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    Putting the feelers out for a new to me  Shooting truck, There was little about in my limited spectrum of contacts , but i was offered for around £500 an 05 Mitsubishi L200  With September MOT &103K Miles on it , but with the Classic Mitsubishi Crank pulley failure scenario .

      Truck had been stripped and abandoned but pictures show key way in crank is ok and some threads are visible in the end will try and post pictures i have.

      This truck is not the tidiest one i ever saw, but its mainly one front wheel arch and a couple of scabs on upper rear body .  It has hard top would suit my needs shooting fishing and trailer general runabout duties so i am half tempted to give it a try, but will admit i am a little skeptical about the crank threads.  I think i could draw about £150 /£200 for scrap directly perhaps escape if i strip for export and try recoupe money from parts, But realise its a gamble but it still ran with broken balancer shafts belt broken fine This i do know for sure .  And i do want a truck and a project for the season end . !

       So what do i do ?  Go for it !  Or walk away ?

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    Well Mick coin flip is 3 out of three says buy, But i am still not sure but thanks anyway.

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    Walk away, in fact, don't walk , run. Never buy somebody else's ****. Life is too short, that ain't the only thing wrong with it, it never is, trust me, not on an L200

    offer them take it away, free or walk  

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    2 hours ago, chilly1981 said:

    Lol buy my pajero from the sales section that will solve mine and your problems lol

    HA HA thanks chilly i really want a pickup this time, 15 years of Terranoship have left me with nothing but praise for Nissan , but not sure on Mitsubishi . .

     

     

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    4 minutes ago, Vince Green said:

    Walk away, in fact, don't walk , run. Never buy somebody else's ****. Life is too short, that ain't the only thing wrong with it, it never is, trust me 

    This is my initial thought, but i am up for a spring project and buying >>>> is a way to get one, but not knowing Mitsubishi L200s at all looking for input on the issue outlined and L200s generaly. but thanks vince and i get where your coming from and i could well do just as you say the way i see this right now.

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    7 minutes ago, B B said:

    This is my initial thought, but i am up for a spring project and buying >>>> is a way to get one, but not knowing Mitsubishi L200s at all looking for input on the issue outlined and L200s generaly. but thanks vince and i get where your coming from and i could well do just as you say the way i see this right now.

    L200s would not be my choice for project

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    4 minutes ago, Vince Green said:

    L200s would not be my choice for project

    Point taken and appreciated.

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    Old livestock farmers would sometimes say that "A good 'un is always cheap, and a bad 'un is always dear".    The first part might not always apply to motor vehicles, but the second half certainly does.

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    Yes and this one good or not has the real potential to get expensive. researching parts price just now on ebay  show pulley and aux belts £60 Timing and balancer shaft belt another £50 not looked at idlers etc yet but the crank bolt alone is £20 with new key way and washer.  crank i see  is good on the keyway groove. Its the threads im not 100% on.

      Any good news on these trucks some one must have some LOVE!

     

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    23 minutes ago, dead eye alan said:

     Dont walk away RUN away and keep the Terrano the L200 i owned cost a furtune my terrano cost only a battery in 5 years. 

    Sadly the terrano i had 15 years and needed just service items got hit by a bus when parked in town , and was written off. I tried to get the salvage but inssurance were having none of it, so im on the look out but it seems these L200s are not a good idea. 

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    9 hours ago, B B said:

    HA HA thanks chilly i really want a pickup this time, 15 years of Terranoship have left me with nothing but praise for Nissan , but not sure on Mitsubishi . .

     

     

    Haha no bother  I could always take back seats out for you then it’s a heated back pick up lol 

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    my shogun 2.5 was like that

    as long as the belt has not jumped and done any damage its quite easy fix

    new belt , tensioner , pulley and bolt

    I bought a tap and carefully cleaned the threads up fitted new key with Loctite studfix and a new pulley from milner 4x4 ran spot on for 2 years afterwards before I scrapped it due to corrosion

    DO NOT GO EBAY FOR PARTS CHEAP NORMALLY MEANS COUNTERFIT OR BAD QUALITY ON THERE !!!! 

      as I learned at my expense

    use milner 4x4 or euro car parts you may pay a  couple of £ extra but its a saving in the long run 

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    Thanks all. I have walked away Had a couple of hours reading this morning , i have read enough in vinces words life is too short.

    Going TOYOTA nothing else is of any interest too me now. Thank you >

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    19 hours ago, B B said:

    Thanks all. I have walked away Had a couple of hours reading this morning , i have read enough in vinces words life is too short.

    Going TOYOTA nothing else is of any interest too me now. Thank you >

       Well done you know it makes sense.

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    Update! Another aquaintance of mine did buy this truck, £185 in belts bolts and idler and it all turned out fine for him with around 4 hours of is time putting it together one stuck caliper and a buld in headlight and its up and running, Seems to run nice he just took it up to Inverness wildfowling last week did over a thousand miles in it with no issues. So i suppose it goes to show  you can be lucky sometimes. It was the condition of the crank threads that i was scared of, and also i was not comfortable the L200 was what i wanted in a 4x4 knock about.

     More i look around more i am tempted to just buy another teranno may be a SWB comercial van cheaper tax and big enough for my needs now the children have grown up.

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    The crank pulley usual issue on these is de lamination of the rubber inside. Simple fix usually and it’s the pulley that drives the auxiliaries rather than cam belt. As you have found out it’s not a major fix. I’ve had 4 L200’s now and they are a decent reliable shooting and recreation vehicle. Like all vehicles though get an abused one and it can cost you a lot of money

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    Like I said in my reply m8 easy fix as long as belt never jumped taps are easy to get to clean the threads still got the 1 I bought in shed just in case I get an opportunity like that one 

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    I would be tempted to find a 2.5 out of a Pajero and drop it in. Much older engine yes but bulletproof and for a cheap truck it wouldn’t matter.

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