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Mitsubishi Reviews

Mitsubishi started car production in 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company introduced the Model A – Japan's first series-production car. It wasn't entirely a success, as it was handbuilt and fearsomely expensive. A mere 22 were built, before the car-building idea was chalked up to experience and abandoned.

Mitsubishi as we know it was created in 1934 when the company's shipbuilding and aircraft manufacturing operations were merged. The new Mitsubishi Heavy Industry company's car operations only got into the swing  later, when it produced the Colt 1000 and Minica kei car in 1963. The company expanded quickly through the 1970s with Joint Venture partner Chrysler.

Good: Now-cool 1970s Japanese styling, reliable, and fun to drive on smooth roads
Bad: Poor body protection, harsh ride, and cramped for tall drivers
Good: Nice styling, rapid in super-rare 2.0-litre form, surprisingly good handling, practical hatchback
Bad: Cramped, rusty, and super-tough to buy parts for
Good: Neat styling, well-engineered, turbocharged GT version offers plenty of performance...
Bad: ...if you can find one, rust was an issue, paucity of parts are the problem now.
Good: Seriously quick up to 100mph, tail-happy styling, sports car performance with lots of practicality
Bad: Laggy, slow off-boost, rusty, parts supply
Good: Old fashioned coupe, with old fashioned dynamics
Bad: Not everyone loves drifting
Good: Compact yet seats seven, capable of high mileage.
Bad: Most are now too old and too high mileage to be sensible used buys
Good: Terrific performance for the money, combined with the surefooted traction of four-wheel drive.
Bad: Imports with little or no history. Can work out expensive if previous owners have cut corners on maintenance.
Good: Versatile interior layout, Shogun underpinnings, some are very well equipped, ideal for congested city streets or country lanes, refined long-distance ability
Bad: Can take a bit of getting used to in corners, ride quality and braking are on par with better large 4x4s, centre-row seats not easily removed, early diesels dislike low-sulphur fuel
Good: A real Jeep that remained in production until August 1998.
Bad: Possibly not the greatest on-road drive.

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