DI-D is not only from Mitsubishi.  Also from Germany and France

DI-D is not only from Mitsubishi. Also from Germany and France


Mitsubishi was the last Japanese brand to introduce its diesel engines to off-road vehicles in Europe. Before 2010, it used French and German units. Is it a cuckoo egg or maybe a good choice?

Mitsubishi is a brand known for the production of diesels, but mainly for off-road vehicles. The first design to work on the needle Common Rail started in 2006 – the 3.2 DI-D engine was used only in the Pajero model, in a very unsuccessful way. At the same time, a more efficient 2.5 DI-D motor for the L200 image was presented. At that time, Mitsubishi in other models used European units (including Volkswagen and PSA).

In 2010, the 2.2 DI-D (4N14) engine, a completely proprietary Japanese design, debuted.. It’s not much different from similar competition engines, but as befits this brand, it was ultimately as it should be – almost completely reliable. A distinctive feature of this unit was the use of a variable valve timing system and variable valve lift.

The 2.2 DI-D is one of the most successful diesels on the market.  The problem is the high cost of service and maintenance.
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The 2.2 DI-D is one of the most successful diesels on the market. The problem is the high cost of service and maintenance.

Thanks to this, with a power of 177 HP and a torque of 380 Nm, this engine offers good performance and reduces fuel consumption. In the largest Outlander it works well, and the ASX with this unit becomes a sports machine. Performance, by these parameters, is better than you think.

All the advanced technologies of diesel engines, including those related to the exhaust gas cleaning system, have found their way here. Unfortunately, after many years it has an effect on the cost. Due to the use of this engine only in cars of this, not a very popular brand, There aren’t many replacement parts available yetand even the supply of used parts is not as impressive as that of Toyota or Honda.

When the engine is gone technical defects, equipment only wears out with age and kilometers. The most expensive area is traditionally the injection system, which was provided by Denso, known for reliability needlebut it is expensive and irreversible. He also faces a serious driving charge dual-mass wheel.

Just small and beautiful

Parts from the same 4N1 family are small engine 1.8 DI-Dwhich appeared around the same time but found its way under the hood of smaller cars like the Lancer and ASX. It is available in two power versions – 116 and 150 HP – and in each of them it provides excellent performance and low fuel consumption. The working culture is also high due to the low compression ratio.

1.8 DI-D engine
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1.8 DI-D engine

For the same reason, or in fact the same solution, the 1.8 motor has the same characteristics as the larger 2.2. There is no disadvantage, it is characterized by a low failure rate, but also a high price for spare parts, which are usually found as original.

Is it worth buying a Mitsubishi diesel? If we are talking about the 1.8 and 2.2 described above, then by all means, but under the condition that the mileage is not high. Both of them mainly struggle DPF filter and two masses, but it can be handled. However, if the mileage exceeds 200-250 thousand. eg, be very careful. Larger repairs can put a heavy burden on your budget. So much so that it will be easy to replace the bike with a used one.

Beware of “mistakes”

When buying a Mitsubishi Outlander with a diesel engine, you need to know that only an engine with a capacity of 2268 cm³ and 177 HP was produced in Japan. The 156 HP counterpart has a different capacity and design, because it is a French HDI unit. “Mistake” when buying should not be a problem, because HDI is even cheaper to make, although it may be more useless, and the car has the same performance.

Also 2.2 DI-D, but from PSA
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Also 2.2 DI-D, but from PSA

In Outlander and Lancer, it was also used 2.0 DI-D engine, which is the German 2.0 TDI PD engine – bad, but less of a problem in Japanese cars and, above all, controlled by mechanics. If I were to buy an Outlander with a diesel engine, I would choose this unit, even though its performance is worse. If necessary, it is cheaper to repair or even replace the engine.

The Mitsubishi ASX had a 1.6 DI-D unit. This 114 hp engine comes from the PSA concern – yes, it’s a 1.6 HDI. Here, in fact, the “mistake” does not cause any negative impact, although personally when driving, the Japanese diesel 1.8 beats the French.

The last engine, although well known, is the 1.5 DI-D, again made in Germany. This time it is the Daimler OM639 unit that is only used on Smart and Mitsubishi Colt. It is a 3 cylinder, simple engine with a timing chain and Common Rail needle. If it works well, it can be recommended, and if necessary, the part is very simple.