Soon to become: Jake_XR6
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Melbourne (eastern)
My new campervan!
You may know that I am currently in Europe, and I am planning to do
a European campervan 'touring' holiday with my wife. Well, the first
step is done, and I bought this Mitsubishi Express L300 in Amsterdam
this week for 5800 Euros. ($9300 AUD).
I tell you what, petrol here costs double what it does in Australia! The
camper is a 1.6L Petrol engine (60kW), and it only has a 4 speed tranny,
so the bloody thig revs at 4000RPM at 110km/h. This combined with
the fact that it is really un-airodynamic gives it a top speed (going downhill)
of 120km/h. If you press the clutch at this point the thing just gets pulled
back by the air something shocking, and rapidly slows down. This, and its
weight makes it really fuel inefficient. It takes 18L per 100kms! The camper
also tends to get blown around a bit by gusts of wind...
Other than that though, it seems really good, clean and reliable! It has
running water, gas cooker, fridge on 12V/220V/Gas, and even a chemical
The one minor concern I have is the play in the 'loose' feeling steering.
It's almost like you have to keep adjusting the steering wheel to keep
the car going straight. Sometimes it just goes straight, and then seems
to veer off slightly by itself. Could this be worn ball joints ? Or some other
part of the steering ?
Anyway, I can't wait to take this little beast around Europe. In the end
we will sell it again (hopefully for what we paid for it) and we will save on accomodation and meals too!
Wheels: 17" Series 1 XR
Exhaust: VCT with no resonators & 3" mandrel from mufflers back, dump pipe
Pacemaker headers (Waste of money).
Air Intake: T-Series, K&N Filter.
Brakes: Calipers painted red, DBA slotted rotors & Lucas pads.
Fuel: Dual Fuel.
Dyno: 143 rwKw (Dynodynamics - shootout mode).
Heathcote: 15.87 @ 89.1 Mph.