1990 Mitsubishi Space Wagon GLX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


A reliable, long-lived people mover


The flexi-plate broke, and had to be replaced at 105,000 miles.

The centre seat sliding mechanism broke... but I blame my daughter, not the car.

General Comments:

The car drove very well, once I got used to driving an automatic. The gear changes were smooth, and the car accelerated comfortably when overtaking.

However it did tend to wallow round the bends.

Petrol consumption was average, it did 28 to the gallon, urban or out-of-town, without varying.

For it's age, it was loaded with executive extras. I especially loved the variable wash/wipe speed and the numerous storage pockets.

The front seats were not very comfortable and we got backache on long journeys. The seat fabric was very hard wearing and the interior still looked like new when we sold the car.

It was very long which made parking a problem. On the plus side, you could put whiney kids right at the back and lower their volume.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th June, 2002

1990 Mitsubishi Space Wagon GLX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Fuel pump had to replaced. Rear lock tempremental (automatic switch does not work as lever falls off!) and can require removal of panel. Exhaust fell apart. Washer water indicator only works in reservoir for headlamp washer (useful!). I'd put these all down to wear and tear.

General Comments:

Cheapest people carrier I could find (same age, same price Espaces had double the mileage). Lacks storage if rear seats in use. Legroom might become an issue when the younger kids get longer limbs. The wife likes it because it is more like a car than a van compared with other people carriers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

14th Apr 2004, 04:03

I'm from Australia and the space wagon is called a Nimbus GLX over here. My nimbus (space wagon) was a 1990 model and a 1997cc (2 Litre) 4 cylinder accompanied with a 5 speed manual, at the moment it has 170,000kms (106,000miles) on the clock and going strong not a single thing wrong with it and I reckon there won't be for atleast another 160,000kms (100,000miles) or even more, its the smoothest and best 4 cylinder I have had the pleasure of maintaining. Regular servicing is a must, oil changes every 5000kms (3200miles). Only gearbox problems is if put into reverse to fast it will crunch! Has done since I picked it up from the dealer ship. I found that if you put automatic transmission fluid in the manual it doesn't crunch in reverse as much, you get smoother and easier gear changes and a longer lasting gearbox, because it is a higher quality fluid. I love the car like feel even though it's a people mover. I love my Nimbus (space wagon) and don't think we will ever part! If you ever get the chance to buy one I strongly recommend it!

5th Jun 2007, 06:54

I have a 1990 space wagon here in Persian gulf and each and every part of it is rusted!

I just hate this car!!!

18th Jun 2008, 16:09

I have had my car for a year now, and so far it has been a really good car. Apart from moving the family around, I use it to carry my working things around. It is surprising what you can get in the back of one.