2001 Mitsubishi L200 Animal 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Superb, reliable, good looking truck


Slight power steering leak.

General Comments:

The best looking truck up to the new shape Hilux.

Brilliant in general, has never let me down...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2015

2001 Mitsubishi L200 GLS 4X4 doublecab 2.5 turbo diesel from Israel


Still - the best in it's category!


This is a follow-up report to my previous one, done at 98000 Km. Since then I've totaled 170,000 Km - and still going. The only thing replaced since, was a steering tie rod (pitman) at 150,000 Km. Everything else works perfectly.

My fuel consumption has deteriorated a bit. I average only about 8.6 Km/liter now. The garage hasn't been able to locate the exact cause.

I've replaced the original Bridgestones at 140,000 with a better quality Bridgestone that has a more aggressive tread for off-road, but is not noisier than the previous set.

General Comments:

I enjoy this truck very much. It is a dependable daily driver that can be taken to the toughest off-road terrain.

When owning such a car, one must realize that it is not a passenger car, and therefore should not be judged by the same standards.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2004

23rd Sep 2004, 23:11

The first report I've written can be found under: Mitsubishi - pickup.

(I would suggest to the admin to unify these two categories since they refer to the same vehicle)

24th Feb 2005, 21:54

I had L200 diesel and L200 fuel

L200 fuel is great car I loved it. Max speed 160 km/h good maneuvers capabilities. Simple and reliable. I had some problems during 5 years, changed: clutch, water pomp, cleaned stone from radiator, but the car worked really hard) (It fuel thirsty car)

The diesel L200 was much less pleasant to drive and had some problems with electrical system from the beginning.

Even the car look the same the diesel and fuel L200 are 2 different cars.

2001 Mitsubishi L200 GLS 4WD doublecab 2.5L turbo diesel from Israel


Best option in this vehicle category


Rear electric windows stick, especially when wet. The rubber seal was replaced under warranty, but the problem recurred. The dealer had no further solution other than spraying with silicone lubricant.

The muffler produced an irritating humming sound at around 70,000 KM and was replaced under warranty.

The speedometer needle became erratic and noisy at 90,000 KM. This was solved by replacing the speedometer cable.

General Comments:

This is a very dependable and comfortable off and on-road truck.

The cabin is fairly spacey in front, but rather cramped in the back seat. The driving position is adequate and does not cause excessive discomfort on long trips. The interior noise level is similar to other Japanese pickups (meaning rather noisy).

Off-roading requires lifting the front by tensioning the front torsion bars. Adding after market under body protection plates is a good idea, since the factory original is weak and protects the engine only.

The standard original rear electric differential lock is excellent.

The first-low gear ratio is too high for adequate rock crawling.

The original Bridgestone tires and alloy rims are durable and provide adequate grip on and off road, but I will probably replace the tires soon with something better.

The engine (105 HP) is weak and the truck is now marketed with a 115 HP turbo diesel engine which is probably not sufficient either.

Fuel economy is 9.1 KM/Liter unloaded highway, and from there it deteriorates to about 5 Km/Liter off-road and fully loaded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2003

2nd Oct 2004, 15:10

Since this report, I have totaled 170,000 km and have written a follow up report which can be found under Mitsubishi - L200.