Mitsubishi L300 – review and opinion – There is always room for perfection

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Mitsubishi L300

There is always room for

While doing my research for our van, I checked out the several available in Turkiye.

Since all of except for the Mazda, VW and Mercedes are made here, the choices are vast. (Mercedes Benz and Viano are not made here. and other models are built as well.)

So I spent two and a half at my local Mitsubishi dealer out the L300. (There was no point in out the Spacegear since the Hyundai H-1 is the very same thing at 56% of price.)

Body :

The looks are I have always had a liking for vehicles with that feel. The brand new color front bumper with built in foglamps and sleek make the vehicle look better.

Ever surprising for a Japanese vehicle, the body satisfy during the knock-on-the-panel The tock-tock is assuring that the sheeting and it’s insulation is tough.

Body panels are neatly together. Plastic is minimal so no worries about and rattling pieces around. come in body color Neat.

(Turkish consumers have hard to satisfy taste. So it is to impossible to push whatever you in hand into the market. the ever cheap brands Dacia or alike have to their vehicles before export it to Turkiye.)

The side mirrors could have larger, at a better shape and control. At least they are coordinated and not just black

The forward stretched right mirror (left side for the UK) is an at a funny price. So why not free. like 30 Pounds !) It is helpful as since with that, you not need to turn your to look into the mirror. turn your eyes and you are.

Two sided slide make the vehicle an easily volume. However the awkward doors prove boarding and difficult.

Ask your girlfriend or to be careful with her skirt on it you are a person. You may have a lot of spectators up on your passenger side to the leg and lingerie show. (Well I AM and my wife is too pretty.)

The half-on-the-curb test proved the to be rigid and resistant to twisting. The hatch opened and closed no resistance. Even as I asked the and my wife to sit in the seats on the side of the up on the curb, the result was the same


Wheel wells are the color with the body. So no insulation. Hmmmm.

Interior :

The far-eastern layout is there. has not changed the boxy-feeling, cupboard-style since several years.

the controls are easily accessible and

The dashboard is shiny black, Put that dash shine and use a damp cloth instead. You not like to touch a black each and every time ?

The gauge cluster is well But the dash induces serious provided that there is no and nose ahead of you. So not keep using dash on it.

Instead, if you can, use a matte cover to reduce the glare or a sun control film strip of 20 cms wide across the bottom of the

The seats are too soft. The passenger seat is for two persons but the middle folds neatly to provide you a tablette. Nice.

The shifter is in an interesting position. So be careful shifting with a female passenger who is not quite intimate to You may get slapped across the face the thought that you are groping !

yet, keep the center always folded to be safe.

The seats which fold are neat. However they can to be rattly within a period of as they loosen further and

The rear interior side could have been than mere birchbark with vinyl. However still appear to be high

The lack of rear heating and controls is an issue to be corrected as as possible.

The headliner is surprising you find out it is a vinyl stretcher nowadays all the brands use the monobloque types. So if you plan to use the vehicle for than 5 years, be prepared for a headliner.

The interior is quite silent if you count on the engine and road No significant rattles and squeeks.

Engine and Mechanics :

The engine is an 2.6 diesel at only 80 HP. That has to be since the curb weight is 1,850 kilos.

The fully curb weight at some kilos mean that you have to sit on the accelerator pedal and the engine to get any pull at all.

Mitsubishi L300

diesel fuel is cheap but has it’s cost at the end of the day.

The is under the driver’s seat means that you need to the interior with greasy and / dusty hands if you ever a DIY.

This also to the engine and road noise you in the cabin, since the mere does not help gag the gaping which is the engine access

The gears are reasonably smooth to The pedals require some to get used to familiarise with. But are soft and quick reacting.

The clutch was so soft that I the link was not fixed when I stepped on it.

No worrying sounds the drivetrain.

Handling :

The steering is and comfortable. However while steering at low speeds and manouvering is it is disturbing at the hard-gained high (Nowhere over 125 km/h

The vehicle’s reaction to the steering is not razor sharp. But you still to observe great care due to the skinny tyres. Why wouldn’t use fat radials.

The rear seat is quite harsh. The leaf help only to support the weight. They do not provide for comfort as expected. This nice stability though.

it was a clear but windy day when I this machine, I came to see it is extremely vulnerable to winds. and side winds cause stability problems. The vehicle flexing as though it is an aircraft down the runway and ready to any second.

Headwinds slow the vehicle severely and the poor 80 HP starts to keep up the achieved speed.

are non-ABS and quite strong. brake fade seems to be a disease for this vehicle. The 3 downhill slope caused the pedal to go quite stiff.

power is there but stability and could not join us I guess. The yanked seriously to one side I tested a panic brake.(Full braking at 50 km/h without the clutch) Do that at 100 km/h and You are in trouble.

The vehicle has serious behaviours although it is an FR (Forward – Rear wheel That mystified me until I to curb the same curve at higher speed. She DOES and oh boy. THAT is what I oversteer !

Again; ludicrously tyres.

The very rigid and the rock hard stiff springs will give you the that the vehicle’s curve will be stable. DO NOT fall for illusion.

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