2000 Mitsubishi Diamante SEi 3.5 V 6
Great car, nice ride
Totally perfect; everything works.
When I bought in October 2005. I received all service records; it was an ex company car.
I replaced all fluids (oil, transmission oil, water and brakes), fitted new pads all round, the rears I believe were original. In NZ our cars are tested each 6 months; my tester says it is mint.
I love it, it's the best car I have owned.
I still have my 9 year old Daewoo wagon for a runabout and shopping, but wouldn't go on the highway, no way.
The Diamanti SEi is Australian built; it's heavy on gas around town or towing.
But come to a trip, it comes into it's own, cruise at 100 or 105km's, and the computer shows 9.7 ltrs per 100k's with the air con on.
The cruise control is better than a Playstation.
Power for passing is first class.
I cannot believe the negative comments on these cars; two friends have older ones with high Kms and they love them too.
Love the leather, the sound system, the big boot (trunk).
This was a $50K plus car new in 2001. I paid under $10k in 2005; what a deal.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th February, 2008
8th Feb 2008, 05:14
Most of the negative comments about the Magna/Diamante come from people in the US, not Australia or NZ.
The single biggest complaint relates to leaking heater cores. Never heard of this problem here in Australia. It might have something to do with the severe winter weather common in the US that we are fortunate not to have with our mild winters, so the issue of antifreeze and heater cores is not much of a problem in our part of the world.
The only problem I have had with my 1999 Magna that is common to the American drivers complaining, is that of the antenna breaking. In my case only the mast broke, but my mechanic ordered one in and the next day fitted it in 10 minutes, total cost $50.
Overall, little has gone wrong with my Magna in 2 years of ownership. A pleasure to drive and excellent value on the used car market. You did well for getting yours for under $10K.