According to Mitsubishi; the name Starion is a contraction of `Star of Orion´, but an urban legend claims that it was intended to be Stallion, and Starion was a result of a mistranslation. Only a few people on this earth will know the real truth, but who cares; when we feature a car like this? Meet Chris Mendoza and his ’86 Starion.
Where do you live? What do you do for a living?
Beautiful California, specifically Orange County. Paying for the addiction is Angels baseball. I’m with the clean up department. Not really the greatest position, but it’s my foot in the door.
What kind of Mitsubishi are your driving? How did you come to own it?
An ’86 Starion. My older brother mentioned the car to me and, while I was looking to buy, I found one online and basically fell in love with it. Got my cash together and bought her in no more than a week.
A Starion is not the most common Mitsubishi driving around. A lot of people don’t know these cars and I can imagine a little extra exposure for them wouldn’t be that bad. What can you say to everyone considering to buy one?
That’s for sure. I would love for these to make a grand re-entry into mainstream media. And to potential buyers; in all honesty if you’re not in love with the car and aren’t willing to get your hands dirty, stay away. These cars are approaching the 30 year mark and they have their share of problems.
What do you think of the Starion, after owning it for some time? Was it what you expected or better/worse?
Definitely fighting in a love/hate relationship. Some days it’s flawless, with compliments from complete strangers and all. Other days, she acts up, and a few times I almost gave up. All in all though, the rewards far exceed the struggle. In terms of what I expected, it’s right along the line of thought. Going into it I knew I would run into issues because it’s an older car with a turbo and RWD. To sum it up she’s been driven hard in her life.
What’s powering the Mitsubishi? Some specs of the engine?
It’s a turbocharged G54B 2.6L, complete with intercooler producing roughly 180hp stock.
What have you already done to it? What are you still planning on doing?
I haven’t done to much really yet, thanks to my income, but I got the basics done. I swapped over an Evolution 3 turbo to allow for higher cfm capacity, added a custom intake with a GM MAF and translator for minor tuning capabilities, custom exhaust, and have it lowered around 2″ front and back. What’s next will be multi-port injection because the standard ECI is sealing off the potential to this car back quite a bit.
How easy is it to get parts for these Mitsubishis?
Parts for these? Next to non-existent. In terms of aftermarket, most everything is custom fabricated or bought used. We do have one or two businesses who make a few things, but our community isn’t blessed like Honda with everyone making something and selling parts off for rock bottom pricing.
Are you a gearhead? What does that mean to you?
I don’t know about a true gearhead. I would rather sit in front of a computer and design things, but since owning this car, I can say I’m turning into your run-of-the-mill mechanic, as I do everything in my garage along with my brother.
Where can people find & connect with you?
StarQuestClub.com that’s usually where I’ll be, and it’s my recommendation for those who have owned or own a Starion/Conquest to be as well. For a more personal connection e-mail is the best means of getting in touch: StallionProject86 at Gmail.com
Thanks to Chris Mendoza for taking the effort to answer our questions and going out and take these very nice pictures, just for the interview! What do YOU think of this Starion? Ever owned a Starion? Let us know! Gearheads United!
- Would you keep your current vehicle if there was little to no aftermarket support like the StarQuest?
- What would be the first steps you would take if you bought a Starion?