These owners explain why the Mitsubishi L300 is a reliable workhorse

Updated Sep 25, 2020 | Same topic: Car Owners Speak Up

Strength and flexibility are part of the L300’s renowned attributes.

The Mitsubishi L300 is practically ingrained into Philippine automotive culture. Its Versa Van body style saw widespread use from household transport to emergency vehicle, even becoming famous (or infamous) as a regular getaway van for villains in countless Pinoy action movies.

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The Mitsubishi L300 has become a staple workhorse for small and medium businesses

Both the van and the Asian Utility Vehicle (AUV) variant have been in the Philippine market since the 1980s. The latter was more flexible in nature, and has been assembled in a variety of configurations from family business (FB), watertight aluminum van (WT), drop side (DS), and minibus variants. When the Versa Van was discontinued in 2012, the AUV trim soldiered on until 2017. Thankfully, Mitsubishi PH refused to let a legend fade away, resurrecting the L300 AUV two years later with an updated engine for the local market.   

Small and medium entrepreneurs have found a dependable workhorse in the L300, and its ubiquity on the roads has benefitted owners of the Mitsubishi Adventure AUV as well, with the two vehicles sharing a considerable number of components. The robust nature of the L300 series has made it a dependable partner for generations of businesses, and it comes as no surprise that owners have come to regard them as family.

Ernest Yu

For Ernest Yu, president of the Mitsubishi L300 Enthusiast Club, the L300 is more than just a tool for making a living. Back in the 90s when his family owned a hardware store, they bought an L300 for deliveries. The vehicle assumed other roles as well, serving as a school shuttle and family van. Throughout the years that it endured countless arduous tasks, not once did their L300 experience a breakdown.

Ernest Yu

Ernest Yu bought back the family's L300 that had been sold during rough times 

Soon the family fell on hard times and had to sell their trusty steed to a relative. The family’s youngest son, Ernest was the most affected since his engineering course led him to appreciate the L300’s attributes. After the family managed to recover financially, he bought back the L300 and used his technical knowledge to revive the van, naming it “Legend”. Ernest worked as a volunteer during the enhanced community quarantine, engaging in street disinfection activities as well as shuttling frontliners.

Iba ang connection ang na-feel ko with our L300. Ilang beses na siya nasubukan pero never bumigay,” he explains. (I felt a unique connection with our L300. It’s been tested many times and it still keeps on running.)

Kaya when I saw the opportunity to buy it back, I didn’t think twice. It is not just a family van for me but a van that is part of our family.”

>>> Related: Mitsubishi L300 Versa Van: The family chariot of the 1990s

Jessie Cabral

Another L300 owner, Jessie Cabral, wasn’t initially sold on the L300 right away. He acquired the vehicle six years ago, which he used both for his delivery business and outreach activities, traveling to as far as Dingalan in Aurora province delivering supplies for an Aeta tribe. Not even winding roads and river crossings caused problems for his L300. When quarantine restrictions affected his business, he switched to providing a shuttle service for companies.

Jessie Cabral

Like the flexible L300, Jessie Cabral rolled with the punches that life threw at him

At present, Jessie is vice-president of the L300 Club of the Philippines, and advises others to emulate the flexible nature of the L300. “Sa buhay, kailangan maging madiskarte at mabilis mag-adjust. Hindi ka pwedeng basta na lang magpapatalo. Sa bawat pagsubok, dapat bukas ang mga mata para sa opportunity na maaari nating ma-maximize.” (In life, one has to be adaptable and quickly adjust. Moping around in defeat won’t do you any good. With every challenge, you need to keep an eye out for opportunities that you can maximize.)  

Since its introduction to the Philippine market three decades ago, the L300 has sold more than 190,000 units, recently celebrating its 200,000th production milestone. The legendary 2.5L 4D56 engine played a big part in its reputation for reliability, and now its new Euro 4-compliant 2.2L turbo CRDi mill is poised to enhance the L300’s inherent qualities of strength, durability, and ease of maintenance. Ernest and Jessie’s stories are only part of the L300’s enduring history that’s still being written with every kilometer traveled on the road.   

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Know more about Mitsubishi L300 2022

Mitsubishi L300

The current Mitsubishi L300 2022 by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi is based on the L300 Versa Van. While the latter was more of a family carrier, Mitsubishi has since marketed the L300 FB mainly as a commercial vehicle (CV). It is sold under one variant only which is the Cab & Chassis priced at Php 804,000. In the Philippines market, the L300 FB uses a Euro 4 compliant 2.2-liter 4N14 diesel power plant. At most, this mill can make up to 98 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear via a five-speed manual transmission.

When it comes to dimensions, the L300 spans 4,440 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, and 1,915 mm. Also, it gets a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,350 mm and 195 mm, respectively. This Mitsubishi CV is competing in the local market against the likes of Kia K2500, Isuzu Traviz, and Hyundai H-100.

 

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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