Here at Mitsubishi Gearbox Magazine, we strive to bring together Mitsubishi owners and enthusiast from all around the world. With that being said, meet Ivan. He is the only confirmed owner of a first generation all wheel drive DSM in the country of Croatia.
What’s your real name? (What’s your screen name?)
My real name is Ivan Berko and my nickname (forum name) is FlashBack.
What do you do for a living and where do you live?
I am working in state company and I am living in the capital city of Croatia.
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive? How long have you had it/them?
Now I am driving a first generation 1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, and a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.3.
How’s the Mitsubishi Community in Croatia?
It is not so good, marketing for Mitsubishi in Croatia. On our official forum we are giving all information about Mitsubishi. Our forum, Mitsubishi.hr (Mitsubishi Team Croatia) is a great place for connecting people who are driving Mitsubishi’s. Also, we have meetings twice a year, it is an all day meeting with most members of our forum. We have a photo session of our cars, and we hang out all day together. We eat, drink, play some football, and share stories about our cars.
What’s your build philosophy/goals for your Mitsubishi? How do you use it?
The goal is to be unique. Clean look. I have never been on some car contests such as ”drag race”, or on some track. I am interested in driving on a track, and hope that I will do it someday.
What originally attracted you to the Mitsubishi? What keeps you going today?
My best friend is working at the Mitsubishi service. Since we were in high school, we were dreaming about some quality and reliable cars that we will have one day. We made our dreams come true. The thing that I like the most about Mitsubishi is that they are so reliable. If it is needed you can go around the world with Mitsubishi and you don’t need to be afraid.
Got a favorite story about your Mitsubishi?
About 6 years ago the time has come to buy myself a car. In one occasion my friend gave me the opportunity to try a GS-T, the first generation of Eclipse. Then I said I need to have this car. About 6 months later my friend calls me and says that there is one GSX and asked if I wanted to buy it because it is the only one in Croatia. The owner was an older guy who was giving the car all of the care that she needs. Then I said this car has to be mine. Since that time, I am still driving the Eclipse and I will never sell it.
What are your goals for your Mitsubishi and how close are you to achieving them?
Nothing special but to rise up the power a little bit more. I am close to that goal.
What was your favorite modification and why?
The favorite modification is suspension. D2 Coilovers. After I put it on, the car is like new.
Your mod list:
K&N Filter (Air Can Removed)
Big Brake Upgrade (Two Piston Caliper from Evo 3)
Front and Rear Strut Bars
Exhaust 70mm diameter
Magnecor 8.5 Spark plug cabels
XTD Stage 3 Clutch Kit
Tell us about something really exciting you’ve done with other Mitsubishi owners.
Every meeting is very fun and unforgettable. In winter we are waiting for snow to fall, we are like a bunch of kids and then we are looking for some good places to drift in the snow. Some parking places, or we go out of the city and try to find locations!
Tell us about a time something broke and what it took to fix it.
Nothing special, just some usual things that I fixed at the time.
What’s the best part about being a Mitsubishi owner? The most challenging?
Everything. Mitsubishi is a pure perfection.
How often do you get together with other Mitsubishi owners in person?
With some of them almost every day. With some of them only at a meet. The great thing about our forum and meetings is that we can meet each other and make great new friendships.
What’s next for your Mitsubishi?
Bigger turbo, 16G Evo3, bigger injectors, Walbro gas pump, and balance shaft elimination.
Who has helped you the most along the way with the car? Any mentors?
For all the work I can say thanks to all my friends from MTC Motorsport.
Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Where can people find you online?
People can find me on FaceBook.
What about you?
- Are you one of a couple or few Mitsu owners in your area?
- How’s the Mitsubishi community in your country?