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    Mitsubishi L200 Advice

    I'm after some advice regarding a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior as I am going to have a look at one this weekend. I currently run a little Jimny but now that the wife and I want another kid I need to get something with more seats and room for the dog plus be useful to me for stalking. I don't need massive off road ability (the Jimny has been amazing but never used to it's potential) but I want the ability to take it lamping etc and have a 'dirty' section for the dog and any deer.

    The one I'm going to look at is a double cab on a '53 plate and has low miles (under 40,000) and looks more like a pavement princess than an old builders heap, FSH and had the cam belt changed less than 15k ago. My budget is 4500 and this is currently within that. So what I want to know is what specific things should I look for.

    Please don't tell me to buy a Hilux or something else as I am looking around but its pretty slim pickings within my budget so I would like specific advice on the L200 and things I really should look out for other than the usual second hand car bits.

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    Check out the power steering box , mine went yesterday on my 53 plate . Also springs are pretty crap but I had mine for 9 years and done 160000 so it died gracefully

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    Rear springs snap from new
    Radiators clog up
    Cylender head gaskets fail
    Heads cant be skimmed
    Rear brake drums fill with mud
    DPF give trouble
    Air con piping chaffe in P clips
    Power steering racks fail
    They are Jap
    Gearboxes get clunky
    You will resemble a traveller

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    There was an issue with the engine block castings '03, '53, '04, where a crack developed between the front main bearing area and the balance shaft (if I remember correctly). The result is a major loss of oil pressure and bearing crankshaft damage.The cure is a new short motor, nae cheap or quick fix.
    I know they're good hardy motors, but to be honest I'd try and go for something a little newer, say '05 onwards.

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    I did exactly the same two years ago. I sold my Jimny and bought a L200 Warrior 2010 reg with 46K miles. I have had to replace the power steering rack owing to leaks that could not be fixed with a seals kit. There is a huge difference in the two vehicle as you will appreciate, however I still miss my Jimny and don't rule out having another.
    Loads of room in the Warrior and well appointed inside. The back is excellent for dogs, deer etc. so there is no cause for complaint from wife and kids. I get 31mpg from mine.
    Make sure you have the spare wheel and the tools to access it and that the winder mechanism is not rusted solid. An interior light in the truck part is very welcome when out in the dark too. Mine doesn't work so I have fitted an led one that runs off batteries.
    Also think carefully about tyres as the vehicle is rather heavy and will get stuck if not properly shod. I still have the little-worn Bridgestone Duellers fitted, which were only a few months old when I bought it. They are good on the road but only marginally better than useless in the mud. Good luck with your purchase but I bet you will miss your Jimny.
    A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

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    And you forgot the engines go bang
    as mine did on an 05 plate at 80k then cost 2000 to fix

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alistair Kinghorn View Post
    And you forgot the engines go bang
    as mine did on an 05 plate at 80k then cost 2000 to fix
    Was that as a result of the fault I described above, the crack in the front of the block ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RED-DOT View Post
    Rear springs snap from new
    Radiators clog up
    Cylender head gaskets fail
    Heads cant be skimmed
    Rear brake drums fill with mud
    DPF give trouble
    Air con piping chaffe in P clips
    Power steering racks fail
    They are Jap
    Gearboxes get clunky
    You will resemble a traveller
    This is my biggest concern!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Norm View Post
    I did exactly the same two years ago. I sold my Jimny and bought a L200 Warrior 2010 reg with 46K miles. I have had to replace the power steering rack owing to leaks that could not be fixed with a seals kit. There is a huge difference in the two vehicle as you will appreciate, however I still miss my Jimny and don't rule out having another.
    Loads of room in the Warrior and well appointed inside. The back is excellent for dogs, deer etc. so there is no cause for complaint from wife and kids. I get 31mpg from mine.
    Make sure you have the spare wheel and the tools to access it and that the winder mechanism is not rusted solid. An interior light in the truck part is very welcome when out in the dark too. Mine doesn't work so I have fitted an led one that runs off batteries.
    Also think carefully about tyres as the vehicle is rather heavy and will get stuck if not properly shod. I still have the little-worn Bridgestone Duellers fitted, which were only a few months old when I bought it. They are good on the road but only marginally better than useless in the mud. Good luck with your purchase but I bet you will miss your Jimny.

    I know and if I could afford both then I would love to keep it as it is such a good clean example with just enough mods to be perfect for me without being too off road orientated. Plus its been 100% reliable so I am loath to get rid of it for something that may not be as reliable.

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