Hello all Im back again a new Vechicle to test out though....

Submitted: Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 17:57
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Hi Tracie here again, just wanting to know your thoughts and opinions of a 2002 MITSUBISHI CHALLENGER, V6 petrol manual. I dont know too much about them and would appreciate any feedback or things I should know about this one before jumping in and buying a lemon or something silly like that.
Look forward to your comments.
Cheers Tracie.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 19:54

Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 19:54
Hi Tracie. My Personal opinion I would be fairly wary of one of that age. They are expensive to repair and at 8 years old would probably have quite a few Klms up. They are prone to oil leaks once 150000K or more is showing. About $1500 to put a new clutch in and are pretty thirsty on petrol as well. Regards,Bob.

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Reply By: Madfisher - Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 21:09

Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 21:09
Hi Tracie,
Certainly not a lemon. The 24v3l v6 is the most economical of all the v6s and will get down to 11/100 on a trip. Up to 200000ks they are very reliable, after this the valve stem seals will need doing. But the motors if well serviced will do about 300000ks. If you are going to buy one keep looking for one that has 130000ks or less they are about. We brought an o3 Jack 18 months ago with 77000ks on the clock.
Three years ago I done heaps of research on Challengers, but then I discovered the v6 Petrol Jackaroo where better built and longer lasting. The only downside to the Jacks is they use on average 1l/100 more then the Challenger. In early 2007 I brought a 98 3.5 Jackaroo se with 101000ks , this vehicle now has 166000ks and the only parts I have replaced are the inlet manifold gasket, timing belt, two front shocks and the oxygen sensor. It has been the best vehicle I have ever owned.
So much that we brought a 2nd one for my wife. This had $5000 woth of extras, full service history, 77000ks and we got it for $14000.This vehicle had not seen a dirt road let alone offroad.
The auto does use on average about 1.5l/100 more then mine.
One year ago My oldest son brought an 02 with 130000ks for $11500. This one also had and ecb bullbar and sdriving lights worth well over $2000. This vehicle has also been very reliable and trouble free. He has fitted 265/75 Maxis bighorns to his so it performs very well off road.
We have also had Pajs and had a good run out of them if they had low ks.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 21:32

Monday, Aug 02, 2010 at 21:32
Tracie what state are you in, because I just remembered their is a one owner very very low k 97 Jack on Car sales NSW for $9000. This vehicle has 93000ks. This model have been known to do in excess of 400000ks on the orinigal motor.
From memory I think it was blue, the add says it is an SE but it is a standard model.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Tracie82 - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 17:43

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 17:43
Hi Pete,
I am in Brissy, do you know if its posted on any of the websites?
The challenger we are looking at has 170,000 on the clock.
Thanks for the advice, Cheers Tracie.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:20

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:20
Hi Tracie,
you would be looking at a clutch shortly,plus valve stems seals within 50000ks. How much are they asking? About $11000 would be on the money.
The Jack I seen was on carsales.com, click on holden, then Jackaroo and NSW. I will have a look in Qld to see what is their, also try trading post.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:45

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:45
OK Tracie,
Forget that one they are cheaper in Qld. Still have a look at carsales. Now stay right away from the 3lt Diesel Jack from 98 on and steer clear of any duel fuel Jacks, both are trouble.
But I found in your state a 2003 Nullarbor with 106000ks very good condition for $10900, very good value. Nullarbors where a run out model with heaps of extras from the Monteray.
Their is also a 2003 stardard with b/barand spotties 97000ks for $13900. The suburb is Hemmant.
Their is another one in Cairns with 139000ks man with b/bar and spottiers for $13000.
Remember man are better on fuel then autos, but if you live in Brisbane go the autos.
You are spoilt for choice, O and these are all private sales, check on revs and get a mechanical check.
The Nullarbor is the least likely to have been used off road, no b.bar etc.
If you give me your email no I will give you my Phone No, and I work in the car industry.
Good luck Pete
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Follow Up By: Tracie82 - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 15:30

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 15:30
Hi all and thankyou all for the advice, I am going for a test drive this afternoon and will see how it drives, they are only asking $9000 for this one and will go from there with how we feel about it. I have been looking for about a month and have the best feeling about this, will keep posting news, thanks again. Tracie.

Keen to be a fellow 4WDriver and fisher (well more often on the fishing side of things)
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Reply By: Member - William H (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 21:31

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 21:31
Get yourself a good toyota and never look back........have fun and enjoy yourself.
Cheers for now...Williamh...Bunbury...WA.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 22:54

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 22:54
While I have a soft spot for Toyotas, My Jack has given far less trouble them my previous 4runner, and my 40 tried to kill me twice. Prados are no more reliable then Jacks(petrol only) and are twice the price.
Cheers Pete
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