Good car but some improvements
Use the challenger as family commuter and some off road. The car gets used on a daily basis. The issues i have found is the car still uses a timing belt and the fact it has to replaced every 90,000kms. Car gets serviced every 6-12 months
Purchased in August 2017 for $27,560.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Great car but beware faulty balance shaft!
Bought brand new 4x4 to commute to work and used on long highway travel and city travel, used a lot for towing and needed the boot room. Always serviced by the book with minimal issues. Read a few reviews before buying and most were spot on. Great room in boot even with seats erect which was handy as i didn’t have to take a baby seat in and out to keep my boot space.
Great to drive, fuel economy usually around 11-13litres per 100km depending on use.
Fuel tank is small, could be bigger, first set of factory tyres lasted 120,000kms! Annoying f...
Purchased in November 2014 for $47,000.
2014 Challenger PC
Purchased the 4by new with Mitsubishi bull bar, Snorkel, rusting proofing, mats, roof rack and some other items. Have updated the suspension and changed the fuel tank to 107L. Been a great vehicle on and off road. Travelled out into the desert and done long drives in the country. The vehicle is regularly serviced and I also do maintenance between the factory services.
The only down side is the torque is a high stall and will only go into lockup in 4th and 5th gear. The upside, there is a mod that fixes that. If Mitsubishi fixes the lockup fo...
Purchased in February 2014 at Motorama Springwood Qld.
Don’t buy if you enjoy a safe drive
Wow, possibly the worst car I’ve ever owned. Sounded like a tractor, and handled like one. But I can live with that, it got me off road a bit. What is unforgivable is that when a car hit me at approx 60kph, hard enough to roll the challenger over its roof and on to the other side, NOT A SINGLE AIRBAG DEPLOYED. The car was under three years old. Having recovered from the surgery I needed, I now drive a Lexus - 450h and love it!!
Hi Power Engine Overheat Mitsubishi Challenger
used for family use only on a daily basis never towed anything
known problem Hi Power Engine Overheat
car was serviced regularly
Car started to over heat at 2 years of age, just relised recently that when they sold me the car they were aware of this overheating issue and did not declare this to me at the sale. the overheating makes the head crack. the engine has to be replaced by mitsubishi. I have already had the thermostat replaced, and many other things that have gone wrong with the vehicle
Any person having these issues need to report ...
we purchase new manual in 2010. Find economy good. We get 9l/100 travelling at 95 to 105. Sometimes better, sometimes worse depending on hills. With the camper it's12 to 14. We've done 173k travelling lots of tracks (Oodnadatta, Tanami, Birdsville etc etc) It's never missed a beat .
Now I would like an auto and with just a tad more power as our new camper is 1.5 T loaded. So reliable. Best value 4wd for the bucks. Any suggestions for a replacement with say 10% more power?
Want more gunt up hills has anyone done drink and change chip or in imported chip or change turbo as it's a sluggish on long 4xr tracks
I want fun not slugs need more power want to get up sand h I'll ls and big Rock's with the family a d fun
a few mods
Excellent all round , absolutely no complaints, however,I made a fitting and tested engine oil temp while towing van 1.5 ton , oil is too hot , all engine oil should be under 100 deg c doing 90 k oil is 105c flat road , going up 4k long hill , oil can reach 120c ,this will cause bottom end wear and also this 15000k oil change bit is redicoulous ,5-7 th when towing, fitted oil cooler , only gets to 95 c even working hard, if you doubt what i've said , call the major oil companys, i did. Best diesel oil gulf western 15 -40 top dog indestructable. Also fitted auto lock up kit to stop torque converter slip when towing up big hills which keeps auto temps down also block egr and a catch can.
Great Truck - happy for what we paid.
We traded in our 1996 Toyota Prado with 360,000 Km on the clock for the Challenger with 4,000 km. To date its been reliable, comfortable and a big step up technology wise from the Prado. My only complaint is it's a bit slower on the pick up around town, but the comfort outweighs the inconvenience.
The third seating row is useful with four kids, but the big improvement is the aircon with controls that flows all over the middle and rear seats. This makes the longer trips much better for all concerned.
I'd say running costs are about 10 lt per 100 km, which may seem high, but its better than the Prado it replaced!
Have put just over 16,000kms on the challenger. Wife drives it to work during the week in a hilly area and averages around 13/100km.
Have just driven from Melbourne to the entrance (central coast NSW) and back, averaged about 10.6/100km sitting on about 110km.
Have taken it off road n several occasions, sand driving and steep rocky inclines and declines, had breezed through with no problems.
Had a blister type of heat bubble below the passenger side air vent, dealer said they had never seen it before. They replaced that section without any f...
- Challenger PC (2013-2015)
Solid and reliable 4wd
PC Challenger is our only vehicle; city driving and a vehicle we also use for outback travel, either towing our camper or using swags. I have done 50,000km now and would not leave a review with any less mileage as most new cars go OK when brand new and with little off road work.
It's an easy car to drive around the city (auto transmission) fitted with a tight turning circle; it's not too long or too wide which gives no stress parking. The fuel consumption around town was initially high, but since getting an ECU remap and a performance exhaus...t/catalytic converter, along with the motor being run-in, this has improved a lot. Expect around 8.5 to 9 L/100km highway (lightly loaded) and anywhere from 9.0 to 13 L/100km around town, depending on traffic. Towing our camper van that can weigh up to 2 tonnes with a full load, and we get anywhere from 12 to 16 L/100km, probably 13.5 L/100km long term average. The plastics in the interior are low quality, and the silver paint on the plastic surrounds of the power window switches dissolved away with greasy hands from sunscreen within the first few months of ownership. I have heard the silver-trimmed plastic on the new Challenger incarnation, the Pajero Sport, is no better. There are a few dash rattles and frazzles, but they generally go away once everything is up to temperature. The front legroom is not capacious, so if you are much over 180cm tall or have really long legs you may not be able to get comfortable for long trips. My base model has no lumbar adjustment on the seats, but I use a lumber support and now find the seats comfortable. The white paint has proven to be scratch and chip resistant, and is of reasonable thickness. Excellent exterior finish for the money, and for a Thailand built vehicle. I have done more than 20,000 km dirt and off-road travel, including the Simpson Desert, and whilst the vehicle has not been trouble free it has never let me down. The PB and PC Challengers have a design flaw, in that the tube-nut on the power steering supply line to the steering rack comes loose on corrugated roads, causing the loss of all power steering fluid. Mine did this around the 10,000km mark, when I was near Coongie Lakes, NW of Innamincka. Although I found the issue quickly I had to drive about 600 km before I could get some new fluid. When I got back home Mitsubishi did not want to know about the problem, and I had to force them to change the pump fluid around 8,000 km later. Now, after every few hundred kilometers dirt road driving I check the nut, and usually nip it up half a turn or so. Why Mitsubishi never fixed this problem during the 5 year model run is beyond me. Another issue with the steering occurred at about 17,000 km; it developed a loud, intermittent clunk, felt mostly as a vibration through the steering. After I complained about it enough, the dealership looked at it properly and found the steering column to be faulty. This was replaced under warranty and the problem went away, and 30,000 km later this replaced steering column is still going strong. The vehicle has some steering rack rattle over rough ground, which has got worse with age. However, the positive news is the steering has excellent road feel, but under rough road conditions you will feel some, but not excessive, vibration through the steering. The motor and transmission have given me no problems. This vehicle sets no benchmarks for sophistication, noise, vibration or harshness, but I think they are a great vehicle. I often use the paddle shifters (standard on the auto) both on and off road. I had the auto serviced at 45,000 km (the recommended interval with hard use). The local auto shop said the fluid and the pan where clean, and they could not give me a rebuild price for the auto because they "never have problems with them". Note: this vehicle has a large auto-transmission cooler as standard, something the auto Hilux and Prado don't have; thumbs up Mitsubishi and thumbs down for Toyota. The cost of servicing is higher than with a Toyota but not unreasonable, especially if you stay away from the dealers as I have mostly done. The tappets are supposed to be checked and adjusted every 30,000km, but this is ridiculous. I will, however, take the vehicle to my local stealer-ship for the 60,000km service in the faint hope they will do a tappet adjustment as part of the $600 fixed price service. Tappet adjustment is a big job, with the inlet manifold and injector fuel lines having to come off, so it will be good value if they actually do this work, rather than just check it with a stethoscope, which is what most do.
My favourite car
2015 car. 15k on now, really happy. It old school, noisy grungy fella but unstoppable off road. Rear lock diff superb. 9.2 fuel economy running from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach(3hours). drives like a car, great space for family of four. Smashes the beach driving. I love it . 5 STAR
Good vehicle for price
Purchased new in july 2015. $33815 but up to $40,000 with all accessories. Still miles in front of opposition. Good ride and love the bluetooth and reversing camera. Turbo lag is a bit of a bummer and fuel is a bit higher than expected. Tows a camper trailer ok. Fitted poly air bags to level ride out. Done 18,000 km now and no problems,
Good vehicle let down by fuel economy
I enjoy driving the Challenger and it is excellent on rough roads and off road. The diff lock makes it very capable off road.
I am average height but find entering the vehicle a little difficult. The roof is too low because I often hit my head. The steering column is too low because I have difficulty getting my legs under the steering wheel. Once you are in driving it is a pleasure. It does have a noisy automatic transmission but in top gear it is very quiet. Dash board and Instruments are good but at midday the sun makes the reversing camera ...
Great vehicle but Link system needs work
I upgraded recently from a Lancer to the Challenger and am quite impressed at my first 4WD.
Power is reasonably good, especially when the turbo kicks in. Despite other comments, I don't find it particularly noisy, I can still have a conversation without having to raise my voice and the Bluetooth hears me fine without raising my voice also.
I haven't been offroad yet, but have used 4WD mode and you can certainly feel the difference. I will update after I experience offroad driving.
The Link system with the 6.1" screen was a big update f...or me. My Lancer didn't have the touchscreen. On the plus side, I can use a USB drive (nicely hidden in the glovebox) up to 32GB for music. It does Bluetooth streaming as well, but the volume of the music is dependent on the phone volume as well as the car, so I tend to not bother with it. As much as I like the screen, I do actually miss the convenience of having buttons I can feel for without having to look away from the road.
Questions & Answers
I purchased my 2015 model car in 2018 with the balance of new car warranty on it. It is now just out of warranty and requires a new head gasket or possibly head. I have just found out that the dealer put a reconditioned motor into the car prior to me purchasing the vehicle. Meaning the first motor crap itself when only 3 years old. Is this a common issue or have I bought a lemon? The dealer won’t help me out at all, so I have to pay for the repairs
these cars mine was 2014 model and the same happened, go to consumer affairs as the engine despite being out of warranty the engine should have lasted longer than it did.
they know there was an issue with these model cars and have replaced many engines that have head gaskets blow.
i sold mine off in 2019 with a brand new engine. Contact the Fair trading office regarding the new engine as it should have lasted longer than it did being replaced.
i just purchased the 2015 challenger and im having trouble finding a company that does a bullbar for it. arb, tjm and ironman are the ones ive contacted so far and all say they dont do one for this model. anyone have any sugestions. south australia if possible, cheers
Hi Rob Patroney,
I just read your review and found it really interesting. So it was an engine oil radiator you put on not a transmission oil radiator?
Also what is the kit for the torque converter? And Where do you get it from?
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