Used Car Review – Mitsubishi Adventure (1998-2017)

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The original article was published last May 23, 2013 and can be viewed here. Minor revisions are done.

This iconic nameplate is going to greener pastures this year.

1998-2017 Mitsubishi Adventure

20 years is very long, especially for a vehicle that hasn’t received any huge or significant upgrades both inside and out. Sure, there are numerous vehicles worldwide that run on the same platform and body for more than ten years and the Philippine market is no exemption. One of the vehicles which had reached the end of its teenage years is the Mitsubishi Adventure, which had seen six presidents and two assembly locations in the Philippines. First introduced to the market in January 1998, the Adventure is basically a Taiwanese model with modifications to suit local tastes. 1998 saw the Asian Financial Crisis in full swing and thanks to this model, Mitsubishi became the number one brand for that year since the 80s and to never reclaim it after.

With the collaboration of Mitsubishi Motors and China Motor Corporation, the Adventure (or Freeca in its hometown in Taiwan) was first released in September 11 1997. Other names used include the Kuda (Indonesian for horse) in the Indonesian market and Jolie for Vietnamese consumers. As of now, it is only the Philippine market which sells this car with Indonesian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, and Chinese markets discontinuing this vehicle for long.

With the growing market for AUV’s during the late 90s, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines decided to join the party by assembling the Adventure locally. This vehicle, just like any best seller, received numerous upgrades throughout selling life to keep up with market trends. From OFW families to UV Express operators as its customer base, by the end of this year it will be discontinued due to emission systems which this vehicle doesn’t meet. Variants available throughout the years include the taxi exclusive TX, GX, GLX, GLS Sport, Grand Sport, and Super Sport. In 2012, an SE suffix was added to GLX, GLS Sport, and Super Sport trims that added a touch screen monitor with GPS function which trickled down later on.

Value and Costs
Since the vehicle would be removed by the end of year, expect vehicle prices to dip down further with the cheapest ones going for P175,000 for early gasoline models and latest releases can be had for P750,000. October 2014 models and above still have the remaining chunk of their warranty, so do keep an eye for them. Go for something that had been used as a private vehicle than something which had a hundred butts sitting and traveled more than the average driver. With no mechanical changes, it all boils down to the amenities and the year model. With more than 100,000 units sold, our wise money goes to the diesels with the gasoline best left unless you want an automatic.

For nearly 20 years riding on a single platform, parts are aplenty and for the diesel, since it shares engine components with other Mitsubishi vehicles and thanks to its simple structure, any mechanic can fix this one. Do keep an eye for its smoke belching nature for the diesel, especially that the engine is notorious for that. If you want this car, keep an eye on the air-conditioning unit.

Exterior and Interior
With various cosmetic changes, let’s discuss them one by one. Earlier models possess a grille similar to the Pajero, and high models have design cues to resemble an SUV. Body stickers come standard in the Super Sport, Grand Sport, and GLS Sport (until 2007). GLX trims have them from 2012 onwards; if you can’t live with them, there is an option of removing them. The side hinged doors for some Grand Sport and Super Sport models is complicated to open as it hogs space (it is different from the FX type door of several models) and this includes opening the spare tyre cover sideways that is a bane in mall parking lots. 2017 models are distinguished by their daytime running lights and black rims for GLX and above.

Interior quality is a mixed bag, depending on what year model you are eyeing on. Early models are crude while later ones are decent enough. Higher models have wood panels that can be described as luxurious or tacky, depending on who you are asking. Controls are within the reach of the driver and gauges can range from the white of pre-2007 to the blue of later ones. A two spoke steering wheel is standard among trim lines below the GLS Sport but they get a four spoke one in 2007, save for the GX. An entertainment system comes standard but haphazardly located since the rear view mirror gets blocked when in use. Squeezing three bodies in the first row is a violation of human rights while bucket seats are a relief. If you are unlucky to seat in the middle, your knees would hit the dashboard. Three is an ideal number in the middle row but four is a tight fit. Going for those models with a side facing jump seat would mean limited head and leg room; the front facing ones have nonexistent space for their legs, it is best left for the kids.

Choosing your Adventure is like choosing your coffee at Starbucks with a number of variants, but you have an option of two engines. The popular one is the diesel in the form of the 4D56 2.5 that carries 62hp at 4,200rpm and 165Nm at 2,500rpm for models prior to 2004, later models get a power update to 73hp at 4,200rpm but has its torque downgraded to 143Nm at 2,500rpm. Another option that you can have and offered until 2009 is the 4G63 2.0 gasoline which possess 114hp at 5,500rpm and 165Nm at 3,000rpm. The diesel feels muted and quiet when compared to Isuzu’s Crosswind and you can speed up a bit due to the low gear ratios at the expense of lower fuel economy and you need to thrash the gear for an acceptable performance. On the other hand, the Galant sourced 4G63 engine is rough at first but becomes smooth afterwards. Fuel economy for the gasoline isn’t to be proud of, but still better than the Revo’s 2.0 one (and even the 1.8 when paired with a slushbox). Before anything else, if you hate rowing gears then the automatic is available with the gasoline.

Driving Impressions
A well behaved chassis comes standard since body roll is controlled and turning is stable, but high speeds must be planned carefully since the rear can get twitchy. Ride quality can get bouncy and firm when driving solo but since it has a suspension setting tuned for cargo hauling, don’t expect a sedan comfort feeling. For a passenger like you, you’ll like riding in this more than a Toyota Hiace or worse, an Isuzu iVan since getting your head hit is a bigger chance, especially for the latter and ride quality is more worse.

The Adventure was a good car for an intended market, but there’s a saying that good things come to an end. This vehicle witnessed a lot of events and had stood the test of time and had brought a lot of families together and commuters to their destinations safely. You will be missed, our dear friend.

The Good:

  • Affordable to own
  • Seating options of 7 or 9
  • Quiet diesel engine

The Bad:

  • No safety kit
  • Limited interior space
  • Opening the Super Sport’s rear is complicated

The Pick: 2.5 GLS Sport


Engines: 1,997cc 4G63 I4 gasoline, 2,476cc 4D56 I4 diesel

Power: 114hp @ 5,500rpm (2.0 gas), 62hp @ 4,200rpm (2.5 diesel, 1998-2003), 73hp @ 4,200rpm (2.5 diesel, 2004-2017)

Torque: 165Nm @ 3,000rpm (2.0 gas), 165Nm @ 2,500rpm (2.5 diesel, 1998-2003), 143Nm @ 2,500rpm (2.5 diesel, 2004-2017)

Fuel Consumption: 6-10km/L (city), 8-12.5km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)

Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic

Suspension: Front double wishbone, rear leaf springs


Price (New): P600,000-P1,010,000 (range from 1998 to 2017)

Price (Now): P175,000-P750,000

Rivals: Isuzu Crosswind, Isuzu Hilander, Toyota Revo, Toyota Innova

On Sale: 1998-2017



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