3000GT

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  1. zumin3k

    zumin3k New Member

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    I've got a 95 3000GT Non-Turbo. I've had it for a few years and recently realized how happy I am with it.
    It's stock, other than being lowered and having 18" rims from a VR-4.
    It handles well, gets 20MPG city, 25+ highway, it was cheap, it looks great, it's comfy, it's fun to drive, and it's reliable.
    125K miles
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    At work, pics to come. The paint isn't in the best shape, but I still really like the car.
    5 speed BTW.
     
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    lol doesn't the first gear on that car end at like 55? My dad had a VR-4 and that was a fun car...he got rid of it after 6 years of ownership and only 9k on the clock
     
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    The gearing on the Non-Turbo is more reasonable. 40 in first, 90 in 3rd, etc.
    3rd on the 5 speed VR4 is good for 120. Used to have one of those too.
     
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    lol fwd
     
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    It's a beater and I live in CA. FWD FTW.
     
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    :ugh: you should drive something that handles well before you say any 3000gt/stealth handles well.
     
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    I'm coming from DDing a 2004 GTO. I also have a 2001 330CI.
    By handles well, I mean it's fun to drive, little body roll, etc. I don't track the thing.
     
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    :bowdown: nice cars.
     
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    you lowered that heavy slow piece of crap? why.... not to mention putting heavy ass 18's on it
     
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    Its really not that heavy, about 3200lbs. For a car thats over 12 years old its actually a pretty good performer running low 15s in the 1/4.
     
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    About 3,100 lbs, base model.
     
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    Yes, I lowered it. Stock wheel gap is horrible, looks much better now.
    Same with the rims. I'm not dragging it, so who gives a shit? I can count on one hand the number of times I've redlined it.
     
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    other than gas mileage and styling, how do you like it compared to the GTO? Is it just the fact that it's lighter and cheaper?
     
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    Well yeah, I was paying probably $500/month with the GTO payments, insurance and gas. GTO was only giving me 14MPG in town.
    The GTO interior is more updated, and the GTO seats are great, with bigger back seats. The 3000GT actually has more room for stuff in the trunk, and the seats fold down. GTO trunk was tiny.
    The 3000GT handles infinitely better than the GTO did. The GTO has lots of body roll, and just wasn't very confident going around corners. The power in the GTO was amazing, but I rarely used it. Like I said, it was my DD. The 3000GT is too, and does a better job at it.
    GTO stereo was better too.
    The GTO is also 9 years newer, so I'd expect it to be better in the areas it was better in.
    Both great cars, IMO, but for different purposes.
     
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    I'm sure the GTO would feel amazingly better with some suspension mods...just as VW does with their cars, GM kept the stock suspension pretty soft to make sure it was nice and forgiving. But it's def a pig...

    IMHO, unless your commute involves wide open roads, having a fast car sucks as a DD. You're constantly wanting to open the throttle up and you have to restrain yourself due to traffic, cops, weather, etc. All the negatives of the car are in your face, while the positives become some kind of fantasy you can only fulfill at night or on the weekend. There's lots worse cars to drive as a DD than a stock GTO though...
     
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    Yeah, I definitely agree. My commute to work is only about 3 miles, so there was never any room to have any fun. Half of it was windy roads too, so the stock suspension didn't really excite me there. But they are supposed to be pretty good with upgraded suspension components, although I've never ridden in one.
    It got great highway mileage (25+), but I almost never went on long distance trips, and if I did, it was usually in the BMW.
     
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    do you feel like the maintenance/ownership costs on the BMW are still worth it? Do you enjoy the car more than you did the GTO ?
     
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    I haven't really encountered any maintenance problems on the BMW...yet...One of the pulley bearings is making some noise, but it's not often, so I'll probably just replace that myself when the time comes.
    I do enjoy the BMW and 3000GT more. They both probably run low 15s compared to the GTO's low 13s, but they are funner to drive. The BMW specifically is smoother, more refined in general.
    I bought the BMW and the GTO for the exact same price as well, and on the same day. I still own the BMW, and I sold the GTO, so what does that tell you? :)
     
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    what we already knew ;)
     
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    My VR-4, this is my 4th 3000 :wiggle:

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    Had to do some minor maintenance :hsugh:

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    Forged pistons, rods, crank, 4 bolt main
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    those cylinder walls are pretty fucking thick!
     
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    You really need a camera with image stabilization.
     
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    Engine pics are cell phone pics, don't think they make that on phones yet
     

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