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?

2001 Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin equipe 2.0 GDI from UK and Ireland


Nice apart from the mechanical problems


Brakes pads wearing out quickly.

First lot of pads from new lasted 17,500 miles before renewal needed.

The next set only last 5,000 miles!These were changed at the dealers expense.

The next set only 7,000 miles. At this stage the dealer investigate further, but couldn't find anything wrong... suggested I drive with the brakes on!!! I would have to pay for the brakes to be changed.

I have now taken the car away from main dealers and have had the last set of brakes pads changed by an independent garage. When I have done a further 7,000 miles we shall see if the main dealer is using inferior parts or not.

Mitsubisi Customer Services have been made aware of the problem and opened a case on the vehicle. I will report back to them at the next 7,000 mile brake check.

General Comments:

It's not a quick vehicle, but I like it, except the problems I have had of wheel bearings going, brake pads wearing out so quickly, exhaust being altered and poor fuel economy (24 miles per gallon at best).

I find the car easy to drive and being small reversing is easy for me as I have good vision.

Good in the snow and ice, but find it slides in the wet if not put into 4 wheel drive. Tows the large caravan we own well without drop in miles per gallon most of the time.

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

Review Date: 10th October, 2004

2001 Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 2.0 from Turkey




Wheels of my Pajero Pinin (called Shogun Pinin in some countries, it has 2.0lt petrol engine) started rusting in three months.

The car broke down two times. It has only 12,000 km.

Gas pedal broke down at 8,000 km.

The second time it broke down was last week, the dealer said they have encountered the same problem on five or six different models of Mitsubishi. They talked about a magnet of something called "gas butterfly" being displaced or broken. Mitsubishi is said to have accepted the fault on vehicles produced in previous years, but mine was a later version. Instead of a costly repair (of over $2,000), the shop had to glue mine and they said they never encountered the same problem on other ones that they fixed this way (I just paid a few bucks). Doesn't sound much dependable does it? I wonder how this car managed to win the Dakar as they mention in the ads.

Interior plastics look kind of cheap.

Air conditioner does not really cool the car of such small size that much.

The catalog said it had a rear spoiler, mine never had it.

I had to take it to the shop after having a flat tire because I could not screw the spare tire back in once I removed it.

General Comments:

I really liked the car when I bought it. I preferred it due to its compact size and off-road capability. I live on a hill that Toyota Rav4, Honda CRV and Nissan Xtrails sometimes fail when there is a lot of snow, but I never had any problems with its off-road performance at all. Its compact size is a plus in driving or parking in the city. But it is not a comfy car.

I have driven two-door cars before, but I never thought trying to climb up to the back seat would be that much difficult. This time I am considering a dependable four-door SUV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st September, 2004

19th Sep 2014, 20:44

I bought the car in Istanbul, Turkey and had the same problems. Both the rust on the wheels and the gas butterfly, which the mechanic in my country said was experienced in earlier models and another model called Carisma. My car only had 20000 km when that piece broke and they said it was not under warranty. Could never trust the car to drive again. Replaced it with a full-size American SUV, but still miss it because I never had a car like it that drove so well on ice and in snow.