I'm the original owner of a 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII. For the performance, pound for pound, there is no other sports car that can be found for the money. I have 159,000 miles on the the odometer...
I'm the original owner of a 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII. For the performance, pound for pound, there is no other sports car that can be found for the money. I have 159,000 miles on the the odometer. This is the original engine, original internals, original transmission, original transfer case, and original differential. I replaced the clutch at 35,000 miles because I increased power to 415hp at the crank. It has remained at this power level for eight years with trips to Atco and Englishtown. I recently tracked the car in July 2013 at New Jersey Motorsports park at 145,000 miles and it performed without issue.
The Evo's drive train components are part of the magic and it's good to service them regularly. Be sure to change transmission, transfer case and differential fluids at or before recommended intervals. Proper maintenance and the car should operate indefinitely. On long road trips I've found the Recaro seats to be very supportive and surprisingly comfortable. The Momo steering wheel is also just right in feel. The interior styling is perhaps a bit dated now, however, I continue to receive compliments on how fresh the car looks from the exterior. Evo's love proper alignment and fresh tires. I keep two sets for winter and summer respectively. At normal speeds the car is less engaging. Beyond normal speeds the car comes to life. When you've reached the limits of grip, you discover there's more. Brakes, suspension and chassis all work together on the back roads. Power delivery is brutal.
My friends own 911 Turbos, 911 GT3s, and Nissan GTRs, and the Evo is right there with them in performance. As the years have gone by durability and reliability for the performance are what I value most about this car. I'll have it for a long time. And yes eleven years later, it still smokes the competition.