1997 Mitsubishi Delica
The Delica was Mitsubishi's best kept secret for years until the overlanding boom exposed the world to this ultimate, do-it-all 4WD hauler. The second generation L400 chassis improved on comfort, safety, and all around power, and models like our 1997 do it all in a comprehensive, stylish package. Accented by facelift bodywork, OEM rainguards, and a rear bash bar, our Delica looks the part with a standout graphics package and Graphite Gray (A37) paintwork. Even the OEM parking mirror is intact, giving the front fascia some quirky flair. Save for some minor spots of clearcoat fade, rock chips in the finish, and inoperable driver and passenger power side steps, the exterior has a lot to brag about, and the odometer has racked up a mere 83k verified and documented miles to boot. Underpinned by one of Mitsubishi's most reliable turbo diesel four bangers and with enough room to haul around the whole family and a couple of dogs, this Delica is the definitive Japanese Classic van!
For its time, the Delica's interior was top notch. Three rows, multiple seating adjustments, and a bevy of power amenities all made for a great year-round transporter and Mitsubishi's durable upholstery selection certainly didn't hurt. The seats are trimmed in a patterned grey tweed. Save for some typical staining throughout, the materials are no worse for the wear and the same quality extends to the low-lying vinyl dashboard up front. New for the L400 chassis, dual SRS airbags are present, and the driver also gains access to a tilt adjustable steering column to dial in the ideal piloting position. Framed in the center stack are dual-zone climate control and OEM audio. For your rearmost passengers, cold A/C and hot heat are available at a moments notice via a separate set of controls, and the adjacent Kenwood head unit pumps the tunes out in droves. Further aiding driver accessibility, both front power windows work, as do the locks and mirrors. To help maximize versatility during a roadtrip, the middle row swivels a full 180 degrees and the jumper seat can be stowed away to maximize leg and shoulder room if you wish. If some glamping is in order and you prefer to catch some shut eye in the confines of the cabin, the seats fold flat into a makeshift mattress, and factory curtains can be deployed to keep the sunlight out. If no rear passengers find their way into the 3rd row, it can also be stowed against the d pillars to maximize cargo space in the rear. Overall, the condition of this cabin really impresses. For a 97, it has almost all the necessary amenities you'd need for daily use, and is a heck of a lot more useful than most modern minivans. Save for some wear to the touch points, it's almost the perfect interior, and we even retained the factory floor mats to keep your carpets free of any unwanted staining.
Under the skin, this Delica is powered by one of Mitsubishi's most prodigious diesel drivetrains, and the 4M40 under the bonnet has been kept in tip top shape by our trained technicians. This intercooled turbodiesel fires right up, care of a new 12v battery, and chugs along at a consistent idle with a fresh engine air filter and fuel filter keeping any pesky contaminants out of the 2.8l. To shore this one up against any unwanted oil leaks, a new valve cover gasket was installed, and we performed a fresh oil and filter service so you won't come up short on maintenance. New serpentine belts keep your accessories driven reliably, and a new radiator was installed to help regulate thermal load. With the maintenance performed this tank of a powerplant runs like new and the Delica zips up to highway speeds with nary a hesitation. Underpinned by Mitsu's legendary Super Select 4WD system, the automatic transmission throws power rearward and 4WD can be engaged at speed for when you dip off the beaten path. If you really become stuck, a center locking differential can be engaged alongside 4WD low. The suspension floats over road imperfections nicely and we installed new swaybar bushings up front to bolster the handling a bit. New brake pads and freshly resurfaced rotors up front stop this van on a dime, and the turning radius is surprisingly tight for a larger vehicle. Further aiding grip, comfort, and style, fresh SIZE Falken rubber was mounted on the aftermarket 6 spoke alloys. Not only does it look mean and suit the aesthetic of the van, it should provide plenty of traction for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.