Mitsubishi FTO Production Info

Model production by color

The build quantity per color helps to indicate the OEM rarity of some model builds – some of which may still be roadworthy, or available in the 2nd-hand market.

Total FTO model production by body color is as follows (color shades in parenthesis):

Model R71 (A,B,C) Passion Red X08 (A,B,C) Pyrenees Black W83 (A,B,C,D) Scotia White Y77 (C) Dandelion Yellow T88 (C) Moonlight Blue R39 (A,C) Imperial Red A34 (A,B,C) Steel Silver G13 Timber Green G84 Kielder Green T73 (A,D) Icecelle Blue A26 (A) Symphonic Silver R25 Kutani Red ZZZ Unlisted Color Model Total
GS 532 841 393 0 348 326 1592 1 3 19 140 1 5 4201
GR 1680 2872 835 0 826 874 5291 1 2 7 39 0 6 12433
GR Limited Edition 357 554 0 0 0 0 690 0 0 0 0 0 1 1602
GR Sports Package 189 395 346 0 187 105 587 0 0 0 0 0 0 1809
GPX 1839 3533 1778 1 807 808 4707 8 4 56 245 0 17 13083
GPX Limited Edition 0 0 0 207 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 207
GP 5 11 30 0 12 1 17 0 0 0 0 0 2 78
GP Special 0 0 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 62 0 0 0 122
GX Sports Pack 147 252 455 0 0 0 0 3 5 61 415 0 5 1343
GPvR 48 91 402 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 542
GX Aero 46 55 124 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 63 0 0 295
GPvR Aero 38 46 284 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 370
Total Per Color 4881 8650 4707 208 2180 2114 12884 14 14 211 902 1 39 36805

Annual production

Total FTO model production by year is as follows:

Model 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Model Total
GS 817 2586 380 206 112 80 20 4201
GR 5423 6726 158 66 37 19 4 12433
GR Limited Edition 0 1602 0 0 0 0 0 1602
GR Sports Package 0 2 1807 0 0 0 0 1809
GPX 2992 8505 1267 566 237 155 81 13803
GPX Limited Edition 0 207 0 0 0 0 0 207
GP 0 1 77 0 0 0 0 78
GP Special 0 0 122 0 0 0 0 122
GX Sports Pack 0 0 0 768 307 199 69 1343
GPvR 0 0 0 353 102 65 22 542
GX Aero 0 0 0 19 144 73 59 295
GPvR Aero 0 0 0 16 199 99 56 370
Total Per Year 9232 19629 3811 1994 1138 690 311 36805

It should be noted that these are Production dates. Whilst some models may have been produced on the production line to Customer pre-order specifications, the majority would not instantly be purchased, registered and ‘on the road’. For example, an FTO first registered in Japan in 2001 will therefore be at least a year old (from the last Production Year of 2000). If that used vehicle is then exported and sold in the UK in say 2003, then the DVLA ‘first registered’ date is very likely to be 2003.

Chassis Numbering

Whilst the month/year date on seat belt tags can assist in clarifying a production date when purchasing a used FTO, the first 3 digits of the Chassis number on the FTO VIN plate (located on the engine bay baulk-head [i.e. E-DE3A XXXXXXX where ‘X’ = a chassis number]) will certainly provide the actual Manufacturing Year:
000 = 1994/1995; 010 = 1996; 020 = 1997; 030 = 1998 etc.

Model Codes

The model code, usually consisting of 4 digits and stamped on the VIN plate (i.e. HNUE), can be read left-to-right as follows:
Body Style: H = 2 door coupe
Transmission: N = 5-speed manual / R = 4-speed auto / Y = 5-speed auto
Model Type: U = GS model / H = GR model / G = GPX model / X = GX model / F = GP model
Engine: E = 1.8 16v / M = 2.0 V6 / H = 2.0 Mivec V6
(Numeric suffixes to these 4 digits generally indicate later model build changes)

A DE2A prefix refers to the 16-valve engine. A DE3A prefix refers to either of the 24-valve engines.

Total production by transmission type

The build quantity per 5-speed manual, 4-speed auto and 5-speed auto models.

Model 5-Speed Manual 4-Speed Semi-Auto 5-Speed Semi-Auto Gearbox Total
GS 1205 2996 0 4201
GR 2306 10127 0 12433
GR Limited Edition 215 1387 0 1602
GR Sports Package 567 1242 0 1809
GPX 4329 8921 553 13083
GPX Limited Edition 20 187 0 207
GP 42 36 0 78
GP Special 22 100 0 122
GX Sports Pack 460 0 883 1343
GPvR 322 0 220 542
GX Aero 131 0 164 295
GPvR Aero 240 0 130 370
Gear Type Total 9859 24996 1950 36805

Recalls

Whilst Mitsubishi was given some media attention in 2004 regarding various vehicle defects, the FTO had four relatively minor defects requiring manufacturer recalls in its history – three of which were in 2004, some four years after production ceased.

Recall code KJ-0087-0: On 840 models manufactured between 3rd Oct and 7th Nov 1994 (DE2A chassis models, numbered 0000208 to 0000293 and DE3A chassis models, numbered 0000255 to 0002977) a defect existed in a retainer used in the auto transmissions. Recalled and corrected models (24th Nov 1994) have a white paint ‘dot’ on the ‘V’-shaped lever at the top the gearbox.

Recall code RJ-1122-1: Between 3rd Oct 1994 to 3rd Mar 1995 – on 1,251 DE2A models (chassis numbers 0000008 to 0001566) and 11,816 DE3A models (chassis numbers 0000025 to 0013017) – a section of wiring in the loom relating to idle speed control (aka ‘stepper motor’) was too short, resulting in fracture disconnection of wires at the motor due to long-term engine vibration. (The older stepper motor unit itself also has/had a brown/khaki color plastic unit. Replacements are black plastic).
Recall code RJ-1122-2: For the same dates and models in recall above, the bracket securing the glovebox had insufficient space to a wiring loom, possibly causing interference to the wiring due to long-term vibration. Symptoms being a blown fuse, starting failure and/or failing screen wiper operation. This affected 1,305 of those DE2A models and 12,375 of the DE3A models. Both recall instances and corrected models (18th Jun 2004) have a white or yellow paint ‘dot’ on the bottom bolt head of the passenger door lower hinge.

Recall code RJ-1249-0: On 2,354 models built between 16th Dec 1994 to 6th Jan 1995 – (341 DE2A models, chassis numbers 0000765 to 0001133 and 2,013 DE3A models, chassis numbers 0004851 to 0009205) – a wiring loom was too close to the retaining screw of the dashboard bonnet-release bracket. The result of long-term vibration could result in fracture of wiring and symptoms such as indicator or speedometer failure. Recalled and corrected models (28th Sep 2004) have white or yellow paint ‘dot’ on the head of the retaining screw.

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