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Thread: ADVICE NEEDED.....Mitsubishi Triton 2.8 Diesel 2004

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    ADVICE NEEDED.....Mitsubishi Triton 2.8 Diesel 2004

    Hey Guys.....just after some advice / opinions on the Mitsubishi 4x4 Tritons please. I am interested in one (2004) that has had the same owner since 30,000k on the clock and now its got 190,000k, well serviced etc....had a pretty soft life by the looks of things and sounds like a good honest vehicle. Any thoughts would be appreciated and just wondered if they had a good reputation ? Mainly only concerned with common reliability things.......cheers (photo only for reference and is not the actual ute but basically the same, even purple !)
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    @Pete_D have a talk to terry at at gisborne automotives across the road from dave goach spray painters. He is a good guy and owned a few mitsi around that year. Be worth while getting him to have a once over
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    Good reliable utes, but highly recommend driving one for a reasonable distance before buying. Iím a bigger fulla and the driving position was super uncomfortable for me, knee sort of jammed between the gear lever and steering wheel in 5th gear and not enough room between the clutch pedal and tunnel to get my foot past, especially while wearing work boots. Auto would help but I donít like autos so didnít end up buying the triton for that reason.
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    Solid, reliable trucks. Like all diseasals needs regular service and oil change. @Rock river arms hunter has had good run out similar age truck
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbear View Post
    @Pete_D have a talk to terry at at gisborne automotives across the road from dave goach spray painters. He is a good guy and owned a few mitsi around that year. Be worth while getting him to have a once over
    cheers for the heads up mate, unfortunately not a local vehicle but I might have a chat to him.

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    Just upgrading my L200 Warrior of the same year.
    Have had a really good run with mine and the motor is sound.
    Things to look out for. Leaks around the door seals and back window. Also if there is any water in the foot wells. If so this is water increase from the side indicator light where the wire comes through the wheel arch and into the main body. Blub of silicone sorted mine.
    Check the leaf springs are not cracked.
    Check that all grease points have been used. Think thereís 14. Most around the front.
    Check that itís not crabbing as well as tyre wear on one side. If you run a tape measure from the ground to the top of the front wheel arch on each side you will see if this dose need adjusting.
    I took the cat and egr valve off of mine which really improved its economy. (Not sure if you would get away with this in NZ)
    Find out when the belts where last changed. If they do need doing donít bother with the balance belts. I didnít with mine and itís been five years no issues.
    If you do buy it have a look at this sight for more info. They have a heap of useful info.
    https://www.l200.org.uk/

    Good luck with the sale @PeterD
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    I have a 05 2.8TD GLS.

    Reliable?

    Yes very much so. Some will bash them because it's a Mitsi but I've found mine to do everything I need and more.

    Fuel economy- fantastic.

    Grunt- For a 2.8TD it actually has a pair when it counts. It's no petrol but passing on the open road isn't hard!

    I'd buy another
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    Cheers guys, most helpful to a complete non mechanic like myself. Just happy to hear they are not something to avoid for what ever reason and like any older vehicles more dependant on if its been looked after etc. Thanks

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    I have had one since 2008 Triton 2.8 td 4x4 purchased it unloved at turners for $15,000 with a hard top.

    Only recurring issues I have had was glow plugs needed a set every year was cheap crap got me some Bosch been in it several years still going strong.

    I have put petrol in it more times than I care to admit stopped when it run bad and drained and fitted new fuel filter seems all good.

    Had a strange ticking noise top end not regular turns out the timing chain was ready to snap, changed timing chain and tensioner at the same time I removed the camshaft and reshimend the valve clearances.

    Put a new battery in it last year first battery it looked like it was the original I replaced !

    Just did an oil and filter change I also changed the front diff oil and will change the LSD rear diff oil tomorrow.

    I change the gearbox its manual transfer box and diff oils every couple of years or so and the diffs after deep river crossings.

    I also had to change the universal joints on the propshaft and usual front disk pads once.

    Had to change the anti roll bar bushes which I upgraded to the fancy orange ones.

    Had the injectors checked when I did the timing chain all was well, I change the fuel filter every couple of years or when I put petrol in it.

    The Tritons been through some rough terrain and deep river crossings which stuffed the auto box in my mates same truck petrol, water got into the auto my manual was fine ?

    Wheel bearings hate deep water started using a thick oily stuff instead of wheel bearing grease so far so good'

    Removed the EGR valve made a difference.

    Replaced a plastic bush the bottom of the gear stick so it was less like stirring porridge changing gear.

    The odd steering linkages.

    My opinion was and is a great ute hopefully good for an other 300,000 k
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    How did you get on at the WOF with no EGR valve @xtightg ?
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    Not sure if these ran the 4M series engines but they were very good. As all things turbo, clean oil is a must.
    At that mileage, if it hasn't been done, you're up for steering and suspension bits soon. Also a clutch.
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    you dont need to remove or block the egr, if you confuse then engine management that its cold outside it will switch off automatically. did it to our triton and works a treat

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    Completely removed egr on my 94 pajero.
    Passed about 5 warrants. 2.8 diesel
    They dont seem to care. First couple I had blocked it off with some sheet metal so you couldn't see it. Also found that the previous owner had blocked off the vac line to stop it working. This was to stop black smoke at times but was actually the wastegate letting go way. Only getting 4 psi max before letting go. Adjusted that up to 15psi and that problem went away

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    Can someone please enlighten me with what the EGR is?

    And what removing it does?

    Cheers folks

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    Exhaust gas recirculation. Emissions crap, makes the engine eat itís own shit.

 

 

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