Monday, June 20, 2016

Pre Diamond Star Hatch:1989 Dodge Colt Turbo

by Cory -- The 4g63 engine is sort of the Hercules of Japanese import tuner world. The 4g61 was it's little brother and originally came in this 1989 Dodge Colt turbo. This 4g63 engine swapped 1989 Dodge Colt is listed for $2200 in Minneapolis, MN.

The seller mentions the perennial red flags to tinkering with cars: two kids, screaming wife, no time, and a lack of funds. The car has 175,000 miles on it and has about 100,000 on the engine swap. The car was run with too much boost and the now the head or head gasket may be bad. (You almost had me? You never had me - you never had your car... Granny shiftin' not double clutchin' like you should. You're lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake! You almost had me? Now, me and the mad scientist got to rip apart the block... and replace the piston rings you fried...) The seller lists off an extensive list of desirable and some less exciting extras that come on (and off) the car.

Only 1600 Mitsubishi Mirage and Dodge Colt turbos were sold in 1989 so there are very rare birds. These one year only cars were well reviewed by the auto press at the time and even made Car and Drivers top ten list that year.

The combination of a 2500 lb curb weight and near limitless tuning potential of the 4g engine make this car the ideal car for someone who lives their life a quarter mile at a time.

See a more obscure hatchback with a bigger fart can muffler, email

Cory is trying to finish off his project 1995 Mercedes E36 wagon and figure out what to do with his hoard of rare w124 parts. 

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