Wagon with balls that'll drain your wallet
Gear box seal blew; $1500 to reseal (120K).
Transfer box wore out; $1000 to replace (125K).
Steering rods stuffed out; roughly $900.
Front end suspension racks got movement and had to be replaced; $1000.
If you have the bucks to throw at it every time something goes wrong, this is a great car. Also good if you are looking for performance and space at the same time.
The AYC is awesome, the car handles like it's on rails.
The engine is the best thing about this car; it's got so much torque, you can just cruise around in third gear if you want, and you are king of the highway. Passing on hills with your car full of people and gear is no problem.
It's a fairly hard ride, but if you prefer a car that handles well, then it's worth it.
Owned the car for 6 years.
I lived in fear of the automatic transmission failing. The transmission mechanic that did the reseal said these gear boxes are notorious for failing. Jump on the VR4 forums and you'll see this is true. BAM, $4000 if you can be bothered fixing it, as these cars sell for so little second hand, it's hardly worth it.
Luckily mine held out, although the seal did go and so did the transfer box. Also you'll get 400kms out of a tank if you are lucky (but you will have fun).
If you get a paint chip, it will rust if you don't do anything. My Toyota doesn't do that, so makes me think Mitsi paint is rubbish. Remember, this is a performance car, it's not designed to last to 300,000k's without major work. I wouldn't own a complicated car like this past 150k's, as something big is likely to go, either the head, or the transmission, or the AYC.
Also, when you need the cam belt replaced, expect to pay about $1500, as there is so much labour pulling all the turbos off etc to get to the belt. All the front end suspension and steering rod stuff that needed replacing, I don't think there is an excuse for this; shouldn't fail this early.
Don't think I could buy another Mitsi after this, I'll stick with brands are designed to last.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th November, 2011