Mitsubishi Chariot Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1999 Mitsubishi Chariot Grandis Super Exceed 2.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carSeat Ibiza

Summary:

Excellent reliable workhorse

Faults:

The only thing that has ever gone wrong with this car is the battery gave up one morning.

There is a bit of brake shudder at over 50 mph, but I can live with that as it still brakes well.

General Comments:

This is an imported car from Japan, a six seat-er automatic, each seat offering armchair like comfort.

It's very easy to drive, and has good visibility and enough power to transport 6 people around.

The rear set of seats can be removed from the car, and middle row can be folded, leaving a lot of room for transporting larger objects.

Fuel can be guzzled if you drive fast when loaded, but this is to be expected.

Has lots of nice features on it (computer, electric folding mirrors, electric windows, CD changer, smoked glass , air con for front and back of car), which means excellent value for money when comparing against UK spec Chariots (Spacewagons).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2008

1993 Mitsubishi Chariot GLXI 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

Good Family Wagon

Faults:

The head gasket blew twice just after 130000 ks.

Getting the car into 1 st gear was very tricky.

General Comments:

This car drove very well - it was a shame that it cost so much in repairs just prior to us selling it.

This car was very hot on a sunny NZ day - big windows with no air conditioning was not a good move.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2005

1995 Mitsubishi Chariot GLXi 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance106000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Versatile, and economical on fuel, but not a good car mechanically

Faults:

The head gasket blew at approx 80,000 k's. There had been no warning. The temperature gauge never showed it was running hot. The oil light never came on. It suddenly just blew.

We took it to the Mitsubishi dealer for repairs. That was a big mistake. It cost us nearly $3,000 in repairs, including a planed head, all new cooling pipes, and a new radiator. They told us they replaced the cam belt at the same time.

The engine leaked oil ever since that repair. We took it back to the dealer several times, but they said they couldn't find the leak.

Last year at about 95,000kms the head gasket blew again. This time we took it to an independent mechanic who showed us that the dealer had used a sub standard genuine Mitsubishi head gasket. They said the cause of the oil leak was obvious - the head gasket was faulty. They said the cam belt didn't look as if it had been replaced, so they put in a new cam belt and replaced the head gasket, did a general service and told us to sell it.

General Comments:

We'd be extremely reluctant to buy another Mitsubishi after this experience. We've learned not to use a dealer for after warranty servicing. It's just too expensive, and their mechanics are sub standard (at least locally)... as are their parts!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2005

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews