EVO 4 Buying Guide

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Mitsubishi produced the Evolution 4 from 1996 to 1998. Buyers can easily distinguish it by its two large fog lights on the front bumper and the redesigned taillights that set the standard for later models. The company produced two models, the GSR and the RS, so EVO shoppers should know the differences between them before making a buying decision.


EVO 4 GSR Features

In 1996, Mitsubishi redesigned the Lancer, giving birth to the Evolution 4. The GSR sedan, with four doors, is a comfortable family or sporty youth oriented car. The company offered it with an optional rear spoiler, standard radio, and optional air conditioning with standard transmission. Produced from August 1996 to January 1998, the model was substantially unchanged going out of production with the premiere of the Lancer EVO 5 in February 1998. It features a twin scroll turbocharger to increase power.


EVO 4 RS Features

The RS is a competition car with limited slip front differential and a friction style differential at the rear. Equipped with GLX seats and a choice of 16 or 17 inch racing wheels, the vehicle also features a twin scroll turbocharger. With a few extra brace bars as compared to the GSR, the RS includes thinner body panels and glass than the GSR does.


Examine and Check the Paperwork

Before purchasing an EVO 4, ask the seller questions about the history of the vehicle and ask to examine the MOT and logbook. If you are considering an RS model, ask about any modifications as well as whether the car is legal to drive on the street. A vehicle check on the Lancer is important, so check the VIN numbers against the MOT and ensure that the mileage on the odometer is reasonable against the MOT numbers. Check all three VIN numbers. One is on the floor under the carpet on the driver's side, one is under the bonnet, and one is at the base of the windscreen.


Test Driving the Car

This is when you have the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat and see how the vehicle handles on different roads and under varied accelerations. It is best if the car is cold when you start it so you can check the exhaust for the discharge of blue smoke. Burning oil causes blue smoke and is a symptom that the vehicle could have major engine problems and need expensive repairs or parts. The engine should be calm during idle and not have any bucking or stumbling during acceleration. Note that the temperature gauge should remain in the middle of the scale once the vehicle is warm.

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