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Pre Owned: 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

Turnabout is fair play

Marc Cook
Jul 21, 2011
In the late 1980s, Dodge rebadged a version of the Mitsubishi Pajero SUV as the Dodge Raider in the U.S. Then, for the 2006 model year, Dodge siphoned off a trickle of Dakota production for Mitsubishi, which called it—yes—the Raider.
Photo 2/20   |   2007 Mitsubishi Raider DuroCross Front View
Despite significantly different attire, including an aggressive grille and masculine fender flares, the Raider was a Dakota through and through. Powerplants were familiar to the Mopar crowd: a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 and a 4.7-liter SOHC V-8. Horsepower for the V-6 is 210, with an unimpressive 230 for the V-8 (rising to 235 for 2007). An automatic (four-speed with the V-6, five-speed behind the V-8) and a six-speed manual were available. The manual/V-8 combo is rare even in Dakotas.
Sold during the third generation of the Dakota, the Raider gained improved suspension, larger brakes, a stiffer chassis, and chiseled styling. For the most part, these were improvements over the far more popular second-generation Dakota (1997-2004), though the tall stance of the rear-drive version (same height as the 4WD) put off some buyers. While Mitsubishi distinguished the Raider from the Dakota with more handsome sheetmetal, it also stepped off the path set by Dodge in dropping the V-8 for 2008. That was the year the Dakota’s 4.7-liter V-8 jumped to 302 horsepower, so you can understand the exasperation of power-hungry Mitsubishi shoppers. In 2008 and 2009, Mitsu offered only the V-6 with rear drive or shift-on-the-fly 4WD working through either the manual or automatic transmissions.
Photo 3/20   |   2009 Mitsubishi Raider LS Front View
Like the Dakota, the Raider came in two cabin/bed combinations. The Extended Cab features four doors, two of them rear hinged, and room behind the first row for small passengers. It also has a 6.5-foot-long bed. The Double Cab also features four doors, but all are front hinged and the back seats actually accommodate humans. Because both models share the same wheelbase, cabin space reduces capacity for other kinds of cargo: Motorcycle haulers will find the Double Cab’s 5-foot, 3-inch bed pretty limiting.
Photo 4/20   |   2007 Mitsubishi Raider LS Front In Motion
Raiders are almost too rare to show up in maintenance searches -- in fact, the best year was 2007, according to Mitsubishi, when just under 7500 were sold -- so let’s look at the Dakota. Generally, the third-generation truck fares better than its predecessors, with fewer big problems like transmission failures and ball joints falling out. But the Dakota’s electrical system is still problematic, and there are reports of failing EGR valves and throttle-position sensors. Dakotas are notoriously hard on their disc-front/drum-rear brakes, too.
Photo 11/20   |   2006 Mitsubishi Raider DuroCross Double Cab Back Seats
For Mitsubishi fans, or perhaps just Dakota appreciators who want something a bit out of the ordinary, the Raider is a reasonable choice.

2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
Body type Four-door pickup
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD or 4WD
Airbags Dual front
Engines 3.7L/210-hp SOHC V-6; 4.7L/230-235-hp SOHC V-8 (2006-2007 only)
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, ABS
Price range, trade in/retail (KBB) $6825/$10,275 (2006 LS Extended Cab RWD V-6); $17,325/$22,125 (2009 LS Double Cab 4WD V-6)
Recalls Brake module, windshield wiper switch
NHTSA frontal impact rating driver/pass Five stars /five stars
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$19,180
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Pre Owned: 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider
Turnabout is fair play: For Mitsubishi fans, or perhaps just Dakota appreciators who want something a bit out of the ordinary, the Raider is a reasonable choice.
Marc CookJul 21, 2011
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