19 September 2014
Bought mine 4 months ago and am generally very pleased with it apart from ticking tappets when cold, although it has only done 49000 with full service history. First thing I did was flush and change the oil, but no difference. No one seems to know of this problem or what the cure might be. It is annoying but goes off after about 100Yds down the road. Great handling in the snow a couple of months back and I think I was one of the few people to get out of my road for a few days. Being Auto can be a bit thirsty on local trips but does average 35 on 60mph motorway runs(according to the trip computer). Not too bad comfort wise and my wife enjoys driving it and being 5 doors the dogs are quite happy to get in the back. I will certainly keep it for a few years unless it starts giving grief.
Responses to this review
I also have a very annoying rattle along with the ticking, sounds like a bloomin diesel! I’m told it’s the cam followers. Any advice on this anyone? Is it a big or lengthy job? Is it expensive? - James Lamb from Hampshire
My 2001 Pinin automatic 36K has loud tappets took it to Mitsubishi dealer for analysis. There is a upgrade kit of modified tappets which cost £880 to fit. I was told that no harm will come to the engine so I decided to leave things as they are. Anyone has experience of changing 4 wheel drive indicator bulbs? - from Derbyshire
Submitted: 2011-01-28 | ID: 43690
Had never heard of it before I bought. Needed a 4X4 because I have to drive in bad weather. The price was right too. As soon as I got it home, it started to snow. I drove it up hills, over lonely country roads and up farm tracks. I passed capsized Freelanders lying in the ditch with their wheels spinning (occupants evacuated). My Mitsubishi just did everything I asked it to do, and never faltered. It drives nicely, handles nicely, is comfortable, easy to get in and out of and affords the driver very good visibility. It isn’t the most beautiful thing you have ever seen. It’s a bit like a taxi, and it is a mite thirsty, and the fuel tank is too small. Notwithstanding these minor irritations, it is the real thing, an epic little 4X4 . If you want a friend in all conditions and weathers, that will not let you down, this is the 4X4 for you.
Submitted: 2009-10-02 | ID: 43689
Once you get used to it, this is a comfortable drive but no slouch for a solid, chunky, true 4X4. Interior finish is of excellent quality (leather seats etc) and 2-litre engine performs consistently. Only gripes are that remote locking did not come as standard and it is a little heavy on the petrol. However, it is superb in all weathers with three different 4-wheel drive gears as well the normal two-wheel drive. Family love it - and it is nice to drive something that is different to so many of the run-of-the-mill vehicles on the roads today.
Submitted: 2009-06-11 | ID: 43693
Great Little run around, now fuel is expensive gives a good return and happy to use instead of the larger 4 x 4 , easy to park and great in the City or Town - also with being automatic nice to just sit in jams and then just ease off.
Submitted: 2008-06-12 | ID: 43694
Firstly; the car shown above is not a Shogun Pinin the report by Mr P Harrison states it is a v6 2007 the pinin did not have a v6 engine and was not produced after 2006. i own a 2005 pinin warrior and as my wife and myself are both disabled we don’t have to bend down to get into the car we just slide in its a little bit longer than a Nissan Micra so parking is a piece of cake 30 mpg is not bad for a petrol 4x4 18 inch tyres can be expensive but how often do you buy tyres its fully kitted a frame side steps leather seats etc cannot fault it we love it.
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Just followed a 5 door Pinin on 04 plate with V6 on it. So presume this is not the case and someone has stuck a V6 badge on it? - Paul Appelt from Kent
Submitted: 2008-01-28 | ID: 43695
Brilliant car, tough enough for off roading, small and nimble enough for city driving.
Submitted: 2007-11-27 | ID: 43698
Not the best looking 4x4 but don’t let that put you off. A gutsy little number, it prefers off road but doesn’t mind on road too. You can bag one of these for a bargain and they are definately worth the money.
Submitted: 2007-11-26 | ID: 43697
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