2010 Great Wall X240 2.4 litre petrol
Not great... But definitely competent
Very little actually... That said, when we purchased her the previous owner had never used the low range transfer case. Due to this, we had a myriad of issues getting the bloody thing to engage low range 4x4 properly. After many return trips to a Great Wall dealer and a variety of different parts changed, it turned out to be a dodgy switch in the cab. $15 later and it works faultlessly. No rocking back and forth to get it in and out of 4x4; just turn the switch and off you go.
Clutch slave cylinder failed at 75,000. Turns out they have a single O-ring on the piston which is known to fail regularly. Couldn't get the part from China soon enough, so had the old one rebuilt using a Toyota Forerunner piston and seal. Perfect fit, much more reliable. Inexpensive repair either way.
Timing belt intervals are exceedingly expensive on these things. The belt tensioner is hydraulic and the part alone is $450. Add labour and belts (balance and timing) and you're looking at nearly $1000 for what is normally a $400 job. We had ours changed at 80,000 as per the service manual.
She's a fairly blunt tool, but she gets the job done. We live in the Pilbara, so she's exposed to extreme heat for most of the year. So far she hasn't overheated once and the interior and duco is surviving reasonably well. The headlights have the laminate peeling due to sun damage, but apart from that she's handling it quite well.
There is NO UNDERBODY PROTECTION on these things. This means your transfer case, sump, fuel tank etc are at the mercy of whatever you are rock hopping over. Don't let anyone every tell you they are not a real 4x4... they are. When lifted and fitted with underbody plates, they are a very capable vehicle.
The Mitsubishi 2.4 petrol is a slug, but is very reliable. Many parts are interchangeable with the Triton, Magna, Lancer, Sonata and believe it or not Kubota. The transfer case and 4x4 computer chip are Borg Warner and lifted straight from an RA Rodeo. Fuel consumption sits between 9-11 no matter how careful you drive it.
The leather loses its colour due to wear (driver's seat is the worst offender) but doesn't tear or crack so long as you give it a rub with leather conditioner every so often.
Built to a price, but if you are prepared to spend 2-3k on some well needed improvements, she can be a pretty capable off-roader.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2016