17th May 2006, 19:13

`handles beautiful` when driving at legal/slow speeds with no twisty bits. I have owned a Carisma & two Xantias, the Xantias would leave the Carisma standing on a very twisty road, they would also out brake it without any trouble as Carisma brakes over heat and fade badly after a couple of hard brakes from 100+ mph. The Carisma is the quietest though.

12th Apr 2007, 17:25

'the best car I've owned' what other cars have you owned? Fiat 126?

24th Jul 2007, 14:52

I have a Carisma, and sometimes it revs up by itself.

3rd Sep 2007, 14:14

Bought a Mitsubishi Carisma at 26000 miles.

It needed de-coke at 29000 (under warranty). Looked after and serviced etc.

Now at 68000, and another de-coke has been done and paid for at main dealers; reason for this was the engine was dropping up and down on revs when idling. On return no improvement; the dealership suggested the throttle body needed replacing again, no improvement (previously had this component independently checked).

They are now suggesting injectors are at fault; got them to replace the old throttle body as this wasn't the solution. Any ideas??

17th Sep 2007, 10:50

Are you using any fuel additives like Red-x, this caused a slight variation at tick-over with my GDI. Also have you disconnected the battery with the ignition still turned on, like when an alarm or new battery was fitted by someone else? This happened to mine so the computer program had to be reinstalled, which the dealer said wasn`t officially allowed by Mitsubishi, who say that you must buy a new computer. They used a newer version of the program which worked fine.

10th Jun 2009, 17:34

Hi there.

I have recently purchased a 1998 Mitsubishi Carisma driven for over 85000 miles. After researching a bit about its engine behaviour, I think that the GDI engine can require a (carbon) de-coke every once in a while.

At the moment, I do not have an English version of car's repair manual (or any manual for that matter). Is there any chance someone can give me one please?



5th Jan 2010, 17:54

Hi all, I bought one of these cars, and need to buy some front corner lights, if somebody has any second hand, please let me know.


2nd Aug 2010, 10:50

Have just bought a Mitsubishi Carisma 1.8 GDI, Automatic on a 2000 reg. It's a great drive and I used to own one beforehand on a 1.6.

The only problem I'm finding on this car is it keeps stalling when leaving it to tick over, or I'm stopping in lights and it's dropping the revs and stalling again. Any suggestions?

2nd Aug 2010, 15:46

If it's similar to the Audi 80 and Chevrolet Cavalier, there is likely to be a ruptured vacuum hose heading to the throttle body thereabouts. Have a mechanic check that out.

10th Jun 2011, 14:02

Did you have any joy fixing your problem, if so, please let me know on lea.debbie@yahoo.co.uk because I've just purchased a Carisma Equippe GDi auto on a 2000 reg, and the same problem is happening too us.

Look forward to your reply.

4th Jul 2011, 09:44

You should use better quality gas, and from time to time you should drive it faster. Go to some freeway and rev the machine.

They are very sensitive to bad gasoline. I had the same problem, and it was sorted out after some higher grade gasoline was pumped in, and after I drove it harder for a few days.

2nd Sep 2011, 01:15

My Mitsubishi Carisma 1998 is having a throttle problem, it doesn't move normal. Please, what can I do to detect the fault?

7th Sep 2012, 15:34

I have a Carisma 1.8 GDI that failed its emissions due to high CO. Have been told that it is somehow over fuelling. I am no mechanic, and don't know what could be causing the problem.

9th Sep 2012, 09:10

These cars suffer if they are not run on super unleaded petrol due to their direct-injection nature; carbon builds up in the throttle body etc. It's a well documented problem if you google it, but it's a case of prevention is better than cure with this problem!

11th Dec 2012, 10:02

I have a Carisma 1.8 GDI model 2000. Sometimes the car is cranking but not starting. Has anyone had this problem before?

Also I have a sound from the manual transmission, and it disappears when pressing the clutch.

Awaiting your suggestions, thanks.

16th Jul 2014, 11:58

Check the fuel pump.