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Post by Nulla » Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:19 am

End of June we will be picking up our 1994 Mitsubishi Delica JB500 camper, Turbo diesel, 5 speed manual, 4x4. We don't know much about it but we like it's small footprint. We of course have many questions I,e. is this a L200, L300, or L400. I read from a post in this forum that 1994 is the 4th generation L400. We are trying to figure out among other things is when does the timing belt need to be replace, it has 73,000KM. We will be taking it on a road trip across the USA when we pick it up. Where should I post questions about this Delica on this forum? We are excited to begin this new adventure. Thank you
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Post by Growlerbearnz » Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:35 pm

Welcome! The JB500 is a lovely little camper van, you're going to have lots of adventures!

That's an L300 beneath the camper body. Mitsubishi didn't stop making L300s when they introduced the L400 in 1994. 4WD L300s were made until 2000. 2WD L300s were made until 2016!

Some handy threads to get you started: Looking up the van's chassis number. Sounds dull, but it'll make finding parts much easier. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2119

Once you know your chassis number you can look up parts for your specific vehicle. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=17210

The timing belts (there's two) in a diesel L300 are usually changed every 100,000km, but yours are now 27 years old, which is pretty damned old for something made of rubber. I would remove the plastic top timing belt cover and inspect the visible belt, any signs of cracking in the rubber and it's safest to replace them.
If a belt fails it will generally destroy the engine.

Technical questions would go in the L300 Technical forum (viewforum.php?f=6)
Also don't miss the FAQ (viewforum.php?f=16) or Technical Reference Library (viewforum.php?f=78), many common queries have been answered there.
Nothing says "poor workmanship" more than wrinkles in the duct tape.

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Post by philmeup1 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:14 pm

Beauty camper, and excellent advice Growler. I knew the L300 body style continued past 1993, but I was unaware of these specifics. Now I want a 2000 L300, lol.

You will love that camper. I almost bought something similar a few years back, but my bid wasn't high enough at the auction. Please post more pics:)



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