1995 Mitsubishi Delica Exceed Space Gear

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Stock Number: 4641

The Mitsubishi Delica L400 may just be the ultimate adventure vehicle. Fresh off a full redesign it comes out of left field, but you can't help but love it. Featuring tons of improvements it resulted in a more capable and refined package for the model. The Delica already has a bit of a cult following here stateside, seeing as its one of the most distinct passenger vans on the road today. Finished in a fantastic Dark Blue Pearl (T88)/Kaiser Silver Metallic (H39) two-tone gives this big van quite the curb appeal. Match that with the pop of white from the factory brush guards and running boards you know this thing means business. The fact its a van rolling on 30" Yokohama A/T's only helps to build its case. Things like the blacked-out windows and gnarley hood scoop only add to the cool factor that most vans seem to be lacking.

Hopping into the giant off-roader is really where it starts to show its benefits. The interior is cavernous, and the Delica has a flat loading floor throughout the cabin, unlike the previous L300s. There is no shortage of room for all three rows of occupants, and the middle row is fitted with captains chairs can slide and swivel 180 degrees. The third row is fashioned with jump seats that can be folded up against the sides in order to offer more usable storage space when you're not carrying a full load of people. Overall the interior of this one is well above average compared to our normal van. Free of the usual stains from kids or cargo, even sun damage which is always a sneaky one. The seats upfront look great and only get better as you move back. All of them are free of the typical stains we would see on lighter color seats like this, the patterned fabric adds a nice bit of spice to the interior. If they aren't the definition of 90's styling then I don't know what is. Normally with taller vehicles like this we expect to see some bolster wear on the driver's seat from getting in and out but this one has been spared from any of those concerns. Then again, with only 65K verified miles it comes as less of a surprise. The pattern is matched in the door cards which are in good nick as is the headliner. To ensure that everyone can find a good temperature the rear has a separate set of dedicated controls. The A/C is working fine for these last days of summer. Many of us would prefer the windows down cruising which the factory rain guards help out with, along with venting rear windows. Naturally, you'd expect to see all the basic power accessories to go along with it like a one-touch driver's window, power locks, power mirrors, and even a set of cupholders pull out of the center stack upfront. The driving position is high enough off the ground that you can see above traffic and the charcoal-colored dash in great shape, lacking any discoloration or cracks. Hinting at this van's off-road prowess you even have a gauge sweet packed with an altimeter, voltmeter, and compass mounted atop the dash. The radio has been upgraded, and while it does function, JDM radios only have so much use here stateside. Luckily, since its already been upgraded it doesn't take much to switch it out with something more current with things like Bluetooth or Android/Apple Car play.

The mechanicals has also received various significant upgrades, including a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive setup and a more powerful motor. This (4M40) 2.8L, turbocharged and intercooled diesel, fires up immediately at the turn of the key. It has recently undergone a full service, and benefits from a fresh oil change, batter, and even new front pads and rotors. The four-cylinder powering the Space Gear has plenty of low range power and easily accelerates up to highway speeds. The automatic transmission, now engaged via a space-saving column-mounted shifter, runs through the gears without any hesitation or clunking. Power is sent to all four wheels care of a selective transfer case, which can be adjusted at speeds up to 62mph. The suspension sorts out all the large bumps in the road and offers a cushy ride. Overhangs are short, and this seven-seat transporter has more off-road prowess than most any modern SUV. Whether you need a family hauler, marketing vehicle, or adventure van the L400 Delica has you covered. Its distinctive looks, unstoppable low mileage drivetrain, and well-equipped interior make this an ideal, 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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