View Full Version : Mitsubishi 4cyl. power

07-26-2003, 05:24 PM
The local Mitsubishi Fuso dealer has been trying to get us to buy from them for over a year now. I own 3 Dodge Cummins, 2 Powerstrokes, 2 Cats, and one Duramax. I find it hard to believe that a 145 hp 4 cylinder is going to perform in a similar manner as the 6 and 8 cylinders do and offer any fuel economy. Am I missing something? One trailer is 13-14k, the other is 8k.

Anybody have good luck with these trucks?


07-26-2003, 05:43 PM
There's many guys around me running the Mitsu and Isuzu/GMC deisels. Same trucks year after year. Never noticed any down time with them either.

I have 2 GMC W4500's Gas

Albemarle Lawn
07-26-2003, 10:53 PM
I think you would be disappointed with the power and the mileage. Below is a picture of my Mitsubishi-Fuso.

Advantages: Great manueverability, replaces a pickup plus an 18' trailer, good image, can trust the employees to drive it before I trust them to tow. Comfortable, drives like a car.
Great around town. Very peppy around town.
Perfect for customers with tight properties.
Great for toting sod, etc.
Fits in many parking spots.
Ice cold A/C
Good offroad versus pulling a trailer.
Rock solid reliable engine. Never missed a beat.

Disadvantages: No power on the highway. I mean no power. Top speed is about 68 mph. No passing power. 0-60 is measured with a calendar. Any uphill at all and top speed is 45-50 mph. No joke, its a road turtle. Semi trucks eat you for breakfast on the highway, they just cruise right past you even if you are floored. Rear axle is 5.73:1. These are city trucks.
Cab is cramped with more than 2 people. 3 is absolute max.
Poor automatic trans, replaced mine 3 times in 40K miles.
Don't get the Aisin-warner auto get the Allison.

Fuel economy is 10-11 mpg diesel city or highway, loaded or unloaded.

I bought mine mainly because I work out of my house and it fits in my driveway.

I am seriously considering the Chevy c4500 crew cab duramax as my next truck.

If you must get the Fuso get the 175 HP four cyl. It is rated at 347 lb-ft torque versus only 275 lb.-ft. for the 145 HP motor.

Don't plan on towing heavy loads often- the Fuso can barely get out of its own way unloaded.


07-26-2003, 11:20 PM
Thank you Ken

Thats about what I figured. A couple of concrete companies we sub with are running the 4500 crew cab and love them. I haven't been all that impressed with our 4500 (its for sale actually). It has great visibility and good power, but it just isn't big enough (weight wise).


07-27-2003, 11:47 PM
How much to get a dove tail and tailgate made for a cabover ?
Thanks Steve

07-28-2003, 12:22 AM
I am pretty sure the Isuzu NPR with the auto trans gets you the 175 hp diesel vs. the 145hp version with the 5 spd manual trans. You can also get an NPR and NPR HD with the GM 350 V8 and the GM Hydramatic 4L80-E auto trans. I am willing to bet that the 4 cyl diesel will net you better mileage. We have a 1 ton Chevy G-30 box truck with a 350 and 4L80-E at my full-time job and it usually gets 8-8.5 mpg in the city and about 11-12 mpg on the highway. I'm glad that I don't pay the fuel bill for that beast!:dizzy:

07-29-2003, 11:01 PM
Anybody no how much for a dovetail and flatbed setup for a cabover truck costs?

Albemarle Lawn
07-29-2003, 11:18 PM
If you shop around and are willing to travel you can find a good use one cheap.

07-29-2003, 11:26 PM
Where would you shop around for one?

Steve, Balto. Md.

Mike Bradbury
08-06-2003, 04:11 AM