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Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 GLX 3-door

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      29.06.2004 16:19
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      I've had my Colt (1999 model) since Feb 2000 when I bought it as an ex-demo from a main dealer. I have to say I'm very pleased with it - 4 years on, and approaching 80,000 miles and I've not had any problems with it. I find it comfortable and have done several long journeys with it. OK, so it's not a hot hatch, but the engine performs well, and can be pretty nippy if you take the revs up and drop a gear. The handling is very good - it goes round corners like it's on rails. Equipment levels are not over generous (although I dare say things have improved with later models) - although mine is a GLX model, I don't have electric windows or air con. It does have central locking (useful even on 2 doors !) and mine had a CD player installed (although I think the dealer put this in). I had a sunroof put in (pop up & lift out). There's plenty of room in the front, and storage is pretty good with a useful centre console with a lift up lid. Although the door pockets are so thin you struggle to get a CD case in them. Driving position is good with seat height adjuster, and adjustable steering column. And the instrument panel is very clear, with a nice large Rev counter. Rear space is not so good - it's a squeeze with 3 adults in the back, but it can be done ! - biggest problem for rear passengers is lack of leg room behind front seats (although having said that, I'm nearly 6 foot so tend to have my driving seat fairly well back). Luggage space is pretty good for a small car; you'll get all your shopping bags in the hatch, and it will take most of your luggage requirements for 2 people if going on holiday. Fold the rear seats flat, and you've got a pretty impressive load area - I've had washing machines in there, and have moved house twice stuffing the rear of the car full. (OK, I needed a van for the bed and sofa and other large furniture) However, above all, and to cou nter any niggles, the main thing is that this car is well built and very reliable in typical Japanese fashion. I've had it serviced at the regular intervals (9000 miles or 12 months) and I've never had a problem with it. Infact, apart from usual tyres / brakes, and not had to spend anything on it either other than normal service parts (timing belt change at 55K) I even got my exhaust replaced under the 3 year warranty scheme. The clutch is nice and light, so it's east round town, and with the power steering and reasonable all round visibility, it's good to park. But it's also good on long motorway trips - and will cruise at 80mph all day. Like a lot of foreign cars, main dealer servicing and spare parts can be expensive; I've started to use a non franchised garage for servicing now my warranty has expired (last service was £85 as against £270 for the main dealer !) and I've used after fit parts for my brakes also from my local garage. So, for a car over 4 years old and nearly 80,000 miles I'm very happy. Paintwork is still good (allowing for a few stone chips and a couple of scratches put there by some kind person at the supermarket !). There's no sign of rust, and no excessive annoying noises and squeaks. I like it because it's a little bit different from most cars, and there aren't loads of them driving around. The styling is good and works well but is still practical. Fuel economy is a little disappointing for a small car with a small engine. Generally I get mid 30's MPG on normal daily driving. Although this can raise to around 40 for long trips with steady cruising. I have no plans to replace yet (don't fix it if it ain't broken !) but would certainly consider another Colt when the time comes. Happy motoring !

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