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I had been saving for a toyota noah or nissan serena but things changed and i ended up recently purchasing an ex japan mitsubishi chariot, 1998 2.4L grandis with 78000kms. everything is normal now except that the exhaust has black sooth in it. i have a ford expedition 5.4L with 185000kms and its exhaust is a cream - light to dark brown colour. in both the chariot and the expedition what could this be a sign of? i would also like to know is did i make a good choice considering 80% of the people i ask from diagnostics experts, car dealers and mechanics say that it not a good car. toyota or nissan is far better.i havent heard from drive of this gem yet but clearly its widely held that they cannot be repaired once they start to give problems. shall i quickly sell? please help as im worried about this beauty.

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  • kudamoyo Apr 11, 2011

    im still scouting for one. so far not much luck. this car is a beauty, but you kinda get anxious when you see one also looking great but stalling in traffic or smoking.

    ps : im particulary noticing them on the road since i got to learn of its problems.ones in good condition and others not.anxiety.

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Everything is repairable if the parts and expertise are available,just not always viable.
The problems we see here with this model is idle low and stalls caused by dirty throttle body and air flow sensor.This should be the GDI model.they should run very lean.
Sooty exhaust can be caused by a few areas singularly or combined.
Faulty or dirty oxygen sensor.
Warn spark plugs(this model usually has iridium or platinum that should do 60-80,000km).
Blocked/dirty air filter.
Weak spark from the coil(s)
Poor fuel grade
Incorrect timing or knock sensor faulty.
Injectors dirty(not so common).
worn/tired engine(not yours if the kms correct)
Catalyic convertor fault
Thermostat too cold or stuck open
Engine temp too low or sensor fault for coolant signal to ECU
etc.
Hope this helps you

Posted on Apr 09, 2011

  • kudamoyo Apr 09, 2011

    thanks. i hope i can get spares of this car in zimbabwe though

  • Peter da techmen Apr 10, 2011

    fair comment,I hope that someone can answer that for you,Is there a main dealership there to enquire?

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