Thursday, August 30, 2018

Three Stars: 1988 Mitsubishi Starion

If you want a rear drive Japanese classic from the 1980s, the choice is usually between a Celica Supra, RX-7, or 240/280SX...but don't fret, because there is another Skywalker!!  And this 80s Japanese classic comes from the land of the three water chestnuts.  Find this 1988 Mitsubishi Starion offered for $5,500 in Chandler, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:
1988 Mitsubishi starion 
condition: good 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 73000 
paint color: red 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: hatchback 
88 starion 74k original, clean title, runs and drives great. Fast fun car. It's bone stock. Never upgraded, this has not been molested. Everything works. New paint. This car has to many new parts to list. Asking 5500 obo. I have lots of pics email me for more info. Will consider trades for nice truck, Jeep Cherokee, or wrangle, Willie's, let me know what you have. Thanks for your time.

See a better way to drive something red?


  1. That overspray on the tailpipe is a little concerning...

    - Average Bear

    1. Indeed. I am also suspicious of cars being "sold by owner" on CL that have paper tags.

  2. Used to love these and almost bought a turbo unit back in the day. The big drawback then was that the 2.6L engine was subject to headgasket failures and cracked heads. I suspect the showstopper today is that most of the parts are made of unobtanium.

  3. Doesn't that engine also have some kind of bizarre engine balancing system? The Turbo's performed ok for the day, but seems that my memory says the non-turbos were a lot slower than they should have been with that much engine displacement.

    1. Yeah, it had a counterbalancing shaft that was advertised to make the engine operate more smoothly. I had an 82 Challenger with the 2.6. After the head cracked, I ratted up a junkyard engine to replace it. Before installing, I deleted it and noticed absolutely no increase in engine vibration. Unfortunately, I also noticed virtually no change in performance.

      Given the times, I wouldn't say they were dogs, but I agree that it's reasonable to expect more from such a large 4-cylinder...

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    1. I sure hope that upgrade went all the way to the rear axles...

  5. Price dropped. Now showing $4,800.


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