Mits Challenger

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 00:44
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Hi
I am looking at buying a 2002 Mitsi Challenger.
Has anyone has any major problems with them gearbox and motor wise?
The one i have been looking at is a Auto, and Petrol?

Ayden.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 04:44

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 04:44
The only things I have heard about them is they suck the fuel like it's water
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Reply By: Stoney - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 06:44

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 06:44
Ayden,

I had a 2001 Challenger and it was a great car the only drama is that you cannot get alot of aftermarket gear. Mine was the auto and it typically used some where inbetween 12.5 to 13 litres per 100kms.

Mine was lifted and I ran 265*75*16 BFGs.

Click on the link to see my old Challenger www.monterosportonline.com/pic45.html , have a good look around the website as there is alot of good information there.

Good luck
Carl
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:39

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:39
Nice looking rig you had there Carl.....I would have thought they used alot more juice so maybe the info I got was wrong and it's getting heaps better fuel than my car thats for sure
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Follow Up By: Stoney - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:50

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 09:50
I owned the car for four years (Novated Lease) and driving around on the road no matter how I drove it would still average around 12.5 to 13, typically 500km's to around 62 to 65 litres.

I wish my new V6 Hilux was as good on fuel
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Follow Up By: DP - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 22:02

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 22:02
Great pics and a brilliant website for Challenger/Montero owners to drool over.

"Pimp My Ride" for Challengers... it's in my Favourites folder now.

Dan
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Reply By: youngharry52 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:51

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 10:51
Gday Ayden,

I bought a 2004 model a coupla months ago(20,000 kms). Its seems to be a good vehicle, especially for the price ($29,990 on the road). I agree with others about the fuel, about 12.5 to 13 litres per hundred k's. About the only thing I am not fussed about is the steering. You do feel the bumps. The 04 model is better equipped than previous models. I dont know how they go in serious off road, but I probably wont get to find out first hand anyway. Reckon it will be capable of doing anything I am likely to want it to.
They only come in petrol in Oz and the auto is pretty good. I did hear that the manuals were not much good on sand, but, only hearsay. Havent had a chance to try mine yet. If I had the cash, I probably would have bought a DID Pajero, couldnt afford the petrol for a Cruiser, Patrol or Pajero. I hope to be using mine for touring, mild offroad and beach.

Good luck

Chris
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Reply By: pickle - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 14:26

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 14:26
Ayden
Currently have a 2001 Auto and love the car. Goes great on fuel and I have done a bit of High Country work in it without it letting me down. Aftermarket goodies is not too bad of a problem depending on what you want! Only drawback on them is the low roofline and lousy turning circle. I have had mine just over a year now and no problems mechanically at all.
Some photo's
http://members.optushome.com.au/hurricane1/P4230019_resize.JPG
http://members.optushome.com.au/hurricane1/P4230020_resize.JPG
Dave
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Follow Up By: DP - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 22:04

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 22:04
Pickle, what's with the bonnet scoop?
Surely there's not a TD in there...?

If so would love some details!

Dan
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Follow Up By: pickle - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 16:32

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 16:32
Nah no TD in there ,just your usual v6. Triton scoop fitted by me!
Dave
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Reply By: Eric Challenger - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:21

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 17:21
Hi Ayden
I have a challenger 2001,manual,135000 km,no problems with it at all and very capable off road.
I have done Lakefield NP,Fraser island and have a trip planned to outback queensland in 3 months time.
Fuel consumption is good 11,5km/100km and 13,5/100km towing a boat,there might be a difference in fuel consumption between an auto and a manual.
Steering can become a bit vague,after 125000 km I did a 50mm lift with new OME shocks,which improved the steering a lot.
Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Carchania - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:03

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:03
gday guys

i was told that the challengers use the old pajero chassis/suspension setup? if there is any truth in this then that could explain why something that is not considered to be in the league of the 'top 2' is still a very capable off roader.

my 2 cents

cheers
Leayton
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Follow Up By: pickle - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:18

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 18:18
Pretty much on the button there, I had a NJ pajero that got the OME job done on it and still have original shocks and springs, now that the Challenger has the OME as well ,I can compare both original shockers and springs from both cars. Challenger springs are a tad narrower but shockers are all the same.
Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - AVA 191 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 20:42

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 20:42
I had one for a few years, very happy with it. Manual, I think it averaged around the 10 or 11/100.
I did read that when they released the current Pajero, the Challenger was built on the superseded Paj chassis. With the lower roof line and centre of gravity, it is less likely to roll over than the old Paj's.
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Reply By: Ayden - Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 01:33

Thursday, Jun 29, 2006 at 01:33
Just wanted to say thanks to all thoes who has replyed. Thanks heaps.

Ayden
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Reply By: cookie - Thursday, Jul 06, 2006 at 19:22

Thursday, Jul 06, 2006 at 19:22
Have had a 98 manual challenger for about 3 years now, done about 70000 k's including Gibb River Rd and mitchell falls. Raised 50mm with koni shocks, wrangler atr tyres, ARB steel bullbar, 240 blitz spotties. Live in the pilbara area and gets a regular workout on some pretty rough tracks. Have done the infamous burrup "jump up" which is as much as most poeple will expect from their 4by. Good on fuel as stated above 12-13.5. At 150000 k's synchro into 2nd is all but gone and 1st to 2nd is very stiff when cold. Has developed a small oil leak lately which is apparently from the upper sump seal. Big job to fix.

Very happy though, have given it plenty and for the money hard to beat I reckon.
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