2007 Mitsubishi Colt ES 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Practical cheap transport with a willing character

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I bought this car to replace a 1997 Honda CR-V that was too big for our needs now, and have been very impressed.

The Colt is a simple car that does everything asked of it.

Pros:

Reliability.

Amazing fuel economy. I average low 5L/100km with normal city driving.

Spacious and practical.

With the 1.5 mivec engine, the Colt is surprisingly spritely when pushed.

Very well equipped - power windows/steering ABS front airbags.

Cheap as chips to buy used.

Cons:

Uncomfortable front seats.

Lifeless steering.

Unpleasant gear change - 5 speed manual.

Lots of road noise, but in fairness Australian roads are crap & I have cheapo dealer tyres.

Woeful stereo.

No rear parcel shelf/screen.

In summary, I am surprised, given the things I don't like about this car, at how much I like it. It has a willing" character" and goes about its business with no fuss. I think it is the basic nature of the car I like the most. It doesn't pretend to be anything else but reliable practical transport, which it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2011

2007 Mitsubishi Colt CZ3 1.5 did from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Honest reliable motor

Faults:

One fault is tyre wear is pretty bad.

Second fault; the spring in the gearbox has gone, so now I can't find neutral.

General Comments:

The body panels are so easy to damage; for example I got a dent on the driver's side from another car swinging door. The dent is about 2 inches diameter. Cost to get repaired was about €800.

The car's manual (english only) is about 3 inches thick for such a small car.

The battery needs topping up with ionised water every 4 weeks.

Can get 47 miles per gallon

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2010