Mitsubishi capped price manufacturer service review
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
IT never hurts for a company to have a bit of history behind it.
And sometimes that history can be a little bit surprising.
Take Mitsubishi Motors for example – one of the world’s premier vehicle manufacturers that began its operations running steam ships in 1870.
Clever management, with the company’s founding family keen to see its scions obtain overseas university qualifications, meant Mitsubishi expanded rapidly.
It moved into power generation, ship building, paper production and car building.
After World War II, where Mitsubishi's prime contribution was the legendary Zero fighter, the company was broken up.
While the Mitsubishi car company can count on some highlights, including the fearfully fun Lancer Evo, it has now become part of the giant Renault-Nissan alliance venture.
Mitsubishi has an ownership scheme called Diamond Advantage which includes a 5 year/100,000km warranty on most models (the 2019 model year Triton gets 7 years/150,000kms) - plus a roadside assistance and auto club membership package that can run for up to four years provided the servicing schedule is followed and completed by an authorised Mitsubishi dealer.
The company has dipped its toe in the electric vehicle market with models such as the Plug-In Outlander and, from the 2019 model year, such models will also get an upgraded warranty on its traction battery of 8 years/160,000km.
Mitsubishi’s capped price servicing offer is shorter than some of the other manufacturers at 3 years, but the intervals are set at 12 months/15,000km, which is good.
Costs are reasonable for most of the range with, for example, the mini Mirage costing just $745 over three years.
Other than the top of the range Pajero, which you’ll have to shell out $2050 for, the company's other SUVs also come in relatively cheaply with the ASX costing $725 and the Outlander $760 - or $845 if you decide to kick up to the bigger 2.4L motor.
Mitsubishi is open about what is not and may not be covered under its plan, which includes items requiring more servicing due to operating conditions, any vehicle that has been converted to LPG or any servicing required due to non-genuine parts being fitted.
But the company's terms and conditions also make it clear that customers have to be advised of additional costs before they are carried out.
All data gathered in January 2019.
Denis Doherty learned to drive manuals when his dad took him out on flood-ravaged north-west Queensland roads and put him behind the wheel of the company's Toyota Land Cruiser.
Since then, he has loved cars and the freedom they offer.
Despite knowing better, his first car was a Mitsubishi Sigma, but at least it was the GLX which was modified by motoring writer Peter Wherrett.
He currently drives a 1998 Holden Calais but still wishes he was in his Peugeot 206 GTI180.