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Hello Paul, I need a car to use around Kampala and sometimes in rural areas. I have been given a choice of a pre-used Pajero iO. My worry is, I see many Ugandans selling them off and cheaply. Do they have any manufacturer faulty?

Hello Paul, I need a car to use around Kampala and sometimes in rural areas. I have been given a choice of a pre-used Pajero iO. My worry is, I see many Ugandans selling them off and cheaply. Do they have any manufacturer faulty? Please advise me. Badru

Hello Badru, the Mitsubishi Pajero iO GDI is renowned for being a comfortable but tough medium SUV with an impressive 4WD system. IO is also reputed for being fuel efficient thanks to the 2.0 litre or 1.8 litre GDi engine. However, this is all true if the car is new or has been well maintained. The challenge is that many of the locally pre-used Mitsubishi iO vehicles are broken down due to failure of the fuel delivery system. This is not a manufacture defect but a local maintenance problem.

The GDI technology in Mitsubishi, like the D4 (direct 4) technology in Toyota is revolutionary for being efficient since it delivers the right amount of fuel to avoid wastefulness. However, GDi technology relies on precision of fuel delivery and air intake. As such, it is sensitive to fuel quality and deposit build-up on injector nozzles and intake valves. Their fuel pumps are also sensitive to fuel quality.

This requires a strict maintenance regime such as renewing fuel filters on time. A Mitsubishi iO owner ought to use fuel with fuel injector and intake valve cleaning detergent molecules. When the iO Mitsubishi is not well maintained, it will fail.

This might explain why they have such a poor resale value. The same challenge is faced by Toyota with D4 engines. The engines also require lubrication service with good multi grade engine oil and genuine oil filters.