1992 Mitsubishi RVR Sportsgear TD 2.0 turbo diesel
I have scraped better things off my shoes
Exhaust manifold works loose since most of the weight from the turbo hangs from it, took it in to service agent to be rectified, stripped holes in head were re-threaded and fitted.
A few months it ran very poorly, took it to a different service agent who found that the previous repairer had not replaced manifold gasket, but had used gun gum on the old gasket, parts had been sucked through the turbo and the impeller was destroyed so new turbo.
Engine burning oil, mechanic found that intake pipes had gone soft and were collapsing under boost causing the engine to suck in oil through the breather pipe.
Developed a tapping noise, had swivels on rockers replaced.
Automatic started making a bump when taking off from an almost stop and holding onto gears too long. Had box checked, adjusted and serviced. This has improved matters, but still not right.
Engine developed rattle, big end bearings blown. This vehicle had been having oil changes every 5,00km and full service every 10,000km. Was told that the crank was damaged and the pistons had contacted the head and would need replacement motor.
Very poor performance and thirsty for a diesel. After the engine problems I purchased a cheap toyota diesel for less than the price for the motor being replaced to use for work in the meantime, I have found this has more power, a smoother gearchange and is more economical than the RVR, it is a 1.8 non turbo diesel. Have decided that the RVR is to be reassembled and flicked off and I will hold onto the toyota and sacrifice the creature comforts to have something more reliable and economical, will never touch a Mitsi again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th September, 2003
I am sorry to here you have all there problems with your RVR. I also have the turbo version and have had none of what you stated. The only major maintenance I have had done in over 120000k is timing/balance shaft belts being changes. Other than that regular oil changes and tie-rod ends replaced after 90000k I believe. My RVR has been used mainly for a work commuter and weekend trips camping or the the beach. I am also in Japan so it is not vary hard for me to get replacement parts if needed.