I was Looking for a specific car Mitsubishi Evolution AWD Turbo Low Miles, Nice Paint, Nice Interior, & NO FRAME DAMAGE VEHICLE!!!, We took a 2005 Lancer EVO VIII for a test drive and all went well and was happy with car (Weekend Buyer) no shops open to do thorough check.
A couple months after buying the EVO VIII, I was going to to do a dress up kit on the
inter-cooler/turbo cooler part (rubber connections), So I decided to take the front bumper off (all 2 bolts and 2 screws) NOT RIGHT!!! it is a lot easier to access the hoses in the dress up kit, That's when I found front right frame was bent and bumper support was missing. also the ac/condenser was damaged, inner fender well splash guards (both sides) Radiator support, front bumper,(found bailing/tie wire and odd-ball screws holding the mesh screen to bumper along with yellow zip ties), inter-cooler broken hanger mount the rest were bent, NO FRONT BUMPER SUPPORT BAR!! This part supports the left front core support to the right front core support and protects the front end from damage to inter-cooler, radiator, electric fans, horn assembly and also it supports the front bumper across center. Yes more than 2 screws and 2 bolts hold up the front bumper.
I don't mean to sound all technical but I am a certified Master technician in Mercury/Mercruiser and work on top of the line boats (Sea-Ray, Boston Whaler) and have had quite a few cars in my time from economy/family to hot rods and muscle cars, But I am currently diabled and it is very hard for me to get up and and bending to do as thourgh of a check as I would have like to have done on this car before laying down the money I did.
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