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2008 Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab

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2008 Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab Review

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Mitsubishi is in the process of reinventing itself. An emphasis on performance and specialty cars seems to have caught on with younger buyers. Still, to compete in today's market a manufacturer must offer a full line of vehicles, including entrants in the lucrative but sometimes fickle truck market. Cashing in on its long-time partnership with Chrysler, Mitsubishi offers the 2008 Raider, a mid-sized truck based on the popular Dodge Dakota. Mitsubishi's last truck, the well-respected Mighty Max, was in the lineup until 1997, and the company hopes the Raider will rekindle the same tradition of toughness and strong value.

You'll Like This Car If...

Mitsubishi designed this Raider to be the alternative to SUVs for what the company calls the "fun-seeking adventurer." Though it's not a Lancer Evo, the rock star of the Mitsubishi lineup, the Raider has crisp, muscular lines and a "second look" appeal. The price is also pleasing, starting around $20,000.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you seek a bevy of high-tech creature comforts, you won't find them here. With no V8 engine option, customers may find the 3.7-liter V6 leaves the Raider a bit underpowered. If you're a truck person, the modest 4,150 pounds of towing capacity could be an important consideration.

What's New for 2008

The V8 engine option is dropped from the simplified model line, which now consists of three LS trims: One Extended Cab and two Double Cab models.

Driving the Raider Extended Cab

Driving Impressions The Raider drives exactly as one might suspect -- like a mid-sized truck with no bells and whistles. Ride quality is a compromise between full-size pickup truck and passenger...

car. The V6 performs adequately in around-town driving, but feels short on power when pressed to pass or merge, especially when carrying a full load. We found the suspension, steering, handling and braking were adequate both on- and off-road. On a small off-road course, the Raider maneuvered well and felt sturdy and solid.

Distinct Body Style
Although all 2008 Mitsubishi Raiders share basics with the Dodge Dakota, the styling is a bit edgier. The box behind the Extended Cab stretches six feet, six inches, while the Double Cab box is shorter at five feet, three inches.

Spacious, Uncomplicated Interior
We were impressed by the spacious user-friendly cockpit and especially liked the generous standard equipment of the Double Cab model.

2008 Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab Details
2008 Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab photo Interior

There are no outstanding design elements in the interior, but the Raider is, after all, a truck, and function is most important. The wide cabin has an expansive dash with user-friendly controls. A simple, three-gauge cluster has highly readable dials with white backgrounds, and even the base model appointments are brushed metal, a nice touch. Three cupholders in front will expand for a Big Gulp, two 12-volt power outlets are available up front -- one in a deep bin between the front seats -- and there are reading lights front and back. On the downside, we heard complaints about the small glove box and the unappealing headliner cloth.

Exterior

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider's styling takes tips from the Mitsubishi family -- including the Endeavor SUV and the sporty Eclipse coupe. The Raider pickup may be relatively new, but its legacy is decades old. Its dynamic, carved physique is defined by muscular curves, flared wheel arches and step-side style fenders and high-tech head lamps and tail lamps. A thin upper grille and thick lower bumper give the Raider a square-jawed face that's shared with other Mitsubishi models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Raider line includes one Extended Cab and two Double Cab models. The Extended Cab features a 3.7-liter V6, six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel wheels, 40/20/40-split cloth bench seat, air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with four speakers. The Double Cab adds a four-speed automatic transmission, power mirrors, locks and windows, 60/40-split rear fold-down seatbacks, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, fog lamps and a sliding rear window.

Optional Equipment

Options are limited mostly to the Extended Cab, which can be outfitted with power windows, mirrors and locks, cruise control and fog lights. Both models offer a number of protective features, including scuff plates, bed protectors and side steps. Only the Double Cab offers the option of four-wheel drive.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is available with only one engine choice: A 3.7-liter V6. The V6 is available with either a six-speed manual (Extended Cab) or four-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is offered only with the automatic transmission.

3.7-Liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 (2WD, manual), 15/20 (2WD, automatic), 14/18 (4WD, automatic)

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2008 Mitsubishi Raider Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 119 Ratings for the 2006 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Bought this vehicle new and have been very pleased

By on Thursday, November 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfort, looks, price, reliability."

Cons: "ABS on rear wheels only. Cup holder for passenger."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this vehicle new and have been very pleased. This is the most comfortable riding truck that I have ever owned. Have had no repairs other than normal maintenance. Body is attractive and gets compliments. If you are considering this vehicle, I believe that you will not be sorry."

love my truck

By on Sunday, October 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "safe and economical"

Cons: "slight depreciation"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great truck been very dependable and strong,my daughter borrowed my truck on her prom night was involved in a pretty nasty wreck where she she was hit on driver side door and fender the other car was a new full size sedan Acura to b exact, she walked away with not even a scratch , she said she only fellt the truck rock a lil the other car was totalled completely!! 5 star safety rating is a big plus!!!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Not recommended

By on Thursday, May 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Too many recalls, too many repairs. Middle front drink holder knocks over drinks. Large turning radius. Has been in the shop at least 20 times since purchase. I'm original owner, glad I bought extended warranty."

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great pick up!

By on Monday, March 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Value"

Cons: "This model has manual everything..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This truck is great for hauling small to medium loads, lumber, lawn care, building supplies. Runs great, easy to drive and a very nice interior for the price point. Have had no maint. issues at all, no leaks, no hassles..."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Get a lot of compliments

By on Monday, November 05, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I really like this truck. I bought it used with 13K miles. I was worried about a truck because of gas mileage but it is really good. 20mpg hwy. I have been stopped a dozen times by people asking what it is and saying they really like it. Pros: Nice body style, Durable, Gas mileage is good, Comfortable ride, Low maintenance, Room for 6 (5 comfortably), Cons: Little loose in the backend on bumps, NOT good on ice, Foot room when getting out of the backseat is cramped, They don't make them anymore."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Good Truck

By on Monday, October 15, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Size, Comfort, Smooth Ride"

Cons: "Built By Dodge"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This has been a good truck for me. Bought it new for half the sticker price due to manufacture spiff's and the like. Only one thing to truly complain about and that's the Dodge parts. My shifter broke off in my hand due to a flaw in the steel goose neck (which is part of the transmission) the shifter screws to. Not really a big deal, things happen. The broken piece had the Dodge logo and part number on it so I headed for the local Dodge dealership for replacement. There I learned that the small steel goose-neck the shifter attaches to was part of the top of the transmission and would have to be purchased with a complete new transmission top-end for $1800.00. So typical of anything Dodge related. I told the Dodge parts room boys what they could do with that and had a machinist make a adapter for the shifter to screw to for a few bucks and all was well. Not so bad considering the low quality of American made auto parts today. This has been my only problem with this truck and suspect it to be a rare occurrence."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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