1997 Mitsubishi Carisma LX 1.8 GDI from Netherlands
Very reliable and economical
Nothing. It had some rust in visible places. I had a service every 15.000 kilometers, and up to now there was nothing but regular maintenance (lights, a puncture, oil etc).
I really like driving the Carisma. But I must admit that this is my first car. I wanted a cheap, big, very economical car for a tall man who has to drive a lot of motorway, sometimes with family and luggage, and the Carisma offers just that.
Cheap: Carisma's are - where I live - not highly regarded. Prices are low.
Big: Yes, well, it's quite big. Three on the backseat is no problem. It's a hatchback with quite some space in the back. On the downside: I'm sometimes still insecure about where the car ends, and parking sometimes gives me a problem.
Economical: so far no technical problems, so no expensive repairs. Having driven mainly highways and often about 100 kilometers per hour, the car consumes overall about 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers (17.5 km per liter).
For a tall man: I'm 1.96 m. and I'm quite comfortable in the Carisma.
Being a big car, and old and all, I don't have that much problems with aggressive drivers. They tend to go around me. This adds to the sense of safety, which makes this car also a good family car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th October, 2010