2011 Mitsubishi Challenger XLS Review
Owner review by: Shane Barnard
Spec level: XLS
Engine capacity: 2.5-litre
Fuel type: Diesel
Owned: 4 Years
Uses: Family car | For work | Touring and camping
PROS: Cargo space | Practicality | Steering
CONS: Quality | Reliability | The engine
Would you buy this car again? NO
What car would you buy? I should of purchased a Pajero instead, but will now get a Prado due to Mitsubishi’s handling of this lemon.
After owning a number of ultra reliable Mitsubishi’s in the past, I was looking forward to the upgrade from my Triton to the top of the range 7 seat Challenger. After driving away from the dealership I was delighted to find that my car came with the the upgrade option of the vibrating massage seats, my delight turned to horror when I realised that there was no off button for this free Mitsubishi upgrade. No matter where I sat in the car, this same upgrade had been added to all the seats in the car, even the steering wheel had it added, center console, dash board, roof, floor, they had just added it to everything! Now I really appreciate the effort Mitsubishi has gone to in giving me a relaxed drive, and I love a good massage as much as the next bloke, but this option just did not come with a happy ending.
This car was purchased to get out and about in the great Australian outback, myself and the family did get out there including a number of trips to the High Country. The best bit about this, was the number of built in breaks that this car has included in it, breaks to let the motor cool down, breaks to let the trans cool down, breaks when the car randomly and suddenly loses power. By now I was so relaxed with all the breaks I was having and the constant free massages I was getting, I was really struggling to stay awake! Mitsubishi was even so thoughtful as to give me many of these breaks while sitting in peak hr traffic, cruising down the freeway, and accelerating away from lights in heavy traffic. One of these breaks even occurred in peak hr traffic in the City Link tunnel on a 38°c day, now while I was totally relaxed with my unexpected break, the same can not be said for all the other road users lined up behind me, (they too should of purchased a Mitsubishi and they would of been grinning like the Cheshire cat that I was)
Now another great feature that my Mitsubishi came free with, was the added bonus of the air conditioning shutting down on any day above 35°c, no doubt a great way to curb greenhouse gasses while all the other makes were spewing them out, and while I’m all for saving the environment, there was times were stubbornly I would of liked to of had a bit of cooling, but I sure was relaxed with all the free massaging I was getting. While I’m talking about freebies, here is a list of other things Mitsubishi threw in for free during my ownership…..
Balance shaft engine seal
Cam angle harness
Upper and Lower SRS airbag wiring harnesses
Electric seat switches
Stop lamp switch
I also got to visit the dealership many many times for free coffee while these and many other things were fixed, reworked, unblocked, upgraded, re-attached, etc. Though I did love visiting the dealer, and did consider it my second home, Mitsubishi just seemed to forget to fix the random loss of power issues, transmission going into limp mode, air conditioning having a rest on hot days, the vibration, engine over heating, and the many damaged, chipped, and bad fitting panels, (I probably just didn’t give them enough time).
By now I had sure been given enough from Mitsubishi, but anyway I took them to court using these new consumer laws to get more, and more I got!! I got shafted for about $30,000!