Junkyard Find: 1983 Mitsubishi Cordia

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1983 mitsubishi cordia

Since December 7 always reminds me of the only Mitsubishi vehicle with a strong reputation for reliability, let’s look at this Late Malaise Era Mitsu I found in a California self-service wrecking yard a few weeks back.

I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with the Cordia/Tredia recently (though the Hyundai Scoupe may have taken its place in my heart). The Cordia was part of Mitsubishi’s big move to sell cars under its own marque, rather than as badge-engineered Dodges and Plymouths, and it wasn’t exactly a success.

You have to love the Cordia’s crazy, near-incomprehensible electronic dashboard.

Why did Japanese automakers abandon the spaceship-style interiors of the early 1980s? They had character!

The 116-horsepower turbocharged engine wasn’t available for the ’83 model Cordia, so this car had only 82 horses. Since this car only weighed 2,101 pounds, it wasn’t quite as slow as the power numbers would suggest… but it was still pretty slow.

I keep thinking I’ll never see another Cordia again, but they keep trickling into the wrecking yards.

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Dec 08, 2011

    It's been years since I have seen these along with it's 4dr twin the Trendia. These actually remind me of a restyled Hyundai Excel which makes sense since Mitsubishi designed many of the earlier imported to the U.S. Hyundai's and even sold a version of the Excel called the Precis.

  • Cordiafreak Cordiafreak on Dec 19, 2011

    Hi, I have been seven years in search of this digital dashboard of the Mitsubishi Cordia you have placed on the site. Do you have the address or e-mail from that company so that I can buy? You can also get it and send to me. You make me very happy. Eef greetings

  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.
  • Dukeisduke If these were built in the US, they'd probably be plagued with recalls, like everything else they make now. It's just as well they don't bring them here.I've owned one Ford, a '95 F-150 (drove it for 17 years and 214k miles) and it was fantastic. But you couldn't run fast enough to buy another Ford. Quality used to be Job 1; now it's an afterthought.
  • Dukeisduke "side-to-side taillights""Across-the-border" is the phrase you're looking for - it's what Ford called the taillights on the '67-'68 and '70-'71 Thunderbirds.
  • 28-Cars-Later Pretty sure its the next gen Fusion, which did manage 110K sales in 2020 USDM but that was roughly 66% less than 306K it sold in 2013. If 100K units is the expected high water mark I can understand why resources went elsewhere... though Mach-E can't even do half that and its hyped like the Second Coming so maybe there was a missed opportunity after all?
  • Kcflyer Laughing inside at the "300 mile range when it's warm" line. Can you imagine if ICE vehicles were this comprised? What a sick joke the green agenda is.