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1994 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon GLX

1994 Mitsubishi Delica Star Wagon GLX

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Price: $17,500

Mileage: 125,700 km (78,106 Miles)

Engine: 4D56 Turbo Diesel 4-Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Transmission with Overdrive

Exterior color: Black / Silver Two-Tone Exterior

Interior: Grey Cloth Interior

Additional features:

Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) 25-Year Import Exemption

Water-Cooled Turbo (a 1994 and later Delica feature and better for the mountains)

Four Wheel Drive High and Low Gearing

High-Top

HID Projector Headlights

Driving Lights

Dual-Batteries

Boost and EGT Gauge

Boss 810BRGB Double Din Stereo w/ Bluetooth

Altimeter / Inclinometer / Inside and Outside Temp Gauge

7-Passenger Seating

Forward or Rearward Facing Mid-Seat w/ Jump Seat

All Rear Seats Fold Flat for Sleeping

Rubberized Rear Flooring

Rear Climate Controls

Remote Lift Gate Door Lock

Power Windows

Roof Rack w/ Ladder and Storage Bins

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Tires

Excellent Mechanical Condition

Background

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The Mitsubishi Delica is the one of the coolest, most capable, unique, and simply the best 4x4 van for the buck, period. These awesome little vans are finally legal in the United States thanks to the 25-year import exemption rule—and they were worth the wait! They offer the cool-factor of the Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro combined with Japanese reliability and turbo diesel power. The third generation Delica, known as the Delica Star Wagon, was derived from the Toyota Land Cruiser-like Mitsubishi Pajero SUV, but adapted to van form. The GLX trim package is well spec’d with projector headlights, altimeter and inclinometer gauges, front and rear bull bars, side and rear steps, power windows, air conditioning with rear controls, seven passenger seating, and enough mirrors to shoe-horn it through the crowded streets of Tokyo with ease. The 4D56 four-cylinder turbo diesel engine is one of Mitsubishi’s most reliable power plants, producing a buttery 145 foot pounds of torque and respectable gas mileage of around 20 mpg. The tall ride height and short overhangs give it legitimate 4x4 capability. An efficient boxy design allows significant interior room, while keeping the overall size in check (it is smaller than a Tacoma). Large windows allow excellent visibility for driver and passengers. These vans have a cult following worldwide and Canada has been importing them for the last decade thanks to a 15-year import exemption rule. Parts and repair guidance can be sourced through Internet suppliers north of the border and online forums. The Delica fits the Colorado outdoor lifestyle perfectly, making a great rig for camping, cycling, rock climbing, skiing, or just hauling 7 adults in comfort and style. Life is too short for boring cars!

Summary

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Mitsubishi Delicas are one of our niche vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. This 1994 Delica L300 GLX is one of the best Delicas we’ve had yet. With only 125,600 kilometers / 78,106 miles it is super clean on the inside an out. The GLX featured the same high-top and middle bench seat that the Chamonix did, along with dual batteries. The tall seating position and large greenhouse provide excellent visibility, while the high top and middle bench seat allows ample head-room and comfortable sleeping in the back. 1994 Delicas featured water-cooled turbochargers, which run cooler and are perfect for the high-country. Other notable options are the 3-gauge pod featuring altimeter, inclinometer, and inside and outside air temperatures, boost and EGT gauges (a must for mountain driving), front and rear climate controls, HID projector head lights and fog lights, a Boss Stereo with Bluetooth, a roof rack with storage bins and ladder, and Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires. In preparation for sale it received an oil change, a fresh alternator, a valve adjustment and valve cover gasket, reseal of the rear of the transfer case, and fresh differential and transmission fluid. We also installed an aftermarket gauge to monitor boost, EGT, and water temperature (a must for Colorado mountain driving). The visibility and lots of mirrors make it a very easy to drive—even from the right seat. I wouldn’t say its fast, but the 1994 Delicas with the water-cooled turbo pull stronger than the earlier air-cooled turbo Delicas. It also has a noticeable torque improvement over other alternatives, such as a Vanagon Syncro. Everywhere it goes, the Delica gets thumbs up, smiles, and lots of attention. If you really want to blow people’s minds, you can put your dog in the left front seat and act like you are along for the ride!

Exterior

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The cosmetic condition of this Delica is very good for a 25-year old vehicle, and this one may be the nicest one that has ever fallen into our hands. The Black and Silver two-tone paint under black bull bars and trim are an eye-catching combination. Importantly, there is no rust; the undercarriage is clean and corrosion-free. The windshield and side glass have no cracks or chips. There are large review mirrors in addition to front and rear parking mirrors. All trim is intact, as are the factory mud flaps. The projector headlights are excellent, as are the marker and indicator lenses. The roof rack and ladder are in excellent shape; the storage bins are lockable and removable adding versatility. Fifteen-inch silver wheels are in excellent condition, and are wrapped with Goodyear Wrangler Radials in 235/75R15. They have 90% tread with 2018 and 2019 DOT dates.

Interior

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The interior condition is consistent with the exterior. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet is in good shape, with no rips or tears. The rear passenger area floor has been covered with a rubberized material that is very resistant to spills and dirt, and very easy to clean. The seats are in very good shape with no tears or failed stitching. A large center console has cup holders in the lid. The two rear bench seats fold flat, making a great space to sleep. Either can be un-bolted if you want to build out your own bed or cabinets. The rear heat, fan, vents, and air-conditioning controls work, as does the front rear blower master switch. Power windows and the rear lift gate lock work. The heat blows warm and the air-conditioning blows cold (front and rear). The head unit is a double din Boss 810BRGB, with Bluetooth, an aux port, and a USB port.

Mechanical

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Japanese vehicles from the 1990’s are some of the most reliable vehicles of all time. They are the perfect sweet spot of mechanical evolution, but lack the over-complication of modern vehicles. Diesel engines are wonderfully simple and able to endure significant abuse. The Delica is a simple vehicle that can be serviced by any competent diesel mechanic. We also specialize in servicing these vans as well, if you are local! The 4D56 engine idles smoothly and pulls strong. The transmission shifts smoothly and the four-wheel drive engages on command. Automatic hubs make shifting in and out of four-wheel drive easy. The suspension is compliant and very comfortable on poor roads—not the tooth jarring ride of a Sports Mobile. The brakes are firm. Overall it in great shape, but this is a 25-year old vehicle and will need continued care. In preparation for sale it received an oil change, a fresh alternator, a valve adjustment and valve cover gasket, reseal of the rear of the transfer case, and fresh differential and transmission fluid. We also installed an aftermarket gauge to monitor boost, EGT, and water temperature.

Right Hand Drive / JDM Imported Vehicle FAQs

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Right Hand Drive / JDM Imported Vehicle FAQs 
Right Hand Drive: Driving a right hand drive vehicle is as easy as left hand drive—don’t be intimidated by it. The Delica is one of the easiest right hand drive vehicles to drive thanks to excellent visibility and ample mirrors. I teach performance driving and would be happy to give any necessary instruction required to develop confidence driving from the right seat. 
25-Year Rule Import: Owning a 25-year rule imported vehicle is legal according to Federal regulations, as long as it passes emissions. The only states that have extra requirements are California and Hawaii. California requires 1975 and later vehicles to be CARB legal, which the Delica is not. You would need to have it independently tested ($1500 per test at most labs) and CARB compliant in order to get it CARB certified. Hawaii is even stricter, making it cost-prohibitive to certify a 25-year rule car there.

Parts Supply and Maintenance: Any good Diesel Mechanic can work on your Delica; they are very simple vehicles. Parts can be sourced via online sources. The easiest way to find the part you are looking for is by vehicle VIN. Lead-time on parts is usually 1-2 weeks, so plan accordingly. If DIY maintenance is not something you are not comfortable with or willing to do, we specialize in maintenance and repair of these vehicles!