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Mitsubishi Carisma Hatchback 1.9 DI-D Elegance 5d (2003/53)

Mitsubishi Carisma Hatchback 1.9 DI-D Elegance 5d (2003/53) - Owner Review

Everything - its economical (40 to 48mpg) and easy to drive. Comfy (with wipe-clean leather seats) and will relax cruising on the motorway for hours.
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Review submitted by
Adam Harvey on

Mitsubishi Carisma Hatchback (99-04)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Not Joe Average. (Because they'd spend more and drive a Mondeo) A 'normal' but comfortable car for an independent thinker.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They think its an ordinary car, but at a lower price.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes, this is my second Carisma... It fulfils most things I need in a car (a/c, reliable, fits my 6'2" size, wife, 2 kids) and is economical. Oh, and its in the £125 a year tax group. I should have waited and bought one in Blue or Grey! (I bought the silver)

What are you likely to buy next?
A car I want, not a car I need... I'm considering a Jeep Patriot, a Nissan Navara or a Kia Sorento/Hyundai Santa Fe.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£2,600

When did you buy the car?
January 2009

Did you get a good deal and why?
I got an OK deal. The Elegance has all the toys (except for remote locking) is relatively reliable and is comfy over long distances.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I bought the Carisma as it was a value for money, economical family car that would be able to be run on the minuscule mileage allowance given by my employer. Oh, and its my second Carisma so I knew what I was buying...

What was the dealer like?
Although not sourced through a dealer I have used Mitsi Art (Independent Mitsubishi service) in Portsmouth for a couple of specialist services and they are the biz! I can't recommend them enough!

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
It's no Alfa 159 but neither is the price tag! Its an average car that is pleasing to drive.

What's it like to park?
No surprises, it parks just the same as most other cars in its class. Visibility out the rear window is just fine!

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Turbo seals blew at 64000 miles. A legacy to the previous owner that never wanted to service the car! Otherwise it is now proving reliable. (I travel the UK on business and am not an AA member...)

What's most practical about your car?
Everything - its economical (40 to 48mpg) and easy to drive. Comfy (with wipe-clean leather seats) and will relax cruising on the motorway for hours.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Aircon, leather and especially the Cruise Control.

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