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1999 Mitsubishi 300GT base for a first car?

Hey everyone, I'm a young first-time car buyer looking at getting a base 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT for my first car, and I have a few questions;

1) I know the base 3000gt is pretty underpowered for its weight and lacking in horsepower, but could it still be considered a "sports car" by insurance companies and deemed dangerous for a young driver? As much as I hate it, insurance cost is a factor in buying my first ride.

2) Reliability- I've gotten some mixed responses as far as reliability goes for the 3000gt. I don't really know that much about cars, but I know I can't have the hing breaking down all the time or pay tons of money in repair bills. Overall is it reliable enough for a young inexperienced driver to manage?

3) The whole hot-rodding thing does somewhat appeal to me, Ive seen some of the aftermarket spoilers and body kits and such, but is there a way to get some of that without paying a ton? The biggest problem is paying to paint the thing, and theres no way I could replace anything on the body without repainting. Again, this is not a necessity, just something I'm interested in.

4) Also, is there anything specific I should do when searching for or buying one? Anything to look out for?

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Nick

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mits makes great cars.more costly than Honda.every car will need something,some cost more to repair or have repaired.research all the lemon articles about any car you buy,then decide if its ok for you.

If I was looking for cheap introductory sports car,I would look at the Cobalt. they are very cheap and get good gas mileage. then honda mazda soobie mits vw bmw and so on,,,,look for a deal
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What exactly do you mean by more costly? I'm fine with paying a little bit here and there, I just don't want to have it break down and cost me thousands to fix.
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just for fun,call the local parts store and ask what replacement brake calipers cost for the mits and a honda civic. same thing for a transmission. The cars are well built,but a mits might cost more for a lot of parts because they are not as popular.some cars were made by the millions,their parts are cheaper than more specialised cars.
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just for fun,call the local parts store and ask what replacement brake calipers cost for the mits and a honda civic. same thing for a transmission. The cars are well built,but a mits might cost more for a lot of parts because they are not as popular.some cars were made by the millions,their parts are cheaper than more specialised cars.
That advise makes me proud to be apart of this forum.Excellent Vinnie.
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Complexity. Yep thats it. A Mitsu GT 3000 is a pretty complex car.
V6 dual Ovehead cams,difficult to work on.
They are pretty decent all around.
Anything that complex will be higher in maintenace costs.
Is it Turbo? $$$$ when that breaks
Is it rusty?
Check engine Light on?
Get a used car inspection at a reputable shop.
Have the suspension checked, have the brakes looked at.
Look for leaks. Look at the exhaust for leaks/broken hangers, rust.
Look at fluids and have the technician give a summise on the clutch condition...$$$$ once again.
Look for rust through in the body
Look at electronics,Check engine light/codes/

Dont get me wrong, the GT3000 is a well buil car, quality is good, but its a used car.
Do yourself a favor and get it inspected BEFORE YOU BUY IT.
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Complexity. Yep thats it. A Mitsu GT 3000 is a pretty complex car.
V6 dual Ovehead cams,difficult to work on.
They are pretty decent all around.
Anything that complex will be higher in maintenace costs.
Is it Turbo? $$$$ when that breaks
Is it rusty?
Check engine Light on?
Get a used car inspection at a reputable shop.
Have the suspension checked, have the brakes looked at.
Look for leaks. Look at the exhaust for leaks/broken hangers, rust.
Look at fluids and have the technician give a summise on the clutch condition...$$$$ once again.
Look for rust through in the body
Look at electronics,Check engine light/codes/

Dont get me wrong, the GT3000 is a well buil car, quality is good, but its a used car.
Do yourself a favor and get it inspected BEFORE YOU BUY IT.
I don't think the base model is turbo. But I dont know much about cars, so don't quote me on that.
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