I bought the car at 6 months old as my wife set her heart on the car because of the looks and because it was not too wide for narrow London streets. It is a shame about the service department and to be honest I will most likely never buy another Mitsubishi because of them.
Servicing is way more expensive than my BMW but now that the car (55) is shortly to come out of warranty I really am not interested in doing 9k service intervals. Had to replace the plastic cover for the rear brake light and this cost an amazing £400!!!!
Inside things are better. It is very practical and the 7 seats give enough room for all with a useful boot space. I am tall and sometimes find it annoying that my knee rubs against the gear stick mounting but I have got used to that. The engine is noisy but not a problem although I suspect that my wife had to turn the radio up to hear it and has blown both front speakers.
The plastics are far too hard, and the reflection in the windscreen is unacceptable. Polarized sun glasses sort that out.
Economy is pretty poor in town and on the road and getting anywhere near the 42mpg average is unrealistic. 36mpg much more likely with motorway driving.
Overall not a bad car but could be so much better. I regret not really looking into the cost of owning it a little closer.
I have had a Grandis Warrior for 2.5 years now with no problems. With a family of 4 kids the space offered in the Grandis is the best I have so far come across. Even going on 2 weeks summer holidays, we have not need to use a roof rack as the boot space and space offered with one seat set flat is sufficient. The performance is also pretty good for MPV standards, with the low end power making overtaking easier than expected. I am now in the process of changing car and looked at the Citroen Grand Picasso, Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy. Having test driven them all it was a choice between the S-Max and Grandis. Although the S-Max is an excellent drive the overall space was not as good for the family as the Grandis. Factoring in also the higher cost for the S-Max I have decided to renew with a new model Grandis. The cruise control and stability control will be a good improvement. Main factors therefore for buying my second Grandis are: Value for Money, Performance, Space, Style and economy. Only negative about the Grandis is that the original diesel was a little bit noisier than the S-Max engine. I will see if the new Grandis has improved in this respect at all.
5 months on and 7,500 miles later....this car likes long runs, cruising at 70 to 80 gives me 500+ miles to the tank.
Even using it for work and running relatively short trips around Birmingham I still get in excess of 460 miles to the tank.
Don't expect to pull away quickly from lights but you'll feel the turbo kick-in a little later which compensates!
The kids have so much room and the last line of seats are much better than any other MPV I have looked at.
Very much looking forward to the long trip to the South of France later in the year now that I'm happy with the cruise control.
The long clutch pedal travel is the only issue I have with the car and it has taken me all of five months to come to terms with it.
I have had my Grandis from new (55 Plate) as with all the reviews, the engine is noisy and quite crude compared with my previous car (passat TDi) I got the Warrior as I was told it was the top of the range but it has no traction control or heater controls in the rear, it just has leather interior and big wheels!! That was another mistake the car covers 14,000 miles on a set of front tyres and at £210 each it is very costly! Servicing intervals are also poor at 9,000 miles, when bearing in mind the diesel engine is a VW! With the VW the service intervals are long life and can be anywhere between 9,000 to 30,000 miles. How ever I do like this car and have covered 60,000 miles so far with it, my fuel economy is around 37 mpg as an average but when towing a caravan I get 20 mpg!! The small fuel tank does not help either. The car is responsive and handles well it also has good incar entertainment with a 10 disc autochanger, front mp3 stereo and a roof mounted DVD player with wireless headphones, these keep the children quiet! I will change it in January 2009 when it will have covered 140,000 miles I will give another review then!! Please Please Please Mitsubishi talk to VW and fit the 2.5 V6 turbo diesel before Jan 09 and I will buy another. (not the Warrior though!)
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