After crashing the damn thing only yesterday I'm not about to write a wonderful review. We didn't buy it from new, got it at 3 years old. Setting eyes on it was a BIG mistake. Since April 2006 to now (Feb 2007) we must've taken it back to Mitsubishi 10 times. Now of course, it's sitting in a recovery company's depot. From a leaking core plug, to starter motors (3 of them!), to interior door lights not working, to the turbo over charging (supping the diesel like a nice cold pint), to the steering 'breaking' (Policeman's words when he rescued me from the central reservation and towed me to safety, seeing as I was facing on coming traffic on a busy dual carriageway in Peterborough) STAY AWAY FROM THESE VEHICLES! My uncle has the L200 Animal, same year as my Shogun Sport and he's had nothing but trouble with that either. My deepest hopes are that the insurance company will write it off, or if Mitsubishi take responsibility for it and say the bit that broke was under warranty, they can have it back and stick it where the sun doesn't .... you know the end of the phrase!
After deciding that a Porsche was not the ideal family car we bought a 2003 Shogun Sport.
We have covered over 12,000 miles in the last 10 months and are delighted with the amount of space that the car offers.
Towing a caravan provides no drama and the occasional foray off-road is despatched with ease.
This is not the fastest 4x4 we have driven, but for the price it is one of the best-looking and most capable cars on the market. We will definately consider another in the future - or possibly the Shogun 3.2DiD.
Fuel consumption ranges between 26.7mpg to (unbelievably) 29.3mpg with top box and caravan on a trip to France last year.
This based on first impressions of a 04 model. Have a SWB Shogun as well and owned for 8 years. the ride is a lot more comfortable than the SWB, less jiggly which is to be expected and very good for a real 4x4. Engine is quieter and feels more refined even though its the same unit. Solid and well put together with acres of space, front and back. If the reliability is the same as the SWB, will be extremely happy. Haven't used it offroad or towing horses, but feels like that shouldn't be an issue, just need to get used to the large turning circle. Sometimes feels that it needs tugs.
I have had the car now for just under a year from new. I had a short wheel base originally, but due to an accident with a bus, (not my fault), that got written off. The key there was that it stood up to a head on collision with a bus at over 60 mph! and I walked away. The natural choice was another. I got a great deal from Mitsubishi, and drove away a happy man.
Now I admit, the interior will win no awards for design, but everything is there. Yes a bit dated, but it is there and it works. I was after a family truck that could cope with most things, especially winters. And it does them proud. There is more space than you need for everyday life, but great for adventure holidays. I have been all the way to Pisa, Italy with no problems. The drive was comfortable and it just cruised on the Motor ways all across Europe.
Would I have another? If I get rid of this one, yes. But to be honest, once you have one, I think you have one for life. Look after them, and they last for ever, sturdy and reliable. Not the fastest on the road, but you never bought it for that. If you wanted a fast car, you would buy an Evo!!
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