Used Mitsubishi Colt Buyers Guide and Common Faults

Whenever you are buying a used car it always pays to be armed with as much information as possible, and this is no different when buying a used Mitsubishi Colt car. If you are looking at adverts then you should take all of the details of these specific model you are looking at and use that to do some research, because the Colt is now in its seventh generation, meaning that there are many different variants of this car out there, each of which will be a little bit different.

In addition to getting all of the information about the specific model of car that you are thinking about buying so that you can correctly judge the proper value, it is also a good idea to know about the common faults and problems that these cars can suffer from, so that you know what to look out for when you are checking it over and taking it for a test drive. Buying from a dealer rather than a private seller can give you an extra layer of confidence that the car which you are buying is in good condition, but it is still best to know what to look for, and many people prefer to buy from private sellers simply because this route is usually the best way to get a cheap deal.

If the car you are looking at was manufactured between 1996 and 2004 then you should look at whether or not the cam belt has been changed according to the proper schedule. On most models produced during this period the cam belt needs to be changed fairly regularly – every 5 years or 54,000 miles - whichever comes first. If the cam belt is not changed when it is supposed to be and there is a subsequent failure as a result of this then you can end up with a very large repair bill due to engine damage caused by the failure.

For models made from 2004 on there was a range of issues which should have been fixed during services, but may not have been, so make sure that the car has a proper service history.