Mitsubishi L200: common problems and solutions

The Mitsubishi L200 is a compact pickup truck which is produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturing company Mitsubishi. The L200 has been in production since 1978 and is currently in its fourth generation. The L200 name is used for most export markets, but it is also known as the Triton and Rodeo amongst other names. If you want to read our full Mitsubishi L200 review click here. The current version of the L200 is an extremely well built vehicle which has both good on and off road capabilities. This version looks really stylish and it drives a lot better than previous versions. Like all motor vehicles, it has its known issues and we have listed some of these along with the solutions for resolving the issues. You can also find a difficulty rating on how hard the problem is to fix and a list of the most recent recalls.

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Mitsubishi L200 common problems and solutions

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Starting problems

Problem: A known issue on the L200 is for the vehicle to have starting problems when the engine is warm. If you are finding the vehicle will start no problem when the engine is cold, but has difficulty restarting once it is warm, the probable cause is the crankshaft sensor.

Solution: You will need to fit a replacement crankshaft sensor to fix the problem.

The part you need: Search for your Mitsubishi L200 replacement crankshaft sensor by clicking here.


Black smoke/lack of power

Problem: The EGR (Exhaust Gas Re-circulation) valves can get blocked up on these vehicles. If they do you may be noticing black smoke coming from the exhaust. This is because you don't have the correct mixture of fuel and oxygen going to the engine. You will also be noticing that there is a lack of power when accelerating.

Solution: You will need to remove the EGR valve and clean it out using some sort of cleaner such as a carb cleaner. Once it is cleaned out these problems should no longer be an issue. Watch the video below to see how to clean out the EGR valve:


Rattling/squeaking noise

Problem: If you are hearing a rattling or squeaking noise from the vehicle, then this maybe a loose or broken bracket at the rear of the gearbox. This small bracket is prone to breaking and it causes these annoying noises.

Solution: Fitting a replacement bracket will resolve the issue.


Loud rattling noise

Problem: The exhaust heat shield can come loose on this vehicle, causing a very loud rattling noise underneath the vehicle. A spot weld may have broken loose. Does the video below sound like your issue?

Solution: You may need to spot weld the heatshield, but if it is well damaged you will need to replace the whole heat shield.



The Mitsubishi L200 has now been in production for 35 years and has 6 recalls listed on the department for transport recalls database. You can find this full list at and we have listed the most recent of these recalls below. You should check to see that these issues have been sorted on your vehicle for free. It is the manufacturers responsibility to do this due to manufacturing faults. You can gain access to the most recent recall details by clicking the links below:

We know that we have not listed every known issue there is for the L200 as our common problems and solutions list is by no means exhaustive. This means that even if you did not find your issue listed, there is a chance it is still a common fault. You can have a look at our Mitsubishi L200 parts page or enter your vehicle registration number in our part finder below. You can always give us a call on *0905 232 3000 to speak to one of our friendly advisers.