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I’m a bit confused by some of the reviews I am reading about this car. My car is a 1.3 colt cleartec, the engine is very quiet, very little road noise, excellent quality plastics and seat materials, fast when you need it to be and economical. The suspension is on the firm side, but that’s not a bad thing. There is very little body roll on cornering, it copes well with the appalling road surfaces we have now. Very high spec for a car at this price, aircon,alloys, cruise control etc, et. The stop start system can be turned off if you want. £30 road tax and low insurance. It seems that my opinion and the opinion of 95% of owners differs somewhat from ’professionals’.
Submitted: 17/02/2014 18:28:06
Great to look at but perfectly impractical!! I bought this car with just 100 miles on the clock. The first week I had it a fellow CZC owner approached me at the petrol station asking "do you have problems with the windows getting stuck down on yours after having the roof down?" I replied "not as of yet!" Soon after the problems began. After having the roof down I’d put the roof back up and one of the windows (always a different one each time) would get stuck down. And when you are putting your roof up due to rain, this is a real pain! Another problem is the boot; my boot got stuck one day, as I went to open it to get my shopping out, the boot would only lift up a few centimeters, it was clear that of I tried to force this it would damage the hinges. Therefore I had no option but to take it to the Mitsubishi garage. When taking it I was told they had to programme it to their computer to find the fault, following this I was told it was going to cost me £800 to have this repaired, even though it was nothing I had done to it, it was a fault of the car and I had to pay, or the only alternative was to leave it and have my boot out of use! Pretty pointless when you have a convertible! Anyway after years of shock relating to the quote for the fix I returned home to begin wondering how I was going to raise the money to get it fixed! A few days later I was telling a friend who is a back street garage mechanic and he said he would take a look. Five minutes later he came into the house and said he’d fixed my boot and now it works! I couldn’t beleive it. He said the fuse had gone, which operates the boot! You can imagine my response. And Mitsubishi wanted £800 for the problem, which they diagnosed! Leaking: This car constantly leaks in the passenger side foot well and in the boot, after heavy rain there is literally a puddle! It seems to come in from underneath the car and not the roof where you would expect it to leak from! Again this has never been correctly diagnosed or fixed! Currently my car is out of use due to all the heavy rain, it’s just full of water! Another problem is in the winter only, when I use the key fob to unlock the car the boot opens of it’s own accord! Every winter this has happened so I assume it’s do to with the cold! Again though a real pain! All in all this car is great fun in a summer day for a day out, big so practical for full time use, it’s tiny so unless you have small children to put in the back, you may aswell have a two seater! The roof rattles constantly when driving and is generally a very noisy car, you can barely hear the radio when on the motorway. If you can afford to have a spare car for summer then have one, otherwise do not purchase one of these. I paid £14000 for mine and have just had it valued at £1500. Ridiculous!
Submitted: 16/02/2014 20:06:00
Electrics are a big problem. Something on our new car (of 5 months) somewhere is taking power from the battery when the car is not in use. If the car is used daily then no problem, however, if it stands for 4/5 days the battery goes flat and we cannot open the door, never mind start the car. The Garage (Plichta Motors Gdynia) are insistent that it is our usage of the car that is at fault and not the electrics - idiots! They are too stupid or too lazy to properly investigate the cause or causes. The car has been in the garage 8 times over 50+ days now and they have changed the alternator, battery, computer, (but they have I think checked wiring, relays, etc). We have now written to Mitsubishi Europe. Lets see what happens. We love the car BUT ???
Submitted: 16/02/2014 18:51:27
I buy this car with 1 years and 6 months. I buy the car in 2004, well I have 325,000km made! And no problems. Only chage oil, brakes, time belts, etc... I have this car 10 years with me, this car is very reliable. In highway 120km/h spend 5l to 100km, and in the city is about 6l. I drove this car with one tank (60l) 1200km! ONLY AT 120KM/h Obvious if I go like 160km/h I make a lot less (900 km).
Submitted: 12/02/2014 14:53:45
A fantastically reliable car, I sold it with 290000 km and had to repair nothing outside of the usual wear and tear. (Exhaust, brakepads and discs, battery and light bulbs) It even still had the first set of shock absorbers and wheel bearings. It is very unexciting to drive, especially as an automatic, but lots of space and comfortable enough. Fuel economy isn’t great at 9L/100km. The automatic shifts a bit erratically, especially when hot, but never failed. Reliability is very important to me, and it is by far the most reliable and low maintenance car I’ve owned.
Submitted: 26/01/2014 15:20:32
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Cheap tax and good overall economy figures. I travel 50/50 fast ’A’ roads/urban roads. Possibly has the most head room of the small car range, very comfy seats and everything to hand. The only niggles for me are the H’ifi system isn’t loud enough! (Personal taste though). Also a tendency to crunch when reverse is selected from cold starting. Maybe just my car does this? I think a good looking styled car.
Submitted: 26/01/2014 15:16:25
The good things about this car are the space and fuel economy on highway but to urban driving it consumes much, especially on cold start, and the gear shift is so bad in this car, another big problem is the throttle body has so many trouble in this model.
Submitted: 11/11/2013 10:21:58
I have owned my L200 Warrior for just over 7 years, it was 3 years old when I got it with around 56,000 miles on the clock, it is now approaching 188,000 and I can honestly say this is the most reliable vehicle I’ve ever owned. It has service history up to 61,500 miles and since then I’ve serviced it myself changing the oil and filter approx. every 5000 miles. The cambelt has been changed approx. every 60,000 miles. The only other bits that have been replaced are leaf springs (122,000 miles), starter motor (179,000 miles), and it’s had a couple of batteries. Tyres seem to last between 20,000 to 30,000 miles (UHP Grabbers). It is still on the original clutch, although it has never been used for towing. I have absolutely no complaints about this vehicle although I have heard of and read about L200’s packing up before 50,000, so I guess I must have got a good one. I just hope the 59 plate Raging Bull I’m buying to replace this truck is just as reliable!
Submitted: 16/06/2013 14:08:19
Needed new brake discs and pads at 10000 miles/ 10 months old! Dealer wouldn’t do this under warranty as was told it was wear and tear and my bad driving. Now.done 32,000 miles and the new discs /pads. are still ok, my driving must have improved!! The transmission failed when I had it off- road and got a lecture from the mechanic who came to it saying I shouldn’t have had it in a field!! It’s a 4x4 for heavens sake! The alarm went off one day when driving down the motorway. The dealer hadn’t a clue as to why this happened and thankfully it hasn’t done it again. It can be difficult to start if left for a few days, and have had to get it jump started on a few occasions, which is a damned nuisance! It is absolutely useless on snow/ice and doesn’t handle well in such conditions, I was told to get off-road tyres costing £600! Wouldn’t buy another one. Had a Daihatsu Fourtrak for 10 years with no problems and a great workhorse, wish they still imported them as I’d get one tomorrow!
Submitted: 25/05/2013 11:12:35
I have a 2.5 sport and it’s by far the best 4x4 I have owned. I must agree with other owners on the gear box, a 6th gear would make this the best 4x4 by far, just a slight lower revs to sit on long runs would be a blessing, but you don’t buy a workhorse for this. I get 30 mpg combined, so no complaints. I just need to sort the tyres pressures out; my book says 26 all round and I’m not towing, but I find that a bit soft. I can’t wait to put the caravan on the back.
Submitted: 28/04/2013 09:09:39
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A good car in all that pulls great, but does not have the best on grip in mud or snow.
Submitted: 07/04/2013 10:58:09
An amazing car to drive, when it works, but in the 18 months I’ve owned it, that’s only been for 9 months! The car has had all 4 wheels replaced due to corrosion, and one of those had to be replaced again within weeks as the paint fell off! The front discs developed horrible vibration due to internal corrosion and that took 7 months to persuade Mitsubishi to replace them under warranty. The SST gearbox is now misbehaving with what seems to be slipping clutches or a faulty clutch engagement, as the revs constantly hunt at constant speed. And the AWD system warning light came on a month ago, accompanied by massive understeer and lift off vibrations. The car has been back and forth to the dealer and they still don’t know what’s wrong with it and haven’t fixed it. So, a tremendous car in design, but in quality it’s actually pretty poor mechanically. These, from the Lancer Register, don’t seem to be isolated problems either. If you can buy one with a warranty, go for it, but I seriously wouldn’t buy one without. The AYC pump is over £2000, the SST gearbox over £6000, a complete set of discs and pads is £1000 as well. As for mpg, you can get 28-30 if you’re very gentle but 22-23 is far closer to reality.
Submitted: 19/03/2013 21:30:24
If you want a pickup that drives like a car, buy a car because no pickup can drive like that. This is a pickup and don’t confuse it with anything else. So when you do decide on one you won’t be disappointed. I bought a raging bull SE and it’s a head turner, under powered yes at 134 bhp, but the same engine in a barbarian is 174 so power upgrades are available but fuel consumption will suffer. I Use this truck everyday and it it easy to get used to. It could do with a reversing parking aid of some kind but that didn’t put me off when you got looks with full leather and chrome trimmings and immense space inside the truck. Choose the model that suits you, but try and get a used leased unit that hasn’t been used by a construction company etc., as mine was a bank leased unit with 60000 after 3 yrs with full service history and all the faults so many people report and you ll be fine. The manufacturers warranty is 125000 miles so there is confidence there if you need it. Avoid mileage above 125000 as resale values will suffer.
Submitted: 16/02/2013 22:10:40
Oh dear! Not impressed with the reviews. I’ve just got rid of my Defender 90 and bought this L200 off a local farmer with 116,000 on the clock. I spent all week under it and it will be MoT’d next week. I hope I haven’t done the wrong thing with this move. It looks and feels good and I’ve replaced lots of things I just hope I don’t drive into the sunset and end up stuck there with a rubbish motor. What have I done?! Mitsubushi you seem to have made a lemon in this one, hope I dont end up knocking on your door every minute for bits as this will be my first and last, I thought you were good.
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This is supposed to be a review that will help new buyer’s decide, not a statement on a vehicle that has already covered 116,000 miles and no mention of a service history! David Allton from Derbyshire
You bought it from a farmer with 116k on it so its probably had a hard life. P.S nothing beats a Defender :) Andrew from Kent
Submitted: 26/01/2013 22:11:26
Great car to drive. A smooth ride. I have had no problems with it for the first 3 years. I have upgraded the alloys and suspension for a better stiffer ride but that was purely through aesthetic purposes as the ride was a bit high for me. The fuel economy is great especially for travelling 60 miles a day to work and back and only having to pay £30 a year road tax is a big bonus!! I would definitley recommend it, although it is associaed with older drivers. I bought this car at 19 and it’s still going strong. Much quicker and more powerful than other cars of the same size and out powers most 1.4 and some 1.6 litre cars.
Submitted: 12/01/2013 21:09:58
I bought a 52 plate 6 months ago. Haven’t had any major problems so far. Had to change shackle hangers and bushes just after I bought it. Used for mainly tarmac roads but been off road a few times due to living on a farm. Mot due in November and it has a bad knocking noise when going over bumps; I’ve been told it’s the spring leaf suspension, which by looking at reviews is a common fault. Use it for work so it carries a bit of weight in the back. 90000 miles on the clock and I have to say for a 10 year old pick up it’s in great condition and has had no major faults so far. A bit thirsty on fuel, but that’s to be expected. 4 new tyres recently, Bridgestone dueller H/T which are really good tyres for on and off road. Really happy with it. I will change it in a couple years for a newer model.
Submitted: 25/10/2012 08:04:44
Bought as an ex-demonstrator in 2007 with 650 miles on the clock, this car has charmed me since the initial test drive. So far reliability has been excellent over the 68,000 miles covered. Fuel economy is around 48mpg and performance is perfectly adequate even on motorways. Given the opportunity the engine will push to an indicated 96mph, upon which the limiter steps in. Interior trim is wearing well and nothing is rattling. My only criticism of this refreshingly different yet extremely practical car is levelled at the bodywork corrosion protection and the 12 year anti-perforation warranty. My car has a line of rust coming through from the inside on the lower edge of the bonnet and a similar inside to outside string of bubbles on the offside rear wheel arch. A claim was put in on my behalf by a Mitsubishi main dealer but Mitsubishi headquarters refused to accept that there was any perforation. Looking on the web, this attitude is common to many manufacturers, so beware! I am considering trading my ’i’ in soon and may simply seek another one with lower miles.
Submitted: 11/10/2012 21:01:33
I purchased my Mitsubishi from London last year. It was in mint condition inside and out for a second hand motor, then I noticed the steering was weird, but I put it down to the huge 22inch alloys on it. Well, I got it home and started to ask questions about the steering and found out all 2.5’s and 2.8’s had a recall on The pitman arm and brakes! Mitsubishi did not bother to contact the buyers and left it up to them to complain first then be told to leave it in to have the pitman arm and brakes fixed. The pitman arm was causing the steering to be all over the place it kept taking off to the right and left whilst steering straight and it’s dangerous, if it goes you are dead!Plus, the brakes would not stop you. They took it in and replaced it, but then put the wrong arm in! This caused damage to other parts. They then decided to give my 4x4 a wash, but they did not wash the cleaner off and left it on the whole weekend. It ate into the paint and destroyed it (as it worked as an acid), plus they destroyed my lovely alloys with the cleaner, which stripped all the lacquer off them. What did they do? Nothing! They admitted it alright, they took it back in replaced the arm to the right one and buffed the body with polish, but it did no good. They said they would replace the rubbers and seals around the windows etc., and sort the body out. They said plenty but did nothing! Then they threatened me and ordered me off their premises as other customers could hear the problems etc. I ended up going elsewhere to have it fixed then sold it in disgust! Mitsubishi headquarters is a disgrace they are rude ignorant and a waste of space. Same as their company Donnelly bros N.I. Great if you are buying, but don’t dare complain when they make mistakes as they don’t want to know!
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Largely irrelivant this review. Why mention the paint and the wheels etc that some no brained garage did to the Shogun? OK you had a mechanical problem with the car but it was fixed... but then you rant on about some retard who works in the carwash ruining your paintwork/wheels - Damian from Yorkshire
I’d suggest an after-sales review for any manufacturer was very relevant, who wants to buy a car if only to have what would appear to be a very poor after-sales attitude from the manufacturer, especially when it was only in to fix a manufacturing fault and came out a visual and mechanical mess! - Prospective Buyer from England
Submitted: 19/09/2012 16:15:39
Absolute rubbish! My L200 Animal has needed two new clutches and flywheels in 3yrs and only 35000 miles. At my own cost I might add totaling £4500. Where’s the work horse and reliability in that? It doesn’t get used for towing or off road. I would never recommend a Mitsubishi. Avoid at all costs!
Submitted: 15/09/2012 21:55:41
We bought our Outlander as a pre-registered car from Mitsubishi in 2007. I think it was one of the first batch into the UK nad has the vw 2litre engine. It is great family transport and good to drive. We tend to leave it in 2 wheel drive (where it is most economical), but 4 wheel drive has been great in winter weather. We have now done 50K miles in it and nothing has gone wrong. That said we have had at least 2 service recall letters a year for items fixed unnder warranty. The initial thirst for oil stopped once an oil pump was changed (a recall item). My only real bug bear has been the paint; ours seems to be ridiculously easy to scratch compared to any other car that I have owned. Useful to know that dealers can do cheaper servicing on older cars. My last service was cheapest yet as we discovered items which were recomended but could be deferred (new pollen filters anyone?). Overall a good car.
Submitted: 10/09/2012 16:54:23
An excellent fun and useful car, which is different from others both in looks and technology making it all the more fun to drive. Utterly surprising in power and willingness to work while not appearing to be strained. Obviously it must be driven in relation to its size and design. The automatic box appears to be very smooth and responsive. Its full of excellent ideas, which appear in more expensive machines; remote locking, four window electrics, heated seats, child restraints, alloy wheels. It rolls along with ease and comfort.
Submitted: 11/08/2012 07:38:12
I like many others have driven lots of 4x4s, Discos etc., and for me this is by far the best of the bunch. It has been the best towing vehicle I have owned. We tow a 1400kg caravan and still the 2.5 diesel engine returns 30-33 mpg. Driving solo at 2.2thousand revs (55 mpg) it returns 40mpg!! In fact it’s due a service, but when it does 40 mpg, I`m reluctant to take it in for one in case they alter anything! My vehicle has 61000 genuine milage, we have had it for 2 months and are more than happy with this vehicle. My advice? Drive it conservatively and go out and buy one now.
Submitted: 26/07/2012 10:36:10
I bought two 2010 L200 GLX turbo (built in Korea) for Work, both of which are used 80% of the time off road. One has 35,000 km and the other has 27,000km on the clock. After one year of having different drivers in them the only attention they’ve needed are oil changes and regular maintenance. They are VERY reliable. They are used in West Africa, Ghana. Nothing has broken on them as of yet and I get between 600 to 700km on 65ltrs of diesel. Great trucks!
Submitted: 16/07/2012 22:25:36
Can’t fault this car one bit. Bought this 09 reg 58 plate GS3 saloon second hand in July 2011 for under £8500. Bargain! Bit noisy, but hey it’s a diesel. Wish I’d gone for the GS4 with sat-nav, but on second thoughts leather seats are very warm in summer. I get over 50MPG on long journeys and about 40-45MPG daily use. Some have said the interior is bland and plastic-y looking, but it’s a darn sight better than some of this car’s rivals. I for one, think it’s very modern looking. You just don’t see many of these on the road, which adds to its appeal. Even when I do see one it’s usually the watered down hatchback versions, which in my opinion do not come close to the saloons Evo looks. I’d say they even detract from it! Overall I’m very pleased with this purchase and I’m just waiting to see what the next Lancer will bring, hopefully Mitsubishi’s own diesel engine rather than one nicked from VW!
Submitted: 11/06/2012 21:37:34
Had my car since October, which replaced a 4x4, love it. It handles well land I love the turbo. It’s fun to drive with no leaks, but the passenger window drops on occassions, which drives me nuts. Oh, one concern is both the front seat belts have a scored marked down through the middle, which I hope won’t effect it’s MoT tomorrow :(
Submitted: 04/06/2012 21:30:03
Awesome car! Fast as hell for a 4 door. I love the feel of the car when you accelerate - it’s like nothing can stop you, especially when you’re able to mod it to extreme conditions to reach at least 210mph.
Submitted: 23/04/2012 09:46:08
I’m a proud owner of a Colt Cleartec and stumbled across these other reviews online. The review I read is factually incorrect in places; the Colt Cleartec does have ESP and traction control. The Colt Cleartec is not a hot hatch, the Colt Ralliart is the hot hatch in the range so it’s unfair and unrealistic to buy a Cleartec for the performance alone. Although the Cleartec is a car, which on paper is quicker then a BMW 1 series 1.6 and in the real world I’ve left golfs, BMWs and even Mercs at the lights, this is not why you buy a Colt Cleartec. The ride is fine, you get more road noise with low rolling resistance tyres on any car. The handling is fantastic, you can really throw the car around. I own the five door and the cabin space is incredible, the boot space is not great, but because the car is taller then most cars in its class that’s a non-issue. The in car plastics are fine, the quality of the plastics is just as good as VW interiors. It’s the first Japanese car I’ve ever bought and it won’t be the last Mitsubishi I own, its just as well-built and of the same quality of German cars, but you pay a smaller premuim. The road tax is only £30 a year and it holds its value extremely well. In conclusion I would buy this car again without a second thought. Cars like Fiestas, Corsas etc., are great for the first 25000 miles but the Colt is a real winner in the long run.
Submitted: 11/04/2012 14:55:24
I have owned two Shoguns previously and found them totally reliable. I made the mistake of changing to a Discovery 3, which I kept for only 5 months (most of that time was spent in the garage). I went back to a new Shogun in June 2011..wow! What a difference to the older ones. I have had no problems to date, it is completely reliable, comfortable and has all the toys. Also the performance (197bhp) is brilliant. My only criticism is the claimed fuel consumption. There is no way you will average 34mpg unless you drive for many miles on a flat road with no hills at a steady 40mph with the revs not going above 1200rpm. I drive extremely light footed and can never average more then 28mph. Saying that I would recommend the Shogun to anyone who wants a true, reliable 4wd that now looks the part and performs better then most of its competition.
Submitted: 02/04/2012 20:46:20
This is the third Shogun I have had and wished I had always stayed with them, having tried Land Rover twice with a Freelander and then a 2005 Discovery; a total disaster with both as they spent more time in the garage then on the road. This latest Shogun is amazing and I find it difficult to understand some of the bad press reviews that are always stating how brilliant the Discovery is in comparison. If you want to stay driving at nearly half the new cost of an unreliable Discovery pick the Showgun every time.
Submitted: 28/01/2012 21:38:17