Mitsubishi Pickup Reviews

1983 Mitsubishi Pickup D50 4.0 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Summary:

Powerful, reliable, good on gas; you won't regret buying this truck

Faults:

Weatherstripping around doors came loose.

Door panels came loose.

Driver side window roll up mechanism broke (a couple of the teeth broke off).

Starter motor failed.

Transmission makes clicking noise in the first three gears.

Dash cracked in a couple of places.

Great power.

Good on gas.

Goes places big trucks won't.

This truck will not leave you stranded.

Been real rough on mine (I've loaded the thing full of boulders, so that the mudflaps were dragging). Still runs great.

General Comments:

This truck is surprisingly powerful, and very reliable, great off road truck.

But is old and has suffered over the years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2008

1987 Mitsubishi Pickup standard 2.0L from North America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Very Pickup Truck!!!

Faults:

Many and many very small problems, but no any big problems. A pickup needs a lot of care, but it runs forever!!!

This pickup is extremely and extremely reliable, but it has so many small problems; however, these small problems have no effect to cause it not keep on driving. All you need, is to keep on changing oil in every 3000 miles, and whenever having time, you keep on fixing those small problems.

I still keep on it.

This car's power is very bad; however, it can go 29 miles per gallen easily!!! I have a 2001 corolla, it can only go 28 miles per gallen gas. Toyota is overally over rated!!!

General Comments:

It is a very good pickup. Too bad they don't make it anymore. If they make it again, I buy it new from them!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2007

1989 Mitsubishi Pickup 2.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance197000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Valiant

Summary:

The best vehicle I have ever owned

Faults:

Starter at 170,000 miles.

Brakes and master cylinder at 185,000.

General Comments:

I have known this truck since it was first owned, it was a work truck with the company I worked for.

Everything works like new (doors, windows, engine, heater, etc.)

This truck is wonderful to get in and out of. No climbing or stooping.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2003

2001 Mitsubishi Pickup Similar to UK 4Life spec 2.5 litre TDI four-cylinder-in from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 litre TDI four-cylinder-in Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

The best European-market pick-up

Faults:

Intermittent knocking from rear axle when wet.

Sticking rear electric windows.

Badly corroding alloy wheels.

General Comments:

This is a very good off roader, as various tortuous trips in to the wilderness have proven. Though the front torsion bar wishbone suspension limits front ground clearance a tad. Approach angle is excellent, but the rear overhang shatters any dreams you had of negotiating that 45 degree slope. The Bridgestone "H/T" tyres won't let you exploit the full off-road potential of the truck, but they're due for replacement once they wear out.

On-road handling is acceptable, but the rear leaf sprung axle does shimmy over undulations. When in four-wheel-drive (in the snow - as it has no central differential, you can only use four-wheel-drive in slippy conditions) understeer is predominant, but should you be crazy enough, you can provoke it to fishtail in the wet (in 2H).

Cabin space isn't too bad, however the rear bench is mounted too highly, and can provoke sickness among the poor rear passengers. The dashboard is a lugubrious affair, typical late-1980s Japanese. The cabin, surprisingly for a commercial vehicle doesn't withstand the abuse of three children, with poor quality materials as the scratches and soft drink stains will testify. Engine noise suppression is quite poor, but you can still hold a conversation at 80 MPH. The original four-speaker stereo system is excellent, though probably to dampen the thrum from the diesel engine at full chatter. The specification is quite good, with air-con, all-round electric windows, electric mirrors and twin-airbags. But when compared to modern hatchbacks, it's nothing special.

I tried to get it serviced at my local Mitsubishi dealer, but they argued, that because it was an import from Cyprus, that their company policy didn't allow it to be serviced there. So.. despite the fact they're all built at the same factory, with the same specification, it's still a resounding "no".

This is a great utility vehicle, fun to drive in a shambling kind of way, but if you don't need the pick-up bed you're probably better off with the similar estate-bodied coil-sprung Shogun Sport.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

10th Dec 2003, 14:54

I agree with the above comments, but if you don't need the practicality of a pick-up there isn't much point in choosing it over the equivalent Shogun Sport unless you're VAT registered.

Plus why can't Mitsubishi be radical and use coil springs at the rear axle rather than the stone-age leaf springs? It'd be relatively easy to do since the L200 is basically based on the coil-sprung Shogun Mk2. Land Rover gets away with it in its High-Capacity (coil-sprung) vehicles, which are the top commercial 4x4s for load capacity.

1987 Mitsubishi Pickup Power Ram 50 2.6L from Germany

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.6L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance215000 miles
Previous carOpel Manta

Summary:

Recommended load lugger, but thirsty

Faults:

Exhausts, only rear sections!

Gearbox - input bearings fail, cheap to replace, but very difficult.

Power steering - seal failed (2).

Seats badly worn & uncomfortable after a while.

Rear axle whines, gearbox not shifting smoothly.

Starting to rust around sills, the rest is immaculate.

General Comments:

Loved this truck! Bought it cheaply and drove it everywhere, so reliable. Problems started to appear so sold it.

Fuel economy reasonable - 25-28 MPG, only room for 2 people.

I could thrash this truck like a rented mule, and it always came up smiling.

Parts not expensive, some dealers good, others bad. Parts interchangeable with loads of other Mitzi's and Dodges. I would recommend this, but buy one with a diesel engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2001

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews