Just bought an 03 EVO
Hey guys, new to the evo world. Let me start off by saying holy SH*T this car is nothing short of amazing. From the handling and acceleration to just the pure enjoyment you get out of just driving around the city. I bought my yellow Evo VIII last week with 24k on it. The car is mostly stock, except for a minor turbo upgrade which I still dont know any specifications or what type of turbo it has. Car has about 100 miles on new "stage 4"boo clutch and the turbo is almost brand new from what I understand. The car needed new battery terminals when i bought it, which I ordered from Mitsubishi and I installed them myself. After a week of driving and putting nearly 500 miles on her, I've ran into a few issues.
1.) The car scares me sometimes when starting. When it hasnt been run for a while, say, over night, it starts right up with only about 2 cranks from the starter. But if it has only been an hour or so between startups, sometimes it cranks almost to the point of going completely dead. A few days ago I didnt even get a battery click. Not sure if it needs a new battery or its an issue thats caused by something else.
2.) I went to my parents over the weekend which is about a 60 mile drive one way. About half way there at 75mph, i felt a sudden loss of power, almost like a sudden jolt, and when i pushed down the gas to get back up to speed, the car started violently vibrating and noticed the boost guage read .29 at 75mph rather than the -7 it was at up until that point. I let off the gas a few times and it would go away but come right back after about 45 seconds.
and 3.) every now and then the idle will dip down to 500rpm at a stop light and actually died on me once when i went to shift into first from a stop.
The guy who owned the car only told me it had an upgraded turbo and that if I ran it on the 22psi preset on the bc, it would run at about 400awhp. its set at 19 currently. It has an aem shortram and stock exhaust. Thats about it. The guy took very good care of the car and worked off shore in suadi which is why it has such low miles for an 03'. I would appreciate any imput from you guys because like I said, I'm new to the evo and really don't know much about it other than the basics. I did do a search but it really didnt help me out much.
ps. One more thing, I smell something weird after its been running but only when the car is turned off. Smells like oil almost but there are no oil puddles and I've looked as best as I could and I dont see any oil on the motor.