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Angry_Italian
Newbie


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235942 posted 03/17/17 04:32 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
heya VR-4 people,
I am looking at a 92 VR-4 this weekend and have been looking for a long time.
What should I be looking for? what would be a "deal breaker" issue?
I'm looking at 448/1000.

forgive me if this is listed somewhere, i just recently found this site and haven't torn though it completely yet.

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G
obsessed with the turds of others
486/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235943 posted 03/17/17 05:18 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Rust.



www.japanesenostalgiccar.com
www.nostalgic.co.jp

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FlyingEagle
Doesn't Match Anything


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235952 posted 03/18/17 08:54 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
G refers to what is usually found in the lower contact points of the rear of the front fenders behind the dog leg type trim, right in the wheel well. Lots of muck gets trapped down there and it rots that spot.

Other than that, check for frame integrity of the floor pan, rear subframe assembly, and general cleanliness of all bolt hardware on the suspension. This will help determine how hard it is to tear things apart should they ever need to be.
Door bottom seams, trunk seams, hood seems and windshield edging are the next spots of interest, including around the sunroof location should it be equipped.

If in good enough condition for your purposes, consider the condition of the engine and the proper shifting of the transmission and lack of noises from the center diff assembly and rear driveshaft/rear pumpkin. All of which is correctable, but would make for wiggle room on the purchase price of the car.

Hopefully it is a worthy example of a GVR4, for your sake, but be aware of sketchy looking mods and a user that may or may not be able to tell you why certain mods are installed and how they were performed.

We try to help anyone that can acquire one of these cars, but we rarely say walk away without very good reason, and stating the reason(s) should there be any. Know what you want out of the car, use that for you pricing and restoration budget. Don't expect a free ride from a car of this age, nor not having to wrench on it to get it to some level of certain repair status to assume proper daily, or other, driving status. There is a thread in the Newbie section I believe, probably a stick on what to look for when buying a car, a GVR4 or any other car from Mitsu of this vintage.

Enjoy the sales process but bring a knowledgeable third party who can advise you on obvious stand outs with regards to condition, driveability problems or lack of maintenance, and be able to work with the seller with these issues. Even blown shocks and bald inner tire treads might not be super visible from certain angle and with certain mods.

Don't buy a car at night and don't buy a car in the rain.

My thoughts.

Take your time and don't get swept away with nuance if the owner/seller gets all nostalgic and starts talking about pedigree, rally history, this car can take 400HP; critique the car properly.



C53A 1 of the ~1500

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FlyingEagle
Doesn't Match Anything


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235953 posted 03/18/17 08:57 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Put the car on a lift if possible, or the cars secondary position, 4 jack stands. A little tongue in cheek on that last one.



C53A 1 of the ~1500

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Angry_Italian
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235983 posted 03/21/17 03:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks for the info!
Current owner tells me the turbo is bad and the photo looks like the exhaust manifold(to inspect the turbo?) is not installed. I might have to walk away from this one.
I can replace all that but buying a non running car has always been problematic for me.
The int. looks to be in good shape. I am still on the fence about it.

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G
obsessed with the turds of others
486/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235991 posted 03/21/17 08:21 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Pics?



www.japanesenostalgiccar.com
www.nostalgic.co.jp

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FlyingEagle
Doesn't Match Anything


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1235994 posted 03/21/17 08:55 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting Angry_Italian:

Thanks for the info!
Current owner tells me the turbo is bad and the photo looks like the exhaust manifold(to inspect the turbo?) is not installed. I might have to walk away from this one.
I can replace all that but buying a non running car has always been problematic for me.
The int. looks to be in good shape. I am still on the fence about it.




Like G said, you can upload pics in the message box; "Upload Image into Post".

What exactly did the owner say is wrong with the car? Engine? Turbo? Transmission? Suspension? Price?



C53A 1 of the ~1500

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Angry_Italian
Newbie


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1236016 posted 03/22/17 01:14 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have been pulling massive overtime and haven't gotten to see the car yet. I will see it Saturday. I will post pics then. This is whats on the post.


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Angry_Italian
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1236147 posted 03/28/17 09:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
last update on this one.
car was in too rough of shape for me.
paint was bad, int was rough at best, motor was beyond my skill level to fix in my time frame.
the seller and I could not come to an agreement and I had to walk away.

so the hunt continues.

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mitsuturbo
Banthony
555/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1236151 posted 03/28/17 01:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
I wouldn't have touched that hack-job either. Looks terrible.



92 GVR4 555/1000 11.41 @ 128.26mph
97 CBR900RR
2012 Hyundai Veloster

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