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MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 4x4 2000‑2005
9 owner reviews for MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 4x4 2000‑2005
More Jeepy than a Jeep - proper 4x4
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 1.8 GDI Elegance 3dr (Review date: 30th July '12)
I bought a Pinin after getting sick of the running costs of a 4.0 litre Jeep Cherokee. I have to say how pleasently suprised I have been. When buying it I felt I was in some way copping out, getting rid of the big beast and driving home the plucky little underdog.
However I am so glad I did now. It feels like a Jeep should feel, when you say the word Jeep you think rugged , tough but what you get is a refined car that doesn't really fit anywhere, by this I mean it feels like an executive saloon with its comfort but doesn't drive like one as it rolls on even the smallest of corners, and costs a fortune in fuel. The Pinin gives you the best of both worlds, it is small and practicle around town, gives you the high ride of a 4x4, fuel economy is pretty good and best of all it feels like a Jeep should do. It does not have all the electrics and gizmos of modern cars, it has the bare essentials like CD player and air con. But the ride is what you want, the gearstick rattles about as you drive, it just has the feel of a proper little off roader. I have owned mine for 2 years now and it is as reliable as can be. Only time it is in the garage is for the MOT and for a yearly service. Mine has done 80,000 and I reckon it could do twice that. I think I will always buy Japanese from now on. and will definitely consider another Pinin.
Cracking car despite the draw backs
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 1.8 GDI Equippe 3dr (Review date: 8th March '12)
Well having owned many cars...and I mean many, I can honestly say this one was one of the better ones and one I wish I hadn't been so keen to get rid of.
The winter snow caused her no issues and she really would go anywhere, the low gear selection was a massive help and very easy to engage. I enjoyed riding by all the stranded motorists! The space isn't too bad for a small car and I could get the family and dog in without issues, I couldn't have got much else in though!
I had a tow bar on and she pulled anything without issue.. cracking engine that needs rev'ing however.
The two main draw backs are fuel consumption, she was a thirsty little beast and I averaged 30mpg regardless of driving in the right manner and her being serviced twice a year. The other thing that came as a nasty surprise was the rust on the wheel arches. I sanded mine down and touched them up however I didn't expect this from a Jap car. The tax was also quite high for a small car.
All in all despite her draw backs I loved her and would certainly consider her over a Jimny or Dihtsu.
Mitsubishi - A Pleasure To Drive
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 1.8 MPI Elegance 3dr (Review date: 25th January '12)
Such an easy transition from sports car to 4WD I'd never of expected.
I needed a larger vehicle for domestic and business use and so far to date this car has ticked all the boxes. The boot is large enough to take a manual collapsable wheelchair or a full weekly shop. What's more is it handles well on long motorway drives or local stop and start trips. Slightly heavier on petrol consumption than I had hoped but you can't have it all!
Great Car - Just with too many flaws
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 1.8 MPI Attivo II 5dr (Review date: 4th November '11)
I really, really wish I could recommend this car to you as it has a load of positives. The engine is a good one, nice and smooth, reasonable pulling and well built. The interior is a nice places to be with plenty of room for me, my wife, two girls and the dog (!) and it is quite well specced. Handling is very good for an off roader type vehicle and it can handle quite rough off roading without too much trouble - especially as it doesn't have a low range.
However, since we bought our 2002 60K mile in Dec 2010 it has had the following; New fuel filler pipe (rusted through), new fuel pump (Mitsubishi wanted about £300) as rust from filler had got into tank, clean out of tank and entire fuel system. In addition, spot rust is appearing everywhere on the body - and I mean everywhere - at an alarming rate. The chassis needs waxoiling before it rusts through too.
In addition, some of the parts from the GDI, don't fit the MPI - and they cost more. That makes sense for engine bits - but not for the rear shock absorbers for instance! The listed OEM from the likes of QH don't fit. You have to by Mitsubishi or Monroe, with the corresponding price increase - try double the price!
We love the car, but I am having to spend too much time under it - so its going.
Sensible, reliable 4WD
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 1.8 GDI Equippe 3dr Auto (Review date: 25th August '11)
We have owned 2 Pinin's. We bought the first because my mother in law could not get into and out of a normal car following a serious operation. The Pinin is perfect because the seat is the right height to enter and exit with minimal effort. We kept the first car 4 years and it ran perfectly, we sold it locally with 70k on the clock and it has now gone way over 100k with no problems.
We now have a second Pinin. They are very well made and more sophisticated than a Vitara. My wife finds it easy to drive and it returns 35+ mpg. The Pinin is quite nippy and cruises well at 70 mph. Compared with a car the ride is unsettled on bumpy roads but the whole car has loads of charachter and always feels great to drive.
This is a proper 4wd with a transfer box giving high and low ratios. During the winter you just want it to snow every day. Great fun.
great car brill in snow only down side is tax
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 2.0 GDI Equippe 5dr (Review date: 15th March '11)
this car is great , very user friendly, in all the snow we have had it has not lets us down at all, we have had to help family and friends who could not get their cars out of their drives.
we are a family of 4 two boys and there is plenty of room for them.
we go off road alot and it always does incredibly well keeping up with the disco's. i love this car and if they still made one i would buy another
Unusual compact 4x4
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 2.0 GDI Warrior 5dr Auto (Review date: 27th February '11)
A lot of car for the money when compared to more popular 4x4's. The Pinin is not the best motorway vehicle but if you are looking for something tough and different from the usual choices made for smaller 4x4's it could be for you. Serious off road ability, with high specification depending on model choice and attractive Pininfarina styling. Generally well built although the GDi engine needs specialist care at times. Smooth auto gearbox and reasonably quick 2.0 Ltr engine still returns over 30mpg's on a run. Buy the latest model you can before production ended in 2006 as most engine faults rectified after this time. Great shame only available with petrol engine.......Mitsubishi would have had a winner with diesel power!
Best Car In The World
MITSUBISHI SHOGUN PININ 1.8 GDI Equippe 3dr (Review date: 22nd February '11)
Never owned such a reliable, well built Car. Trouble is, it's to high for my Wife to drive as she prefers something lower down like the Mercedes we bought to replace it
My wife & I are none smokers so the interior looks like new. The paint work is all original & has all the electrics inc PAS
We have done our best to maintain it, got new exhaust system, new spare tyre & new mot