Thursday, May 11, 2017

Talk of the Town: 2000 Mitsubishi Town Box

I wonder why it is that in Canada, citizens can import "non-complying" cars that are only 15 years old or older vs. the U.S. where it is 25 or older.  Man, what happened to the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave when it comes to cars (especially little ones from Japan)?  Find this 2000 Mitsubishi Town Box for sale in New Westminster, BC for $5,800 CAD's ($4,244 USD's at time of writing) via craigslist.

The Mitsubishi Town Box is a KEi class van that was built by Mitsubishi (who?) from 1999 to 2011.  It started out with a 657cc inline 4 and was later upgraded to an inline 3 displacing 659cc.  There was also a widebodied version the Town Box Wide that displaced a whopping 1.1 liters.  The car for sale here is a Wide, so you are getting the big engine here along with the lower body cladding.

Inside the box you get some flippy seats and a cargo area that looks of decent size (at least to the fishy eye cell phone camera).  You might be able to get a drum kit, couple of amps a guitar and bass in their cases in there and take your 4 piece on the road to the nearby towns.

In this color and with the tinted windows, it looks a little like a private coach for VIP's.  Maybe this could be your angle if the band thing doesn't work out.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. I didn't know about these "Super Kei" vehicles. With a 1.1 litre this thing could be very usable. I wonder what they are like to drive?

    Yes, we are lucky up here in the Glorious People's Republic of Canuckistan. Lots of interesting 15-year-old vehicles become accessible each year. Sadly in my province they froze the emission exemption at 1988 (used to be a rolling 20 year exemption) so one can still face some hurdles to license a vehicle that is fully legal to import.

  2. "I wonder why it is that in Canada, citizens can import "non-complying" cars that are only 15 years old or older vs. the U.S. where it is 25 or older."

    Done to protect domestic manufacturers, or the domestic auto industry in general, from any 'conflict of interest' ($$) so to speak. Lobbyists vs Democracy. Any outside sale is a threat so.........25 seems ok, eh?

  3. "Mitsubishi (who?)"...zing.

    I saw a TV ad for the Galant several years ago and remember thinking that things were looking very bleak for Mitsu from a product perspective. It was laughable, as in the ad there was a James Bond-type figure being briefed on his mission vehicle by a young Q-type, who actually called the Galant "the whole package." I can't remember a more precipitous and conspicuous fall that their product suffered from just 5-10 years before. In the 90s, the diamanté had some legit style and the VR cars had real enthusiast cred. Seeing them try to hawk that cut-rate Camry wanna-be just a short generation after they brought the Evo stateside was sad to watch.

  4. Town Box, village bicycle, what's the difference?


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