1991 Mitsubishi Strada

Sold: $14,995

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Stock Number: 4250

Crew cab JDM trucks are getting impossible to find, and we have managed to source a really nice one. This 1991 Mitsubishi Strada has been well cared for back home in Japan and is available with only 67K verified miles. Finished in a Graphite Metallic over Black Two-tone (H69,) featuring a chrome style bar and matching brush guard, the truck has an imposing demeanor. Other than the normal dings and scratches associated with normal use, the body is straight and devoid of any major imperfections. Utilizing Mitsu's reliable workhorse, the 4D56 Turbo Diesel, mated to a real manual gearbox, the platform provides the off-road capability that few will need, with room for four adults.

While the exterior looks like something Sarah Connor would run over the Terminator with, the cabin of the Strada is impressively spacious and comfortable. Upfront the shoulder and legroom are abundant, and the driver has a fantastic command of the road. The Strada seems to have a few more storage binnacles than comparable Toyota models and even features a singular cup holder (which is a rarity in Japan.) The rear bench and front buckets are trimmed in gray and are in above average condition for a 28 year old vehicle. They are bolstered well and allow for long trips in reasonable comfort. The material, which is chequered in contrasting charcoal and blue is also mirrored on the door cards. The flat, low slung dash is unobtrusive and in good shape. Mounted atop the climate controls, a gauge pack offering an altimeter sits ready for report info from your latest off-road excursion. At one point it had a nav unit mounted atop, but it was removed prior to importation and it has four small mounting holes still present. Neither cracker or discolored, the dash and interior plastics have held up remarkably. The headliner is taut and the door cards are holding up well, despite the age of the vehicle. The A/C and heat function, and the power windows work to aid better cockpits ventilation. One trick little feature to note, the driver's window has the auto down function. The sliding rear glass offers a pathway to the bed, which is in above average condition for a truck half its age. Due to its lack of divots and impacts, we believe this truck was unlikely used for commercial purposes. Other important tidbits include the factory mats which are included in the sale. These OE units are still soft and relatively unused; they have protected the carpets dutifully over the years.

The underpinnings of this Rambo style truck are comprised of an unstoppable 4WD system and turbodiesel four-banger that won't give up. The 4D56 Asteron motor represents over thirty years of Mitsubishi diesel technology and advancements and provides all the stump-pulling torque you could ever want in this little crew cab. The motor starts up instantly and settles into a consistent idle. The diesel clatter is reassuring as you speed away through the gears. Unlike most trucks and SUVs, equipped with automatic slushboxes, the Mitsubishi has a manual unit. The standard five-speed manual sails through the gears happily, without a hitch or grid. A manually selective transfer case lever sits next to it, and you can utilize a low-speed gearing if your crossing treacherous terrain. The assisted steering feels confident, as do the brakes and suspension. Five-spoke alloys have freshly installed Nexen 31" rubber, which provides all the grip you'll need. A fresh oil and filter service, and a new set of serpentine belts complete the list of required maintenance, ensuring the next owner need not service the truck for another three thousand miles.

Perhaps one of the best buys currently available in the JDM truck segment, the Mitsubishi Strada wins on so many levels. The low inception price and inexpensive cost of ownership are tough to find in this segment, and you might pay ten grand more for a similar mileage Toyota. The brutish styling, manual gearbox, and herculean off-road prowess of this Mitsu make it a turn-key Japanese Classic.

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.

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