Triton ML GLX-R 3.2TD info

Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 07:23
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Hey guys I am looking at a ML GLX-R weekend and can't seem to find too much info on common problems or maintenance/servicing. The car is an 09 just about to hit 100xxx and manual. Anything in particular I should look out for?
Any info in the 3.2s reliability also would be good, thanks
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Reply By: olcoolone - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 08:32

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 08:32
Best place to try is here, at least your getting it from the horses mouth..... Triton's are no different to any other vehicle, they have there far share of issues...... some cheap to fix and others expensive.
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Follow Up By: allein m - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:10

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 12:10
What sort of price are you looking at for the 09 model I have noticed a huge drop in prices of the triton since they have offered the 30k new triton.
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Follow Up By: zimbo FOX - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 16:22

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 16:22
The GLX-R TDs are still around the 25k, seem to hold their value a but
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Reply By: peteC - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 13:13

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 13:13
1. Steering colums continually needing replacement. You will feel a knocking through the steering wheel. ( I went thru 6 in 80,000km under warranty )
2. Tuning is difficult to get right as Mitsubishi dont know how to fix them. See how engine performs with no surging or if it goes flat out-stop when trying to tether the throttle 100km/hr
3. Rear suspension can be very dangerous so if its been upgraded its a bonus - if not highly recommend you do it
4. Inlet manifolds need replacing from original due to oil blockages. Ask the current owner if this has been done( warranty )
5. If it has a canopy ensure you check the rear cab around the corners and in a few inches as the canopy can hit and dent the cab due to the flex in the chassie

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Follow Up By: zimbo FOX - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 16:24

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 16:24
Would you still recommend one even with these problems?
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Follow Up By: peteC - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 16:50

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 16:50
Hmmm - They have some very good points- The motor has excellent power and torque is across the board, I dont hear of any motors blowing up ( except bad fuel as with anything ) . A factory fitted rear diff lock is a bonus if fitted. Creature comforts are good compared to others that age. Drivers seat needs modify so doesn't destroy your back. Other issues are probably no different to other brands. I felt I had to get rid of mine before warranty ran out I could see the steering issue costing me and also some money needed on consumables like brakes, tyres etc. I was not going to buy the the later model it is crap - ( from my company fleet experience). If they had a newer ML with the 3.2ltr maybe I would have considered it. I ended up with an SR5 hilux - not as many creatures features and power but have not looked back. If I was you give it a go knowing the issues, buying second hand you should be able to resell within 12 months if you dont like it and get most of your money back anyway. If you get stuck Mitso may still do out of warranty repairs if its a known fault
Good luck
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Reply By: landed eagle - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 17:50

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 17:50
Hi Zimbo,

I've owned a 3.2 GLX/R manual since 2009. Great vehicle. There must have been a few lemons out there but mine's been faultless with the exception of a leaking front strut (replaced under warranty). The carbon build-up in the inlet manifold can be corrected with a catchcan and some other mods. The boys at are the gurus. I've modded mine and after cleaning the manifold out once I certainly won't be doing it again.
I've towed a 2000kg Expanda from Hobart to Port Douglas twice, along with the stuff associated with a family in the back. Averaged 13.5-14.5 L/100kms with the van on the back.
I haven't had steering column issues at all.

3.2 is a good strong motor, and according to my mechanic who services a few,( including the newer 2.5),he prefers working on the bigger donk. Much easier internals apparently.
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Follow Up By: zimbo FOX - Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 20:25

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 20:25
Thanks for the info, I look at one tomorrow. Had a look at a D22 navara today, was impressed with it, simple and practical
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Follow Up By: landed eagle - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 17:08

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 17:08
I forgot to add that the rear seat in the Triton is way more comfy than the others of the same era. If you have kids get them to test sit the rear seats! That unusual shape of the cabin allows for the seat to be reclined more than the others. My son is 6' tall and doesn't mind sitting in the back for extended periods at all.
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