2003 Mitsubishi Grandis 2.4 petrol
Very practical, eye catching, seven seater
Blown interior bulb.
It's had a smoker in it.
Worn wiper blades.
I bought this car to accommodate the needs of our young family, and have been very pleased with it on most counts. Our previous wagon was getting a bit long in the tooth, and we were looking for a personnel carrier and were totally sold on the modern, swoopy styling of the Grandis. I have to say that as a life long petrol head, I never thought I’d ever be keen on something like this – maybe it’s maturity catching up with me? It is however very smooth to drive, has plenty of room for the family, and what really sold me on it is the 50/50 split rear seat, which is very handy for large loads or picking up visiting relations while still retaining more than ample room for 5, or 6 if the mid seat has three abreast. The middle seats fold upright and can be slid forward for a huge, near flat rear load area.
Plus points are.
* Comfortable, multi-adjustable seating all round
* Loads of covered storage compartments
* 7 interior lights, plus lighting in foot-wells and doors
* Good steering lock
* Commanding driving position
* Tinted rear windows, with curtains
* Smooth and quiet progress
* 25 – 26 mpg, probably because it weighs 1,660kg empty
* 4 speed only automatic transmission
* auto air conditioning is a little too clever for its own good
The only other personnel carrier I seriously compared this to was the Mazda MPV, and the Mazda looked like a much older car in comparison. Honda Odyssey’s have bad reputations for transmission problems, so they were ruled out.
Overall, I love it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th April, 2011
"auto air conditioning is a little too clever for its own good" - I had a NZ-new Mitsubishi Galant and I said exactly the same thing. My first car with climate control was a 1996 Audi A4, and it was perfect - you set a temperature of 22 deg C and it maintained it faithfully.
The Galant's annoyed the living daylights out of me, enough to say if that was how Mitsubishi interpreted climate air, give me three dials with cables instead. On a cold morning, it would blast a lot of hot air, enough to fry your legs, and within 15 or 20 minutes it would decide it's gotten too hot and blows cold ambient air to balance it out. Now, I do NOT appreciate 4 deg C outside air blowing straight to my knuckles holding the steering wheel!
Eventually I had to keep upping the temperature button because it just wasn't warm enough. I just wanted that temperature maintained.
My friend with a later-model Nissan Primera also told me the same thing with his car. Is it Japan's interpretation of automatic climate control? Hopefully not, because on test-driving the car you can never find this out; you only find out after you've bought the car.