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Old 02-06-2021, 10:15 PM   #1
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I think I'm turning Japanese - Mitsubishi Shogun

This is a bit of an odd one from here here. Someone who's owned mostly either fast Renaults or Mercs for the last 20 years has gone for something completely different.

I may sound mad but I have a plan. I've wanted to do something more with cars other than just detailing (as much as I love it). Track days aren't exactly cheap and nor are they family friendly. So I started looking into green laning and 'pay and play' off road places. Seems significantly cheaper, plus I can bring the family along.

Didn't want to spend too much money but wanted something capable. I did look at old Merc MLs as they have low range but ones in my price range all seemed pretty ropey.

So I ended up with this. It's a 2003 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Warrior (catchy name). It has a 2.5 turbo diesel with 115k on the clock. It takes an interesting 16 seconds to get to 60 and tops out at 96mph!



So there's some good and some bad. Good points are that it's in really good condition. Carpets could do with a wet vac but otherwise it's very tidy all over. It's also only had two owners. The downside is that the second owner maintained it all himself and in turn I've no idea on the full service history. It's just had a service from the trader I bought from but first on the cards is a cambelt and water pump.

Also I couldn't help but attack the interior. It may end up getting mucky but I want it to be my filth not someone else's haha

Crack out the CG's Nonsense APC.



Basically brushed it into every part of the interior including the 'leather' seats.



It's well used but came out nice.







Some extra gauges!



Everything inside the car seems to work well. Aircon is all good, electric windows and mirrors but that's about it. It has been fitted with a reasonable head unit and some weird media adapter thing which I've yet to get working properly.



I had planned on a new headunit anyway so will see what happens there.

So far though so good. It's a somewhat agricultural drive, a huge and rather nice contrast from my S Class and even my other half's ML. It's slow but for a diesel it sounds cool in a purposeful way, feels like it could pull anything too!
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Old 02-06-2021, 11:09 PM   #2
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Nothing wrong with Mitsubishi. My 2nd car was a Mitsubishi Colt back in the late 1990`s. The stearing, clutch and gear changes all felt amazing compared to other cars i tried at that time. I am tempted to get another Mitsubishi or simular
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Old 02-06-2021, 11:11 PM   #3
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Lovely beast and (as a Japanese car fanatic) it will be far more reliable than an old ML I think.

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The home serviced bit may be brilliant or horrendous depending on the skill, knowledge and enthusiasm of the owner. As it looks to be in good nick I'm tending towards the brilliant.

Any receipts etc.

Have a great time with her.

Andy.

PS As she's Japanese she should be ultra reliable - fingers crossed.
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Old 03-06-2021, 08:27 AM   #5
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Turning Japanese? I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so.
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Old 03-06-2021, 03:11 PM   #6
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Nothing wrong with Mitsubishi. My 2nd car was a Mitsubishi Colt back in the late 1990`s. The stearing, clutch and gear changes all felt amazing compared to other cars i tried at that time. I am tempted to get another Mitsubishi or simular
Exactly, I've never owned a Japanese car but there's been some epic ones. Just nothing has taken my fancy until now. These are notoriously good off road but compromise a little in terms of refinement. I did a 240 miles drive in it today and was pleasantly surprised. Not as unrefined on the motorway as I thought it would be.

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Lovely beast and (as a Japanese car fanatic) it will be far more reliable than an old ML I think.

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You could be right there, the early MLs weren't known for their reliability. This is certainly less complex.

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The home serviced bit may be brilliant or horrendous depending on the skill, knowledge and enthusiasm of the owner. As it looks to be in good nick I'm tending towards the brilliant.

Any receipts etc.

Have a great time with her.

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PS As she's Japanese she should be ultra reliable - fingers crossed.
Exactly my thoughts. Either going to be great or questionable. The previous owner used this as his daily car, it's got a bit of wear and tear but it's pretty good for an 18 year old tank.

I've not got receipts annoyingly but I'm hoping from the condition and little things like the decent head unit that it wasn't run on the cheap. Fingers crossed.

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Turning Japanese? I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so.
That's the one!
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Old 03-06-2021, 10:22 PM   #7
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Watch out for rust, if the ABS sensors fail Amazon is your friend, they are ridiculously expensive. Close Mitsubishi (Peterborough) have now stopped selling new but are continuing with spares.
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I did a similar thing. I was a little fed up with the harsh ride of my Focus ST and the seats caused shooting pains in my back and legs after an hour or so. I went the Toyota route and bought a Land Cruiser. It too had been home serviced but was sold through a dealer so came with a good warranty and after four years, all I've done is service it regularly and put diesel in it. I added new suspension and a bull bar as it gets off-roaded and country roads over here are full of roos and wombats at night! After the frenetic Ford, it's nice to slide into comfy seats, select drive and waft away! There are no silly electric gimmicks or trinkets. It has handled just about anything I've thrown at it with ease. It's now 14 years old and still looks like new (advantage of no salt in winter). Hopefully your Mitsubishi will be a similar revelation!
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Well that song will be stuck in my head all day now

I've done green laning, punch hunts and pay and play a few years ago with a suzuki vitara. Exceptional fun.

I found it more fun that I could basically just abuse the vehicle, fix what breaks easily and it's ready for next time.

Was always full of mud and absolutely disgusting inside all the time, it was just a mud plugging play toy.

You'll have lots of fun but if you do any punch hunts, expect a few scratches and dents along the way!
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A song about masturbation? It’s a good find and a fine vehicle but not that fine!

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