Long term tests

Mitsubishi Evo: Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-300 SST

A scolding warning chime was the centre of attention on our Evo this month

Not many miles, I know, but I’ve been driving other test cars. Sorry. The once-red calipers have turned maroon, though, the mark of a strenuously exercised Evo I’m told. It happened on last month’s trackday.

I’ve made a vital mod, too. I’ve disabled the intensely annoying seat-belt warning chime, a particularly unintelligent one which sounded as soon as the ignition was on and made me livid, especially if I had to undo the belt while manoeuvring into a tight spot hidden by the high tail. I always wear a belt and don’t need to be chimed at just so Mitsubishi can gain an extra Euro NCAP point, thanks.

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Unbolt the belt clasp, spring the switch out of the casing, tape the switch in its compressed position and stuff it under the seat, re-bolt the clasp to the seat. Job done, nanny state snubbed, no more rage every time I start the Evo.

Running Costs

Date acquiredApril 2008
Total mileage3650
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month269
MPG this month18.7
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