1994 Mitsubishi Delica L400 Exceed 2.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A tamed monster truck that's great fun to drive
Dash bulbs blown.
Vacuum solenoids for 4wd system missing when purchased - replaced for £20 from breaker.
Cam-chain replaced (common on 94/95 models at around 90k miles, the metal used in the earlier L400 chains is softer).
Coolant header tank replaced, as was going soft and these are prone to crack.
Rear exhaust section replaced (had rotten).
Nearside shock eye bush replaced to prevent suspension knocking.
Nearside steering gator cracked and replaced.
Offside shock replaced as was weeping oil.
Slack tie rod end replaced.
Alternator needs replacing but haven't got around to this yet.
Various suspension bushes replaced.
The Delica is a tough vehicle - maintenance is straightforward and the parts easy enough to find thanks to being built on Pajero running gear.
Fuel economy is pretty poor, about 25MPG - but then it is a two-ton automatic (there is a manual gearbox model, but they are less common).
That aside, it is a fantastic vehicle if you have a big family, with front and rear independent air conditioning and seven or eight seats depending on the model. The rear seats fold up to give a cavernous loading bay for moving big things. I've fitted four pallets and twelve sheets of 7'x3' in mine. Seat belts are generously proportioned making fitting child seats easy.
You also get a good view over other cars, and the driving experience is thoroughly enjoyable.
It is also a capable 4x4 off-road vehicle, though the drivers side and passenger side steps that hang below the sills are prone to getting crushed. These unbolt easily, however.
The owners clubs are friendly and knowledgeable - the vehicle has quite a following of enthusiasts.
I love mine - and wouldn't hesitate to replace it with another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2008