2003 Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand
Wolf in sheep's clothing
IACV (idle air control valve) intermittently plays up, which is a common issue on these cars; either replace the unit or lightly keep your foot on the throttle to stop stalling. Only occurs occasionally on cold start up, and nothing else has gone wrong.
Note: these use a INVECSII transmission (F5a51) and are prone to failure, primarily due to the wavespring breaking and lodging in the transmission pump. If you purchase this vehicle, I recommend replacing the wavespring with a solid aftermarket unit and servicing the transmission approx. every 30,000km. It also doesn't hurt to purchase an additional transmission cooler to keep the ambient temperature down.
Surefooted, comfortable and practical ride, with near instant response from factory TD04-15T turbocharger. The engine is a detuned (177kW) version of the iconic 4G63T shared with the Evolution 7; 0-100km/h can be done with in approx. 7 seconds.
Maintenance is on the high side as this car won't tolerate poor servicing! Fuel economy is average (8.3l/100km open road, 15l/100km city).
Although it is classified as a SUV/station wagon, it is small, with just enough room to fit my families luggage for a weekend road trip, and the interior is plain and simple with no bells and whistles.
I bought this simply because of the practicality, reliability, safety and instant power that it offers. This is a very fun car to drive with many options to increase the power if you wish to do so.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th July, 2016