Miscellaneous feelings

Why do Mitsubishi cars… and the L400 space gears hate it? The unfortunate reason why only Mitsubishi riders know about it

Are my fellow car enthusiasts and mechanics in Japan looking out for me? He doesn’t say it too openly, but he doesn’t like Mitsubishi cars very much. I like the original design and functions of the car that doesn’t imitate other companies and the high performance 4WD that can be used in the race immediately. This time I’d like to talk about the Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi still hasn’t earned the trust of the public I’ve been driving a L400 Delica Space Gear for a long time. Why don’t you change your car? Or, “What’s the best thing about that car? And they say a lot of things. I’ve explained a few things to them before, but their reaction was Hmmm. ・・・・ A response that never seems to be sympathetic. Most of the people who ask me those questions are Toyota and Honda users. I mean. Why don’t you drive a great Toyota or Honda? I guess that’s what you’re saying. Mitsubishi with its cover-up nature One of the biggest reasons why the general public dislikes Mitsubishi’s cars is because of the “revelations of the hidden recalls” that occurred around 2000 and 2001. Despite the fact that accidents and even fatalities were […]

“What is the unfortunate reason for the later models to be fitted with glow plugs that have lower performance than the earlier models? Just recall the damn thing!

When the early model 4M40 was repaired due to a complaint of poor starting, I had to replace the glow plugs that didn’t need to be replaced, so I decided to recoup the loss with a later model and installed a low priced one! And the rumors sound so real. A disappointing glow plug. I think the glow plugs of a diesel engine are usually the parts that are not replaced until the car is scrapped. However, the glow plug of the late model 4M40 does not last long. Apparently, the cause seems to be because the glow plug is different between the early model 4M40 and the late model 4M40. Although it is a copy of another site, the glow plug installed in the early model is mainly a ceramic plug made by DENSO. The glow plugs installed in the later models are mainly metal plugs made by Bosch. The price is about $50 for one ceramic plug and about $25 for the metal plug. About half the price. By the way, when I told the guy at the machine shop that the space gear glow plugs cost $200 just for the parts, he said Awesome! I’ve been told […]

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

Comparison of late type 4M40 L400 and 1KZ Hiace

Both engines have the same horsepower but different types The 4M40 and 1KZ are the last high-spec engines for low-pressure injection pump diesel engines that are still old. The engines that appear after this are all direct injection engines of high-pressure injection pumps. Well, I think it’s better to say that it is the difference between missions rather than the engine characteristics. Roughly speaking 1KZ is high-speed type 4M40 is STOP & GO I feel that. Hiace is better for highways. On the contrary, in urban areas, L400 feels lighter. Quiet performance? The difference in cam drive system is obvious! 1KZ is a timing belt and 4M40 is a chain. Due to this difference, when idling, 1KZ of mechanical noise heard outside the vehicle is quiet! This difference is big. Especially, the mechanical noise outside the vehicle when idling is overwhelmingly quiet at 1KZ! Of course, the properly maintained 4M40 isn’t noisy, but it’s different than the 1KZ. When asked, “What is the quiet performance inside the vehicle while driving?” After all, Hiace is quieter. But the L400 is also quieter than you can imagine from the mechanical noise during idling! I think it is a satisfactory level. Hiace is […]

Impressions of riding the first half model and the second half model | The good thing about the second half is here!

The biggest difference between the early model and the latter model is the running performance The running is totally different! I was on the “Pajero” of the previous model 4M40 engine, so I can clearly see the difference.First・・・ [Starting] Is different. The early model 4M40 engine has poor initial acceleration. At that time, I tried to change the ATF or try using an additive of ATF, but I could not improve it. And the other [Later model 4M40 engine has no speed range where acceleration is not good]   With the 4M40 engine of the previous model, the speed was too fast to kick down to low gear even if the accelerator was fully opened at about 40km/h, and it did not kick down. Even if you step on the accelerator about 80 to 90% at 80 km/h, you try to accelerate at OD. Since the acceleration is not enough, if the accelerator is set to 100%, it will kick down to 3rd speed, but this time the engine speed is too high and the feeling of acceleration does not change so much. However, in the latter 4M40 engine, even in the speed range where the earlier 4M40 engine was […]