Junkyard Find: 1983 Mitsubishi Tredia

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1983 mitsubishi tredia

I’ve been maintaining an unhealthy obsession the Mitsubishi Cordia for a while now, but what about the hatchback Cordia’s sedan sibling, the Tredia? Very, very few Tredias made it into the United States, and I thought I’d never see one in a wrecking yard… but look at what I just found in California!

Americans had been buying Mitsubishis bearing Dodge and Plymouth badges for a decade before Mitsubishi brought the Tredia, Cordia, and Starion to these shores.

In Japan, Mitsubishi had “Mister Tredia” selling these cars, but that concept didn’t survive the ride across the Pacific.

When this car goes to The Crusher, it will probably lower the total count of American Tredias by 20 percent. I’m hoping that one of the remaining four examples is a Tredia Turbo.

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  • Vagvoba Vagvoba on Sep 05, 2012

    We had one of these Tredias for a few years. That one had a 136hp 1.8L turbo 4 cylinder engine. It looked quite sporty with the large spoiler in the back. I remember that there was virtually no power till you got the revs up to about 4000rpm then it turned into a rocket. 25 years ago that much power in such a small and light car was impressive. The only other memory I have about it is how fast the body started to rot. It got rusted through in a few years so we had to take it for patching regularly. All in all the long term ownership experience was a nightmare.

  • Kooden916ku1 Kooden916ku1 on Jan 22, 2015

    I had an '84 Cordia Turbo.. the 1.8L was actually 116HP in the US. It has a version of this dual stick transmission but it was a 5-speed. IIRC 1-4 was actually low range and 5th gear was triggered with switch that was triggered when you shifted into 5th gear and actuated a vacuum actuator which shifted the car into 5th gear. I bought the car used around '90 from a private party and didn't notice that 5th gear was the same as 4th as I hadn't taken car on highway. The seller gave me a factory service manual with car and I found that the fix was simply a burned out fuse. Can you believe it a fuse fixed my 5th gear on a manual gearbox? I thought I saw somewhere that only about 2K Turbo versions were imported a year for the '84-'88 run when Turbo versions were available. The '83 model was carb only. It was throttle body injected with two injectors. Mine used a considerable amount of oil and aside from replacing a clutch the ECU went out. I was able to get an ECU from an '84 Dodge Colt Turbo 1.6L to work in the car before I got rid of it. No intercooler and turbo bearings were oil cooled only so you generally needed to idle it for a few minutes before shutdown or you could coke oil on the turbo bearings.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?