1989 Mitsubishi Colt Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1989 Mitsubishi Colt GTi 16v 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33 1.7

Summary:

If you are considering a small hot hatch, don't ignore this little gem

Faults:

Main problem was snapped cambelt at 80K, which led to £700 engine work (given the mileage and no service history with the car, I probably should have known better!).

No other major problems, although parts are expensive in the UK and often available only through a dealer.

Interior looked as new even after 100K.

General Comments:

Terrific fun car - great round corners and felt much faster than it was. I can't understand why these didn't sell better when new. My only gripe was no central locking, but I thought the car looked great. With hindsight, I would have gone for a newer 1.8 GTi (which replaced the 1.6) so I could have beaten the Golf and Peugeot GTis a bit more convincingly!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2001

11th Mar 2006, 15:37

Yes you should have known better about the cam belt, as they are supposed to be changed every 60,000 Miles!

Apparently someone else owned it back then, and you never checked to see if it had been done : (

6th Sep 2007, 16:02

Better than the 1.6 is the Colt Cyborg RS. I am sure you have heard of these and take it from em they kick ass!

I drive a VTi VTEC Honda Civic, and I got left for dead in the race against the Colt. (All I know is) I am on the lookout for one on sale!

8th Dec 2008, 19:46

The Cyborg RS is a different model of Colt to the year they're on about here. We're on about the C5 shape, the Cyborg RS was in the CJO shape and you can pick them up for around 3-4k, but there all imports as the Cyborg was never sold in the UK.

1989 Mitsubishi Colt GT 1.6 petrol turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol turbo
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

You must, must, must change the timing belt on any Mitsubishi at 60,000 miles. I had a dealer do it the first time and they messed up the timing, causing horrible gas mileage.

Frequently needs front wheel bearings.

General Comments:

I love this car - 2500lbs, 160hp, 155 lb-ft of torque - what's not to love? I have put 160,000 fairly hard miles on it and it just keeps going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2000

6th Feb 2001, 04:35

Unfortunately in Europe, the 1.6 model has only a 113hp engine, where can I get a turbo to get the 160hp??

The next model we want now is the 1.8 GTI.

1989 Mitsubishi Colt GT 1.6 turbo petrol from North America

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

The alternator, radiator, condensation in the headlights, fuel pump (pricey little unit) and most recently the engine computer unit that controls the emissions and fuel injection.

General Comments:

Bought the car in 1997 for $ Cdn 3,000. Have spend about $ 2,000 in repairs in the last 2 years. (See above). The car's turbo control has been welded at 1/4 of full boost but the car still goes relatively quickly (bought it this way).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th July, 1999

1989 Mitsubishi Colt GTi 1.6 from Iceland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

I have owned it for one year now, and very little has had to be replaced, but I know the gearbox has be repaired around 100.000 km. Like in every MMC.

General Comments:

This car has been driven 142.000 km and it works OK. Has some more km left.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th April, 1999

1989 Mitsubishi Colt GLX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing serious in 96,000 miles so far. Minor repairs like light bulbs, one exhaust, tyres, one engine mount, spark plugs. The rest is still original.

General Comments:

Daily driver in the urban jungles of London. Never left on the hard shoulder. Always starts from half-turn as the more cold the better. Lots of useful goodies like electric windows, PAS and electric mirrors. Still, nice looking design, excellent ergonomics and dashboard layout. BUT felt cheaply assembled, rattles from everywhere, engine noisy, at speeds over 65 mph conversation with passenger impossible because of engine and wind noise. Heavy fuel consumption - as low as 22-25 mls/gallon in city.

Parts expensive and because of the rarity of the car must be bought from the dealer at villainous prices (like rear parcel shelf £200 for a piece of cardboard). Engine sounds more like a diesel and behaves as well. Revs over 4000 impossible to achieve and it feels like thing is gonna explode in the next second like a nuke. Small car with big bills especially if something serious happens.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 1998

2nd Jun 2002, 15:53

Yeah...nice car, but when the engine blew up after a week of driving it, things started to get a bit expensive. Paid 500 quid to fit a used engine from a 1.5, should have gone for a 2.0 injection conversion though...

Anyway the car kicks butt now. Managed 115 mph on the motorway, and it is an automatic! 0-60 times about 10sec.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 8 reviews