Used MITSUBISHI COLT For Sale – RAC Cars

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Used MITSUBISHI COLT For Sale

Below are a sample of used MITSUBISHI COLT cars for sale, please use the search filter to refine your results and find the car of your dreams.

Background

Mitsubishi’s Colt is a rather quiet, understated entry in the already less than stimulating three-door hatchback sector. While Colt was the original name given to the whole Mitsubishi brand upon its UK arrival in the seventies, the correct Japanese designation soon prevailed and the Colt badge was applied to the manufacturer’s smallest vehicle.

1988’s engine line-up included 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6 16v hot hatch GTi petrol units, the last replaced by a 1.8 16v in 1990. The smaller engines were improved by upgrades to 12 valves later that year. This original model was functional but, in all honesty, boring.

A more attractive and refined Colt was released in 1992 gunning for the Honda Civic. once again with a trio of petrol engines: 12v 1.3, 16v 1.6 and a 16v 1.8 GTi.

1996’s update wasn’t particularly beneficial in an aesthetic sense but the powerplant line-up was trimmed, cutting out the hot hatch in favour of a Mirage, basically the 1.6 but with some racy add-ons. A standout feature was a clever, intuitive automatic gearbox, adjusting itself according to your driving.

1998’s mid-year makeover went pretty much unnoticed, while at the end of 1999 a very basic, budget 1.3 GL was introduced, along with a range-topping, kit-loaded GLS to replace the rather pointless Mirage. The other vehicles saw minor improvements too and then 2004 brought us an all-new Mitsubishi Colt for sale.

This was a far more interesting and dynamic prospect than earlier Mitsubishi Colt cars for sale. A Smart forfour chassis was allied to slicker styling than Colts were previously known for, with three and five-door options and a complicated range of trim levels.

Early 2005 brought us a genuinely sporty CZT variant that has flown somewhat under the public radar, then a CZC convertible version. A 2008 makeover introduced a sharky front end to ape the brand’s iconic Evolution range, along with a new ‘Ralliart’ designation for the CZT. Another innovation was the approved used Mitsubishi Colt ClearTec edition, an ultra-efficient supermini with stop/start technology.

Bang for your buck

The second hand Mitsubishi Colt for sale is a simple and rather rewarding little buy, although for some reason there aren’t many of them about. Early Colt cars for sale were good looking, cheap and reliable. The Colt will keep you safer in a crash than many rivals of the same era, with a strong bodyshell, side impact beams, a collapsible steering column, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a driver’s side airbag, plus a high-tech immobiliser.

1996-2004 Mitsubishi Colts were better equipped than earlier versions but lower priced, while the funky post-2004 models are a smarter version of a Smart forfour. The interior is cool and calm, dispensing with unnecessary fuss and bother and the cabin is the most spacious of the superminis, both for people and luggage.

What you’ll pay

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Used Mitsubishi Colt cars for sale are cheap as chips! 1996 models can be had for less than £1,000, while rarity value keeps ’96-’04 models in the region of a more expensive but still bargain £2,000. Post-2004 you can get a 1.1 litre Colt Black for just under £3,000, or a 1.4 litre Elegance for about £3,500.

What to check

Solid mechanicals and cheap parts mean most Mitsubishi Colts are reliable and well-looked after. The later hot hatch, the CZT, may have suffered at the hands of boy racers so keep an eye out for a worn clutch or accident damage.

Parts

A mixed bag, price-wise. You’re looking at an eminently reasonable £115 for a clutch kit, £450 for a full exhaust, £30 for a set of front pads and £45 for the rear. Allow £240 for a radiator, £415 for an alternator and £260 for a starter motor. If you’ve bashed it about, budget £135 for a new headlight, £95 for a wing mirror and about £140 for a tail light.

Consumables are fine at £8 for a fuel filter, £11 for an oil filter and £6 for a spark plug.

How it drives

Early nineties used Mitsubishi Colts were a pretty good drive, with a torquey and efficient engine. Responsive controls have garnered praise from critics, as have the quiet engine and wide ratio gearbox, while speed has been sacrificed for fuel economy. Suspension is firm but capable. The rare hot hatches are of course punchier but don’t bother with a Colt if you’re looking for raw power the one exception being the hard to find 150bhp 1.5 litre turbocharged CZT.

Instead choose it for its refined ride and practicality. It’s a popular repeat buy, which indicates customer satisfaction is high.

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