4WD Adventure Wagon: 1994 Mitsubishi Delica L400 – Sold?
August 17, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
One of the darlings of the JDM import industry right now is also a mainstay of the van life movement, so it’s not surprising to see Mitsubishi Delica vans like this one originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in Casco, Maine for $16,000 sell in a short amount of time. There’s no easy way to validate pricing given this model was never sold stateside and thus is not listed in any of the popular price guides, but it is in line with what most Delicas are selling for these days.
As someone who thought long and hard about importing a Delica, I can tell you that these vans really are as capable as any Mitsubishi fanboy would tell you. You’re probably thinking to yourself that a goofy-looking lifted minivan is about as far away as could be from your image of the ultimate off-roader, but therein lies the charm of the Delica: it’s a family hauler that can go anywhere your neighbor’s Jeep Wrangler Rubicon can – in fact, it can probably go further. The Delica is a known quantity among van lifers who use their rigs to go well off the beaten path with the utmost confidence it will make the return trip home. These days, if you plan to live off the land for a few months, a Delica is on the shortlist of vehicles that can make life on the road hospitable while still plowing through uncharted territory.
The Delica was offered with a few engine choices when new, and if you spend any time on the various importer websites that can help you bring one of these stateside, it’s inevitable that the majority of them are equipped with turbo diesel engines. Unlike many other vehicles where the diesel unit is preferred, the best way to get into a Delica is with the big V6 engine, not only for improved reliability compared to the turbo diesel mill, but also because the engine is shared with the Mitsubishi Montero sold stateside, making parts hunting a far more manageable task. That doesn’t change the fact that a broken windshield will be problematic, as it is unique to the Delica and not sold at your local glass store. This Delica also benefits from extensive recent maintenance and comes with the desirable Crystal Lite skylight roof – a great way to see the stars. Good luck with the purchase if your inner explorer takes this Delica home!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1994 Mitsubishi Delica L400, with the 3 liter V6 engine.
77,600 miles, absolutely no rust!
Many new maintenance parts including: timing belt, tensioner, water pump, battery, plugs and wires, fluids and filters, rear brake pads and rotors, right front caliper, left front ball joints. It has also been professionally rustproofed (waxoyl).
This has the crystal lite roof (skylights) and sunroof, and real 4WD with high and low range and a locking center differential.“
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