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Japanese cars compared to European cars

There comes a time in any vehicle’s life when parts need replacing. Tyres can be seen to be worn, and expired brake pads can be heard by even the most mechanically inept drivers. However, some parts come to the end of their life and the owner and/or driver of the car, truck or pickup has no idea what they are or the purpose they serve. Those of us with limited knowledge of how a car works and familiar with one or two part names will understand that an exhaust pipe gets hot, lives underneath and blows out fumes from the engine. However, the likes of suspension bushes, wheel bearings and valve seals are not known or cared about until a mechanic or technician informs the owner or driver that they need to be replaced. Mitsubishi spare parts, like those of most Japanese manufacturers, are reasonably inexpensive, long lasting, and often produced in factories other than where the cars themselves are manufactured.

 

The replacement of Mitsubishi spares can be performed by most mechanics, and it is not always vital to have the work done by a ‘main dealer’ or Mitsubishi parts franchised repair garage. Although some European cars are difficult to work on, Mitsubishi and most Japanese cars are simple. Most have four cylinder engines and plenty of space to work around. Many are also front wheel drive, with independent suspension on all four wheels. Many mechanics would argue that if you have worked on one Japanese car, you can work on any. Of course, this does not apply to specialist and high performance cars, such as the Nissan GT-R and one must not forget Mitsubishi created the 3000GT and the ever-popular Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series. The fitting of genuine and OEM Mitsubishi spare parts to these specialist vehicles should not be attempted by anyone other than trained, qualified and experienced mechanics for each car.

 

Getting back to fitting replacement Mitsubishi parts for regular cars, pickups and trucks, the simplicity is often due to the manufacturers’ lack of flair and adventure, which benefits mechanics whose job it is to work on the cars. Whereas European car designers have been known to put form before function, or function before ease of maintenance, Mitsubishi and other Japanese vehicle manufacturers have appeared to try to avoid straying from the ‘straight and narrow.’ Although the cars from Japan, especially in the 1980s and 1990s, may not be as exciting to look at or drive than their brethren from Europe, mechanics would much prefer to work on a Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, or any of the other popular Japanese brands due the consistent simplicity of the mechanicals.

 

Nowadays, with service costs increasing, and of course the price of oil adding to ever-rising vehicle running costs, having the simplest and cheapest cars to replace parts helps finances. Of the several Japanese car manufacturers, Mitsubishi rate highly in the ‘ease of fitting genuine spare parts’ league. And, they’re nice to drive, reliable, economical, safe and comfortable, too.

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