Hi, i know a lot of people on here run 4x4s and i'm thinking of getting an L200 for a daily hack, driving to work and the such. I'm after a pre 2006 model as i can't stand the look of the new shape one.
My question is that some are advertised as 2.5l and some at 2.8l but when searched on google i can only find information on the 2.5 so i was wondering which engine i should be trying to buy and if the 2.8 engine is fitted to grey import vehicles from a market where they were available ?
Now i know this is not strictly a gardening topic but hope juicers could shed some light on this for me.
best regards, mike.
Hi, have you looked at the reviews on an l200 2.5 engine especially the 2003 and 2004 model. Not to scare you but I have two, one a 2004 and one a 2007 both the old shape. Just last week the 2004 model with 70 000 on the clock siezed. No warning, no reason with full service and cambelt done at 55000 miles. I would be careful but have to say I love them, now with second thoughts.
We have an ' 56 L200 Warrior (classic shape) from new - ie before the horrible facelift and new engines came in during 2006.
I am only aware of the 2.5L turbo diesel being an official import. Grey imports had the same and/or different engines including petrol.
The official imports had same engine I understand but differing power output 115bhp to 160bhp. All achieved by engine mapping (from memory). So the easiest tuning route was one of the official Mitsi RallyArt ECU upgrade (which I have fitted). These engines common rail, Euro4 engines and are a 'little' agricultual compared with the newer DID engines, but if yor never had the 'other' then you don't know... The newer engines in the latest are DID, Euro5 engines which are quieter and start on the 'button'.
Having said all that, they are a good workhorse (especially if Warrior or Animal guise) with loads of 'nice feature' for a truck :-)
Like the What Van threads, someone, somewhere will horror stories but given they have been around for years in harsher climates most issues are know and not that difficult to fix. FSH is good and Mitsi seemed good at resolving issues.
If you read the WWW and believe it all you would NEVER buy any car, van, truck or peice of equipment because of a few negative views, unbalanced by the 000's of happy punters out there....IMHO
the 2.8 im aware of are in a lot older l200
other engines that are imports are 3litre petrol often lpg converted makes for them being cheaper to run than derv
2.5td engine in the oldshape l200 are ok they have had some problems at certain years i had a 2002 for 4 years and had no problems with it it was a great truck
I've got a newshape and its even better the did engine is based on the old 2.5td engine its just been reworked but its alot more economical and more powerful allround the truck is more refined drives nicer etc cant fault it
I have the new shaped l200 which is coming up to 5 years old and has around 125,000 mls on the clock. i love them but thats not to say I have not had problems with previous Mits I have owned. I have a very good rapore with my garage so any problems get sorted very quickly.
The current one is an auto which is the first I have had and won't be the last.
the problem years as we call them were when the engine production moved from Japan to China, and it is also thought that aluminium heads were made of a poorer quality. The older L200 have the 4D56 engine's the same as the 2.5 Pajero's/Shoguns.
I think the 2.8 lt engines were only in grey imports; the ones that blew up were 2003 - 2004 engines, legit mitsubishi UK models, but all with the power upgrade chip as I recall.
So avoid 2003 - 2004 models, and perhaps the chipped engines, and you should be fine! Our 2000 model single cab has yet to fail an MOT!