Saying bye bye to The Beast wasn't too tearful an occasion for yours truly, it has to be said.
Don't get me wrong, Mitsubishi has created a fine pick-up truck in the L200 Barbarian. It's solid, sturdy and highly reliable, so it's easy to see why it's favoured by farmers and the like. However, during my time with it, the Barbarian was only needed for short work trips, which didn't exactly tax the young girl.
True, this included the occasional trip into the countryside, where it impressed at rural shows (I'm into that kind of thing...), but the four-wheel drive never had to be pressed into play. Having said that, there was one occasion, sitting high up in the cab while negotiating with ease the twisty stuff in the Brecon Beacons, when it truly felt like The Beast was at last in her natural environment. Why, it was almost enough to bring a tear to the eye.
She's certainly served us faithfully. And in fairness, the no-nonsense DNA of a pick-up is combined nicely with the comfort of a decent family car, so although it's been built for a rugged life, a sense of refinement is also embedded. Both Beauty and the Beast indeed!
Model: Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian
Price: £28,798 (as tested)
Engine: 2.5-litre, four-cylinder
Power: 175bhp, 350Nm
Max speed: 109mph
Mileage this month: 641
This month's highlight
Long and winding wonderment in the Welsh countryside