Kristy has been a Mitsubishi owner and enthusiast for almost eight years now. She had here first Mitsubishi Lancer for 7 years. She recently traded it for a 2010 Lancer Ralliart. Let’s see what she has to say about being a long time Mitsu owner and owning one of Mitsubishi’s newest cars in their line up.
What’s your real name? (What’s your screen name?)
Kristy Kutzora (LNCRES2)
What do you do for a living and where do you live?
I work in a kids clothing store at the mall here in Springfield, IL.
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive? How long have you had it/them?
Well, this past summer I finally traded the 2002 Lancer ES that I had for 7 years on a new 2010 Lancer Ralliart.
What’s your build philosophy/goals for your Mitsubishi? How do you use it?
I think Mitsu did a great job with the Ralliart. I just want to tweak it a little.
What originally attracted you to the Mitsubishi? What keeps you going today?
I was getting ready to graduate high school and my mom gave me conditions that the car would have to be in for her to co-sign on it. I searched high and low for a car that fit her requirements and that I liked. Reluctantly I test drove the 2002 Lancer ES and enjoyed it, plus it had more get up an go than the old 92 Cougar v6 I had, so we signed the papers, took it home, and started on my homework. Yeah, kind of backwards, most of the time you do your homework then buy. After doing some research and meeting some awesome Evo owners, I was hooked.
Got a favorite story about your Mitsubishi?
Not just yet. I get a lot of complements on it which I was kind of surprised about. I figured with the wing people would kinda roll their eyes and think “oh great, another powerless car with a big ole wing on it.”
What are your goals for your Mitsubishi and how close are you to achieving them?
Right now just some small ones since I would like to enjoy some of the warranty. So, wheels, coilovers, change the sound system a bit, and maybe the exhaust. Later down the road, I would like to pick up a stock turbo from an Evo X, bigger intercooler, and go for a tune, but that’s still a ways away.
What was your favorite modification and why?
I think the wheels and coilovers are going to be my favorite until I get through some of this warranty. I’d love the more aggressive stance.
Your mod list:
Tell us about something really exciting you’ve done with other Mitsubishi owners.
This past summer I went out to Kansas City for the MidwestEvos.com 3rd Birthday Bash and it was a great time putting names with faces and seeing everyone’s cars. I had a great time seeing the cars, dyno, and seeing who would get the best numbers while everyone watched. I have to say, going to meets with Mitsu owners is a good time, but sitting down for dinner with them just tops everything off. Between the jokes on each other, good food, and then just talking cars, it’s a great time on its own.
Tell us about a time something broke and what it took to fix it.
I’ve had pretty good luck, I haven’t had anything break. Just a couple flat tires, which the most recent gave my sister-in-law a good scare since we were on the highway doing about 80 and my rear passenger tire blew out.
What’s the best part about being a Mitsubishi owner? The most challenging?
The best thing would be that they aren’t huge like GM or Ford, so it seems as if you have something out of the normal but with that being said, when you want to have meets or just hang out and talk about them, sometimes finding a fellow Mitsu owner can be a bit tricky.
What excites you about the coming year? (Your Mitsu and your community)
Getting new wheels. Also, I plan on going to more events like Winged Warrior, MOD 2011, and the MWE B-day Bash while supporting MidwestEvos.com as much as I can.
How often do you get together with other Mitsubishi owners in person?
Rarely. I’d say just a couple times a year, but when I do get to meet up with the other owners, it’s a pretty good time with lots of laughs.
Your thoughts on those who part out otherwise salvageable cars?
Its kind of depressing seeing a car picked to bits, but you have to hope that those parts help someone achieve their goals with their car.
How has your Mitsubishi build benefited from your involvement in the community?
There is lots of good information out there, and lots of great people who are willing to lend their advice or a helping hand.
What’s next for your Mitsubishi?
Wheels if I can find what I want, otherwise I’ll likely start working on the sound system as I am not a huge fan of the Rockford system it came with.
How have you paid this forward and mentored others?
I try to give the best advice I can, but lately I’ve been reading up on some different things.
Do you spend time on any Mitsubishi sites? Which ones? Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Where can people find you online?
Of course I do. I am a Moderator over at MidwestEvos.com, so I tend to spent a good amount of time there. I check in over at Mitsu-Media.com to see what is going on, and dare I say that I still check Evolutionm.net because there is a lot of info there, you just have to dig for it. I do have a Facebook account but no Twitter. I missed the bandwagon on that one.