2013 Mitsubishi Challenger GL 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Gets the job done!
Cosmetic items and plastic parts on the door trims have broken.
Plastic seat mouldings have broken.
Rear shock absorbers ruptured at 45000 km - replaced them with OME heavy duty shocks and heavy duty king springs (forget the Mitsi units if you plan to tow with this car, upgrade it ASAP).
Mitsi were not friendly with the warranty on this either, but... another story.
We bought this as primarily a tow rig for our caravan and some off road as well; for those purposes it functions well, but you must remember you get what you pay for; on the scale of 4WDs it's a fairly cheap bus, and it's fairly cheap to run. OK as a result you must expect the cheap plastics for the price range.
On the road it drives fairly agricultural, heavy steering, fairly good pick up, seats are comfy enough on a long haul, with enough mod cons to keep you happy and comfortable.
The original car stereo is rubbish in the base model; upgrade this to one with a hands free phone kit...
Why on earth would you fit a 4WD with a 70 litre tank, that's very frustrating on long hauls. Our previous 4WDs had 130 litres.
Towing it's a fantastic car for the price - no problems there at all. We tow all up 2700kg with 160kg + ball weight - yes she's working... (this is all within spec on the Challenger!)
The Challenger has all bash plates underneath and good ground clearance off road. Entrance and exit angles are again very good. You will have no problems at all keeping up with mates in Toyotas and Nissans; the Challenger is a VERY capable 4WD off road.
When off road I found that the "low" range was not as low as I would have liked or previously experienced. Some may find the gearing a bit quick for low range.
Off road this car likes VERY soft tires in sand; don't be afraid to go to 10 - 12PSI;
that was the one error I made, but once you have the tyre pressure right she is nothing short of a dune buggy.
All in all, if you are looking for a tow pig, and are tight on cash, get the Mitsi Challenger. No problems at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th May, 2017