

Thursday 6th December
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Dad has had one since 2003, it’s a 1993, first of the facelifts.
Relatively cheap to run over the 75k miles he’s done in it. Transfer box needed replacing, gearbox lost reverse, some drive shaft bearings done and just general clutch/ball joint stuff. None of this was very expensive - Eurospec in camberly are the authority on these.

Other than that trouble free. Once you realise it’s not a sports car it makes a bit more sense and the boot is huge. Very dated by today’s standards though.

Gecko1978

2,112 posts

93 months

Thursday 6th December
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it's going to kill the thread but I used to want one of these untill I saw a documentary with Ann Widicomb where she went to live with a man then known as Britain's laziest 2 wives 15 kids had one of these on the drive. Red with white aftermarket wheels.

Today said man is better known as Mick Philpoy the total who killed most of his own children in a ofire....so do I want Mick the s car....nah I will pass

Edit his name is Philpot typo in the above

Edited by Gecko1978 on Thursday 6th December 14:30

Kingdom35

303 posts

21 months

Thursday 6th December
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Gecko1978 said:
it's going to kill the thread but I used to want one of these untill I saw a documentary with Ann Widicomb where she went to live with a man then known as Britain's laziest 2 wives 15 kids had one of these on the drive. Red with white aftermarket wheels.

Today said man is better known as Mick Philpoy the total who killed most of his own children in a fire....so do I want Mick the s car....nah I will pass
I saw that programme too...I had a GTO myself once, for all of about 5mins. I remember this episode and thinking how the hell did he afford to run/maintain and buy that car in the first instance.

Is that second comment a joke? Was he really Mick Philpott? Cant be, surely!


mrtwisty

2,448 posts

101 months

Thursday 6th December
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Why the constant comparisons to the NSX in the article? One is a front engined GT, the other a Mid engined supercar. A more appropriate comparitor would be the Supra surely?

Always thought these looked pretty good.

Oh and yes, Philpott did have a red one. The .

Kingdom35

303 posts

21 months

Thursday 6th December
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mrtwisty said:
Why the constant comparisons to the NSX in the article? One is a front engined GT, the other a Mid engined supercar. A more appropriate comparitor would be the Supra surely?

Always thought these looked pretty good.

Oh and yes, Philpott did have a red one. The .
I run an Instagram page and funny enough I did a head to head yesterday between the Supra v NSX, guess which won?

Ive just googled, so he did. Ann said she feared for her life in 2007....looks like she was right. The scumbag

Gecko1978

2,112 posts

93 months

Thursday 6th December
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Kingdom35 said:
Gecko1978 said:
it's going to kill the thread but I used to want one of these untill I saw a documentary with Ann Widicomb where she went to live with a man then known as Britain's laziest 2 wives 15 kids had one of these on the drive. Red with white aftermarket wheels.

Today said man is better known as Mick Philpoy the total who killed most of his own children in a fire....so do I want Mick the s car....nah I will pass
I saw that programme too...I had a GTO myself once, for all of about 5mins. I remember this episode and thinking how the hell did he afford to run/maintain and buy that car in the first instance.

Is that second comment a joke? Was he really Mick Philpott? Cant be, surely!
Typo he was is Mick Philpot. Miaread his wife is out of gaol now he is still inside. I think 15 sets of child benefit and other income support went on the car. But yeah ever since I saw that I just thought of him every 3000gt I see.

Elliotmcclure

2 posts

Thursday 6th December
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This is not really a fair assessment of The 3000gt/gto and stealth. The v6 and 4wd mean that it goes like hell. I am not the best driver in the world and have done a 13.4 s quarter mile in my stock gto( at Crail raceway ) which is pretty respectable. In the corners the gto feels pretty stable. To get the car to understeer you have to be driving like a bit of a baffoon . When exciting corners you can get the back end to step out a little if you are not carefull with your throttle application but it's relatively easy to counter. Yes some the tech may eventually break but it's nothing that can be replaced. the systems are not that complicated meaning any one with basic knowledge and tools can do it. Have a good day

Edited by Elliotmcclure on Thursday 6th December 19:19

Elliotmcclure

2 posts

Thursday 6th December
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This is not really a fair accesment of The 3000gt/gto and stealth. The v6 and 4wd mean that it goes like hell. I am not the best driver in the world and have done a 13.4 s quarter mile in my stock gto( at Crail raceway ) which is pretty respectable. In the corners the gto feels pretty stable. To get the car to understeer you have to be driving like a bit of a baffoon . When exciting corners you can get the back end to step out a little if you are not carefull with your throttle application but it's relatively easy to counter. Yes some the tech may eventually break but it's nothing that can be replaced. the systems are not that complicated meaning any one with basic knowledge and tools can do it. Have a good day

bozzy.

103 posts

14 months

Thursday 6th December
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Elliotmcclure said:
accesment
Say what???

Mr Micawber

53 posts

90 months

Thursday 6th December
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MY Dad had one of these back in the 90's.

It was a maroon Jap import one that he bought to replace a brilliant Renault GTA turbo.

The car was plenty quick, but always felt a bit fat and lazy. Nice enough, but didn't feel particularly special - although the tech in it at the time seemed like stuff of spaceships.


Ocellia

147 posts

85 months

Thursday 6th December
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You're right about technology. friend had a Peugeot (807?) written off....because they couldn't fix the computer THAT WORKED THE WIPERS!

Love this Mitsubishi. Pity it ain't an Auto.

Chestrockwell

1,123 posts

93 months

Thursday 6th December
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Plug Life

944 posts

27 months

Thursday 6th December
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Gecko1978 said:
Typo he was is Mick Philpot.
Philpott