1983 Mitsubishi Cordia 1600 1.6 leaded N/A from Malaysia


JDM masterpiece


Rear windscreen wipers does not work.

Original radio needs restoration.

Some paint spots.

Rear bumper, hood and headlights not fitted properly.

Aircon controls faceplate wrong size.

Hard to shift into reverse.

Original interior rear view mirror needs replacing.

Tears in the driver's seat.

Engine temperature dial not working, and finally the JDM style rear view mirrors are utter crap as I can't see anything with it.

General Comments:

Amazing car to drive; it always gets rid of the stress in my head.

The power is not great, but it makes up for it by having a slightly lighter than Hachi-Roku weight (ae86).

Cool Japanese design and handles very well (better then an EG Civic hatchback), and would be an amazing first car.

It cost me 10000 RM (2500 dollars in USD). It was a good deal as all the major rust problems were solved and it had a cool paint job.

It developed a paint spot issue when I parked it in my apartment, and as said, its worst problem is the crap rear view mirrors which are bullet styled and quite JDM. It's cool, but it serves no purpose.

It was a lemon, but it was a better deal because there was a rusted shell of one costing 2000 ringgits more.

I highly recommend it as a starting JDM car, and it's skyrocketing in value. The 8 speed is very unique, but I don't have the skill and guts to fully utilise all 10 gears (sounds crazy right?). But since parts are rare and the car is rare, you will be working a lot on it, but it's worth it, and if you have the skill, you will be better than Shingo Shoji from Initial D in this beast of an FF car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2016

1983 Mitsubishi Cordia AA 1.6 Litre from Australia and New Zealand


Still a great looking car for its age


The heater core split which coursed water leakage inside the car, was not expensive to fix.

I had to replace the gear-box after 230,000 km's, due to drivers side drive shaft bearing collapsing.

General Comments:

One of the best cars of its era.

Very easy on petrol, the 1.6 litre has got a bit of get up and go even throw it's only about 65 kw, but it's also only 950 kg.

Very comfortable car to drive, handles very well around corners, and is a pleasure on the freeway.

Looked after and regularly serviced this car will not let you down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2004

1983 Mitsubishi Cordia GSR 1.6 Carb turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Bang for your buck


The catalytic converter was blocked.

Engine seals were damaged causing a smoky motor.

Turbo bearings were damaged.

Rusting badly along door sills.

Clutch was almost completely useless.

General Comments:

The interior was extremely well appointed, with air conditioning, turbo embossed seats, turbo badging and a well laid out center console.

It tended to suffer in the steering owing to it wasn't power assisted, and the car itself was very heavy.

The cabin was extremely roomy, and was comfortable.

Visibility out the windows was excellent, with both passengers and the driver having excellent views.

The front turbo scoop was impressive, but it did tend to hamper visibility a little bit, but apart from that it earned great looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2002

1983 Mitsubishi Cordia GSL 1.6 non turbo from Australia and New Zealand


The best car I ever had


Common problems with rust around the tail lights.

Boot seat rust.

That's it.

General Comments:

For a 1.6 non turbo car, it's very fast, because it has a power mode. Very powerful, do not underestimate it. It's easy to blow off auto Commodores and Falcons. I thrash it, and it gives me no trouble because it loves me and I love it. I estimate the motor to be about 60 - 80 kw, and it's got some real go for a car with 270000km+ on it.

It's got a nice sized boot, easily accommodating my 4 12 inch subs in a huge box.

I can't wait till it blows up, because there is an aftermarket import motor, which is the 2.0 litre dash motor, and if you thought that the 1.8 turbo boys were fast, then get a load of this, 150 kw stock. No crap. I'd say that my Cordia will be a V8 killer when it gets one.

They're brilliant cars. A little trouble for parts, unless you're in a good sized city. They're a great 80's stylish retro pocket rocket, considering that I picked up mine for $800 Aus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2000