1998 Mitsubishi Carisma GLX 1.8 GDI


Totally reliable, pain free motoring


Nothing! The car has been totally reliable.

Only slight complaint is the car idles quite slowly when warm, and a slight hesitancy on part throttle when not fully warmed up. Believe this is a characteristic of the GDI engine.

Engine a bit tappety when cold.

General Comments:

Good sized family car, large boot. Performance is superb, car pulls strongly. MPG is excellent; averages 38 round town, and have seen near 50 on a run.

No rust anywhere, and the paint still gleams.

Light, precise gear change and progressive clutch.

Feels a bit under-braked for performance.

Ride OK, and the handling is safe but uninspiring.

Feels far better put-together than our previous Carisma, a 2003 car. All electrics still work, and the A/C still blows reasonably cold.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2010

1998 Mitsubishi Carisma GLX GDI 1.8 petrol


The perfect budget family car with some good refinements!


One of the cogs on the central locking started spinning (still worked and was easily fixed by myself).

General Comments:

My Mitsubishi Carisma was in prestine condition and had very low mileage due to its 1st two owners being the car dealership (DEMO CAR) and a disabled lady.

I have had my car for just over two years, and apart from the above, have had no faults to report.

With the GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) my Carisma gives me optimum performance and minimum fuel consumption!

The interior is of the sturdy japanese specifications, however it sadly manages to obtain the blandness of the japanese interiors too.

All in all, I would describe this car as: The perfect budget family car with some good refinements!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2006

1998 Mitsubishi Carisma GLX 1.8


A used car bargain with a lot of extras


Absolutely nothing, the car has been totally reliable.

General Comments:

I had my doubts when purchasing a carisma because every review I read suggested it was boring to look at and drive.

I think it is a very stylish car, but I do agree the drive is uninspiring and hard.

Acceleration is good and the automatic gearbox is extremely smooth and responsive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

1998 Mitsubishi Carisma 1.8GDI GLX 1.8


Economy is great, performance is good, but parts are dear


Computer program had to be re-written, which the dealer did free of charge, although I had not bought the car from him. This fault appeared after I had an alarm fitted to the car, I think he must have caused a spike by disconnecting the battery with the ignition switch in the on position, but I could not prove it, so I said nothing!

One hydraulic valve lifter is slow to pump up in cold weather, i`m told this is a common fault.

Clutch center bearing gets noisy after a good run, which is another common fault, so i`m told!

General Comments:

Acceleration is OK to good, top speed for an 1.8 is great, I drove to Romania in it so I had a chance to test this.

Comfort is good, but suspension is a little soft for very hard cornering, but you don`t buy a car like this if you want to drive hard round twisty lanes all day.

I drove 7000 miles on holiday at very high speeds through Germany ETC, and you could not see any change in the oil level, very good engineering.

But parts can be very expensive £150 per side for front wheel bearings, fitted by main dealer, but so far mine are OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2003

28th Jun 2003, 10:59

Valve lifters started to get noisy when hot, £800 to fix.

Motor carbons up at 70000 to 80000 miles ££££ to fix, head off job.

Got rid of it at 59000 miles. Don`t buy one!!!

4th Nov 2005, 00:58

Just brought a 1998 Mitsubishi Carisma the best car I've owned handles beautiful very quiet recommend to any one, Mitsubishi best car every. A++