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Mileage: 140,500 km (87,302 Miles)
Engine: 2.5-Liter Turbo Diesel Motor
Transmission: Automatic Transmission
Exterior color: Black / Gold Exterior
Interior: Grey Cloth Chamonix Interior
4x4 High and Low
Limited Slip Differential
Fold Down Rear Bench Seat
Front or Rear Facing Middle Seat w/ Jumpseat
Rear Climate Controls
Power Front Windows
Rear Locking Gate
The Mitsubishi Delica is the one of the most unique and capable 4x4 vans ever made. They are like Tonka Toys! They are the best 4x4 van for the buck—period, and are finally legal in the United States thanks to the 25-year import exemption rule. They offer Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro coolness with Japanese reliability and turbo diesel power. The third generation Delica, known as the L300 Delica Star Wagon, was derived from the Toyota Land Cruiser-like Mitsubishi Pajero SUV, but adapted to van form. They were tougher and more capable than the Toyota Hi-Ace competitor. The Star Wagon came in several trim levels, but all were well-optioned. Features included plush interiors, fog lights, a front heat / cool box for your drinks, a high roof, Crystallite skylights, projector headlights, fog lights, altimeter and inclinometer gauges, front and rear bull bars, side and rear steps, power windows, rear air conditioning 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 145 foot pounds of torque and respectable gas mileage of around 20 mpg. They aren’t fast by modern standards, but it is a noticeable torque improvement over a Vanagon. The tall ride height and short overhangs give it legitimate 4x4 capability (4WD High and Low), while an efficient boxy design allows significant interior room. Excellent visibility and lots of mirrors make it very easy to drive—even from the right seat. Parts and repair guidance can be sourced through Internet suppliers north of the border and a cult following online. 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!
Mitsubishi Delicas are one of our niche vehicles at Glen Shelly Auto Brokers. This 1992 L300 Chamonix hightop was part of a bundle of Delicas that we purchased, all imported from Japan via Canada. The Chamonix was a special package that offered an upgraded interior, double batteries, limited-slip differential, and graphics (think Tacoma TRD Off-Road). This example is wearing BF Goodrich T/A off road tires. We drove it from Vancouver to Colorado, camping and sleeping in it along the way. It has an excellent body, interior, and mechanicals. There is no rust and the paint is in good condition. The interior is in excellent shape, and all features work including the forward or rear-facing fold down middle bench seat that completes the bed. In preparation for sale it received a fresh timing belt, water pump, aluminum radiator, drive belts, shocks, and tires. We also gave it exhaust gas temperature and boost gauges to prolong engine and turbo life. We are nearly finished the 25-year exemption import process. When we are done it will come with a State of Colorado assigned VIN number and a clean Colorado title. All original emissions equipment is intact and we pay for and ensure that it passes emissions in Colorado.
Right Hand Drive / JDM Imported Vehicle FAQs
Right Hand Drive: Driving a right hand drive vehicle is as easy a 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. There are a few aftermarket parts dealers out there, but Amayama is our favorite source. 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.