I haven't even done a real mission on it yet.. been too busy running around doing the "little things" (unique jumps, hidden packages, bonus missions) that I can find.. it's only about 10% complete .. so.. I bow to your vast GTA:VC experience heh.
I also derive far to much entertainment from driving over pedestrians.. repeatedly.
You mean "Turismo"?.. funny you should mention that ... I gave up on GTA3 at around that stage.. then after about 4 months of not playing it I picked it up again (about a month back).. and started where I left off. Although, I confess that I skipped Turismo since it annoyed the hell out of me. I should probably try it again now I'm a bit more practiced.. but erm.. Vice city! ;)
Some of the later GTA3 missions are very entertaining.. there's one where you're sent to act as a decoy.. you have to drive around in an armoured truck with the police chasing you around whilst your associate escapes in a different truck.. the fun part is that as soon as you get in the truck your wanted level heads up to 6 stars and you have to survive in the truck for over 2 minutes or something.. that took some getting used to heh.
I too had decided not to get VC until I'd "finished" GTA3.. but .. erm.. I got near the end of GTA3 and I caved. The thought of driving around on a motorbike or in a plane was just too appealing.