1998 Mitsubishi Shogun Reviews

1998 Mitsubishi Shogun GLS 3.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Shogun

Summary:

No car, possibly no machine, is better made

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

Astonishingly reliable. Much newer Mercs and BMWs just don't compare in reliability. These are generally constructed like heavy duty machinery - they genuinely last an entire lifetime.

For a nearly 3 tonne 1998 machine, amazing acceleration - the 24v V6 shames an awful lot of performance cars. Very good MPG for the weight of the car, for the petrol engine, as good as the diesel Shogun. Handling superb because of multilink suspension.

I paid £1200 for this 4x4 - it has never, never, not once, failed in any way, despite some 20,000 miles. Over a lifetime's motoring I've owned over 50 different makes of vehicle - was not even aware that a car can be manufactured to this high a standard so that it never fails - aeroplanes are probably not made or assembled with such exacting precision. Bravo Mitsubishi - how do you make any money in aftersales and replacement parts???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2011

20th Mar 2011, 10:54

Absolutely agree. I have had a 1998 V6 petrol auto Shogun for nearly 12 years - 5 oil and filter changes in 18 years - covered almost 200,000 hard miles - hasn't seen a mechanic or need any kind of fixing in 12 years. Every other car just seems like a breakable child's toy after this. I've had Land Rovers as well - they are little more than pretty Montegos on stilts.

1998 Mitsubishi Shogun 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

A luxurious fuel-thirsty, excellent towing vehicle, only worth buying if really needed.

Faults:

The driver's door lock doesn't accept the key.

The exhaust manifold blew at 45000 miles.

The air conditioning leaks and has to be refilled each Summer.

The near side, rear anti-roll link bar has had to be replaced.

General Comments:

An excellent towing vehicle. We regularly tow a horse box with two horses and there is no problem.

The automatic transmission is superb in heavy traffic.

The interior is hard wearing and luxurious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2004

27th Dec 2005, 16:15

I'm having a lot of problems with the dashboard electronics in my 1998 GLS V6 3500. The handbrake Light stays on all the time. The 4x4 indicating lights flash off and on and one has gone altogether. Apart from these problems mine has been a dream. They are a star to drive.

8th Jan 2006, 06:18

I have just bought a 2.5 diesel Animal I would appreciate contact with other users, as it looks like I have a few problems with minor electrics like mirrors and cigarette lighter.

30th Mar 2011, 16:10

If you have the older kidney shaped key fobs and a factory fitted alarm, then you should be able to get them replaced at any Mitsubishi dealership as I had to a couple of years ago but they cost about £25.00 each at the time. They need your car to "pair" the fobs to your alarm though.

Failing that you might get away with using the little black short pen shaped devices which are designed to disable the immobiliser should your fob fail. Your immobiliser automatically disables your car after 45 seconds if you don't turn your engine on after opening the car as I'm sure you are aware.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews