1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT

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Mitsubishi 3000GT

1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT – $1500 (central Tucson)

1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT odometer: 168000

You’re looking at a Panama Green 1993 3000GT base 5-speed with 168,000 miles. The car has the DOHC 3.0L V6 rated at 222 HP. Not the fastest by today’s standards but always a blast to drive and certainly one of the most beautiful cars ever produced. Price is $1,500 firm.

Kelley Blue Book value is $2,300 in fair condition. I am discounting the price $800 from that due to a mechanical issue.

Specifically, it burns oil and smokes on acceleration after long idles. A valve stem seal replacement will probably fix the problem but I cannot guarantee it. Several shops have quoted me around $1,800 to do this job.

If you’re mechanically inclined, you can accomplish the job for a fraction of that price – the valve stem seals themselves cost under $50 for an entire set. There are some other issues that I want potential buyers to be aware of:

There is a very slow leak in the clutch system which appears to be coming from one of the hard lines (slave cylinder and flexible line were replaced earlier this year, master cylinder was replaced a couple years ago) – fluid leaks to about halfway mark in about two months. The engine runs hot with long highway drives in the summer and may overheat if not monitored – I’ve always watched the temp. gauge like a hawk and never let it get too hot, backing down to 65 mph on instances when the needle started to rise, but its an issue for sure.

It may be related to a bad valve stem seal (which could cause a hot spot). Again, this is only in the summer when temps are 90s and above and only on the highway during that season. Car has no problems in city at any time of year. The paint, being 20 years old, is in less than perfect condition, with peeling clear coat on the left front quarter panel, left door, rear spoiler, and above the windows, and the plastic exterior trim pieces are in pretty bad shape.

The door locks don’t work with the key, having been damaged in a break-in, but the car has keyless entry and alarm (Viper) now so it isn’t an issue really. The interior, including the seats which are cloth, is in pretty good shape with the exception of the dash vents which, like in most 3000GT’s, are cracked.

The manual transmission is still functioning well (with NO grinding), probably because I’ve always put the RIGHT fluid in there (GL-4). A/C blows cold, and always has – I’ve never recharged it (the way some people mask a problem). The car has an aftermarket Alpine stereo and Alpine door speakers which sound really nice.

I had a subwoofer and amp in the hatch but they got stolen. I’ll leave the wiring in place so you can quickly install your own if you want. I installed a new driver side power window motor assembly last year along with a new power antenna motor. New front brake rotors and brake pads all around were installed at 140K.

The 120K service, including new timing belt and water pump, was done at 120K. Receipts for everything. The wheels are 17 5Zigen FN01R-C’s in hyperblack. The tires have about 25% life remaining. Title is clean and clear.

To my knowledge, the only accident was when I was rear-ended last year – as you can see, the body shop did a really good job putting on a new rear bumper (I have pics of the bumper immediately after collision if you want to see the extent it had been damaged).

Despite the oil-burning issue, the engine fires immediately when the key is turned and pulls strongly, evidence of good compression. It has never failed to start.

This is a lot of car for the money and has become pretty rare. It still gets compliments sitting in drive-thrus and at stoplights. And the truth is, most 3000GT’s with original valve seals WILL start burning oil if they have over 120K miles, even if the seller doesn’t disclose it or conceals it with oil thickeners. So beware.

Currently with no place to work on the car and not willing to pay such a steep price for someone else to fix it, I’ve decided to move on and get a newer vehicle. I’ve owned the car since 2003 so I feel like it is time. But already having a replacement vehicle, I am in no rush to sell and feel the price is very fair, especially with other 3000GT’s on here priced twice or three times as much with the same issue and/or other issues (just not disclosed by the sellers).

While the price is firm, I will accept a deposit of $500 to hold the car for you until you can pay off the balance within a reasonable time frame.

Email me with any questions you may have or to schedule a time to view. I’m available weekdays after 5 and on weekends. Sorry for the novel but I wanted to be thorough because I know how irritating it can be when you invest time to drive out to see a car and there are many bad surprises the seller for some reason decided you didn’t deserve to know up-front.

Thanks for looking.

Location: central Tucson

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Posted: 2013-10-07, 8:59PM MST

Updated: 2013-11-19, 6:07PM MST

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