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2020年7月

Can I trade in the L400? Don’t be lied to by car dealers and gringos.

The world of automobiles is a very special world. Especially since old cars used to be just clunkers in the past, but nowadays foreigners come all the way to Japan to look for them! Can’t sell an old car? In Japan, a car that is “10 years old” or “over 100,000 km” is not usually traded in. However Space Gears can still sell. In fact, a Space Gear V6 petrol car is selling for roughly $4,000 or so at your local car auction house. (As of March 2015) A diesel would probably cost more. One of the reasons it’s priced so high is that the engine in this car is the same engine as the Pajero sold all over the world. I’m sure there are still a lot of people in the world who drive the old Pajero and L400. What if it’s old and overdriven? It doesn’t matter. Because there are not only used car dealers, but also dismantlers and exporters at the auto auction. They don’t care if it’s a “low model year” or “over 200,000km” car. What they’re thinking about is whether there’s a demand for them outside of Japan. It’s just. Why does an “old car […]

Very bad tendency of the late L400 | Glow plug

I think that the preheating control system is meticulously controlled, but the more important glow plug is that the Late type 4M40 uses short-lived parts that are “very cheap” than the Early model 4M40. Unlike the early model, the late model has a cheap plug It seems that there were two types of 4M40 glow plugs. [Ceramic plug] that was installed from 1994 to 1997 when it was launched, and [Metal plug] that was installed until the end of sales from 1998 to 2001. Four ceramic plugs made by Denso cost about $200, and four metal plugs made by Bosch cost about $100. The metal plug assembled in this late model is not good. It’s half the price of a ceramic plug, so I think it’s kind to a wallet, but it’s a performance that betrays those who love the L400. In the early model 4M40, there was a lot of troubles such as [starting failure of unknown cause], and every time the user brought the car to the dealer, the dealer had to replace all glow plugs. Therefore, the manufacturer made a poor and cheap glow plug to reduce the loss and installed it in the late model 4M40. […]

The worst part of the late model L400 is abnormal noise!

That strange noise that suddenly comes out when driving comfortably. It’s an old car, so it can’t be helped, but I wonder if it could be managed a little more. “Disgusting” to the noise coming from the underbody With this size, I’ve matured the underbody so much at this car height! I feel that. However, in order to achieve such ride comfort and driving performance at this vehicle height, it seems that somewhere is a heavy burden. Consumable parts, mainly rubber parts and ball joints, but they wear out each time you shake left or right. I think the L400 will make more noise and feel less comfortable than other cars. Famous places include [Stabillink], [Stabil Bush], [Front Suspension Support], [Front Upper Arm Ball Joint], etc. If there is no unusual noise, this car is quite quiet and comfortable, so I feel sorry. Therefore, my car life is looking for the cause of abnormal noise → Checking the cost of parts → Challenge DIY because it is unexpectedly cheap → Become more familiar with cars. I’m wondering if it’s like this. Do you ask a professional to take measures against abnormal noise in the suspension? Or do you do it […]

The worst part of the late model L400 [Glow plug]

I was expecting that the degree of completion would be quite high because it was called “late”, but there were some drawbacks… [Glow plug] is the worst. Glow plug that breaks in a year One of the parts that does not need to be replaced until the car is discarded is the glow plug, but the glow plug in this car is inferior. It seems that there are multiple types of glow plugs for the 4M40 engine, such as ceramic plugs (made by Denso, which are mainly equipped in the early model) and metal plugs (made by Bosch, which are mainly installed in the latter model). *Currently there is only a metal plug (made by Bosch) When the engine started to feel bad, I found out that the deterioration of the glow plug was the cause, so I bought a new glow plug (it was a metal plug). However, even within a year, the engine started getting worse, so when I pulled out all the glow plugs and connected them directly to the battery, only one did not generate heat. I replaced it with a used ceramic plug that I had stored (it was a car of over 200,000 km), […]

Bad part of late type L400 | Oil deterioration and element

Even though it’s a station wagon, the engine is very delicate even though it is an “offloader!” Be careful of engine conditions! Oil management of 4M40 must be done firmly! I think that the engine is basically weak against oil stains. The engine noise becomes loud after 2,500km to 3,000km after the oil change. I have tried various oils and additives until now, but after all, it did not last well up to 5,000km. The first thing to change the oil may be the key. I bought a second-hand car that ran 40,000 km, but as far as I can see from the maintenance note of the previous owner…Oil was changed only a few times (T_T) At first, when I got on the L400 and accelerated completely, I heard a strange noise from around the turbo when it got high rpm. After repeating the oil change a few times at an early timing, this noise disappeared, but if the oil management is sloppy, the turbo will be stressed more than I imagined. In the unlikely event that the turbo is defeated, a huge repair fee is waiting. The oil filter of 4M40 is huge! Too big It’s good to change […]

Good point of late type L400 | Inside the bonnet with a lot of gaps

Imadoki’s car doesn’t allow you to open the hood and try to touch the engine. But when it comes to cars around this time, especially the L400… There is room inside the bonnet There are various things in the hood of the car, and even if you try to do something, it is hard to get it, and even if you try to remove the obstacle, it is difficult for even the sole. The interior of the bonnet of the L400 diesel turbo seems to be hard to repair due to the intercooler, air cleaner, battery, etc., but by removing these, various tasks will be surprisingly easy. However, on the contrary, it can be said that it can be said to be a drawback in a sense, because it can be said that work such as repair can not be done unless these are removed. You can replace the headlight bulb without removing anything Don’t you think it’s sober but important? With the Toyota Hilux Surf I was riding on before, when replacing the headlight bulb, I absolutely had to remove the batteries on both sides! This was pretty hard Currently, I am using HID for both high beam and […]

Good points of late type L400 | 4M40 diesel engine type 2

It’s a late model 4M40 that looks almost the same except for the color of the intercooler, but its performance is staggeringly different! As soon as I started driving, I felt like I had been hit over the head with a hammer. Why couldn’t they have made this engine from the beginning? If we had succeeded with this diesel engine and GDI from the beginning, we would have become the manufacturer that Mazda is today… That’s how great this engine is! Compared to the previous model 4M40 engine, it’s totally different! I don’t think it is the same engine type engine. I was on the Pajero of the previous model 4M40 engine, so the difference is clear. Compared to the previous model, it is only 15 horsepower, but this difference is big! Before, when I was on the Pajero, I thought, “I wish I had more choi horsepower-“, but that power comes out with the 2nd model. The Pajero I used to ride had a lot of black smoke, so when I was driving an air conditioner on a highway in the summer, I didn’t want to run too fast. But with the L400 loaded with the late 4M40, I […]

The best part of the late type L400 = high seating position

L400 for high-floor minivans that is unprecedented in the modern age of low-floor minivans! But there are some merits, too… Unusual floor height allows you to see scenery that other cars cannot see The view is simply good. There are no normal cars with such high eyes. It is only the 200 series Hiace and NV350 caravan that can confirm this height in commercial vehicles now, but both are “commercial vans” There are various cars all over the world, but I suspect that the L400 has both comfort and floor height. The advantage of having a high point of view is not only the view is good ・It is easy to see the traffic situation ahead ・It is hard to get tired when traveling a long distance on a highway ・It can be seen when the front of the car cannot be seen at all during a snowstorm ・Easy to talk to passers-by while riding (because the face is about the same position) Of course, there are disadvantages, but it is on another page. Even though I have been riding for many years, I feel that the height of this line of sight plays a role in not getting tired […]

Good points of the late model L400

I know that some people dislike the L400, but it has the charm that only people who ride it can understand, so on this page, I wrote only the things that people who are riding know as “good points.” World’s only OFF ROAD minivan There aren’t many minivans that can be used as is in a rally, but the L400 has been working as a Pajero support car for generations such as the Paris, Dakar, and Rally. Perhaps because of that, Delica has been given the same engine and undercarriage as Pajero. (Maybe there was no rally in this D:4 only) Engine and mission that overcome the shortcomings of the previous model Previously I was riding a Pajero equipped with the 4M40, so it will be a comparison with the previous model, Good start It will be the effect of electronic control mission. The start-up is completely improved. If you step on the accelerator while the vehicle is stopped, you will run at a tremendous momentum that you cannot imagine from the vehicle body. Power is going up The previous model also ran reasonably well, but I felt lacking in power when running at high speed with an air conditioner […]

The good points of the late model L400. Step to rush out

It is a device equipped from the L400 of the Late model, and it is a device not seen by other companies. The current D:5 is also available as an optional equipment. There may be many people who thought that it would have been nice if the Early model L400 was equipped with this. Steps for children and the elderly DSCF0031 This is one of the major differences from the Early model L400. The early model had one fixed step, but I couldn’t put it outside the width of the car, so it was hard to put my legs on it. This makes it easy to get on and off even if the floor is high. My child wanted to sit in the passenger seat from an early age, but he always got in and out through the rear entrance. by the way, this step can also cut the movement. There is a switch on the instrument panel of the driver’s seat, so you can turn off autostep. I think it’s convenient to be able to turn it off when you don’t need the autostep operation. Sometime it will break down, so early response is good This kind of equipment […]