Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon (L300) Review

Delica L300


Mitsubishi Delica Review

2.4 I4  SOHC 8 Valve
2.5 I4 SOHC 8 Valve
5sp / Auto
5sp / Auto
FR / 4WD
FR / 4WD
Naturally Aspirated
4-door 7 passenger
4-door 7 passanger
Rear auto locker optional
Rear auto locker optional
The Mitsubishi Delica is a van with a different theory. Just one look at this vehicle and you know it is different. Unlike the common at white bread minivans from the other manufacturers, Mitsubishi thought up this one a little differently. Mitsubishi took their successful Pajero SUV and made enough changes to make it into a van. The result is the go anywhere, tough as nails van called the Delica. The star wagon was available from 1986 - 1998 with 2.0 gas 2.4 gas, and 2.5 diesel engines.
The Delica has a cab on engine design. You are actually sitting on the engine here. This can take some getting used to as the cabin vibrates at times. I personally like the mechanical feel of it however. Sitting up so high is good for visibility and can be great to make first time RHD vehicle driver’s confidence. There is safety to think about being so close to the front of the vehicle but the Delica is equipped with a bush bar in the front to help with frontal impacts. At speed there is easily audible wind noise but some people claim that an alteration to the side view mirrors can solve this problem. The Delica is fun to drive and gets attention wherever you go.
The Delica is a small van by American standards but it is very tall so there is lots of room inside. It comes stock with what looks like raised suspension and oversized tires. This makes it look bigger than it actually is. It is about the same size with other Japanese minivans in length and width.
Although the Delica can be bought in both gas (4G64) and Diesel (4D56) variations, the diesel is the one getting most of the attention as a JDM export. The 2.4 lt turbo diesel I4 is what you would expect from it. It is torquey at a low rpm so there is lots of low end grunt. The gas engine has more power but less torque.
Most people consider this generation to be the most reliable Delica of them all. It is made of simple reliable technology and is made from the parts famously reliable by the Dakar Rally. The engine is said to be better designed than the 2-lt Toyota engine that is it commonly compared to.
The diesel engine is commonly used as a base for bio-fuels and this can be the reason for its recent popularity. Besides that the Delica sometimes is tuned with raised suspension and bigger knobbier tires.
People who buy the Delica also like the Pajero which is often seen as its brother because of the shared Drivetrain and engine. Toyota Hiace and Hilux Surf are two vehicles that are also similar.  
The Delica is a popular vehicle and is commonly exported. There are many available and the prices are pretty cheap. Cost of purchasing is about 100000 – 250000 yen with about 100,000 – 140,000 km. Newer models are slightly higher priced at about 300000 yen. Production of the Star Wagon (L300) ended in 1998.