i'm looking at purchasing a 93 vr4 with 80,000 miles. what do i need to look out for as far as potential problems? what are some good questions to ask the owner? specifics would be great. thanks,
Check to see if the 60K service was done, Ask if the tranny output shaft and transfer case input gear have een checked. This is very important since I never checked mine and that is what ended up going. One nice thing is that it has the 4 bolt motor and also most of the parts are similar to the 94+(shifer,linkage,odometer sender) Also you can put on 16 inch rims if you need it for the winter, slightly smaller front brake calipers.
I have a 93 VR4 and love it.
The VR4 and Stealth Twin Turbo are, for the money the best exotic sports car
value on the planet, bar none. The extras are too numerous to list. Let it
suffice to say Consumer Reports called the Stealth RTTT a "Technological
tour de force". Motor Trend: "Think of it as an affordable Ferrari 348."
Road and Track: "The most outragious bod since the Lamborghini Countach",
"it's accelleration earns the Dodge Stealth (RTTT) a place on the eliet
registry of the worlds supercars." The Twin Turbo's are also one of the top
ten fastest production cars in the world. Nuff said.
As for the problems, the key to avoiding them is finding a car with low
milage that has been meticulously taken care of by it's owner and has not
been drag raced or abused and taken care of. Personally contact the owner,
this is vital. Do a CarFax vin check on the car to see if it has been
damaged. Personally pay to have the vehicle throughly inspected. Set up an
inspection appointment with DANVER'S MITSUBISHI at a time that is agreeable
to the owner. They are just north of Boston located in Danvers, Mass. They
are honest and reliable, have him bring it there and have them run a total
inspeciton of the car. Also have them run a check on the vin number, they
will be able to pull up the repair history on the car if he has had it
serviced by a MITSUBISHI DEALERSHIP. The 60k servicing MUST HAVE BEEN DONE,
if not, FORGET ABOUT IT AND MOVE ON. If he refuses to give you the vin, or
to bring it in for an inspection, FORGET ABOUT IT AND MOVE ON, because he is
hiding something. Once you get ther car: Redline fluids in transmission,
transfer case and Mobile One Synthetic Oil, no power shifts or hammer
dropping. It took me almost 3 years to find her using the above criteria,
but my 1993 Stealth Twin Turbo AWD is the finest and most enjoyable car I
have ever owned. I was advised by nearly every 3SI member I contacted to
buy the Twin Turbo model over every other in order to avoid the "not enough
power" syndrome. They gave me wise counsel, I took their advise and never
DON'T BE IN A RUSH, TAKE YOUR TIME, find a good VR4 or Stealth RTTT (1993 or younger) and buy it.
There's a '92 or '93 Cherry Red VR-4 for sale here in Cincinnati, OH. 53,000 miles. They're asking ~$14K for it. I have no idea how good a shape it's in mechanically or if the timing belt job was done, but the body looks mint! E-mail me if you want me to look into it for you at: [email protected]
Do you have a good person at Danvers Mitsu to talk to about service? I need to ask about the input shaft on my 92 vr4 as it is making lots of noise in the am (synchros are OK so maybe i can actually get the trans fixed!?).
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