Mitsubishi Space Star (1998–2002)

What's good

Scenic rival with versatile rear-seat arrangement.

What to watch out for

Average three star NCAP crash safety rating announced 28/3/2001.

1.3 will tug a family of four along at a reasonable pace, but economy suffers.

Not powerful enough for five adults and their luggage. For this you need the 1.6 or the 1.8GDi.

Average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 101.16 v/s lowest 31.93). Average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 101.16 v/s lowest 31.93). Link:- www.reliabilityindex.co.uk

GDI system of 1.8s prone to failure at around 60,000 miles due to carbon build up if cars are run on 95Ron petrol rather than the 97 - 99 Ron Super the engine is designed for.

Can suffer lots of rattles and squeaks. Build quality far from brilliant.

Recalls

21-12-2002: On 325 Space Stars, right hand front airbag sensor may not be programmed with the right software. Sensor to be replaced.

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