well my experience of the shogun has been a great car till mine reached 51,000 no with is stood on my drive with a mangled engine because of a plastic timing chain adjustor snapping and falling into the timing chain mitsubishi have basically said tough we have no problems on our engines with this ,i know of a few others with the same problem at various milage my car is serviced regualarly and has been looked after if your thinking of buying one my advice would be don,t i,m looking at a bill thats running into thousands for something in my opinion should not be happening
The renowned Shogun has been well developed since the model's introduction in 1981.The Shogun can claim to be the most advanced model in its class by employing outstanding features such as Super Select 2 or 4 wheel drive technology and advanced direct injection engine technology. Despite its outstanding passenger car levels of comfort, the Shogun is every bit as capable off road as it has always been. It was the Shogun that originally allowed Mitsubishi to become a serious contender in the 4x4 market in 1981 inning the Paris-Dakar rally in 1984 affirmed the Shogun's legendary status and twenty-five years later the Mitsubishi Shogun is bigger and better than ever before. The Shogun range consists of a huge range, including long and short wheel base versions, choice of petrol or diesel engines and manual or automatic transmissions. Originally the Shogun model was designed as a cheaper alternative to the prestigious 4x4s. The car has certainly however made its mark on history, proving to be one of the most reliable, comfortable cars around.
The latest release into the Shogun range is the Mitsubishi shogun 3.2 DI-D Warrior, this retains many of the traditional features however acquires a modern, sophisticated look, so how does this new model compare??
HOW IT DRIVES
The Shogun Warrior 3.2 DI-D automatic is powered by Mitsubishi's 3.2 litre direct injection turbo-diesel, 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine which develops 158 bhp at 3,800 rpm enabling the Shogun to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 13.8 seconds and continue to a top speed of 106 mph.
The refined 3.2 litre diesel engine was the first Mitsubishi diesel in Europe to feature direct injection technology, which improves fuel economy, and as a result of this the Shogun Warrior 3.2 DI-D automatic returns an impressive 26.9-mpg on a combined cycle.
A huge asset to the car has to be the INVECS-II learning 5-speed automatic transmission with 'sports mode' clutchless manual shift facility, which is standard on 'Elegance and Warrior' editions. The reason for which is that this feature is perfectly suited to the Shogun as it overcomes the decision of having to opt for manual or automatic by offering two systems in one. When driving in sports mode you can literally change gear by nudging the gear lever backwards and forwards. When converted into automatic mode the INVECS-II transmission has the ability to learn and adapt to the individual's driving style.
HANDLING THE MACHINE
Shogun has now won the Dakar Rally contest an undisputed 8 times - this ultimately leaves the Shogun's off-road credentials 'one to none'! The road 'test' is exactly that, I mainly use my Shogun for road driving and occasionally some tracks or perhaps even the odd rough lane, overall it is clear though that this use of the car only fringes upon its huge potential. Unlike various 4x4 models that I have experienced in the past the Shogun is very versatile and car like to handle, despite its body build and large dimensions it is impeccable on the road.
Of course in today's age as one would expect power assisting is offered as standard and it has a relatively light turning circle, I can only speak however in comparison of two previous models that I have driven.
The Super Select four wheel drive system offers a substantially light drive however the two wheel drive offered alternatively also enables the average driver to enjoy a quieter drive through tows/cities, this is because the driver is not then required to drive all four wheels.
An electronically controlled lever makes shifting between two and four wheel drive extremely light and easy. Ultimately it must be said that this feature makes the car accessible to any driver, unlike some of the heavier, complicated opponents. You are able to switch from two wheel drive to four wheel drive high range by moving the lever at speeds of up to 62 mph and return to two wheel drive at any speed. Being able to drive the Shogun in two-wheel drive mode is beneficial for fuel economy.
+++++++++++EASE OF USE+++++++++++++
All of the Shogun models are extremely uncomplicated cars to handle; this design is certainly no exception to that tradition. Visibility is good all round with large windows and wing mirrors enabling very clear side visibility, particularly important for such a high sided vehicle. Around town the automatic transmission is relaxing and parking is relatively easy aided by the light power steering and tight turning circle although reversing sensors and/or a rear view camera would be beneficial. Also an advantage to any driver are the reversing sensors, small ultrasonic 'eyes' fitted into the rear bumper -this accessory comes as an option only. The elevated driving position allows for a commanding view of the road ahead and you can even see over other vehicles which is especially useful at road junctions, I have on many occasions found this to be of great assistance! Imaginably this is also particularly useful in being able to see pedestrians/cyclists in advance as they are below your line of vision.
The Shogun is also very apt as a motorway vehicle as it is a great cruiser, adding comfort to longer journeys. Overtaking is effortless and the standard cruise control was especially welcome saving fuel and driver fatigue.
On a practical level the Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior incorporates numerous storage solutions including an illuminated double glove box featuring an upper glove box and a large lockable lower glove box, upper and lower console boxes, a large floor console box between the driver and passenger seat, large door bins, stowage pocket in tailgate trim and front seat back rest pockets.
Entering and exiting the Shogun couldn't be easier with the help of the standard illuminated side steps. The 5-door Shogun also accommodates seven people and was the first off-road vehicle to offer seven seats, (this has to be an asset to the car and also makes it ideal as a family vehicle) as standard all of which are equipped with adjustable head restraints. The third row seats can also be folded down in an under floor compartment or even removed altogether. The second row seats have a 3:2 split and by tumbling or folding forward the smaller seat it frees up extra cargo space maintaining seating capacity for 4 people.
***************HOW IT LOOKS EXTERIOR*******************
The exterior appearance lives up to the renowned Shogun range being both stylish and compatible. It is also purposeful as a 4x4, distinctive and is bound to leave an impression. ]
This model is available in Black or silver and also comes with 18" alloy wheels, chrome headlight surrounds, flared wheel arches, integral roof rails and rear spoiler.
The interior is exactly as you would expect of a Shogun, chunky features in an uncluttered organised manner. The black leather seats add eccentricity to the car and also a modern sleek feel. The car holds no surprises and shares the prestigious features that its ancestors previously had.
Head and leg space in all compartments of the car are excellent, providing plenty of space for seven passengers, the seats have also been made wider and taller than in previous models adding comfort. Leather seat facings are standard on the Shogun Warrior and both the driver and front passenger's seats are electrically adjustable which is helpful if you change drivers regularly and are heated for extra comfort.
The leather 4 spoke steering wheel is tilt adjustable and the electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors enable you to find the perfect driving position.
The Shogun Warrior's level of refinement is incredibly high and includes: keyless entry, climate control air conditioning, coat hangers (2), cup holders (all seats), drivers footrest, key-in-ignition reminder, lights-on warning buzzer, retractable assist grips x 5, rear seat overhead ventilation outlets, rear heater with separate control panel, driver and front passenger extendable sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror, remote fuel flap release, electric tilt and slide sunroof , door courtesy lights and map reading lights -evidently you can't go far wrong!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SAFETY AND SECURITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Warrior model compromises much safety as standard:
ABS (anti-lock braking system), driver and front passenger SRS airbags, driver and front passenger side SRS airbags, side impact door bars, seatbelts ELR /ALR 3-point x 3, 2nd row, child proof rear door locks, collapsible steering column, alarm/keyless entry, engine immobiliser, locking wheel nuts, retractable luggage cover, visible VIN, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, electric anti-trapping windows with one-touch open/close, fog lamps reflector type front, rear fog lamp, high-mount stop lamp.
The Shogun Warrior is fitted with a 10 CD auto-changer, stereo radio/cassette with 6 speakers as standard. The sound is a bit dull and it is not the easiest of systems to use.
As an optional extra DVD satellite navigation is also available
Overall as expressed throughout this review I have been delighted with my Shogun, there are some particular features that I have been particularly keen on such as: build quality, economical fuel consumption, impeccable road manners and ultimately an excellent driving experience is offered every time.
However there are a couple of features that I feel for the price range should potentially be added: reversing sensors as standard and also possibly a larger range of colours
The car comes brand new at £31,499 so relatively speaking you do get a lot for your money. Second hand vehicles however are substantially cheaper coming in from £19,000 dependant on specification, age etc.
I have found this model to be a phenomenal vehicle, it is substantially lighter than many opponents and with its towing ability is also open to a wide range of purchasers. I have been extremely satisfied with my choice and would certainly advise any potential buyers to take test drive...
YOU WILL BE BLOWN WAY!!
I hope that this review has helped anybody aiming to research this particular car, and if there are any possible improvements that could be made please do let me know.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review ;-))
After remaining loyal to Land Rover for many years (Discovery, Freelander), I decided to bite the bullet and change to Japanese technology. The new Mitsubishi Shogun took my eye and what with the new DID engine, what better combination to rival the British. I took delivery of my new 3dr Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DID Equippe in March 2002 from a local dealer in Cardiff, salesman was interested and dealership portrayed a family business. No niggles except for a notchy gearbox, well impressed with the car especially the torque from the engine and what econmoy (34mpg commuting back and from Cardiff in heavy traffic), even better when cruising on the motorway. Serviced 6 months later at 9000 miles (poor mileage between services compared to rivals) and happy motoring continued. Car now 10 months old, covered 16000 miles and going strong, noticed rear tyres worn to about 3mm of tread, looking to change to the new Bridgestone D680 tyre. Just booked it's next service (18,000) for the first saturday in March, gearbox still notchy and two small scratches on the bonnet from next door's cat looking for a warm bed this winter. Compared to other 4 x 4 in price range (>£30,000) I can throughly recommend the Shogun, well built, comfortable, good off-road ability, powerful and thrifty economy. Only gripe other that notchy gearbox is dealership (attitude - poor customer care). If you are looking for a rival to the Discovery, Trooper, Land Cruiser, etc then look again at the Shogun, a lot of car for the money.