1985 Mitsubishi Cordia Reviews

1985 Mitsubishi Cordia GSR Turbo 1.8 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun Bluebird

Summary:

Nice

Faults:

Blown two turbos.

Broke lower control arm.

Speedo stopped working.

General Comments:

I must say the Cordia Turbo is a nice car, but it's not as enjoyable as my good old Nissan Pulsar ET Turbo. The ET is no slower than the Cordia. I'm sick of people saying Cordias are so fast; they're no better than a 1.5 litre turbo Pulsar, and the Pulsar looks better, handles better, and never has problems.

Back to my Cordia; they are nice to drive, and just like the Pulsar, are very quick for their age. I would rather drive one than any new non turbo 4 cylnders.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2006

19th Jan 2007, 10:02

Specifications say that Cordia Turbos are indeed a faster & better performing car than the Pulsar. You either love the body design or hate it, just like the ET Pulsar.

1985 Mitsubishi Cordia AB GSL 1.8L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres

Summary:

Good first car on a budget, but upgrade when you can afford to and get something more modern

Faults:

The biggest problem with this car is the rust. Around the rear wheel arches, bottoms of the doors, behind the rear mud flaps and in the boot lid.

The exhaust hangs quite low in original units and does scrape many speed humps.

I had to replace 3 of 4 wheel bearings as they collapsed and I didn't like the sound of crunching and scraping from my wheels.

Had to replace the power steering rack. $450 for a reco, and the next year the rack ends.

Valves in the head had gone extremely hardened and were replaced, however the car still blew a lot of smoke first thing in the morning, and went through oil. Needed a bottom end rebuild as well, which I wasn't prepared to spend for.

Finally the gearbox started to die, and it was time to get it towed away and stop wasting my money on this lemon.

General Comments:

When it was running and warm it was a very comfortable car and for an old 4 cylinder it had impressive power in bottom and top ends. Occasionally it was too tempting not to race a bev in their old VB-VH, and the cordia never failed against an old auto 202.

On the open highway it was great to drive, very smooth and did go to 200Kph where it still was very smooth (not recommended, every k over...)

Interior is nice and rear seats fold down, good for fitting in a few surfboards.

Spare parts can be hard to get sometimes, my grille was stolen one night when I left it on the street.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

1985 Mitsubishi Cordia ab gsr Turbo 2 litre turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2 litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Cordia ab turbo

Summary:

When boost kicks in :) it goes like hell

Faults:

Oil leaks front and rear oil seal.

Water lines around the turbo are rusted.

Head gasket blew, too much boost no cooler.

General Comments:

This baby is top gun from 80's.

My baby is done up cordz and will kill almost anything on the road.

With 17s and 205 it handles well.

Its very light, power to weight is the reason why they go well.

A bit work to it and top end will easily beat wrx s, v 8 s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2005

1985 Mitsubishi Cordia AB 1.6L turbo 4 cylinder Leaded from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L turbo 4 cylinder Leaded Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired234000 kilometres
Most recent distance241000 kilometres

Summary:

Bang-for-Buck :)

Faults:

When we bought the car, it wasn't going.

The radiator was blocked and was pretty much dead.

The turbo needed replacing ($$$).

Exhaust had a hole.

Small rust patch on the back left side, just before the tail light, where the water run-off trickles down the side of the car from the boot.

Probably not the car's fault, but smells rich with the fuel.

General Comments:

This car has power to BOOT! After taking it on the back streets of my capital city, I must say, this car, for it's age, can get up and go! The car handles really nicely for a car without power steering, but it glides around corners, even with your foot down. This car has the potential to kill, given the fact of how much power is under your foot. Dropping the clutch in 1st produces nothing, but sheer wheelspin, then quickshifting into 2nd, brings the same, all... wheelspin! This car is perfect for the "thrash-about", but not for your average grandma driver. I picked it up for $500 in "as-is" condition, and it's cost me $1490 in repairs to date, but that was JUST to get it onto the road. I am VERY happy with this car :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2003

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 9 reviews