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Working on a 77km pipeline in the middle of nowhere, we were given Mitsubishi and Mazda pickups to use in the mud.
With slush and mud sometimes getting up to two feet deep in certain places (not to mention what tractor treads can do the bare earth) this pickup worked marvelously.
With the non-turbo charged assigned to the general staff, I was only able to drive the non-turbo version. The L200s (when fitted with all-terrain tyres) had a higher ground clearance than the Mazdas and moved through the mud rather easily. Of course, this is NOT the pickup for serious offroading (get a Hummer), it can get you there.
Towing and pulling other equipment was not the easiest thing for this pickup to do, because even though the pickup will go anywhere you wanted, it will crawl to get you there.
Diesel is cheaper than gasolene, (or at least where I am from) so it was very economical for me (plus, it helps when the company pays the diesel bill!) but for the most part, I found the pickup to be somewhat fuel efficient, so I didn't have to return to the fuel pump every morning.
I am not sure if this would be classified as a compact or midsized pickup (the 4-door 4-wheel drive version, that is) but they did work rather well.
The only concerns with these pickups are the suspension and their after-sales service. Because of the abuse these vehicles were getting off road, their suspension systems were constantly in need of repair. Frankly, this is nothing due to the design of the vehicle, in my opinion, but because of the work-intensive environment. After-sales service was an issue, since they constantly said that we were using the pickups in situations which voided their warranty. (Don't ask me, I just drove them)
Carrying welding plants, welding equipment and even general tools, these pickups took the abuse.
Returning to the suspension, even when they are totally brand new, they are NOT the most comfortable things out there. Following my GPS took me in several places that I would never venture in on wheels, and at other times, I would be in the middle of a paved highway - but the ride was always horrible. But, this vehicle was not designed for the road (as far as I am concerned) - this was designed as a workhorse.
Inside, this vehicle is very standard, with A/C, CD player, and all the standard features, which was all we needed, really. I rather liked when I was in the middle of the forest, with mosquitos and bugs all around me, but inside, I was in 25 degree air-conditioning.
In short, if you need a vehicle to get you to and from places which would put you in the middle of some unfriendly terrain, and cannot afford a Hummer or a Ford F-50, then invest in a Mitsubishi L200 Turbo - and make friends with someone who owns a tow-truck with a powerful winch.
The L200 will get you there, with all the style and power you need, at a rather affordable price.
Well, I forgot to mention that I was in Trinidad in the Caribbean when I used these pickups, and trust me, the tropical heat can be murder for any vehicle - not to mention my love of off-roading down there is amply dealt with...
bonsi6337 21.03.2006 08:28
Good review. Am thinking of getting the L200 animal. Might just take it for a test drive first. Di xx