2001 Mitsubishi Carisma Classic 1.9 DI-D turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Great workhorse

Faults:

Electric windows switch on the passenger side fell apart, but the window could still be opened from the switch on the driver's side (common problem).

Rear suspension arm bush was squeaking quite badly, but didn't affect how the car drove one bit; it was just a bit annoying!

The alternator pulley bolt came loose and fell off, which in turn made the pulley fall off, which meant the alternator was inoperable. A 2nd hand replacement was cheap and easily replaced.

General Comments:

This car is seriously underrated, and IMO is as good if not better than any of the VAG diesels!

With only 100 BHP it is well able to move once on boost, although waiting for the turbo to kick in is a bit of a pain. There is pretty much nothing happening under 2000 RPM, then BOOM full power.

MPG is unbelievable, with an average of 50 MPG. Around town I could manage 40 MPG, and on a long drive at 60mph I could manage over 60 MPG.

It handles OK for a big bus, and the suspension is nice and comfortable, but with the addition of front and rear strut braces, the car was well able to take bends at a high rate of speed.

The interior is very spacious, and the seats are very comfortable and grip you well while going fast into bends. The boot space is unbelievable; I was able to fit a complete set of 15" wheels with tyres and another set of 15" wheels without tyres, and still had some space left over.

I would happily buy another Carisma, but I would opt for more luxuries next time like leather seats and cruise control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2014

2001 Mitsubishi Carisma Mirage 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A comfortable, high spec, reliable, but sedate car

Faults:

A wire came of the air conditioning unit.

General Comments:

No blistering performance, but very economical.

Extremely comfortable.

Well built.

Reliable.

Exceedingly well equipped, having leathers seats, air conditioning, CD player, electric windows all round, alloy wheels, etc.

Large boot space with net to hold small items.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2004

2001 Mitsubishi Carisma Equippe 1.8 GDI from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Solid to Drive and Friendly to the Pocket!!

Faults:

Rattle coming from the dash, but that was fixed by the dealer. They blamed the installation of a Car Alarm.

Hydraulic Lifters (needed replacing when I got the car) there had apparently been a recall by Mitsubishi to have this fixed- mine where never done.

General Comments:

It's a very comfortable/ Solid car to drive, I'm currently doing about 400 miles a week (80%motorway) and it's excellent.

It's not the fastest 1.8 on the market however it is by no means the slowest, it will get you to 60mph in about 10sec, which ain't bad and is limited to 115mph (apparently).

The biggest selling point about the GDI model is the fuel economy, on the motorway doing 70 (of course) it will return 45mpg. However going through road works at 50 was returning me 69mpg -Don't know any 1.8 petrol's that will do that.

GDI engine has low CO2 emissions (168) so is only Group C TAX.

All in all a great car- that doesn't deserve the negative reviews it gets. I would say it's a shame they don't offer the GDI engine any more!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2004