Mitsubishi Shogun

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It is a correct 4×4 with all of the equipment for critical off-roading
Mitsubishi’s Shogun has a loyal following who love its powerful, get-the-job-done perspective and roomy, well-equipped cabin – and it’s yours from £1000 up

Within the 1980s, Mitsubishi sellers couldn’t get sufficient Shoguns. I do know this as a result of I labored for one as a salesman. The massive off-roader offered like scorching truffles and for the listing worth, too. 

It was launched in 1982 and changed by the Mk2 in 1991, which itself was changed by the Mk3, the technology beneath the highlight right here, in 2000. This was a extra subtle car than its two rugged predecessors, with its monocoque physique, unbiased suspension and rack and pinion steering. It used a refined model of the Mk2’s so-called Tremendous Choose four-wheel-drive system with full- and part-time 4WD, excessive and low ranges and a locking centre differential. 

Wanting again, the Mk3 Shogun anticipated right this moment’s SUVs whereas nonetheless with the ability to tough it with the likes of the Land Rover Discovery. Mitsubishi had one other hit on its arms, that means that right this moment, when you’re in search of a used one, you’ll be spoiled for selection. It will get higher, as a result of though a Mk4 adopted in 2007, it was actually only a heavy facelift, with some tweaks to the transmission and modifications to its sole engine. 

One other facelift adopted in 2012 and, however for a couple of styling, badging and tools modifications, it’s the identical Shogun you’ll discover on the brand new tariffs right this moment. It signifies that costs for what, in some ways, has remained the identical car for the previous 18 years vary from £1000 for one thing like a 130,000-mile 2005-reg three.2 DI-D Class LWB that we discovered within the classifieds to £43,000 for a 2018 three.2 DI-DC SG5 LWB. For this information, nonetheless, we’ve known as a halt on the 2012 facelift. 

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So again to 2000 and the arrival of the Mk3. It was provided in short-wheelbase (SWB) and extra sensible and common long-wheelbase (LWB) kinds, and powered by a selection of two engines: a three.5 GDI V6 petrol and, extra vital, a three.2 DI-D diesel producing 159bhp. If the petrol wasn’t already thirsty sufficient, it got here with solely an automated gearbox, which ensured gross sales had been restricted to the well-heeled. The remainder of us purchased the diesel, in handbook or auto kinds. 

Normal equipment included alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, folding rear seats, and powered home windows and mirrors. Of the trim ranges, Class stands out for its heated leather-based seats, local weather management and better availability.

 

The V6 petrol was ditched within the 2007 facelift, leaving simply the three.2 diesel. This gained common-rail injection and a slight enhance in energy to 166bhp. Three years later, it was uprated to a extra helpful 197bhp. 

These 2010-year diesel Shoguns are cleaner, extra economical (anticipate round 35mpg) and torquier, so they’re price stretching your finances for. Higher nonetheless if you could find a pleasant one in plentiful Diamond spec: leather-based, air-con, electrical sunroof and parking sensors. No matter you select, be sure it has a stable service historical past, a surprisingly uncommon factor so far as Shoguns are involved. 

How you can get one in your storage

An skilled’s view 

Neil Beachill, Mitzy Bitz: “I owned a Shogun SWB diesel in 2003. It was a cracking car, though working in a Mitsubishi supplier workshop on the time, I had entry to inexpensive servicing. My spouse solely drove it round city so its gasoline consumption was excessive and, ultimately, I simply needed to promote it. To this present day, individuals nonetheless ask me whether or not they need to purchase one. I say, solely if in case you have an actual job for it like towing or as a normal utility car. And when you do purchase one, be sure you keep on prime of servicing and repair any rust the second you see it. It might be a troublesome Japanese 4×4 however it nonetheless wants TLC.”

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Purchaser beware

Engine: Hear for noises from the highest of the engine attributable to the timing chain sporting down the nylon guides and working in opposition to steel. If the gasoline filler neck on a 2000-06 diesel mannequin is rusty, suspect the well being of the gasoline pump, which ingests the rust particles and breaks. Have the emissions checked because the EGR valves can grow to be clogged. On the petrol, each the in-tank gasoline pump and high-pressure gasoline pump are liable to failure. 

Transmission: With the car on a ramp, test the situation of the switch ’field plunger switches. They’re uncovered to the weather and seize. Substitute is round three hours. Guarantee manuals are graunch-free and autos have had their fluid and filter modified recurrently and don’t overheat. 

Brakes and suspension: Verify the effectiveness of the brakes and anti-lock system because the ABS pump and modulator are liable to failure. Verify for drained rear suspension bushes. If the tops of the rear wheels seem like turning inwards, suspect the camber and trailing arm bushes. Towing a caravan or trailer will exaggerate the issue, and put on out rear springs and dampers, too. 

Physique: Attempt to peer behind the wheel arch mouldings. You’re in search of rust attributable to trapped water and dust. Wing edges and rear arches are particularly susceptible. Verify the situation of the gasoline tank, which rusts badly. Additionally price figuring out Wish to be part of the membership? Most outstanding is the Mitsubishi Pajero House owners Membership UK (pocuk.com). Pajero is the Shogun’s international identify, though it’s known as Montero in Spain and South America maybe as a result of there, in slang, Pajero means one thing barely unsavoury… 

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How a lot to spend 

£1000-£1999: Launch to 2004 diesels, together with a 102k-mile 2004 three.5 GDI Class LWB auto for £700. 

£2000-£3999: Nicer vehicles, similar to a 2002 one-owner 150k-mile three.2 Equippe SWB for £2990. 

£4000-£6499: Extra 2005-08 vehicles, together with a £5995 139k-mile 2007 three.2 Equippe LWB. 

£6500-£8999: Primarily 2008 vehicles or lower-mileage 2007s, but additionally as much as some very high-mileage 2013 vehicles. 

£9000-£11,499: Discover low-mileage 2008-09 to mid-mileage 2010 vehicles right here. 

£11,500-£13,995: Low-mileage 2010-11 vehicles and facelifted, reasonable-mileage 2012s from round £12,000.

One we discovered

Mitsubishi Shogun three.2 DI-D Warrior SWB 2006/06, 82Ok miles, £6490: Among the many stacks of LWB Shoguns, this prettier SWB stands out. Good service historical past (eight stamps), black leather-based inside and a glowing description. Higher off highway, too. 

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