1994 Mitsubishi Space Wagon Review

1994 Mitsubishi Space Wagon MX 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

If only they had better gearboxes

Faults:

Steering bushes needed replacement (90000km)

Tracking always seems to go off (causing tyre replacement frequently)

Transmission stuffed up at 125000km (a bearing went causing a catastrophic failure) - apparently this is a common fault in Mitsi's with the F4A23-2 transmission fitted (Galant's, Starion's, as well as Chariots). There is a cooler that runs into the radiator. This blocks, causing the transmission to overheat, the blockage also prevents fluid reaching bearings, so they seize and break (and the metal goes stright into the primary gear which cost $1600 for that part alone). I note that others report the same.

The above apparently is preventable by fitting a transmission cooling unit and having regular transmission services.

General Comments:

A great car if you have more than two children.

Make sure you get one with dual air con.

ALWAYS (and I cannot stress this enough) get a transmission cooler fitted!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2003

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review