I've had a big task, and still do. Choosing from a diesel or a V6! As I'm concerned about durability, which of the two will give me lesser problems?
I love these buses, and am willing to die with one regardless.
However the V6's have a dirt filter in the tank, that the moment it gets clogged, though slightly, it makes the motor play games and tricks.
Worth checking, but I don't know how true it is, as I got the info from a local mechanic who plays around these babes. Says the mesh or filter needs replacing every six month.
Ronald, a newbie from Uganda, East Africa.
I have owned two Mitsubishi Spacegear 4WDs,and have just bought a third. All have been diesels. In the 2.8 turbo diesel they are very reliable and relatively economical. The 3 litre V6 is a thirsty beast, especially when pushing around a big vehicle like the Spacegear. I know of someone spending $8100 NZD (about $7000 USD) on getting the engine on their V6 version done up. Do yourself and your wallet a favour and buy a diesel. Spend some time and find a good one that hasn't had too much off road time. Have a good look underneath and get a compression-leakdown test on the motor before you buy.
I disagree. OZ diesel fuel is some of the worst in the world. Watered down with very low sulphur content.
When you open up the diesel motor, you're up for big $$$.
And with OZ crap diesel, you will be doing seals before too long in the fuel pump. No change there from 2k.
Change your oil/filter in the V6 often, and belts when needed, and they're just fine. Heaps of power, and with a small fuel tank size, they're OK on consumption.