1998 Mitsubishi Delica Review

1998 Mitsubishi Delica Cargo GX 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired97800 kilometres
Most recent distance112988 kilometres


Good all round, solid and reliable


Glow plugs needed replacing since they were past their best.

General Comments:

Good driving position and performs quite well given the size of the vehicle.

Handles well on winding roads and uneven surfaces.

Solid build quality and very spacious inside.

The van will do 100+ Km on 10 liters of diesel, and is not noisy on the motorway.

Lots of loading room in the back for all sorts of things. Bench seat flips forward, ideal.

Struggles a bit going up steep hills, best to get the speed up before tackling inclines.

Goes like a train going downhill though.

Easy to park given the size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2006

5th May 2010, 03:28

I have a 1998 Delica as my work vehicle. I agree with most points in this particular survey, like the comfortable seating position and good economy. But I don't agree with the points about handling, particularly around corners. The vehicle is quite narrow, so it kind of veers around corners with the amount of weight it has, and it's not particularly fast. Even though it is a turbo, it doesn't seem to kick in until you hit 80 km in fifth gear.

I also have big problems with starting the vehicle first thing in the morning. The glow plugs keep blowing.

14th Aug 2010, 03:36

To add to the previous comment I made about this model, the van has a terrible turning circle. I have to take a wide birth to get the thing to do a u-turn in a road. Some cases I've hit the footpath. It's quite incredible how bad the turning is.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review