Mitsubishi Raider: Maximizing Use Through Maintenance
A few things in the world are as American as the pickup truck. The Mitsubishi Raider, debuting in the fall of 2005 and running straight through to 2009, was a well-built pickup truck that sadly did not gain much traction in terms of sales among Americans. Despite being a mid-sized example, it was still very capable—able to lift quite a great deal to make it viable for commercial purposes. It's most powerful engine option—a 4.7-L PowerTech V8—enabled to drive and operate smoothly in a number of conditions. If you are fortunate enough to own one of these, there are a few things that you could do to keep them running smoothly:
- Be very conscious of the load weights.
Vehicles like the Mitsubishi Raider are best known for their utility—their truck beds can carry a lot of weight. This makes it viable for personal tasks like hauling stuff around in a move or even for commercial work—as would be seen with certain home cleaners. It pays to be conscientious when it comes to loading weights. Always operate within the limits given in your owner's manual. These are factory tested, and these sure take into account the expected weights for the driver and your passengers.
Ideally, you'd want to get a shell for your Mitsubishi Raider. These tough shells not only provide security, but they also maximize the amount of covered space that you have available for use. It is much bulkier in appearance, but if your priority is protection and maximization of space, then it's a great choice to go for. Another more subtle option would be tonneau covers. These covers lie flush atop your truck bed—only visible when viewed from the top. There are options that roll up like shutters, and others that swing upward on a hinge. Either option provides reliable protection that can be locked or unlocked easily. The only downside is that it limits the space that you can use.
- Take care with attachments.
A common addition to pickup trucks—even compacts like the Mitsubishi Raider—would be a winch. It's perfect for emergencies and also is quite functional when towing. Care has to be made to ensure that you pick the right kind of winch for your truck. This is all a matter of matching the winch's capabilities with those of your truck. Your owner's manual anticipates this need, and you can consult it for all the information for fluid operation. When getting one installed, make sure that the installation point on your truck is amply reinforced and have everything tested thoroughly before accepting it.
As a workhorse or a personal ride, the Mitsubishi Raider is one reliable vehicle. It might have missed out on the chance for greater popularity and sales numbers, but it's still a very dependable compact pickup. Owners just need to apply the minimum of care to ensure that their trucks are chugging on for a long time.