2002 Mitsubishi L200 Colt Rodeo 2.8 TDI


A wonderful baby donkey - Colt 2.8 TDI


Timing chain snapped during a trip to the capital at 280 000km.

Clutch gave way and had to be replaced at 302 000km.

Front passenger electric window has to be closed in stages or it closes up and comes back down half way.

Radiator gave way causing the engine to overheat.

Viscous fan gave way while travelling at 130km/h one night, and now the engine needs to be replaced due to major overheating - now waiting for an import engine.

General Comments:

I have loved the car from the day I got it. It is the first diesel and turbo vehicle I have got or driven. Once that turbo spools, you get pushed back into your seat. Turbo diesels however are not sports cars, so it gets off the line quite slowly, but once up to speed it can very well keep up with traffic. On the highway there is no point in passing 3500 RPM; nothing happens from there. 293Nm of torque is plenty for overtaking without any downshifts.

It's comfortable for a mini truck, except in the rear seats where passengers complain about a sore bottom on long distance trips. Interior build quality is awesome; not a single crack on the leather or anything falling off.

Maintenance can be slightly expensive, but it's worth it. Now waiting for an import 4m40 engine to get her back on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2016