1996 Mitsubishi L400 VR 1.8 turbo diesel
Bought from a dealer. Got it home and immediately the alternator went.
Had to replace both batteries a week later.
Water reservoir split and needed replacing.
Cylinder head block cracked in 6 places (that was an expensive one).
Both front suspension bushes needed replacing.
Drive shaft boot replaced.
Anti-roll torsion bar replaced.
Radiator split, had to be replaced.
Let's face it - I bought a dog. I've spent thousands on my L400 getting major jobs done. It's honestly been one of the most unreliable vehicles I've ever owned and there's hardly a month goes by that it's not in the garage being repaired (believe it or not, it's in there right now).
But you know what? I don't care.
It's the best vehicle I have ever driven. And believe me, I've thought nothing about going out and spending over £20k on cars in the past.
Comfort, size, general performance on and off-road (when it's actually working) mean that even though I've got a lemon, when it comes to time to let it go, I will just go out and buy another one - and hopefully one of the reliable ones that the other people in these reviews seem to have got.
With the problems I've had, if this was any other vehicle, I would have got rid of it long ago. But with the L400? I guess it's here to stay.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st July, 2009
10th Oct 2009, 15:25
I agree that they do seem to be hard on batteries and weak on alternators, but in 2.8 diesel version, they are an absolutely fantastic vehicle. No other commercial vehicle is as tough. I have operated transits (old good, new crap), hi-aces (old good, new quite good), relays (lovely to drive when working, which isn't often), every flavour going of the smaller Courier/Berlingo/Partner/Caddy/Combo, big Mercs and Ivecos, Traffics, Boxers and Ducatos, and of all the vans I have owned and driven, the l400 is my favorite. The gearchange is fun, the power is turbine-like, the bodies are tough and beautifully screwed together, and they go like trains. Actually, it's about time I got another. Almost the only vans I have never operated are the Vito's and the transporter, so can't comment on them! L400's rock.