What should I look for in a used Mitsubishi Carisma saloon?
Although it's noted for its proven reliability, there are a couple of points to be aware of when choosing a Carisma.
First, the 1.8-litre GDI was designed for superunleaded fuel and, if the previous owners didn't use it, there's a risk of engine failure around 60,000 miles, due to carbon build-up. Decoking the engine is possible, but it's best to look elsewhere.
Secondly, there was also a recall to amend the retaining cap ring of the in-tank fuel pump, which could shatter. Find out if that was done, because early cars may have missed out, and be wary if there is a smell of fuel.
Finally, ensure all switches and buttons works as expected, and that any air-con system is effective - older systems may need regassing.