1997 Mitsubishi RVR 1.8 from Jamaica


A reliable and attractive car with minor manufacturing flaws


The front door(s) handles have broken off twice.

Misfires intermittently when hot and idling.

General Comments:

The 1997 RVR is a very attractive vehicle.

The front door handles seem to be made of inferior material that breaks very easily. All owners in this country have this problem with their RVRs.

The shocks ride much too soft for an SUV type vehicle.

The experts have not been able to figure out why my RVR misses when idling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2004

14th Feb 2004, 02:44

I had the misfiring when hot problem, and solved it by fitting a new set of plug leads.

3rd Apr 2004, 20:54

I have learnt the hard and very expensive way that a frequent cause of irratic idling with this car is a worn or damaged seal in the hight pressure fuel pump. The RVR has a low pressure pump in the fuel tank and a high pressure pump under the hood. When there is worn or even a little kink in an o-ring seal in the high pressure pump, the engine sputters when idling; at a stoplight, for instance.

14th Feb 2006, 20:09

1997 RVR

I am driving along and I ease off the gas approaching a traffic light or I slow down and then have to accelerate, there is a slight jerk and the car is in 3rd speed with the neutral light flashing on the dash. After that it remains in 3rd. It resets itself though after I have switched off the engine and restarted. The manual side is OK. What's happening? What's the solution?

3rd Dec 2007, 16:40

I'm a bit late with this comment, but I may be able to help with the transmission issues. I had a friend with a Mitsubishi Diamante with a 4 speed tiptronic auto that had similar issues. It turned out to be a bad transmission solenoid. She had the solenoid replaced and that solved the problem. Hope this helps.

29th Sep 2011, 12:51

I've got the same problem with being stuck in 3rd on automatic.. What's wrong?