1996 Mitsubishi Shogun Review

1996 Mitsubishi Shogun GLS 2.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.8 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carHonda Aerodeck


A beast of a motor


Nothing has gone wrong with the car except one thing, and that I think is common amongst 2.8 TD M's engine, and that is the dreaded fuel pump seals.

Other than general service, 130 pounds was spent on the exhaust.

General Comments:

The ride can be a bit bumpy, but it is a motor with a high centre of gravity, this tends to throw you about a bit going a bit quick into a road.

It has good performance. The turbo helps in a big way.

The interior is set for practicality; if you want luxury, then maybe an Pajero Exceed would be for you.

Can be a bit juicy if you floor it; my one does 17mpg, but I suppose the fuel pump maybe causing that.. the only motor I'd swap for this is the higher spec Exceed or a Mercedes 420 SEL...

If you really really need one, buy it, it won't disappoint you, but watch out for the pump seals though, eventually they can bugger you, and at £500 to cure the issue, it is a hard buggering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2009

4th Sep 2012, 12:59

I wrote the original review in 2009, and now three years later I am still enjoying the machine, and it has not let me down.

I had the pump seal done, which as stated before is a common problem on the 2.8 TD engine. Other than that, not a penny; it sails through the MoTs with no problems cited, and does 20 MPG with easy driving.

I love it, my kids love it too, and will not allow me to sell it for something economical. However after much looking at cars and reading Carsurvey.org reviews, I have decided on a 2001 80k miler Shogun, and once I get my hands on it, I hope it will give me the same pleasure as the one I have now.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review