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20 years and I have only seeing about four Mitsubishi delica 4x4..

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    In the US and a few more in Canada and Mejico, Why, are the part that hard to find or send from Japan..?? (They Used/do sell them in Canada, or not)

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    In 1991, a bicycle friend of mine got a white one with racks for 6 bikes on the top and I almost pii on my pants when I saw it and even if I did not like cars back then (I just learn to drive them 5 years ago to carry my kids around) I promise my self I will own one some day..

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    So what is wrong with them..? right hand drive..? I'm so lame it makes no difference to me , I know you can buy the toyota, nissan even the Mitsubishi two wheel drive version from $500 and are totally bulletproof (many motorcycle road racers use them and they trust them 100% also the Chinese stores owners in San Francisco use them and does guys are as cheap as they come..
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    It does not need to look like this, or be lifted and nasty, 4 x 4 is good for the Utah snow and maybe a little ride in the dirt but I don't need it for any rocky riding I just like them, plus it can be a fun project to carry the six of us, Two doggies, two kiddos and the two of us..
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  2. freetors

    freetors Long timer

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    I've never even seen a single one.
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  3. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    They are very basic, small and compact on the outside (you know Japanese market needs) but very spacius and confortable inside (the fabric on the seats is horrible, lose and nasty), they fit "Seven" adults but is more like 6 with a big space for the doggies and gear in the back..

    Extremlly sturdy and simple (The gas version, I don't know the Diesel motor) and the actually ride really well on abrupt terrein..
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  4. drrod1

    drrod1 Long timer

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    I had a '93 300 Delica (like the first 2 pics in the OP) with the "crystal lite" roof. Bought it in 2008, with 68,000 kms on it. 2.5l turbo diesel with 4 spd auto and 2sp transfer case. Seating was 2-2-3. It was a great van. My SO drove it mostly and she loved it. It would go through snow like you would not believe. Only downside was lack of power. It only had 85hp on a good day and if you pushed it, the exhaust gas temp would go through the roof. Do that too often and the head gasket would go. When she passed away, her son got it and still is using it in the Yukon. I bought it because she originally wanted a VW van but I vetoed that. This looked something like the VW and was very reliable and sturdy and had a certain funkiness about it. There was nothing domestically that would even come close in value for the money.

    In Canada, if a vehicle is 15 yrs old it can be imported with not much hassle. I believe the number in the US is 25 yrs. There was significant blowback from the Canadian Dealers Association about bringing these vehicles in (lots of Japanese cars are brought in eg. Skylines, 300zx, and lots of wierd stuff you don't normally see here). They were concerned about lost sales. The CDA was partially successful in getting the importation of RHD vehicles stopped citing a debunked study done by the government insurance agency in BC that claimed that RHD vehicles were unsafe. Nevertheless, various provincial governments here made it difficult, to a certain degree, or impossible (Quebec) to keep bringing them in.

    Since I sold mine, I haven't kept up too much with what is going on but I see lots of RHD vehicles here in Calgary and lots more in the Vancouver area so they are still being brought in. A real popular vehicle is the Mitsubishi Pajero (diesel version). Great little SUV! The reason Japanese vehicles are so popular is the used vehicle regs over there. Once a vehicle reaches a certain age, it has to go through an extensive (expensive) inspection. Lots of people elect to just get a new vehicle rather than do this. This, coupled with a cultural thing about buying used vehicles there, means that there are literally thousands of great used vehicles sold at auction weekly in Japan.
    Here is just one site that shows some of what is available but if you just google "used car auction Japan" you will get many sites.

    http://www.japan-partner.com/high-performance-cars.html


    Rod
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  5. cripula

    cripula Been here awhile

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    What drrod1 said - You're not seeing many of them in the US yet because of your 25 year import rule.
    They're everywhere here. Neat little vans with decent but underpowered turbo diesel engines and a real transfer case.
    Buddy of mine had one for a few years and really enjoyed it. It was a '91 so would only be legal for US import next year.
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  6. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I guess hope the world wide price does not sky rocket they they become legal in the US...

    We have a Outback with a H-6engine and is plenty good, it will be hard to give up power but is not like we willuse for long trips but short camping jorneys, we live in Utah after all
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  7. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Come to New Zealand, there were plenty until the cyl head on the 4D56 shit itself. I put 4 heads on my 4D56 in my Pajero. Nasty things to work on too.
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  8. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Unless you have to fix summink deep inside the engine, they are easy to work on.
    It's just a ugly Pajero.
    Checking the oil level is fun though, on a left hooker. Fold drivers seat forward, remove carpet and battery cover and put you hand in a black hole..

    We still have a 2.5 non-turbo 2WD in our company. At 21 y/o it needed two wheelbearings, that was all. Well, one door fell off, Top Gear style. Even in Spain they rust, alot.
    Mitsubishi was never good with turbo Diesels, stay clear of them period.
    The 2l and 2.4 petrol engines are hard to kill and less slow.


    Our van is is like the firm's pet, we had it resprayed inside out and pamper it since. The ugly bastard will probably stay with us forever.
    They still make them, so spares will never be a problem.
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  9. rollinrob

    rollinrob Long timer

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    There's one of those in town with the diesel and 4x4.

    Saw a Fiat Strada the other day as well. Cool little truck, kinda like a extra cab Subaru Brat.
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  10. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Okay is not a big deal if it does not have much power but engine troubles I can not take, besides the other day. Had to open the hood of the Subaru and I did not even remember how (oils done at a friend shop a few blocks away from home)

    All the time is for my kiddos now, nothing else matters
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  11. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    I think a lifted 2WD with rear locker is just as good offroad, at least in ours 1st is super short and the rear axle can move around as it pleases. A pajero axle with locker bolts straight in. No need to worry about gearing. It's meant for 30's allready.
    The turning circle is comically small, you can park that thing in a space 15cm longer than the van. The AWD does not do that party trick.


    If seen people on forums do all sorts of RTW trips in bog standard L300's, crossing dune fields and all.

    Hyundai made the last Delicia too, just as fragile engine wise but cheaper. Looks neat though.
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  12. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I would guess it won't be imported to the U.S. because of crashworthy standards. I see them elsewhere. been in a couple of them. Felt worse than a 1960 VW bus as far as safety standards.
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  13. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    That was the angle I was worried the most, it feels like a "Cab Forward" well it is and my wifes family (including her) is full of "Worry-worry" freak doctors..
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  14. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I remember the old vans, and the Jeep FC (Forward control). I worked for a guy who had a Corvair van pickup. The beer cans of the day were more stout than the front of that thing. Nothing between you and the idiot in the cage. Waite a minute...............I ride a murdercycle..........
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  15. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Don't watch that then:

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  16. drrod1

    drrod1 Long timer

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    Tes, the 2.5l turbo odd susceptible to blown head gasket but only if it gets hot. Not hard to do with do little power you tend to flog it just to keep up. But if you put in an exhaust temp gauge and watch it closely you don't have a problem. I was amazed at how quick you could add 3-400 degrees to the temp off you weren't careful.

    Other than that, they are pretty durable.
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  17. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Thank you, Thank you Cold Turkey is exactly what I need to blow the bubbles away, is just a Fetish, a $6000 vintage Powell Peralta skateboard deck that I don't really need to make my self complete.....
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  18. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Clever engineering actually. The victim gets to dive under the steering wheel to on the back of it's head on the way up.

    Honestly, I prefer not to buckle up in the van. It's healthier to just fly through the windscreen.
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  19. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Many trendy San francisco machinish and hot rob/bobber builders drive the "Flat Nose' Ford pick ups and I guess one of them implement some weight transfer gysmo (sliding slead...?? really clever fellow) and used to love doing "Stoppies" when he got to partys, events, very scary, very stupid if you ask me.

    One like this..
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  20. Bovino

    Bovino Been here awhile

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    Mmh. Funky Jap van vs. a Flat Nose? I'd take the Ferd, mainly 'cause plenty of stupid motors slot right in.
    A MK1 Seat Ibiza does a stoppie out of the box, did it many times as a teen.
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