Mitsubishis consistently come in near the top of most lists when it comes to reliability. Among the lineup of Mitsubishi vehicles over the years, the Mitsubishi Shogun SUV and the Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck have earned reputations as sturdy and reliable workhorses.
However, low failure rates do not mean that there will be no failures, unfortunately. Parts can give way at any time and when you least expect it. Furthermore, some parts will naturally wear out over time due to use. In addition, everyday driving can also wear down the body of your exterior.
Whether your reason for swapping out Mitsubishi parts is aesthetic or functional, BE FORWARD stocks the auto parts you need in excellent condition and at affordable prices.
Choosing Between OEM vs. Aftermarket Mitsubishi Parts
You're bound to encounter the terms "OEM" and "Aftermarket" when shopping for replacement auto parts. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and these are original parts used by car manufacturers. On the other hand, "Aftermarket" parts are made by third-party manufacturers but are usable in the vehicle.
OEM and Aftermarket parts each have their advantages. OEM parts are manufactured to the high standards at Mitsubishi and are properly backed by a longer warranty.
On the other hand, Aftermarket parts are cheaper and available in a vaster selection. If you need a replacement part to get your Mitsubishi performing the way it once did, we recommend against trying to save money by opting for cheaper aftermarket parts.
Without the same quality control, you're likely to pay for more replacements in the long run if you choose aftermarket parts. Not to mention, it is entirely possible that installing an aftermarket part can void your Mitsubishi's warranty and, in some cases, may even void it.
Finally, OEM parts might be cheaper (especially in the case of second-hand units), all while offering greater performance, fit, and a longer lifespan.
What Are the Most Important Parts in Your Mitsubishi?
Parts in your Mitsubishi range from the "not entirely necessary" to the "Is your Mitsubishi even a vehicle if it doesn't have one of these?" type of components.
With the former, you can probably get away with leaving your Mitsubishi as it is if these parts are lost or damaged. With the latter, however, you will be overlooking them at your own peril. The following are the most critical parts in your Mitsubishi.
The engine is its primary power source, burning fuel to produce the mechanical energy to drive your Mitsubishi. It can be as expensive as it is complicated, with repairs being notorious for their exceptionally high cost due to the need for replacement parts and specialized expertise.
If you have a malfunctioning engine on your hands, make a trip to your trusted automobile professional to see if a replacement engine is the most economical route for your Mitsubishi to get back onto the roads again.
For both the automatic and manual, the transmission of your Mitsubishi transfers power from the engine to the wheels while using gear ratios to keep the engine in its power band, allowing it to run efficiently.
The transmission sees constant usage and, consequently, a high amount of wear and tear. Just as with the engine, repairing this complicated piece of equipment can cost more than buying a new car.
Your lights help you see, be seen, and convey your driving intentions. That is why it is vital to ensure you replace damaged lights or blown bulbs to ensure your safety on the roads.
Brakes in your Mitsubishi enable you to consistently slow your vehicle down or bring it to a safe and complete stop. Brake parts such as the brake pads and brake rotors wear down faster than others and will need constant replacing, while parts like the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders could develop leaks and cause poor braking. These parts are available to buy individually if the need ever arises.
The battery is responsible for getting your Mitsubishi started. Before you begin to experience a Mitsubishi that doesn't start, keep looking for a slow engine cranking and an illuminated Battery/Charging warning light, as this can indicate that your battery is on its last legs.
Which Mitsubishi Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
As mentioned, some parts on your Mitsubishi either wear down as they carry out their functions or they will run out over time. Your Mitsubishi's consumables are engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, wiper blades, and maybe even your Mitsubishi's tires and battery. You must know the warning signs that signal when these need replacing or, ideally, only need topping up.
Your Mitsubishi's water pump is always working hard to pump coolant from the radiator to the engine, flushing away heat from its various parts. It circulates the heated coolant back to the radiator, which is where it is cooled by the radiator fan and outside air. The water pump has a lifespan of around 60,200 miles.
How long you can go in between changing your Mitsubishi's suspension is determined by the following:
1. How smooth the roads you drive on are.
2. The weight of the loads carried by your Mitsubishi and how frequently you load your vehicle.
3. Your overall mileage.
You can get close to 10 years if you treat your suspension well. Otherwise, expect five to eight years if you have driven your Mitsubishi to its limits. Keep your eyes (and bottom) alert for a bouncy ride, as it can be a sign of worn-out suspension.
Are Mitsubishi Parts Expensive?
Much like other Japanese brands, Mitsubishi's parts are generally inexpensive. They offer well-built parts, especially engines, which means they are also less likely to fail in the long run.
Where to Buy Genuine Mitsubishi Parts Online
You can get genuine Mitsubishi parts through authorized dealers and OEM parts retailers if you want to buy brand new. For genuine used parts, you can find them in excellent condition and at low prices here at BE FORWARD!