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 occurring due to the defects in the cars they manufactured, they didn’t report the recalls and didn’t accept any responsibility for them at the beginning.

But the incident, especially the fatal accident, was not caused by Mitsubishi Motors, but by its affiliate, Fuso Truck and Bus. And yet, the reason why even Mitsubishi Motors was despised is that Mitsubishi Motors must have had a similar disposition.

In fact, the 4M40 diesel engine of the early models of Delica and Pajero, which had been on the market since 1994, had frequent failures and malfunctions, such as stalling and not being able to restart the engine or the turbo being broken, but it seems that Mitsubishi didn’t take any serious action against its customers.

I want my money back. I want it fixed.

I called the manufacturer’s “Customer Service Center” to protest, and finally got them to agree to a free repair! etc.

There were many such online posts at the time.

Are defects common in Mitsubishi?

Actually, I never feel that way.

I’ve read the reports that the data disclosed at the time of the Mitsubishi recall incident was not as much as that of other companies, and I’m currently working in the automotive industry, and I can’t say that I’ve seen many defects or faults in Mitsubishi cars.

Rather, I sometimes find more problems and defects in cars from other manufacturers than I do in Mitsubishi.

I’ve had the opportunity to chat with people from various car dealerships because of my work, but if you happen to talk about those days, you’ll get a chance to hear about it.

‘Mitsubishi shouldn’t have hidden it, right? It’s something that happens to all manufacturers.

And everyone says that. In fact, if you look at cars from other manufacturers: ・・・・

  • They’ve been making diesel engines with weak cylinder heads for a long time.
  • Transmissions have always been weak, and from small cars to top-of-the-line cars, transmissions die suddenly.
  • Poorly built doors, broken airflow meter, engine not starting, etc.

I think every manufacturer has the fact that they didn’t recall a serious defect that should have been recalled by any stretch of the imagination.

Why did Mitsubishi Motors alone lose trust?

Probably because the 2nd generation Pajero and the L400 Delica Space Gear sold too much for the size of the company since 1991 and 1993, respectively. The Pajero in those days was one of them.

“The car of my dreams.”

It was.Nowadays, manufacturers seem to be quick to respond because they know that neglecting a problem can have devastating consequences later on, but back then Mitsubishi Motors had its hands full in producing them.

  • Soak up all the information on the malfunction.
  • Find out what happened and redesign it.
  • Communicate that information to the production floor.

I think that such a system did not work well.

Mitsubishi Motors not only let the defects in the cars it produces go unaddressed, but also turned a blind eye to customer complaints and damage caused by the defects, so Mitsubishi’s users

He got out of there in one fell swoop.

I guess. Despite the fact that nearly 20 years have passed since then, there are still many people who hate Mitsubishi Motors.

So Mitsubishi’s own car is a bad car?

I never think so. Mitsubishi cars in general, but especially when it comes to the L400 Delica Space Gear, the concept and the idea behind it is very interesting.

I also like the fact that it introduces unique designs and features, while other companies tend to imitate the best-selling designs and features.

For example, its design makes the L400 Delica Space Gear recognizable from a distance as an L400, and a friend who likes foreign cars said that such an off-road station wagon is rare in the world, according to a friend who likes foreign cars.

It’s surprisingly original.

Now that I’ve been attracted to such a car, I think I have no choice but to enjoy this car while facing its faults and flaws myself.

Good idea, but a lonely structure.

It’s a shame that the transfer lever is sticking out in the most obstructive part of the car, even though it’s a walk-through (you can easily get to the back seat from the front seat).

Couldn’t you do something to get it out of a different location via a link or make it motorized?

For budgetary reasons? I guess they really wanted to put the Pajero’s engine in its original form.

What’s wrong with the plastic material? The center console will crack before you know it, the caulking on the glass edge of the rear hatch will crack, the horn will go off even though you don’t press it, the OD switch will go bad, the backlight on the switches will snap off, the lacquer on the paint surface will be damaged, and the undercarriage parts will wear out is early and ・・・・

The bottom line is that they seem to be using a lot of cheap parts. It would be a waste of ・・・・ if they are ruining their reputation with these trivial failures and problems.

But I don’t have this problem with Pajero. I don’t know why.

Why do mechanics hate Mitsubishi?

Not many people may know that Mitsubishi Motors is actually hated by mechanics as well as the general public. I’m not sure why, but maybe…

Because the cause of the glitch is beyond imagination.

Isn’t it? I think.

The engine in my L400 Delica space gear stopped running first thing in the morning. I immediately sent it to a local repair shop, but the shop couldn’t figure out why, so I asked, “Can I take it to the dealer for repair? He called me back and I said “OK”.

After that, the dealer tried various things and sent the ECU (engine control unit) to the manufacturer to have it checked, but there was nothing wrong.

The dealer called me.

I’m still not sure what the cause of the failure is, but the only thing I can think of is the injection pump, so would you mind if I overhauled the injection pump?

I said OK.

It took me a month to repair a malfunctioning engine that wouldn’t start, but my car didn’t come back until late March. After that, the engine was running for about half a year, but around October of that year, when the temperature dropped to about 8 degrees Celsius in the morning, the engine stopped running again. So it wasn’t fixed after all.

What was the cause?

I had to do an expensive “injection pump overhaul” without knowing the cause of the problem at the repair shop, so I decided to do it by myself this time.

  • It was fixed for a while. But when it got cold, it went bad again.”
  • “When cranking, there is no smoke coming out of the muffler.”

Those things made me think it might be an air bite from the fuel hose, so I replaced all the rubber hoses and hose clips from the metal hoses that come from the fuel tank to the inside of the hood to the injection pump.

The engine started after that, but we didn’t know what would happen in the future, so we decided to wait and see. The winter of that year was a cold winter and the coldest day was about -18 degrees Celsius, but the engine started fine.

It’s been about 8 years since then and there’s nothing wrong with it at all. Eventually the cause was the rubber hoses and hose clips! It was.

Why didn’t the pros figure it out?

They may have been so suspicious of the ECU and other difficult parts of the car that they didn’t think about the fact that the hoses, which are just fuel channels, would deteriorate and cause a fatal problem like “not starting the engine”.

In fact, I suspected the hoses because the engine wouldn’t start even after the professionals did a lot of things, but at first I didn’t imagine the hoses were the cause.

However, if the rubber hose also becomes hardened and loses its elasticity over time, it is quite possible that fuel could leak from the joints and air could enter the hose.

I’ve had to change the fuel filter several times to get the rubber hose on and off by myself, and that process has loosened the hose insert and allowed air to enter through the joint between the priming pump and the loose rubber hose…

There’s a good chance of that happening. Professional mechanics seem to be able to identify the cause and general location of the problem when there are certain symptoms, but in the case of Mitsubishi cars, they often have a hard time applying the knowledge and experience they’ve accumulated, so I hate Mitsubishi!

It seems to be the case.

Should I stop with the L400 Delica Space Gear?

No, no, no, not at all. The unusually high cabin. A horsepower engine. Excellent performance on snow-covered roads. surprisingly simple and easy to figure out, which can be done by DIY.

I can’t get away from this car anymore.

This D:4 may not have had any racing experience, but it may have been built to be used in races such as rallies.

The reason why I think so is because when you actually do the heavy maintenance on the suspension by yourself, you can even replace the hub bearings without a hydraulic press.

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If a car breaks down during a race, it has to be repaired on site, so I’m wondering if that’s how it’s designed.

But in the case of the rival Hiace and Gran Via, I don’t think the ride quality or drivability of the rival cars will degrade that much, even if they do deteriorate over time.

It may be that the Hiace Gran Via is the one that doesn’t take much effort.

In fact, there aren’t many true “eco-cars”

This is a bit of a departure from L400 delica Space Gear, but today is the age of the eco-car. The definition of an eco-car is.

  • Does not emit toxic substances. Fewer.
  • Fuel saving

The main categories are “hybrid vehicles”, “electric vehicles”, “eco-diesel” and “fuel cell vehicles”. Specifically, they include hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, eco-diesel vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and “The automakers are responding with such things as.

There are many different powertrains out there, but I feel that each country has its own powertrain, and the degree of popularity is very different. There are many reasons for this, and one of them is that each country has its own awareness of environmental issues and emission regulations.

For example, Japan (Tokyo) is very strict about PM (particulate matter: it is well known that Governor Ishihara once spewed a cup of PM at a press conference), while the U.S. is nervous about NOx (nitrogen oxide: a substance manipulated by VW), which can cause photochemical smog.

In contrast (I don’t know if it’s right to say), Europe is trying to contribute to the environmental problem with conventional emission controls plus diesel engines because they emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines, which are the cause of global warming. (For quite some time now, Europe has had a lot of diesel-powered cars.)

However, in the case of diesel engines, reducing PM and NOx seems to be quite difficult, especially when it comes to PM, even Mercedes Benz and BMW have to use a “filtration system” in order to comply with Tokyo’s emission regulations.

I don’t like these “filtration devices”.

Almost all diesel-powered vehicles, from passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks, are installed with the “soot” filter, and naturally, the exhaust gas gradually becomes clogged to the point where it cannot pass.

When it gets clogged, the electric heat burns off the soot. That’s how the PM filtration system works, but I think it’s an outdated device for a modern car with advanced technology.

Right now, Mazda and Mitsubishi shine in Japan.

While all diesel manufacturers in the world use urea and catalysts to remove harmful emissions, today’s Mazda clean diesel does not have urea or catalysts.

All the harmful substances are solved by “combustion” in the engine. There’s nothing extra, and it complies with the world’s strictest PM regulations in Tokyo.

Mazda is probably the only company in the world that has this kind of technology. Furthermore, Mitsubishi’s “Outlander PHEV” is excellent, although few people in Japan seem to know or drive it.

Hybrid vehicles, like Toyota’s, which use an electric motor to support the engine, are currently the most common type of hybrid, but fuel economy is generally in the 30km/l range for all manufacturers.

In contrast, Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has an engine that supports the motor, and its fuel efficiency is in the 60km/ℓ range, which is almost twice as high as that of Toyota’s hybrid system. Moreover, the Outlander PHEV can travel about 60km on the motor alone, so if the driving range is within 60km, it consumes almost no gasoline.

However, since Mitsubishi is a “PHEV”, you need to charge it at home, but in fact, the automotive industry is saying that almost all hybrid vehicles will be PHEVs (plug-in hybrid) in the near future.

In that sense, Mitsubishi’s Outlander can be called “ahead of the curve”. In fact, this car is selling well in Europe, where people are sensitive to environmental issues.

We can’t even put a charger in our apartment, so where are we going to charge it? Some of you may be wondering what to do with them. But nowadays, you can recharge your batteries at gas stations, home improvement stores and other commercial facilities.

“It’s not Toyota or Honda that is showing the world an example of the theme of “environmental issues and cars” with mass-produced vehicles, but rather, it used to be

“Mazda in hell and Mitsubishi in recall.”

It’s a strange thing that these previously hated manufacturers are showing, but if you want to drive a really good car, you may have to get rid of your biased image of each manufacturer (especially in the last few years, the image of Mazda has changed drastically).

Personally, I’d buy a D:5 now, stock and with a higher ride height, and if they came out with a clean diesel like Mazda’s, or a delica with a PHEV system like the Outlander, I’d buy one in a heartbeat!

That’s how I feel about it.

(This article is from 2015.)