2012 Mitsubishi Challenger 2WD 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Without the reoccurring fault, I would be happy with it. At the moment I'm undecided
The car has had an intermittent fault; sometimes when run on light throttle or stopped, it goes into idle mode. After a pause of a few seconds without any throttle response, the car then runs normally. This has occurred intermittently since new. The dealer has been unable to rectify, at first suggesting bad fuel.
The vehicle then went into the dealer for four days, and a malfunction occurred whilst in for repair. They told me that the fault had been rectified; a loose connection on the air mass meter. The same fault with a lack of throttle has since reoccurred and the vehicle is back to the dealer. Any ideas as to the possible problem would be appreciated. Despite the lack of throttle response, the vehicle does not indicate a fault.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th January, 2014
I am the author of the original review. Had a call from the dealer today. By their own admission, the car has displayed the fault in the review on previous occasions when they drove it. My wife and myself both have experienced the fault when we drove it. According to the gentleman I spoke to, they have been instructed by Mitsubishi Australia to ask me to attend the dealership to study my driving technique. If I was not so absolutely frustrated by their inability to fix the vehicle, I would have burst out laughing. Must be the first time this has been used as an excuse. I refused; told them I had two other auto vehicles with no problems.
I also own a Mitsubishi Challenger. Sadly this car is a lemon; one of the issues is the loss of power that you also speak of.
Author of the original review.
Mitsubishi dealer appears to have fixed the problem. Have not had a problem since getting it back from the dealer; don't ask me what they did to it!
I should add that Mitsubishi Australia tried to tell me that what I was experiencing was normal for this vehicle. If you want, I can try and find details of exactly what was done to the vehicle; it may assist you.
Ahhhh I have just bought one, a Challenger that is. They seem to get good reviews, but then the reviewers are paid to write the reviews, so how they can have any credibility I don't know.
But I did enjoy the 2 test drives, and compared to others out there, the ride is superior and noise levels not as bad. Just hope the one I bought is not a lemon...
BUT one suggestion I would make to anyone who owns a modern car; invest the $10 or so and buy an OBD (on board diagnostics) reader off eBay; allows you to read off fault codes so that in the event of a roadside breakdown, you can tell whoever you have phoned for help exactly what the problem is.
There is a socket usually up behind the driver's pedals where it is plugged in.