2007 Mitsubishi 380 SX 3.8L


The car is way underrated - it's an excellent drive and fantastic value


Driver electronic window refused to work - fixed by itself after a day, problem never resurfaced (!?)

Cruise control sometimes goes nuts when switching back on.

The tiptronic gear changes are lagging (takes half a second or more for the gear change to start).

General Comments:

I haven't had any major problems in this past few years with it, it just goes, and goes very well. The power is readily available at lower revs. It's very comfortable to use the car in 3rd everywhere in city (sadly it automatically changes back to 1st when stopped - it could easily start in 3rd no problems).

Climbing hills on the freeway is effortless, although on steep inclines the cruise control changes back to 4th to keep up with the set speed, then back then down again... but it's of no consequence. On good tyres - and dry conditions - the car can accelerate out on full throttle without wheel spin from a standing start. Only really sporty cars can keep up. :)

The automatic gearbox is smooth, and does a good job.

The handling is exceptional for such a big car. You need to get a good set of rubber on it, though.

The only annoying thing is the slow tiptronic gear changes; I can easily initiate two downshifts before even the first would start to happen. So it's not what you'd call responsive.

Another annoyance is that the cruise control sometimes goes way over the set speed when re-enabling (and I mean *way* over, like 130+ for a set 110), but it goes back afterwards.

There's plenty of space inside, and the only problems are the lack of a few extras; climate control (only air con) and passenger side electronic seat controls. The boot space is huge for a sedan, putting really large things in may be a problem though.

The stereo is good enough quality, the CD changer is nice, the 6 speakers can deliver enough of the power - but modern people will miss a USB or Bluetooth connection.

All in all, the car is an unassuming, but very grunty and agile thing, with good comforts. Big thumbs up!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2012

19th Mar 2012, 08:34

I am the owner of a Mitsubishi 380 VRX, model year 2005. This vehicle was purchased in 2006 as a demo vehicle, and had just turned over 10,000 KM. I have owned Holdens, Falcons, and Magnas prior to purchasing the 380.

The vehicle has now done over 100,000 KM, and I have been very pleased with its reliability, comfort, handling, braking, transmission, and its impressive engine performance.

The only criticism I would have is the fuel consumption is a little high around town. Also in the cooler months, there is some engine lifter ticking, which disappears once the engine has warmed up. Despite this, like many others, I do believe it is an underrated car. Some criticism about it being a cardigan drivers car is more often voiced, by those that have never driven a 380, to enable them to make a fair assessment.

I would definitely buy another Mitsubishi.

2006 Mitsubishi 380 VRX 3.8


Completely underrated, and now a real bargain second hand compared to the opposition


Driver's electric window regulator failed.

General Comments:

Excellent car. I have had this car from new, and the only fault has been a window regulator failure. At 140 000 km there are NO rattles in the cabin whatsoever. The car has been mostly highway driven, and returns 8.6L/100km at 100kmh.

Engine oil usage - I have topped the engine oil on two occasions; both were approximately 200ml amounts, just making sure the level didn't get below minimum. Oil colour is still deep honey after 15 000km intervals when about to be serviced.

No problems with the transmission, and original brake discs still fitted, although machined twice.

Performance is great with a sports muffler replacing the standard, and when fitted with the original design intake (as fitted to NZ models) for this engine, rather than the AUS version, which is designed for a 2.4L (due driveby noise ADRs).

The car is now as quick as an XR6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2010