Mitsubishi Challenger Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2012 Mitsubishi Challenger 2WD 2.5 turbo diesel

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance4300 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Without the reoccurring fault, I would be happy with it. At the moment I'm undecided

General Comments:

The car has had an intermittent fault; sometimes when run on light throttle or stopped, it goes into idle mode. After a pause of a few seconds without any throttle response, the car then runs normally. This has occurred intermittently since new. The dealer has been unable to rectify, at first suggesting bad fuel.

The vehicle then went into the dealer for four days, and a malfunction occurred whilst in for repair. They told me that the fault had been rectified; a loose connection on the air mass meter. The same fault with a lack of throttle has since reoccurred and the vehicle is back to the dealer. Any ideas as to the possible problem would be appreciated. Despite the lack of throttle response, the vehicle does not indicate a fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th January, 2014

17th Jan 2014, 03:29

I am the author of the original review. Had a call from the dealer today. By their own admission, the car has displayed the fault in the review on previous occasions when they drove it. My wife and myself both have experienced the fault when we drove it. According to the gentleman I spoke to, they have been instructed by Mitsubishi Australia to ask me to attend the dealership to study my driving technique. If I was not so absolutely frustrated by their inability to fix the vehicle, I would have burst out laughing. Must be the first time this has been used as an excuse. I refused; told them I had two other auto vehicles with no problems.

16th Mar 2014, 08:03

I also own a Mitsubishi Challenger. Sadly this car is a lemon; one of the issues is the loss of power that you also speak of.

27th Mar 2014, 08:17

Author of the original review.

Mitsubishi dealer appears to have fixed the problem. Have not had a problem since getting it back from the dealer; don't ask me what they did to it!

I should add that Mitsubishi Australia tried to tell me that what I was experiencing was normal for this vehicle. If you want, I can try and find details of exactly what was done to the vehicle; it may assist you.

2002 Mitsubishi Challenger

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance203000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

Sadly, more lemony than I expected

Faults:

The car was in OK condition when I got it. Thought it was a bargain for the price I paid. I learned why that was. The car performed well enough for about 20000km, and then a lot of things started to happen all in a row.

Firstly... it started shuddering about 170K, and it was randomly happening at certain speeds. I thought it was the transmission. I took it to the Mitsubishi dealership locally to get it diagnosed. They had it for a week, and told me that I would have to replace the WHOLE transmission for a cost of $3000. I was astounded at that diagnosis, and sought a second opinion. I took it to a transmission specialist, and they found nothing at all wrong with the transmission. A friend mentioned that it was probably the spark plug leads, so I took it to a trusted local mechanic as I wanted a third opinion. I explained what had happened, and he said yes, it's probably the spark plug leads. He changed the leads, and it had no problems whatsoever otherwise. Cost to repair $150. Clearly the last time I would be trusting Mitsubishi service.

At about 185K, the engine just stopped randomly. This was unfortunate, as I was in the middle of a remote area with no phone reception. I walked for a couple of k's to join the local car service people for this state by phone at a local farm house, and they turned up hours later to tell me it would have to be towed. They couldn't diagnose it.

Towed to the same mechanic. After 4 days of diagnosis, it was determined that it was the crank angle sensor. Joy. Expensive repair, considering the fuel pump was replaced as part of the diagnosis.

The next bit of fun happened at 195K. Driving fast on a country road, it started to drift a little. It felt like the steering fluid was low. I pulled up at the next town, and the steering literally came apart. If that had happened at high speed, it would have been a potentially fatal disaster. Cost to repair $295.00. The fun just doesn't stop.

I sold it after this. The costs were stacking up, and this was clearly a side effect of buying this car. I drive pretty slowly and carefully on most occasions, so I know it wasn't due to hammering that the car was like this. I then remembered when I sold it, the previous owner's cousin dropping in saying, "what is wrong with it now?" I ignored it at the time, thinking he was joking but now totally understand.

General Comments:

This car performance wise was OK. The engine was suitably powered and the trim was decent. It had a smooth ride when it was working fine, and suited the frame of a taller driver like myself.

The front window seemed low for some reason, and crowded to look out of. I would suggest to buyers to get this vehicle very carefully inspected, as I found it to be a huge pain to own in the end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2012

11th Jul 2012, 18:54

I don't have any personal experience with the Challenger vehicles, but from what I can see, you had this vehicle for 43000 kilometres, and have spent probably less than $1000 on repairs.

To me, that doesn't sound too bad, considering the age of the car.

Have I missed anything in your story that would help justify your comments, or have you been lucky with previous cars?

Cheers.

Average review marks: 4.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews