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Old 11-22-2012, 02:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey fellas,

Im hozza and I currently live in Brisbane.

ATM I drive a 1997 mitsubishi legnum, but am ready to move on.

I am looking at a car that will be a project for me.

I have found two different cars. But thats where it gets complicated.
This car is unmolested but requires a lot of work. Am a big fan of the white and I have talked to the owner he is willing to negotiate price. Also got the mechanics inspection of him.

Then there is this one which is meant to be just the head gasket. The owner of this car is a member on here and he has had some difficulties with the car but hasnt posted for a while. (thread of problems). This would be my preference but im worried its not just the head gasket.

I am a fully qualified auto Elec, and am no stranger to tools. Would be comfortable doing a head gasket replacement, but not a full hard out rebuild.
Just after some suggestions really.


Here is a couple of pictures of my Legnum.


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Old 11-22-2012, 03:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome dude. Head gasket also comes with other risks. Could be warped heads. If it sat for some time with water in the oil etc it could be a nightmare. But then it could be a simple head gasket install and heads decked and back on the road for peanuts......
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you.
I have contacted him about asking for more information about the gasket, still waiting for a reply.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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welcome aboard!
to be truely honest, your car is better than both those two GTO's in my opinion.
it looks like alot of heart and soul went into your car and the two GTO's don't look like they are going to be great buys.
Why not consider a 2nd Gen? You will be spending more money but atleast the 2nd gen came with a slightly better motor from what i gather, they also have more varients (MR, etc.) and you will probably find them in better condition.
either way, good luck with your purchase!

how much are you letting your legnum go for?
its a beautiful car mate!
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Mate.
I love my legnum there is nothing else like it. and the sleeper aspect is fun.

The only reason I am looking on the cheap side is to give me a project for the holidays.
Legnum is going for 12k(inconspicuous plug)
Im thinking of raising my budget and looking for something that can actually drive lol.
budget would be around 12-14k so if you have any options I am all ears.

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Old 11-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the Blue one looks best to me, it at least shows SOME signs of maintenance being done, if your happy to do the work yourself your in a damn good position to buy a GTO, as even though the work is not that hard to do, Mech's take one look at it and start adding zero's to their quotes.

heat gasket should really be a piece of piss, just make sure every part you use for the car is OEM and you'll be fine, the GTO engines will take a lot of shit before they give up!
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Mate.
I love my legnum there is nothing else like it. and the sleeper aspect is fun.

The only reason I am looking on the cheap side is to give me a project for the holidays.
Legnum is going for 12k(inconspicuous plug)
Im thinking of raising my budget and looking for something that can actually drive lol.
budget would be around 12-14k so if you have any options I am all ears.
Hmmm 12k hey?!
If only I had the spare cash.....not going towards my build.... :P
At the end of the day mate, best thing to do, is what you want. That's the only way you'll be satisfied. I bought my GTO against everyone's advice and bullshit hating. Guess who they all come to when they want a cool but different car for a cruise or formal or photoshoot?
I love my car. Wouldnt have bought it if I didn't. I've always wanted one. In fact, it was one of my dream cars, next to a Porsche 959 and 356A . Not many people can say they own their dream car.
If you are that keen to get into a GTO, then go for it. Just be mindful of what you are getting into and be sure to research before you buy.
I always love a 1st gen personally, just don't think the condition of most that are for sale a good option for someone new to the platform.
I still reckon you should look for a 2nd Gen.


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Old 11-27-2012, 02:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Very tidy, welcome!
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, A GTO is one of the cars that I always wanted to get. The only reason I bought the legnum over the GTO in the first place was because I thought I needed the space, turns out I dont have that many friends.

Im going to wait for a decent one to come up in my budget rather then buying one cause I can. In the mean time I will be gathering as much information I can from you guys.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Forget your friends! you'll make new ones
another reason i love my car is because people remember real quick that you aint a taxi love when people ask for a lift, i just say "yep! jump behind the drivers seat. if you can sit with your feet planted on the floor infront of you, you can come" my drivers seat is pretty far back not many people ask any more
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