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- The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
is an excessively long name for a car.
This all-wheel drive turbo-charged four cylinder
was produced from 1992 to 2016,
when Mitsubishi gave it the ax
and thought it'd be cooler to make SUVs for a living.
Known for its rally heritage,
it's been slapped in its face by its owners,
slamming them to the ground for years.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
was the last generation Evo to be built,
probably because Mitsubishi realized
they were (bleeped out) it up.
Mitsubishi caught major flack leaving the 4G63
and going to the 4B11.
It had an MSRP from $33,000
all the way to $38,000.
You could buy 10,888 Cheesy Gordita Crunches for that.
Do the math.
The Evo X-Men made 276 ponies from the factory
and was offered in a GSR manual and an MR out of...
This is the car that makes both Evo owners
and STI owners mad.
Today we sit down with somebody from Branded Title
and have a good old chat,
driver to driver!
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AlL right, so don't forget wheels, tires, suspension,
I am Dakota, and I am here with?
- How you doin'?
- Good, how are you?
- Are you excited for this?
- I'm a little nervous.
- You're a little nervous?
- Yeah, I watched the previous episodes--
- Oh, don't be nervous.
- I don't know what to expect.
- We're here for a good time, not a long time.
Let's not beat around the bush.
How much did you pay for that oversized extinct Evo?
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- Do you want the story or you want the--
- I just want the price.
Just tell me how much you paid for that sucker.
- 18 five.
- 18 five?
How many miles are on that bad boy?
- 70,000 when I picked it up.
She's about spent.
All right. (static)
So what made you pick an Evo
over, like, an STI or something along them lines?
- You see, STIs all over town.
I feel like everyone has an STI around here or a WRX
or some form of Subaru around these parts of town.
- Okay. - You don't see any Evos,
and I actually ended up driving a friend's Evo
and fell in love right away.
- Oh, so you did see an Evo
and then you drove it.
- So there is some Evos around here.
- There's like one or two.
- All right, there's a few of them.
Have you had any issues with your Evo X-Men?
- (Laughs) No, I have a lot.
- Yeah, I think so. (Lawson laughs)
Let's hear about some of them problems you've been havin'.
- Well, I bought my Evo,
the reason why I got such a good deal on my Evo
is because it came with a all-wheel drive pump issue.
- Ooh, the AYC pump?
They're pretty well-known for that.
That's the active yaw control pump.
You don't need that.
That sounds like something that should be
on a airplane or something.
- So I took it right into the dealership.
They took care of that right away,
but that wasn't a big deal.
It was the master cylinder that goes out on these cars.
- Very often, they're a plastic mechanism
and everything that was goin' on.
And that put me down for, you know, two months.
- And then I fell into some peer pressure
and launched my car
and ripped the brake lines
right off of the caliper.
- Well, launching it?
- Yeah, launched it and--
- What'd you slam on the brakes right away?
- Did it scare you? - I don't know what happened.
- Oh my god! - Came right off.
The metal line snapped right off,
and then after that I upgraded
to the steel braided brake lines.
and haven't had any issues since.
- Nice, nice.
Is that it or does the book continue?
- No, I think that was it,
but that only allowed me
to drive it for maybe a total
of a month this last year, which kinda sucks.
- So how long have you owned it?
- Six months?
- [Dakota] (laughs) And you drove it for a month?
- [Lawrence] Yeah.
- [Dakota] Oh brother!
- Oh, and then my under trays.
I was driving around town,
and there's a construction area that wasn't lit up
or no signs or anything,
and I bottom out right after I got my build,
got my wheels, tires, suspension.
- (laughing) Nice plug.
- And then I bottomed out in a construction area
and blew my under tray into pieces.
So that sucked too.
Couple of issues.
- And you drove it for a month.
All right, sounds good.
So we have some questions from the viewers
and they are dyin' to know.
Shooty McShoot Face asks,
"What's it like always looking at STI taillights?"
- No. - No? All right.
Have you ever raced it?
- No, 'cause it was down all summer.
- Didn't ever wanna race?
- Nope, no races.
- You ever see any STI taillights?
They're all around town I've heard.
- Yeah, they're all around town, but no.
Never seen any taillights.
- Swizzy says, "Three cons and three pros about your Evo."
- Oh god.
I guess for my personal use I enjoy
all the benefits on the interior.
I always drove like old JDM cars,
so like having all the buttons on the steering wheel
and just having the Recaro stock
and just an updated interior from what I'm used to
would definitely be one.
Obviously, having a turboed car.
It's my first turbo car.
That's definitely one as well.
And I'd say for probably the last pro would be,
it's just a easy platform to, you know, to modify
as long as you do it smart.
You know, I've been warned many times about the motor.
- And to be careful in modding the motor,
which we haven't touched yet.
We wanna dip into it a little bit here coming up.
But those would probably be the three pros.
- [Dakota] Okay, three cons?
- Cons, 100% master cylinder.
If you have a Evo, get your master cylinder done right away.
- Like, ASAP.
- What about fuel mileage?
What are you getting for fuel mileage in that puppy?
- That's not so good.
- No, fuel mileage is not the greatest.
And especially when you are addicted to boost noises.
- Blowin' it up?
- No, not blowin' it up. - Oh, all right.
- Boost noises, and definitely it's even worse.
- Gotcha, one more con.
Or do you love it that much
that there's only three pros and two cons?
- I think I love it that much.
I'm gonna stick with that.
- Joseph John Sangalang asked,
"Why Honda beat you up real good?"
Movin' on we have Aaron Jackson-Miller asks,
"What kind of job do you have to have
"to own one of these cars?"
- I don't think you have to have any special job.
- They're kinda pricy.
I mean you paid $18,000 for one that was already clapped.
- It wasn't clapped!
- What's your favorite generation of the Evo?
- I'd say the IX is my favorite.
The reason why I went with the X
is because, like I said,
the upgraded interior, the newer feel.
At this time I'd never bought anything newer than a '06.
- I'm gonna go ahead and say that the Evo Xs
pretty much have the same interior as Evo IX.
You don't gotta lie to me.
- I don't think so.
- They both got Recaros.
They both got plastic buttons.
- And that's about it.
If we were to do a footrace,
and I gave you the option to race just like you are
or with a backpack that has 400 pounds in it,
what would you choose?
- How I am right now.
- Yeah, so why wouldn't you just go with like Evo VIII
instead of Evo X, you know?
They're already lighter.
They're already quicker.
What are you doin' gettin' the heavy pig?
- It's just what I liked. - All right.
- Test drove one, loved it.
- What mods do you have done to your car?
- [Lawson] 18 by 10.5 Cosmis square setup.
- [Dakota] MR2?
- [Lawson] MR2s.
- I'll looked at the pictureS.
- And then Fortune Auto coilovers.
I have a big wing,
Vortex carbon fiber big wing.
- All right.
- I could probably, cat back exhaust.
And just like your cold-air intake, blow-off valve.
- So you have any more plans for her
to make a little more power?
How much power are you thinkin' she's makin' right now?
- I think it's still at the 291 factor.
- So you spent that much money on mods
and you're still just makin' the same horsepower?
- So, what are you gonna do to make it faster?
How much more money you gonna sink into this thing?
- I've been, I dunno.
I've been doin' some research
and gettin' a list together.
And it gets pretty pricy.
I think just to jump up to, you know, 400 horse,
you're still talkin' like four, five grand.
But I wanna make sure that I do
all of the supporting mods beforehand.
Like you said, the last thing I wanna do is blow my car up.
I've watched friends blow their Evos up,
and that's just like the last, last thing I ever wanna do.
So I just wanna work my way up
from supporting mods to like a bigger turbo
and stuff like that.
But I think from here on out,
and I'll have the car looking how I want it to look.
Then I just kinda wanna dive
into the motor and learn some stuff about these motors.
- Cool, cool.
What do you get the most flack for owning an Evo X-Men for?
- I think the biggest thing is just the Subaru-Evo rivalry.
- I think that's the biggest thing that you hear.
Because like I said, there are a lot around town,
and I think with being around here, there are, you know,
there's couple of guys at Fitment Industries
that drive Subarus and that's just the biggest thing
is you always hear that Subaru-Evo rivalry.
- So do you pick the Evo over the STI?
- 100%. - Why?
- I don't know.
I'm just not a Subaru guy.
I just, I really like the Evo.
The moment I sat in it, I just knew.
- Did you ever sit in an STI? - Yes.
- And you didn't know then. - No.
I actually test-drove an STI
and was gonna buy an STI
and then sat in the Evo and drove the Evo
and bought the Evo.
- There you have it.
- So I compared.
It's not just like I'm like listening.
I did compare them.
- Right, and then you chose the heavy pig
instead of the lean mean fighting machine
of the Evo VII or IX.
I think that about wraps it up.
What car owners would you like us to review next?
And don't forget, any of the wheels, tires or suspension
mentioned in this episode,
we have over at fitmentindustries.com.
Thank you, Lawson, for coming on the show.
We had a good time.
And we'll see you next time.
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