Mitsubishi Challenger - Your advice and thoughts

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 15:24
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Hi folks:
I am considering buying a new Mitsubishi Challenger in the short term. Main uses will be towing my boat (4m aluminium fishing boat) and occasional "easy to medium" 4WD adventures. No heavy duty off road intended. Just wondering if anybody has any feedback that might be useful before I head to the shop.
Thanks in advance
Jack
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Reply By: Member - Scotti - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 16:15

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 16:15
G'day Jack.

I have a 2000 Challenger(check member rigs(wa))and couldn't be happier with it.
We have had an extra bench seat in rear for kids as well as recently added Bull Bar,wound front torsion bars,reset rear springs.All this has given improved ground clearance without comprimising ride comfort.
We have towed a pop up van interstate during hot drought in NSW last year with absouloutely no problems.Had air con peaking out 24/7 and fuel economy turned out better than expected.
We do a lot of camping and day 4wd trips and I would have to say the Challenger is as good as the larger more expensive 4wd.And sometimes better!!.
We have fitted Pirelli Scorpion A/T tyres which makes the car stick like glue on dry and wet surfaces(my families safety is paramount) as well as pretty good 4wd capabilities.

All in all I would have to say not the biggest and most feature packed 4wd but when comes practical capabilities & fuel econ.Great vehicle.

Any more info just ask.
CheersEaster fun down Nannup!!
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Reply By: macca - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 16:34

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 16:34
Hi Jack (no pun intended)
I have just taken delivery of my XS Challenger and just clicked over 3k. So far very happy with it and now about to fit a bit of fruit salad to it ie.Bull Bar, Tow Bar, Dont know how I'm going to fit another battery in it though I have seen it has been done, Scotti, Did you have many probs fitting the rear seat in ? what make of seats ? Seat belts .Engineer specs etc.Would be interesting to hear how you slotted it all together. So far the petrol consumption as stated by misti has been spot on.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scotti - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:48

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 00:48
Macca,

I don't know what state you're in but got mine fitted from Wesbar/Vanquip in Osborne Park WA.Car was dropped off and when picked up that arvo had bench seat for 2,with seat belts and Modification approval from Transport Department.Seats folds forward against rear seat when not required.The seat can seat 2 children max weight 36kg each.
I recommend reset of rear springs and adjust of torsion bars front for extra clearance(total approx. 50mm).I noticed a huge difference when negotiating rough terrain.

Cheers.Easter fun down Nannup!!
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Follow Up By: macca - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 16:34

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 16:34
thanks Scotti. Will chase someone up on the melbourne side of oz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scotti - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 20:33

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 20:33
Macca.

Sticker placed on window of vehicle when seat installed.

RETRO SEATING CHILD SEAT
PH. (07)4124 2655

Should help you
cheers.Easter fun down Nannup!!
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Follow Up By: macca - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 11:44

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 11:44
Thanks again Scotti.
Will give them a call when I get back down home. At present babysitting rello's house in beautiful WET Qld.
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Reply By: Jack - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 18:52

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 18:52
Thanks guys ... makes me feel a bit more comfortable to know there are happy customers out there. Now to see if I can make the bank manager equally comfortable. Much appreciated.
Jack
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