THE motor, gearbox and drivetrain in my 1997 2.4-litre Mitsubishi Triton are in good order, but it has travelled more then 422,000km and I'm a little worried about how many more it will do. If the engine does give out, is it possible to replace it with the Mitsubishi diesel engine? Would I also have to change the gearbox and drivetrain? Would the towing capacity increase?
THE most cost-effective fix if your engine gives up the ghost is to replace it with another 2.4-litre petrol engine. Switching to a diesel engine is a relatively big job and I don't think there's enough benefit to justify doing it. You would most likely have to change the gearbox and rear axle. You would certainly have to change the fuel system, and I don't believe there would be any increase in towing capacity.