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Re: Your Bad VR4 Story?


mikus
weiterhin das Huhn f#$k
1994/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1114564 posted 03/22/13 12:31 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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finding a turbine wheel stuck in the muffler.... yes this really happened.



that's awesome. Shoulda ran a fartcan, they can pass more parts

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Dark_Horse
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1114575 posted 03/22/13 01:49 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The GVR4 has been pretty uneventful so far - at least compared to my old 2G


2G...OMG! 6 years and damn near $20,000 and the POS spun a bearing.
Went through 3 mechanics, 2 engine builds, 1 engine fire, 3 turbos...All within 200 miles.
After the 2G problems, I learned to never, ever pay a mechanic to do anything. Also learned that it's wise to run a restrictor on a turbo fed from the OFH regardless of what the manufacturer or mechanic says.

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Steve885
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1114668 posted 03/23/13 01:15 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have a great one..you'll love this ... I bought 885 from a person on here.. I got tons of vids and pics the car itself was in great condition and seemed to be sound( I really should of went out and looked at it ) I also did a lot of research on the on the guy that sold it to the guy I bought it from who is on here as we'll.. Any way had it shipped it arrived.. Well right off the truck something seemed wrong.. Every time you push the brake I hear a loud screeching grinding sound ..weird .
I remember someone mentioning the rear brake sticks every once in awhile, well after taking of the rear wheels I find there's no inner pads just using the caliper piston as a brake shoes GREAT ..so I bought 2 new rear calipers,rotors, shoes, installed them and now I can drive.
So I drive the car in my neighborhood a couple times.. Sometimes dies at stop signs..has crazy lag and after a couple days starts a idle surge.
I went through the car cleand everything tightend and retightend.. And cleaned some more..I even coned keydiver to burn me a new chip. Thank u (MONEY TALKS).
Ok I think I got it under control..time to drive to the DMV and to work 20 miles round trip.. I go to the DMV then to work...no problems then on my may home I loose control of the RPM I don't know what to think and the car stars running time a pile of shit..I pull over to inspect don't see any weirdness I restart still shitty..I drive it home. Next morn check the timing belt. WOW what's this so loose I can lift it off the gears..I'm not a mechanic so I had it towed to a shop
It's been ther for six weeks..turns out every single bolt was hand tight or almost.. The timing tensioner almost fell off when he took off the cover.. nothig was clearenced so i had a oil pan full of squiters..the fly wheel was loose..ok so we got it back together. Did a compression check was getting 175 150 150 175. Did a leak down was loosing 30 % in the two middle cyclinders.. I had them jerk the head and strange no bent valves.. I took the the head to the machine shop they said all the stems were bent and the head was milled 20mm under spec so there was nothing they could do.
I found this nice guy at SIM in Michigan that had a old stock 1g brand new head that he would sell me for a reasonable price and he is doing a stage 2 valve package..SS valves ,duel springs, 3 grifters.5 angle seats..
I really hope this is the end......I JUST WANT TO DRIVE THE F%^#en thing. I'm pretty sure this car is going to break the bank or the marriage...lol will se what comes first

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veganbutcher
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1114672 posted 03/23/13 03:02 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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I JUST WANT TO DRIVE THE F%^#en thing.




This pretty much sums up owning a VR4.

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Hondasi88
Now I know why
1232/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115199 posted 03/26/13 11:36 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Lets see....Trans blew, drive shaft blew, rear end blew, timming jump "belt valves". Getting all that stuff fixed broke my pockets something terrible!

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matt92vr4
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115201 posted 03/26/13 12:05 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Sorry to hear that Steve001, I just searched your threads and the car history. Major bummer. Hey, at least it's Summit White



474/1000 Summit White
1993 Stealth RT/TT
1995 Montero SR
1998 Montero

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nemovr4
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115246 posted 03/26/13 03:49 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Emissions...Six times, Not as exciting as most of these stories but



92' 861/1000
1 Owner Car (technically a 1 family car)

-ECMlink V3, 16G mitsu turbo, RC550 injectors, 264i/272e HKS Cams, 2.5 pipes, C 2-stage boost position, AEM Wideband, Ported head, port matching intake&exhaust.

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BpuVR4
Rolled by Accord while sauced


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115511 posted 03/27/13 07:03 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^ one of the reasons I like to stay in the past...haven't gone to the emissions test place in forever.



06 V70 2.5T
formerly: 372/2k, 555/2k, 957/1k


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DR1665
Kill him in the face with Wilson Phillips


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115568 posted 03/28/13 01:02 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Where to begin? I could go on and on, but I'll try to keep this short.

Prescott Flatbed Adventures 2009 | roached the tcase, flatbed came, broke down, driver sent me this picture hours later


The Check is in the Mail 2012
No picture of this one, but ktmrider bought 464/1000 from me. I was done, replacing a sketchy motor, and sold it. He sent the money before the engine was complete. I used it to buy a Pajero. Days turned into weeks. Nickels and dimes. Nickels and dimes. It was the night before I was supposed to finally deliver the car to Mike on the far side of town. The clutch wasn't engaging right. I bled it over and over again. Finally had to replace the slave cylinder. And it was running like a sewing machine. I mean, it felt like a Porsche 959. I shit you not. And then, around 11pm, some two miles from home, on the night before I'm going to hand over the keys and title to the new owner - who has been more than understanding about the delays - and who will be driving the car across state lines two days later, I might add - and on the first night I forgot my cell phone in about eight years, it just dies.

I walked home, called a buddy with a Powerstroke, and drug it home. Bet it was ECU problems, because it's been running pretty good for Mike ever since!

Oh, and speaking of "Bad VR4 Stories..."




Brian | 98 Pajero | Gearbox Magazine


Edited by DR1665 (03/28/13 01:04 AM)

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BpuVR4
Rolled by Accord while sauced


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115578 posted 03/28/13 05:38 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^ i dont know the inside story but that looks pretty sharp to me!



06 V70 2.5T
formerly: 372/2k, 555/2k, 957/1k


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matt92vr4
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115809 posted 03/29/13 02:30 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Oh man, the galant AND the towtruck broke down lol that's classic.



474/1000 Summit White
1993 Stealth RT/TT
1995 Montero SR
1998 Montero

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BpuVR4
Rolled by Accord while sauced


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115824 posted 03/29/13 04:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
that's how awesome these cars are...when they die, they'll suck the life out of the tow truck too.



06 V70 2.5T
formerly: 372/2k, 555/2k, 957/1k


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ktmrider
Cool Guy Crowd


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115836 posted 03/29/13 06:02 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting BpuVR4:

^ i dont know the inside story but that looks pretty sharp to me!


That would be 3/1000. Long and distinguished history.



Mike O.
#464/1000 - Sold
05 Legacy GT - slush box
#86/2000 - Sold ( again )

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Steve885
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115870 posted 03/29/13 10:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
TO add to my story(sitting here with a look of disgust) I got the brand new 1200 head today so I rushed it down to the mechanic. I had to make it quick I was on lunch. So I get a call about a hour later my guy is saying he can't use this head because the surface is really scratched up and there seems to be a wavy pattern across the surface.. I'm so bummed I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DRIVING IT THIS WEEKEND...



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Steve885
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1115874 posted 03/29/13 10:50 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
These scratches may not look that bad in pics but u can catch your fingernail on them.. My guy is a perfectionist and doesn't want to take the chance on a blown head gasket...

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Vr4junkie
writes like a tard
385/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116183 posted 04/01/13 12:44 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I got one... well this one time long time ago I bought a Vr4 less than 3000mi later I ended up getting a rod knock and broke down ever since it's been in my drive way collecting dust well I can't say it's all bad its a nice tool table when working on other cars .



385/2000 click


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DR1665
Kill him in the face with Wilson Phillips


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116277 posted 04/01/13 05:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting BpuVR4:

^ i dont know the inside story but that looks pretty sharp to me!




Let's just say some things aren't always what they're cracked up to be. You could have a different, 300whp, RUNNING GVR4 for every month of the year for it cost to buy - and un-fuck - that car. It's been the cause of some of the worst drama this community has ever seen, and driven wedges between good, local friends.

You might say it's cursed.

And that's all I got to say about that.



Brian | 98 Pajero | Gearbox Magazine

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James
Does lots of head


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116278 posted 04/01/13 06:16 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Mr. foster needs to post his story in here



1990 Summit White Galant GSX
Chipped EPROM ECU/2g maf/550cc injectors/3in exhaust /E316G/FMIC/Wally255/AeromotiveAFPR/lower shores MBC

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rexwagon1909
impatient cutter


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116343 posted 04/01/13 11:09 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Read my build thread lol. Got ripped off and a completely toasted motor with about a tablespoon of bearing material in the bottom of oil pan.

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91_427
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427/2000
490/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116365 posted 04/02/13 05:03 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I bought my GVR4 in February of 2012. I rented a tandem axle car-hauler trailer with electronic brakes from the base recreation center for the day. I then drove 7 hours to pick the car up in Asheville, NC. The PO was a very honest and upfront seller, and he made no attempts to hide anything that was wrong. He even showed me a few things that were wrong that I didn't even think about checking for. Anyways, I bought the car after a short test drive and loaded it up on the trailer and secured it down with a 6000 lb strap on each corner of the suspension cross-strapped from left to right and right to left.

It started raining almost as soon as I got back on I-40 heading back to Jacksonville, NC. About two hours into the trip back I noticed my electronic brake controller light was off indicating that the trailer electrical whip had come unplugged. I pulled over to check it out and discovered the the electical whip had a pretty bad pinch in the wire located just under the tongue of the trailer tucked inside the trailer's frame. I decided to keep pushing on only doing 50 on I-40. About 20 minutes later I came upon a traffic jam, which forced me into the middle lane of the 3 lane highway. Once past the small jam traffic flow picked up, but traffic in the slow lane was too packed for me to get over safely. I was about to get over when a tractor trailer cut me off and braked erratically forcing me to suddenly brake. This sudden braking caused me trailer to fish-tail to an extreme degree. I tried my best to correct without steering into other lanes of traffic, but it was no use. After the sixth or seventh correction the front tie-down straps broke causing the car to come off the trailer, perform several spins into a guard-rail and the roll over to the shoulder of the highway. Meanwhile, I finally come to a stop with the trailer at 90+ degrees of the direction of my truck. The deck of the trailer cut a gash in my d/s rear tire and the tongue of the trailer bent my bumper and exhaust. Suprisingly no other cars were hit. The tractor-trailer that caused the whole event kept going and twenty minutes later while I was loading the car back on the trailer the North Carolina State Troopers graced my presence with their berries and cherries and issued me a ticket for an improperly secured load and a fine for the damage to the guard-rail.

Needless to say my galant is beyond repair. The entire d/s rear quarter panel is smashed in to the trunk and the trunk lid is bent beyond opening, the front bumper was shredded, p/s front fender is dented and warped beyond repair, as well as all the lights in the front p/s and rear d/s are smashed. Once I get back from deployment I will be getting another GVR4. My current GVR4 will become a parts car for my next one.



427/2000-Designated Donor
490/2000-Newest Project Pending EAS

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James
Does lots of head


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116372 posted 04/02/13 07:54 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Depending on hat my daughter decided to let me get done today... I plan to pull my oil pan and valve cover. My hopes aren't high for what ill find.



1990 Summit White Galant GSX
Chipped EPROM ECU/2g maf/550cc injectors/3in exhaust /E316G/FMIC/Wally255/AeromotiveAFPR/lower shores MBC

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matt92vr4
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116383 posted 04/02/13 10:43 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Wow, that's a terrible story. Glad no one was hurt. Any pics of the accident? I use to live in Wilmington and work in Swansborro, so I traveled through the base many times. Be safe on your deployment and get back soon to buy another GVR4!



474/1000 Summit White
1993 Stealth RT/TT
1995 Montero SR
1998 Montero


Edited by matt92vr4 (04/02/13 10:44 AM)

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boostedinaz
Fatty McButterpants
1101/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116385 posted 04/02/13 10:47 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting James:

Mr. foster needs to post his story in here




The story of #3 will be posted someday.



Michael
The rebuild of 1101

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Jesus_Negros
Unempowered ADMIN


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116459 posted 04/02/13 05:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I bought it.



Quoting coyotes:

Just because you WANT your rare turd to be valuable doesn't mean it's gonna be.




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Steve885
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1116541 posted 04/03/13 01:36 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
That was heart breaking story...

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