2001 Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin GDI Equipe 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Wicked for its size


Things that went wrong..

Well I have this car little under a year, and apart from the day to day things that go wrong on 8 year old cars, the central locking on the drivers door has a mind of its own; sometimes it unlocks the car, and sometimes it does not.

All it needed for its MOT was brake pipes.

General Comments:

Well what can I say, it has enough power for a truck this size. It goes anywhere, and I mean anywhere.

I paid just over £1300 for my Pinin on a Y plate. What a bargain, best 4x4 I have had.

Fuel tank is a lot on the small size; need to fill up ever 300 or so miles, but it works out the same as my old Merc did in the end.

It has all the toys for such a cheap truck, air con, electric windows and mirrors, full range box with a proper diff lock, unlike some trucks of this price range. Dealers need a kick up the backside with their service.

I use my Pinin ever day for work and pleasure, and cannot think of a bad thing about it. My missus even likes it, what more can I say (she drives a Ford)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2009

2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin GDI 1.4 from UK and Ireland



My wife bought a Mitsubishi Pinin in 2004 and within a year the gearbox had to be changed. In Sept 2005 the front exhaust pipe blew and it had to be replaced under warranty. However, it is now Feb 2008 and 7 exhausts and a new engine mount later, there is still a problem.

After contacting the Managing Director of Mitsubishi UK (details available if people are having same problems) it was collected and we were given a hire car for a month while they diagnosed the fault... they have come back to say that the exhaust system was mis-aligned and the catalytic converter was an inch lower than it should be, and that put pressure on the front pipe. They have not admitted that there is a problem and haven't offered any explanation as to why we have had to wait 15 months for this explanation.

If it was that simple then why didn't the garage pick it up either of the last 6 times?

Has this been a problem for anybody else? Any advice would be welcome... Thank you.

General Comments:

Nothing but problems - terrible customer service - wouldn't have another Pinin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th February, 2008

18th Feb 2008, 17:37

Where and how did you get a 1.4 pinin when they are only 1.8 and 2ltr engines.

9th Apr 2009, 04:21

Obviously a simple typing error intended to be 1.8 I think.

Interesting to read about your exhaust problems. My front pipe has just split after 8 years caused by one of the brackets breaking on the mine silencer. Shall print off your comments and show my garage, so they take care to line it up properly.

Still on the original battery, great little car.

17th Oct 2010, 13:54

The Shogun Pinin 2.0 GDI is the worst car I have ever driven. Everything about the car is very poor. The fuel it takes is a joke, and now it misfires all the time. I can't even sell it, as no one wants it. Avoid!!!

2000 Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 3dr Vivo Auto 1.8 GDI from UK and Ireland


Should never have been made!


The throttle cable casing gets coked up very easily and needs cleaning regularly or else, like myself, you will find yourself stalling an automatic in the middle of a duel carriageway.

Exhaust pipe fell off at 36000 miles - completely rotted away in some parts despite no other bodily rust and being garaged.

General Comments:

This car should never have been made with a 1.8 engine. Heavy car, small engine, automatic = slow petrol guzzler!

London to Liverpool return cost me £120 in petrol going no faster then 70 mph.

Not a motorway car obviously, but this is taking the mick!

Leather, air con, navigation system does not make up for engine capabilities.

Replacing exhaust cost £500 - £340 for parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2006

14th Jul 2010, 10:43

I had a stainless steel exhaust made up for my Pinin 1.8 at a local fabricators. It cost £400, but cured the exhaust rot problem permanently. I suggest this is an option worth investigating by you?