2006 Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Type R 1.5 turbo from Australia and New Zealand
CVT not recommended
Suspension ball joint required replacement
CVT whining leading to power loss and heading toward transmission failure according to the qualified mechanic who eventually took it off our hands.
It was a nice small vehicle in many respects. Allowed for use of the back via folding seats, almost a station wagon. Good performance generally for a small car.
The CVT is not recommended. Even while the fluid remains pink and looks healthy, based on our experience, if you have any weight in the vehicle and drive it hard, it is likely to overheat the gearbox and bearings will begin to fail. This causes the whining to begin. It was an unfortunate vehicle for us, losing us a significant amount of money in the resale.
While I can't evidence this, my personal opinion is that the CVT gearbox is not really mated well to the turbo engine and can't really handle being pushed. They don't like heat. It is possible if you do regular fluid changes and don't put it under strain, that it will be OK. However it makes less sense to give a car aggressive styling, a performance engine, and then mate it to a gearbox that isn't really up to task.
Gearbox fluid was changed during ownership several times.
Shame because I really wanted to like this car. Get the manual version because the engine is strong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th May, 2019