Bought my '94 Expo used with 80k+ miles back in 1998 - swallowed hard when I found out it had been a rental vehicle, but bought it anyway. I was originally planning to use it for only a few months bet...
Bought my '94 Expo used with 80k+ miles back in 1998 - swallowed hard when I found out it had been a rental vehicle, but bought it anyway. I was originally planning to use it for only a few months between overseas transfers, and then sell it (rather than dump big $$$ into a rental car). However, I fell in love with the Expo during the four months I had it - including a 6,000 mile cross-USA road trip. I decided to leave it with my folks while I was out of the country. (They fell in love with it, too - it was hard to get it back).
It's a great overall package - not as big outside as a large minivan, but bigger inside than most wagons, hatchbacks or even small SUVs. It's not too big, not too small, not outstanding in any one aspect, but solid all-around. Now, 10 years and 90,000 additional miles later, I still have it, and it's still running strong. It doesn't serve well as a daily 7-pass. vehicle, but the 3rd row seat serves in a pinch when the kids/grandkids come to visit.
BTW - As the Mitsubishi Space Wagon (as it's known in Asia, Europe and S. America), it's very popular - much more so than it's ever been in the US. Last year, I could have sold my '94 for US$6-7k in South America, if I could have shipped it down.
1. Fuel economy - 2.4 lit. engine typically gives 20+ in town, approaches or exceeds 30 mpg highway (speed dependent).
2. Ease of driving - Spoils you for anything else. Easy steering, great driving position and visibility.
3. Reliability - other than routine maintenance, no significant problems.
4. Versatility - Good for 4 passengers - OK for 5; fits 7 in a pinch (helps if 2 are children); excellent cargo space with rear seats down - swallows almost as much as my small pickup.
1. Power - it's adequate, but sluggish by today's standards of 0-60 in less than 10 seconds.
2. Front seat legroom - both driver and pass. sides tight for those 6'2" and over.
3. No front passenger airbag or ABS - things that were not uncommon in 1994.
4. Nitpick: Mitsubishi-only automatic transmission fluid (even though it was sold through Chrysler as a Eagle Summit, I've never found an alternate specification for anything other than Mits' own ATF)
However, if you can't afford $20k for a new version, an old Mits Expo is a trip back to the future.