Written on: 08/10/2013
Why buy an old Japanese Coupe, considering the potential minefield of problems associated? The first thing that would usually come to mind. Considering the current low purchase price of these (which must surely go up, as their "classic" status matures), you are buying into a rare, Sporty, Individual, surprisingly economical and practical, 2 door Coupe. There IS a back seat, that can seat 2 adults, or child seats. Plus there IS a decent boot, which recently I was able to drop 2 suitcases... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2013
I bought my Mitsubishi FTO GPX at the beginning of the year (2013) as a first car, and in all honesty, never want to see it go. The reasons? 1. Looks. The car is about the best looking car that I've ever seen. Sleek and sporty, especially seeing as mine is lowered a tad with aftermarket rims and I do have more plans for it. If you're looking for a fun project and a real head turner, then look no further then one of these babies. 2. Rare. There are not many FTO's cruising around, which... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2013 by darryl.ashley (1 review written)
I have owned the GR for 3 months now, and still wake up and cant wait to go out in the car, to look at its fantastic and to sit in is so comfortable. I really couldn't tell you anything bad about it, Yes it drinks more fuel than my Nissan primera but thats what I expected but its only about 4 miles less, the cars themselves are that rare that this was one main factor into my purchasing one. Love the whole idea that it thinks for you if you read into the ECU, for its time this car was well... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2013 by DeggersUK (2 reviews written)
Imported on of these myself in Burgandy. Loved the car full of all mod-cons such as electric windows, climate control. Tiptronic gearbox is fantastic, never let me down or played up. Despite its quirky look (i think it was designed with a fish in mind lol) a head turner and can me mistaken for a Jag as it approaches. Nose is very similar. Rare as well. One of the best cars I've driven. Brakes could do with improving although I cant blame driving up the backside of somebody on the car really :) (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2013 by lee atkinson (3 reviews written)
For so little money you can pick up this real head turner which is becomming more and more rare on uk roads . Unfortunatly if you want a cheap economical car to run ,this isnt it average mpg is 25-33 . But what you get is great stylish looks, beautiful handling, electric windows , A/c ,Power steering electric wing mirrors etc .I am currently driving the rare gs model which is an auto ,If you speak to the owners club which is really useful for power and economy the manual is more benificial... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2012
After reading a lot of reviews, i decided to buy mivec version, also tiptronic, 31/12/1994 non cat, I know its not as fast as mechanic gearbox, but I like it, I like everything in her, most I like a sound, feels like old american muscle car. Only down side is rust, even I have sealed bottom it still gets a rust. But i stil very happy about that car. 5 stars (read more)
Written on: 18/03/2011
Sold my beloved Caterham 7 and bought a 1999 GPX manual as a cheap, practical second car (toy). I absolutely love it. The power curve above 3000 rpm is beautiful, then at 5500 it becomes quite astonishing. It can be driven placidly around town with no fuss, but is a beast when the MIVEC is on song. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think that the FTO is a work of art, from any angle. The kids love it, my wife loves it, even the mother in law likes it! Fuel consumption is... (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2010 by ShotTheDot (9 reviews written)
I have owned my FTO GPX Mivec 24valve in Steel Silver for 1 year now and im more in love with the car than i thought i ever could be.The car came to me with thousands of pounds worth of upgrades and very sensible mods like strut braces,full genuine leather upholstery,silicone blue engine and coolant hoses etc,chrome ind pipe,fuse box cover and lowered with c/overs,big brakes and grooved and vented discs etc,all not too boyracerish if you know what i mean.I dont mind saying that i spent £2550... (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2010
My fto is a 96 GR (Non-MIVEC) tiptronic in passion red which I have owwned for 8 years. They come with elec windows/mirrors, power steering, digital air-con, fully adjustable seats (Incl. lumbar support) and steering column (Though if buying there are a lot of other mods/extra's available depending on what extra's the original japenes owner decided to pay for when bought new ... so choose carefully and be picky!).
It has two seats at the rear but if like me you like the drivers seat far back... (read more)
Written on: 02/02/2010
I bought my FTO mivec after being a VR6 man for a long time i watched many videos on the car and read a lot of reviews , so i took one for a test drive and fell in love with it it hits 80 in 2nd gear and handles like no other front wheel drive car ive ever driven in fact a lot of ppl think when driving its rear wheel drive or four wheel as it handles that well. But as too the mr2 debate a turbo will be quiker ....but you can do a vr4 conversion if you want !!! then there a bit daft ..but... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2009
Amazing car, I've owned variety of uncommon cars over the years and some sensible ones too but my FTO facelift GX is awesome. Guaranteed to get plenty of looks, especially in white, lots of power, handling is superb and they're comfortable too, and the best thing, they're used as touring cars in Japan, what a talking point at a dinner party, oh the second best thing, they're too expensive for boy racers too insure, thank God, 10/10 (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2009
Really quick, especially when switching to 'manual' selector on semi gearbox, good handling, reliable, and a real 'drivers' car. Mitsubishi FTO is a great car...almost as much fun as the 2.0 Starion's used to be. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2009
I love my Mitsubishi FTO its great and i love burning off my mate in his audi a4 ha ha ha jap all the way (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2009
Hi, i always liked the look of Mitsi's FTO but never had the bottle to go out and buy one. Several years ago i bought the WRX on the forecourt of the importers rather than the FTO cos the girlfriend didn't like the look of it! Then i became a MR2 convert and have driven toyota's mid engine maestro for several years now but due to the requirement for a back seat it was back to searching for something sporty, japanese, fun, affordable but with a back seat - the MR2 had to go lol - oh and it... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2009 by niko9817
The Mitsubishi FTO is a good car. You get good quality for the price, good handling however is high on petrol so is pricey to get from a-b and insurance isnt cheap either. Reliable and powerful, good handling , comfortable (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2008
Still looks good even though its 15 years old now, great performance and value for money with pretty much everything inc digital climate control as standard. Lovely smooth engine with a great exhaust note and handles like a dream. Great looks and performance for very little money. (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2008
I have owned a Mitsubishi FTO 1.8 gs base model a MR2 g limited auto and a Subaru sport these cars are the only 3 cars that have been worth owning lovely to drive, although it didn ' t look the best for going round corners nothing compares to the Subaru, I have had a few other cars that were totally rubbish including Alfa Romeo 156 what a mess, I ' ll never buy a Alfa again, Honda Civic which had a really uncomfortable seat, Suzuki Baleno naff interior and exterior, I did have a new VW... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2008 by agentblue7 (1 review written)
Owned my Mitsubishi FTO 2.0 GPX Mivec now for 8 years. Loved it every day I`ve had it and every day I've driven it. Looks can't be beaten and the sound of the mivec at 3000 rpm is simply awesome.
Buy a good one and it will never let you down.
When you buy one youll use the words love and smile a lot and the immortal words "theres nothing I can think of that could replace it".
Agent.Blue7 (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2008 by PI LACAY CG
Very satisfying to drive and I hope they would continue the fto series production. Got an Mitsubishi FTO gr passion red. (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2008
I have owned a Miotsubishi FTO for almost 2 years. Passion red GPX Manual 1995. It's great to drive and I love it to bits. You'd be hard pushed to find a better sports car in this price range. (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2007
This is the best car I ever bought. I had a mk2 VW Golf GTi and that was a tuned 8v version, quicker than the 16v. I got overtaken by an FTO but then I didn't know what it was. Since then I've chased the country to find a good supplier and one in good condition. Now I've found it, I'm happy. (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2006 by shapster1947 (2 reviews written)
The Mitsubishi FTO is a fantastic little car for the money! I use mine every day and mostly with four up! My trips to work are only a few miles so it does about 20mpg. On longer trips it does about 30mpg - my overall figure is 23.4 mpg. When I can I use the Tiptronic for some racy fun but around town I use auto. Shame it's so old - the slightest bump and they will try and write it off. I love my FTO it must be the most underrated car around. (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2006 by hinde
Buy one you'll love it, looks, styling and drive. plenty of added extras to buy to 'pimp your ride' these cars are white hot and long live the fto (read more)
Written on: 26/09/2006 by John from Downunder (1 review written)
Bought this Mitsubishi FTO on strength of reviews here. Got passion red GR with tiptronic. It's very reliable and a lot of fun to drive. Now spend my time fantasising about body-kit manual GPX and that 20% extra whoooosh. But tipronic a lot of fun and 2 speed tickets enough thus far, a bit sobering. Darn! Great car. Would buy again. GPX next time! (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2006 by Chancer (2 reviews written)
Only had the Mitsubishi FTO a few months now but it is my third in the last 4 years.
Lovely drive, real headturner for the cash. Performance wise, for a ten year old car its hard to beat. I have a Tip gearbox so it's not as fast as a manual but I for a lazy driver like me.. a tip is great....
Petrol prices seem to be coming down too so thats a plus!!! (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2006 by Shane Keat
Love the Mitsubishi FTO, not had it long but oh man.
Stats are 7.6 secs to 100kmh 15.5 to 400m mine is manual GX 2Lv6 with big bore exhaust and pod filter after market suspension 17. (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2006 by FTO96
The Misubishi FTO is great it sure turns heads and it does look a lot more expensive then it is. This was the most cute but sporty car and it took me awile to get up the guts to get one because its imported, I thought I might regret it but I'm still as much in love with it as the day I got it don't think about it go FTO (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2005 by raisin (2 reviews written)
I imported the Mitsubishi FTO for my wife, she loves it. Mechanically and electrically sound and don't see anything going wrong in the near future. It seems to be heavy, which might be due to extra stengthening. No problems with inner space, wife says it great out on the motorway where she can open it up, and good on the hills. She drives faster than me, they say love is blind my wife has only good things to say about her FTO model GX (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2005 by eiljoan (1 review written)
I have only had my Mitsubishi FTO for one week, but I am very glad I bought it. It has a very comfortable seat position.
I had an MX5 some time ago, but there is no comparison. I did not know anything about the Mitubishi before I saw it, but I did find out that my niece had been wanting one for years. (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2005 by MDDraco (2 reviews written)
The Mitusbishi FTO has outdone itself, for years serving the Japanese, and now, more and more are finding their way on to the British market, this car is just an excellent example of Japanese engineering, if you want speed and power, this has it to spare, if you want luxury and comfort, well, it's all there, a great all rounder, even if you need the space... it's there (well, for a sports car anyway)!! Most commonly found with the triptronic gear box, which is an excellent box, although,... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2005 by avikumar
Mitsubishi FTO...I'm the king of the road when I drive my FTO. Especially having a huge T-wing, with a sexy big bore and classic tints, my car makes everyone dream of having it. My FTO, is my honey.Thanks Mitsubishi. (read more)
Written on: 03/08/2005 by wittzi (3 reviews written)
Don't get me wrong I love my FTO which I've owned for just over one year. Very little has gone wrong with it. It's quick and it looks (and sounds) awesome and looks way more than its worth. Mine is a 1998 GX for £5,000.
However, you can't help but feel that this car should have been faster and whilst you can modify it extensively you're never going to be getting the gains that the Turbo jap cars will achieve.
Also as standard the pre-face lift models (and some newer ones) can look a bit... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2005 by surfysimon (1 review written)
An awesome car! I've had mine for three years now and have had no trouble at all. I still love this car as much as the day I bought it if not more. It is one wicked piece of sports car!! If you haven't got one go test drive a GPX Mivec, 5spd and you'll know what I mean! (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2005 by 6316 (1 review written)
All in all the Mitsubishi FTO is a fantastic sports machine. The handling is amazing in any weather due to the front wheel drive. The interior layout is great, and looking down from the windscreen the bonnet actually leaves you feeling as though you are in a Ferarri. The car has a great road feel and sound. Very reliable cars, a bit expensive to run for the newer drivers. (read more)
Written on: 09/05/2005 by joderv1 (2 reviews written)
I absolutely love the Mitsubishi FTO and the GPX Mivec is the best. It is fast and sexy.
As a lady driver going from a 1.4 Peugeot 306 it was daunting, but as soon as I saw the car I fell in love and when I took it round the block I knew I had to have it.
Sadly I have to sell mine as I am moving abroad and they will not allow cars over 5 years old so I have now bought a Seat Leon Cupra T.
I will miss my FTO and anyone thinking of buying should definately get one. (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2005 by Dazlawson (1 review written)
After reading lots and lots on the Mitsubishi FTO I went out today (yes as I type) and put a deposit on one. M plate GR in silver, 17" 5 spoke alloys with nice tyres, cd, air etc., race pipe and filter (swayed it perhaps), no tax but 10 months mot so now uk spec (not sure on pipe though), 65k miles for 3995 british pounds. Got shown all the specific inspections points, panel alignment, uk specific mods (fog light), it even has the original "flag light" holder in off side front wing!
So cant... (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2004 by Fuzzie (1 review written)
The Mitsubishi FTO is a great car for anyone who wants a sleek looking relatively small sports car. However I find that it lacks the performance that one would expect at first glance. It has also been a very expensive exercise to fix the minor little things that have been wrong with it. I.e. the Link rods are AUS$125 each new, the tiptronic gear shift knob on its own costs about AUS$500! I am also concerned about being able to touch up my car with the right colour of paint when I get any... (read more)
Written on: 25/10/2004 by Brum chick
I have owned my Mitsubishi FTO, GPX Sports Car for exactly 3 days, and I am still terrified every time I drive it. I have never driven anything so powerful, it handles like a dream and of course is a very eye catching car. I was somewhat surprised that I could not insure my FTO without first having a Thatchum approved immobiliser and a Tracker installed!!! The radio cassette player in my FTO is the only thing I am disapointed with, I can't tune it in to half the stations I used to listen to,... (read more)
Written on: 22/07/2004 by owen3
The Mitsubishi FTO is smartly designed, both in and out.
Too much is made of the larger engine. The 1800cc, which I have, is plenty power for all types of driving and very economical. An applause should go up for the tiptronic transmission. Very cool for an automatic and quite useful on windy mountain roads. (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2004 by mental oriental (1 review written)
I have a 1995 GPX Mivec in midnight blue with sunroof & switchable traction controle wich were options when new. I have owned a number of sporty cars in the past and this is without doubt the best, its well behaved during normal driving but it turns into a real beast. The trip gearbox is fantastic I don't know how I managed without one before this, Mitsubishi = reliability so there should be no real problems although I have had to replace a speed sensor which was causing problems with the... (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2004 by hogviews (2 reviews written)
Owned a '94 Mitsubishi FTO GPX mivec for just over 2 years, its the first sports car we've owned and is everything we want the Tip box gives me the fun and my wife gets easy traffic jams! The only problems I have had was mainly due to poor servicing from the dealers with the previous owner and the stepper was a pain for the first 6 months we run it bog standard except for magna core leads and have had it de-restricted, four seats enable us to go out as a family. The ONLY downside is/was... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2003 by robertl.
I have had my FTO since Feb 2002 and have never looked back. The handling and performance are excellent for a car of this price. I have scared myself by pushing it around some bends and not even feeling like I would lose it.
My interpretation of FTO = "F****** Testosterone Overload".
What can I add about the looks, except Yeeeaaaahhh! (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2003 by Liaquat.
An excellent 2+2, 200bhp from a 2litre and exceptionally cheap to get hold of in the UK. circa 6-7k for a GPX.
3 main models, GS (1.8 ltr) GR (2.0 ltr) and the GPX (2.0 ltr) other variants are GX,GPVR(Lightened GPX).
The GPX has MIVEC, which allows the Car to use another set of Cams at 5800 rpm. Sorry im not a motorhead with the Jargon! this will allow normal driving below 5800 rpm and sports above 5800. Avg MPG will be 20/25mpg .. although you will want to rev and hear the awesome sound... (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2003 by von.
This car is, without doubt, one of the best kept secrets in the UK even in 2003. Even Mitsubishi like to keep their secret to themselves & those who have heard about the FTO on the grapevine. Misti have been selling the FTO through their RalliArt brand since 1999, but most savvy owners have imported theirs through the many reputable Jap importers in the UK.
I have a 1997 new look FTO GX in a wonderful champagne silver colour. The GX is not the fastest of the FTOs but it is plenty fast... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2003 by Dave.
A great looking car despite the wheels which are too small to fill the arches. The real revelation is the handling which is roller-skate precise. Mortals driving rear-drive beasts, give up now. Engine is a gem, if one with a few impurities. It's beautifully smooth and loves to rev all the way to 8000RPM but keep it below 6000 and watch those Micras and diesel Astras fly by. Once on song the performance is good but not as spectacular as the engine note may fool you into thinking (0-60 in 7.5... (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2003 by Squiggy.
I purchased my GPX Tiptronic FTO about year ago now. When I first sat in it, I freaked, I was so low to the ground. The FTO has fantastic take off and quick acceleration. Stick a turbo in it and watch it fly. With its sleek design and great traction, the FTO is a fantastic car for the sports car enthusiast that's into style and speed. (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2002 by rich.
The Mitsubishi FTO is a nice car. Very quick off the mark but doesn't corner and is quiet. Very reliable, around £80,000, no boot as such (nos) but is a brilliant babe magnet. (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2002 by Alaba_b.
My husband bought this mitsubishi FTO for me on my birthday (I am not sure if he bought it for himself). It only comes out during the week ends. Despite all the latest and modern sports cars around, the FTO still draws attention.
Unfortunately an idiot has broken into mine in Hackney, London. The drivers window was broken and I could see problems looming. It's been a sad day for the family - the baby has been humiliated. There were so many cars on the well light road why mine! (read more)
Written on: 16/07/2002 by Richard.
I have had my 1998 GPvR Aero Series Mitsubishi FTO since February 2001 and am still as pleased with it as I was the day I bought it. Nothing within this price bracket can rival the FTO. It seems that just about everybody who sees the car out on the road has to have a good look at the car. I was lucky enought to get a Manual Version R of which I think there is only a handful in the country. It is very easy these days to get FTO's serviced for a reasonable price. You will be amazed at how many... (read more)
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