My partner is a property developer and as you can imagine came home filthy with plaster etc etc everyday. We had a Mitsubishi Shogun which was getting ruined! We wanted a car which could be used for work but was also smart enough for general use. I was also pregnant at the time so needed plenty of room fo car seats etc. We opted for a double cab and traded in the shogun. The truck itself was quite basic and we added an aluminium liner etc into the back and roll bars. We also opted for seat covers as the light grey upholstery was not ideal. The cd player/radio was very basic and as we aleady had a decent Kenwood cd player with cd changer we asked for this to be fitted. For general work use its fine, its rugged and takes a lot of stick. Its had stone amongst other things dropped into it without much damage being caused. The main problem we have found is that the turning lock on it is absolute rubbish. What would take a normal vehicle a 3 point turn takes the L200 approx 3 times that which is not good in tight spaces! All in all its a decent motor which I do enjoy driving although it is very basic in its styling. Unlike most others on the market it is a true 4WD which is brilliant in snow. Ours is a 2004 model which is still going strong and has many years left in it. We also haven't had to make any costly repairs/maintenence which is always a bonus!
Having been a drive of "hot hatches" for the last 14 years the time had come to accept I was getting too old for small, fast cars that made a lot of noise. Also I had to accept that my son and step daughter were getting to old to be able to sit in the back of a hot hatch and be comfortable.
So the time came to change car, after a lot of looking around (and not feeling quite old enough to buy an estate or stupid enough to buy a people carrier) I picked up a 2002 L200 4life with 17,000 warranted miles on the clock.
At first it took some getting use to, I am use to sitting a few inches off the floor in a car that handles well but with suspension made of stone. However it took only a couple of days to remember that I could go at round about are 40mph, and that I had to take a little more car when reversing in Tesco car park.
Lets make no mistake here this is a big truck, but the power steering make it drive as easy as most family cars. Being long wheel base the turning circle isn't so great, but again after a couple of drives it's something you're use to.
I got the basic "4life" model, so no leather, aircon or anything else, but the interior is functional, clean and no worse than a lot of higher priced cars.
There back seats of my double cab offer plenty of room for two adults to sit in comfort and the load bed is a decent size allowing me to collect half a ton of fire wood, carry a couple of bikes or even loads my sons quad onto it.
It's also worth mentioning that these pickups are classed as commercial vehicles so 6 month tax costs the same as medium sized car.
This really is a very practical family car, plenty of room inside, the elevated seating position makes you feel safe and that load bay is brilliant for camping, building work or even trips to ikea.
Please do yourselves a big favour stay well clear from this Truck. I bought mine in June 2004 current mileage 64,000 3 engines later and about another new one fitted, also problems with the gear box. This problem all started with the head was first skimmed which is a big no no.
~~Note - this is for the 3 litre petrol version.~~
Working in the construction industry it is difficult to find a compromise between a leisure vehicle and a works vehicle. However the new generation of stylish pick ups offered by mitsubishi amongst other manufacurers have fitted the gap in the industry perfectly.
I was bought a 2001 mitsubushi l200 by my Dad as i needed a decent and reliable vehicle for work aswell as leisure. The vehicle i have is the mitsubushi triton which is powered by a 3 litre V6 petrol engine (laterly lpg converted).
--- The Drive ---
Being a large 4x4 vehicle the seating position is higher than i was used to. This took a bit of getting used to but now i absolutely love it. You sit higher than the majority of people and your all around vision is much improved. The suspension is quite firm, so the ride can be a little bumpy at times depending on the road condition. Bearing in mind this is not a luxury 4x4 so dont expect a super smooth ride. This is designed for carrying things firstly. The engine is responsive and the automatic gear box is reasonably smooth. Acceleration is excellent as expected from a large 3 litre petrol engine.
--- Interior ---
The interior is of good quality and is well made. The dash board does look a little dated but is based on the standard dash supplied on the earlier model. There is nothing fancy about the interior but it still looks good. Higher spec models such as the warrior and animal are the thing to buy if you are looking for fancy interior. These come with leather seats, different trims amongst other extras. The air conditioning controls are simplistic with a simple knob for heat adjustment and sliding adjusters for the air direction.
--- Exterior ---
This car looks superb and is very meaty. It has a great road presence. On its release the new generation of mitsubushi l200's was a real head turner, as nothing like it had been seen before. This was the first in the generation of stylish pick ups. Another thing is that it is rare you that will find an l200 that looks the same as another. Some have backs to them while others have anti roll bars, both come in many different types. This vehicle is very customisable allowing yours to have its own identity. It almost seems a shame to use it for work as it just looks to good!
My l200 cost £10,000 with 40,000 miles on the clock and at 3 years old i think this is very reasonable. As for running costs, on a good run the petrol engine will do around 20-25 mpg. This isnt too bad for a car of its size. However, we bought the car lpg converted so paying with 40p a litre instead of 90p, it is a very cheap car to run. Insurance is quite expensive and the petrol model comes in at insurance group 15.
After owning the car for 6 months i have had no problems at all. The only thing i have had done were new brake pads, but this is just general wear and not the fault of the car. These cars are designed for hard work so you can expect alot out of it.
The seats are a little hard, so take a pillow for a long journery! Many new models of stylish pick ups have come into production and begin to date the l200 a little. However i think the l200 will look great for years to come. Its a handful to park so not really for town or city driving.
Overall this is an excellent car and ideal for a work and leisure and i would highly recommend it.